Monday, April 19, 2010

Dragon Subdual

Randall over at RetroRoleplaying has recently posted a couple of items that make reference to his party subduing a young dragon that crossed their path.

I know it's been a part of the game since the hoary mists of its genesis, but I've always hated the idea of subduing dragons. Why the hell should dragons, the iconic big badass monsters of the game, be able to be vanquished with only a fraction of their hit points gone, only to roll over and provide a big pot of gold when they're sold? That never made any sense to me. Does anyone have any literary antecedent for this? Giants throwing rocks comes from Tolkien. Fine. Where the heck did this come from?

I've never used dragon subdual, and never will. (Spoiler for those following the Emprise!™ development process.)