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I'm starting a new campaign and I was thinking of giving my players a newly hatched baby dragon in the start of the campaign. I think it would be cool if when it's grown a bit that they can have it as a mount/"pet" but it'll probably be a bit overpowered. What are your thoughts on the idea and do you have any suggestions on how I could maybe nerf the dragon not to make it super over powered to have a dragon as a pet (they would be around 4th level when they get the dragon and it wouldn't be grown enough to ride or use in combat until maybe 8-10th level).

The setting for the campaign is a world I've created hence why if I go with giving them a dragon I'll homebrew it so that dragons mature a lot quicker and I'll just motivate it with some of the other weird stuff that happens in the world. So yeah I'm aware that it would otherwise take a few hundred years to mature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Keep in mind that dragons are intelligent beings, and most of them are as smart as adult humans from the moment they hatch. \$\endgroup\$ – nick012000 Dec 3 '19 at 9:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. This is a very vague/broad question; "What are your thoughts"-type questions aren't a good fit for the Stack Exchange format, and may be better suited to a forum. If you can edit your question to narrow it down a bit on exactly what you're asking, we might be better able to answer it. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Dec 3 '19 at 9:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are your players going to be spending 200+ years from level 4 to 8-10? \$\endgroup\$ – Theik Dec 3 '19 at 9:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Theik According to this, it would only be about 5 years, assuming we're going from Wyrmling ("baby") to Young (Large creature, i.e. a mount) \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Dec 3 '19 at 10:01

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