T’ien Lung (Celestial Dragon)

In a previous post I converted the 1e/3e Oriental Adventure dragons as a group.  Thats not strictly speaking 5e compliant.  Will expand on that post with individual dragons for each age category.

For context the previous article should be read along with this one as I won’t repeat the introduction and lore for the lung dragons overall here.

Lung dragons all come from the same kind of dragon, therefore, they all have the same wyrmling version – yu lung dragon.

The celestial dragon is basically the gold dragon. If you look at the older artwork for gold dragons its clearly meant to be an oriental dragon.  Just coming full circle with this conversion.


Young T’ien Lung (Celestial Dragon)

A young t’isn lung is statistically identical to a young gold dragon. In fact the two species are most likely closely related.  Though very similar, their are differences:
Type The dragon has the spirit subtype.
Alignment lawful neutral
It gains the following additional traits:
  • Innate Spellcasting. The dragon’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 17, +9 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
  • Fly. Though wingless, lung dragons can fly magically due to a magic blue pearl embedded in their brains. If removed from the dragon, this pearl loses its magic but is still worth 1,000 gp. The dragon can cease or resume flight as a free action.
  • Keen Senses. The dragon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks.
Finally, it gains additional spells of the DM’s choice using the “Dragons As Innate Spellcasters Variant“.  Specifically a t’eon lung can innately cast a number of spells equal to its Charisma modifier. Each spell can be cast once per day, requiring no material components, and the spell’s level can be no higher than one-third the dragon’s challenge rating (rounded down).

 


Adult T’ien Lung (Celestial Dragon)

An adult t’isn lung is statistically identical to an adult gold dragon. In fact the two species are most likely very closely related.  Though very similar, their are differences:
Type The dragon has the spirit subtype.
Alignment lawful neutral.
Damage Resistance bludgeoning, piercing, slashing from nonmagical attacks.
It gains the following additional traits:
  • Innate Spellcasting. The dragon’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 21, +13 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
  • Fly. Though wingless, lung dragons can fly magically due to a magic blue pearl embedded in their brains. If removed from the dragon, this pearl loses its magic but is still worth 1,000 gp. The dragon can cease or resume flight as a free action.
  • Keen Senses. The dragon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks.

The dragon also gains an additional legendary action option:

  • Cast a Spell (Costs 3 Actions). The dragon casts a spell from its list of spells, consuming a use of  a spell as normal.

Finally, it gains additional spells of the DM’s choice using the “Dragons As Innate Spellcasters Variant“.  Specifically a t’eon lung can innately cast a number of spells equal to its Charisma modifier. Each spell can be cast once per day, requiring no material components, and the spell’s level can be no higher than one-third the dragon’s challenge rating (rounded down).

 


Ancient T’ien Lung (Celestial Dragon)

An ancient t’isn lung is statistically identical to an ancient gold dragon. In fact the two species are most likely very closely related.  Though very similar, their are differences:
Type The dragon has the spirit subtype.
Alignment lawful neutral
Damage Resistance All
It gains the following additional traits:
  • Innate Spellcasting. The dragon’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 24, +16 to hit with spell attacks). Where applicable, all the dragons spells are cast at 9th level. It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
  • Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
  • Fly. Though wingless, lung dragons can fly magically due to a magic blue pearl embedded in their brains. If removed from the dragon, this pearl loses its magic but is still worth 1,000 gp. The dragon can cease or resume flight as a free action.
  • Keen Senses. The dragon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks.

The dragon also gains an additional legendary action option:

  • Cast a Spell (Costs 3 Actions). The dragon casts a spell from its list of spells, consuming a use of  a spell as normal.

Finally, it gains additional spells of the DM’s choice using the “Dragons As Innate Spellcasters Variant“.  Specifically a t’eon lung can innately cast a number of spells equal to its Charisma modifier. Each spell can be cast once per day, requiring no material components, and the spell’s level can be no higher than one-third the dragon’s challenge rating (rounded down).


 

DESCRIPTION

T’ien lungs are among the most favored officials of the Celestial Bureaucracy, and the rulers of dragonkind. They are noble and honorable, though often rigid and unmerciful.

A t’ien lung’s body is long and serpentine, often coiling in on itself as the dragon moves or fights. Its scales are dull gold in the juvenile years, but brighten to a brilliant yellow, orange, or light green by the time the dragon reaches adulthood. A multihued mane surrounds its neck, and similarly colourful whiskers branch from its snout and rise over the top of its head like antlers. A wispy golden beard dangles below its chin. The dragon exudes an aroma reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

T’ien lungs live in resplendent castles in cloud banks and on high mountain peaks. They speak Common, Draconic, Auran, and the Spirit Tongue.

T’ien lungs enjoy eating opals and pearls and look kindly upon any mortal who gives them such delicacies.

In combat, whenever possible, t’ien lungs attempt to warn away potential opponents with a fiery blast of their breath weapon. If their warnings go unheeded, they fight ferociously. They prefer to fight from the air, circling their opponents at a distance while using their breath weapons, then swooping in for melee attacks.

 


Spirit and Mortal Realms

To give context here is a brief summary of the Spirit Realms referenced by the dragons plane shift ability:

Spirit Realms

The Realms were as follows:

Mortal Realm 

  • Ningen-do; Realm of Mortals (not a Spirit Realm)

 


Banner Credit: “Lung Dragon” by Wayne Reynolds, (c) WOTC.