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Roll vs. Role
by Chris Sims

In the spirit of the holidays, Dragon presents a special Roll vs. Role. The dragon Cazakk the Blessed has established himself as a terror to the Barony of Harkenwold. Each year during the Winter Festival, he travels to every town and hamlet in his domain and demands tribute from the local townsfolk. For fear of their lives should they refuse, they always accede to the greedy wyrm's requests.

Red dragons are the most powerful of the chromatic dragons, and they know this. Such is their strength that they seem born to arrogance, belligerence, fearlessness, greed, and cruelty. Most red dragons believe that a creature's right to wealth is equal to its ability to defend and keep those riches. Further, few are brave enough to face a dragon. Fewer still are willing to match wit, sword, and spell against a dragon that is burning wrath incarnate. Lack of opposition leaves a red dragon able to exploit weaker creatures.

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    About the Author

    Chris Sims started out working for small d20 companies in 2003, then landed a freelance editor gig for Wizards RPG R&D. Wizards finally got annoyed enough by his constant applications to hire him as the Duel Masters editor in 2005. From there, Chris wheedled his way into RPG R&D as an editor, and finally became a story designer after masterminding a few choice assassinations. His credits include Monster Manual V, Secrets of Sarlona, Rules Compendium, and the Eberron Survival Guide (thanks, Logan!).