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Beautiful and deadly. Sapphire dragonflies are thankfully rare predators, though are truly a sight to behold when they aren’t actively hunting. Their dancing is a complicated ballet of flashing blue and can grow to include numerous sapphire dragonflies in the area. Scholars have identified numerous different dances, but only some are related to mating. There are many more which mystify observers, particularly these group numbers — what they’re trying to communicate is elusive, though some scholars put forth it may be a performance for no purpose other than the joy of doing so, much like Namegivers may put on. Naturally, this is preposterous.
Sapphire dragonflies average around three feet long with over nine foot wingspans. Their bodies gleam like blue chrome with iridescent wings. Their movements are astonishing in their speed and precision; flashes of blue as they spot and intercept their prey. Smaller prey is simply consumed immediately in midair with their complex mouths. Larger prey is either grabbed with their claws and eaten while still alive, or bites are taken in darting attacks until the sapphire dragonfly eats its fill.
Their reflective coloration and speed makes them difficult to spot when they move to intercept their prey. This means sapphire dragonflies typically ambush their prey, even as they’re very easy to see while hunting. Even experienced adventurers are taken by surprise by these creatures, caught unaware even as they assumed they were safe. Particularly troubling for groups who rely too heavily on tricks like Astral Sense, which provides no protection against sapphire dragonflies’ particular tactics.
An unusual and often overlooked trait about these creatures is how they may hunt in packs against large prey, such as most Namegivers — windlings are small enough to be snatched and consumed while in flight. They descend as a voracious and harrying pack, reducing most to little more than bones in a few minutes. Those fortunate — or unfortunate — enough to see it describe it as perhaps the most lovely and disturbing thing to see.
Challenge: Journeyman (Fifth Circle)
DEX: 12 Initiative: 14 Unconsciousness: 46
STR: 6 Physical Defense: 14 Death Rating: 53
TOU: 7 Mystic Defense: 12 Wound Threshold: 10
PER: 7 Social Defense: 9 Knockdown: 8
WIL: 5 Physical Armor: 6 Recovery Tests: 2
CHA: 4 Mystic Armor: 5
Movement: 4 (Flying 20)
Actions: 2; Bite: 16 (14), Claws ×2: 18 (12)
Awareness (12, Simple): As the skill, Player’s Guide, p. 129.
Bltizkrieg (Simple): The sapphire dragonfly may move double its Movement Rate to engage in combat.
Enhanced Sense [Hearing] (2)
Enhanced Sense [Other] (6): Astral Sight, as the talent, Player’s Guide, p. 129.
Enhanced Sense [Sight] (4)
Omnivision: The sapphire dragonfly can effectively see in all directions and cannot be Blindsided due to positioning.
Steathy Stride (17, Simple): As the skill, Player’s Guide, p. 170. The sapphire dragonfly must move over its Movement Rate to use this skill and may use it even if seen previously, requiring new tests to detect it.
Swooping Attack: The sapphire dragonfly may split its movement (Player’s Guide, p. 386) and not suffer any penalties, and doesn’t need to spend Strain.
Clip the Wing (Opponent)
Grab and Bite (Sapphire Dragonfly, Claws): This can only be used on small targets, such as windlings.
Ethereal Attack (Sapphire Dragonfly): The sapphire dragonfly may spend an additional success from an Attack test to affect Mystic Armor instead of Physical Armor.
Pry Loose (Opponent, Close Combat)
Loot: Up to four wings worth D6×5 silver pieces each..