Name: Pyndrtyruss, Topaz Dragon
Age: Venerable, 800+
Description: Like all Topaz dragons, Pyndrtyruss has yellowish scales that sparkle in the sunlight. Unlike most Topaz dragons, Pyndrtyruss is known for his mirthless smile that he seems to continually wear.
Personality: Pyndrtyruss is well known throughout the Pearl Sea region as a wholly unpredictable and mischievous drake. While he is not a malevolent beast, most times, his temperament can change to one quickly. Unlike most Topaz dragons, Pyndrtyruss is not a recluse. He doesn't seek out others' company for cheerful banter but to bully and intimidate them. If those he has chosen to bully dare to not be terrified appropriately, he might just attack.
While Pyndrtyruss can be ruthless, he is no fool. If at any time Pyndrtyruss feels that he has bitten off more than he can chew, he will flee. The older he has grown, however, the more confident he has become. Pyndrtyruss's attitude currently borders recklessness as he has not been truly challenged in over two hundred years.
Location: Pyndrtyruss has had many lairs throughout the Densac Gulf and Pearl Sea region from Hepmonaland to the Amedio jungles. Currently, his lair is on an island on the western side of Breekas Teeth.
Lair: Pyndrtyruss’ lair is located on a small island covered with thick jungle. The island itself is littered with the debris of ships that he has torn apart and deposited there. Treasure taken in tribute from ship captains paid for the dragon to leave them alone is absently scattered in heaps all over the island.
In addition to the bits of boats and treasure lying about the island, there is a 20% chance of a random captive being on the island. Pyndrtyruss either terrorizes them or treats them like an honored guest. How Pyndrtyruss decides how these captives are to be treated is totally by whim. Some captives he will deliver to their freedom while others eventually join the remains of others that did not please him. Pyndrtyruss usually does not kill them outright but ignores them until they die of exposure or starvation.
Relations: The Terror of the Pearl Sea, as Pyndrtyruss is known, has terrible relations with everyone that sails there. Merchants, the Scarlet Brotherhood, and pirates all despise Pyndrtyruss. The Scarlet Brotherhood so hates the drake that they had placed a 100,000 gold piece bounty on his head. To date, only a handful have been foolish enough to attempt to collect it, and all have died in the attempt.
History: Pyndrtyruss lived in the southern seas his entire life, but he was not always the terror he is today. In his younger days, Pyndrtyruss lived a typical secluded life like most Topaz dragons. He had lairs where he collected treasure to make a horde and enjoyed hunting and fishing the seas, especially giant squids.
This all changed in 322 CY when he had an almost lethal encounter with a turtle dragon off Ruja Isle. Pyndrtyruss barely escaped with his life, and after this encounter, his disposition took a sinister turn. He began attacking or terrorizing ships and creatures that he felt were easy prey. This behavior evolved into the unpredictable demeanor that he has today.
Unlike most dragons, Pyndrtyruss does not attack ships from the air but from the sea. A natural swimmer that can breathe water as easily as air, Pyndrtyruss will submerge and approach ships undetected for below. Depending on his mood, he might simply bang on the vessel to give the sailors a good scare. He might use his claws to puncture the hull but leave it intact or ravage it completely to let it sink.
Pyndrtyruss is also known to land on larger ships' decks and frighten the crew for a few hours. During these visits, he might simply wish to chat and exchange stories. How he is treated, of course, can influence how things will play out. Treating the drake with respect and flattery does not seem to work as well as visible terror.
Adventure Hooks: Adventurers sailing in the Pearl Sea could run into Pyndrtyruss as he terrorizes their ship. Players could also be looking for Pyndrtyruss’ island and his unprotected horde. There are plenty of reports of its whereabouts from the handful of captives that he has simply let go. Suppose the players are of high enough level to hunt a dragon of Pyndrtyruss’ power. In that case, they could be hired to do so by kingdoms and organizations, including the Scarlet Brotherhood.