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I am new here, but I have read some of your discussions and I see that there is a glimmer of hope for me, for I cannot remember where I have seen information on this particular matter.

To rephrase: I would like to make a dragon that is an offspring of different coloured/typed dragons; say, one is chromatic and the other is metallic, or both are different chromatic kinds. I already know that I can apply a half-dragon template to a dragon. That is not what I am looking for. A few years ago I have seen some published (electronically or in paper, not sure) source that contained information that I require. It might have been an unofficial .pdf (open licensed d20), or some sort of compendium with creatures and templates, but I remember it specifically addressed the issue and it even had a "fancy" name for such creatures.

Can anyone, please, drop me a hint? Pretty please!

[looks innocent as a baby kobold hugging a golden pony]

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Mindwin – thanks, done it! @KRyan – It is written in my question that I am not looking for a half-dragon applied to a dragon. It also says that I am looking for a source on the topic, that covers it in full and that I cannot find it. It is not a matter of preferrence, it is a matter of finding the source, the rules, and the name for such creatures :) \$\endgroup\$ – Lazurite Dec 5 '17 at 16:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ And as for the approach I don't like it because it does not do justice to both parents. They are basically one kind of dragon with some useless stuff from the other type. The approach I am looking for was quite profound and had a good story to it. \$\endgroup\$ – Lazurite Dec 5 '17 at 16:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/13584/… \$\endgroup\$ – A_S00 Dec 5 '17 at 19:09
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Might have been The Slayer's Guide To Dragons (3.0, Mongoose Publishing, authored by one G. Gygax who also wrote a few things for TSR ;-) It had rules for dragon-dragon hybrids; I think it covered all the chromatic-chromatic combinations but I don't recall whether it included metal/metal or metal/chromatic.

If it jogs your memory, I remember it had russet dragons (red-green hybrid) and pink (red-white). As well as the hybrids, it also had a suggestion for albino red dragons as a way to mess with players.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you so much! I am not sure if this is exactly what I had seen (I do not have the book at hand at the moment) but certainly it's what I hoping to get! Once again, many thanks! :) \$\endgroup\$ – Lazurite Dec 5 '17 at 21:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure how much detail it had on hybrids, but hopefully it'll be some help! \$\endgroup\$ – Geoffrey Brent Dec 6 '17 at 7:55
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The official way to accomplish this is to use the half-dragon template on a dragon. So a half-green red dragon would be born of parents that were a green dragon and a red dragon. I am reasonably certain there is no official alternative to this approach.

I cannot claim to know what unofficial options exist for this.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Not a complete answer, since I don’t know where to find what is being sought, but this does at least give people information on where this isn’t. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Dec 5 '17 at 16:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think what you are talking about is Creatures That Cannot Be II [ archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/eo/20070401a ] \$\endgroup\$ – Lazurite Dec 5 '17 at 17:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lazurite I mean, I am talking about any dragons anywhere, and the Monster Manual half-dragon template. Don’t need a web article to confirm that it works (and Races of the Dragon doesn’t get to change a Monster Manual template). \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Dec 5 '17 at 17:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually, it does. RotD says that you cannot add a half-dragon template to a dragon (p. 72). The article appeals to some higher authority, which allows it, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Lazurite Dec 5 '17 at 17:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Lazurite That is my point: no matter what Races of the Dragon says on the subject, it lacks the authority to make that change. The errata rules are clear on this point. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Dec 5 '17 at 17:27

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