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The standard answer to your question is to make the character obviously too powerful to touch. If the players and characters know this is an Ancient Silver Dragon, and know in advance what its breath weapon can do, and still attack like unruly children, then let the Ancient Silver Dragon overpower them with his breath and, while they're paralyzed (conscious ...


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The duel isn't meant to be deadly, it's meant to be impossible. A CR 4 creature would be a deadly encounter for a single level 5 PC. With that in mind, you need to know that your players fight this NPC again towards the end of the 3rd chapter. At that time, they would usually be 4 level 3 PCs, so a CR 4 creature would be a hard encounter. He has other NPCs ...


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In recent editions of Dungeons & Dragons, players virtually always won every encounter they joined. This is has been a trope of the game. Fifth edition is developing a different playstyle, and it's important to get your players on the same page about this. It sounds as though you intend to play a game more in line with older editions, where there is a ...


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The Silver Dragons tend to be good. This ancient Dragon might quickly overpower them even almost killing one of the characters and then say: "Choose! Let your friend die and keep fighting or stop this non sense and accept who the superior being is for you are no more to me than a mosquito is to an elf" or something like that. This is supposed to be a ...


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This is the kind of thing the DM handwaves away. The rules make it impossible for a creature lacking racial Hit Dice that advances exclusively by level not to have at least 1 level in a class, usually, unfortunately, commoner. Being a level 1 commoner might as well be the same thing as having no combat knowledge; ignoring the orphan's ability scores, the ...


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You don't need a reason for the party not to kill the dragon. What you need is some motivation for the dragon not to kill the party. After all, based on what you've described, you've got an angry ancient dragon that could just squash the PCs like bugs if it wanted — there has to be some pretty good reason for it to hold back from doing so. Once you ...


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Hit Dice The easiest and most painless way to increase the CR of an encounter is to give the creature one or more extra Hit Dice. The creature itself will have the same power, as you aren't boosting its attributes, attack bonuses, etc. It will just be slightly harder to kill it.


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There aren't really rules on handling non-combat training, except... ...if they train him for a while (how long "a while" is is entirely up to you) before they take the Leadership feat, you can assume he reached the maximum level for that PC's starting cohort, if you want. If someone in the party already has Leadership when they find him, you can slot him ...



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