20px-Cquote1.png Fascinating. It appears you cease to be a mighty wizard and become a fragile pointy-eared monkey. While I? I am still a dragon. 20px-Cquote2.png
Mother Dragon
Mother Dragon
Biographical information

Wooden Forest

First Comic


Last Comic

638 (in life)
641 (remains)

Physical description

Black Dragon





Chronological and political information



Chaotic Evil

Known apprentices

Black Dragon of Wooden Forest

Known relatives

Black Dragon of Wooden Forest† (son)

D&D Stats

5+ (31 HD as dragon)














Extra Spell


Use Magic Device


breath weapon, water breathing, corrupt water, charm reptiles, Darkness, Insect Plague, Plant Growth


Plane Shift (implied), Greater Teleport, Antimagic Field, Finger of Death

Mother Dragon was an ancient black dragon who had originally lived with her son and his father in a cave in Wooden Forest. They had a large hoard, including a large (relatively) chunk of starmetal. One day, the male dragon was killed by adventurers. The mother dragon was grieved by this, but got over it eventually as she still had her son. When she left for a weekend and he was killed by the elven wizard Vaarsuvius, she sought revenge.

The mother dragon did not know who had killed her child, so she asked the Oracle of Sunken Valley for a name. After nearly a year, she then tracked down Vaarsuvius and stalked the boat V was on, deciding it best not to attack as the boat was well guarded by the elf as well as a Cleric of Thor (Durkon), a bard (Elan), two Paladins of the Sapphire Guard (Hinjo and Lien), a handful of Azurite soldiers (including nobles Daigo and Kazumi) and a ninja (Therkla). She was seen in the shadows in a bonus comic in Don't Split The Party. However, after V's dispute with Elan over the deaths of Therkla and Daimyo Kubota, they voluntarily left the boat and retired to a small island where V was joined by the imp Qarr. V's irritation with Qarr caused the elf to cast 9 spells in a few minutes starting including four 6th level spells and a 7th level spell.[1] With V's spell slots depleted, including their most powerful offensive spell, this was when the mother dragon struck.[2]

Trance-deprived Vaarsuvius was no match for the arcane master dragon. She wounded V but did not kill them, instead telling V she was going to kill V's mate and children at their cottage in Ivyleaf, and then bind their souls so they could not be resurrected. She had already been there invisibly while she concocted her plan. This plan would have been successful if Vaarsuvius hadn't received the Soul Splice (or possibly if the alternative plan outlined by the Fiends[3] in had worked). Vaarsuvius killed the dragon with a few spells, then animated the head just so she would understand exactly V's next action. Vaarsuvius used Haerta Bloodsoak's Epic-level Necromancy spell Familicide to kill a massive number of black dragons living in all parts of the world which were related however distantly to the mother dragon, along with many humans who shared the dragon's blood. Familicide caused the death of the entire Draketooth family,[4] which descended from black dragons, having the effect of leaving Girard's Gate mostly undefended.

Though the mother dragon may have been evil, and V ostensibly True Neutral, V's genocide of her family is the singular most evil act committed in the comics, including perhaps the actions of Xykon and Redcloak, though they may have worse intentions and the full extent of their past crimes are unknown.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

  • Sorcerer: While all black dragons older than Juvenile have Sorcerer abilities, the Mother Dragon displayed Sorcerer abilities beyond the 11th level inherent to her species and age category. She must have an additional 5 or more levels in the Sorcerer class to have three 7th level spells prepared, which is implied in her plan to leave the Prime Material plane with the souls of V's children along with the other two spells she cast in combat with V. Her total caster level would therefore be 16+.[5]

Equipment & WeaponsEdit

  • Scrolls of Soul Bind: at the time of her death she had in her possession two necromantic scrolls capable of binding the souls of V's children to her.[6]


  1. Comic #624, "This Happens to Telemarketers All the Time"
  2. Comic #626, "Good to the Last Drip"
  3. Comic #634, "The Wrong Reasons"
  4. Comic #842, "All in the Family"
  5. Re: Class and Level Geekery XVII - When you Wish upon a Stat..., hamishspence
  6. Comic #629, "One Chance"
626, 627, 628, 629, 634, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641
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