The Longwings are, with the Regal Coppers, the central combat dragons in the British Aviator Corps. What makes them unique is their acid-spitting ability, a truly lethal combat skill that can cause major damage to ships, fortifications, and enemy dragons alike. Longwings are also noted for the quirk of only accepting female captains, with the result that the Corps always includes a minority of girls and women training up as future Longwing captains.
Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d12+2, Vigor d10
Size: +7, Natural Armor +1, Flight 26, Climb 1, Toughness: 13/12
Powers (all acid trappings): bolt, burst, blast
The introduction of powers for "specialty" dragons like Longwings also begs the question of how they should be handled. I would recommend that they be treated like Superpowers, but with the No Power Points setting rule to reflect the essentially "always on" nature of the draconic ability.
The Kickstarter campaign for Children of the Apocalypse ends tomorrow evening, and it's been a wild ride- interviews, backers jumping in, backers jumping out, and watching the % funded slowly creep up. Thursday I'll be letting the backers know what happens next, whether the project funds or not.
I think the thing that has been most gratifying about the project is the support and enthusiasm from the community. There are people out there who are really excited about the Children of the Apocalypse world, and I'm looking forward to bringing it to them in a final form. Of course, I'd be happier if we were fully funded at this point, but I'm content with the process and with the learning and experience I've attained through the project. Happy Monster Press is in for the long haul, so look for our products on DriveThruRPG soon!
The Yellow Reaper is a much more modest-sized dragon than the enormous Regal Copper, and is a staple dragon of Britain's medium-weight forces.
Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d12+4, Vigor d10
Size: +7, Natural Armor +1, Flight 24, Climb 2, Toughness: 13/12
Aerial Acrobat: Receives a +2 on Chase rolls for aerial combat
OK, so we have an idea of what it would mean to build a dragon PC - let's look at some specific races, starting with the Regal Copper. Since dragon breeding fixes characteristics such as size and strength, dragon PCs would have set values for attributes, but would be able to select skills and dragon-specific Edges.
The British aviation forces lack the fire-breathing breeds found in other nations, but they make up for it with the Regal Copper, the largest breed of dragon in the world. Named for their coppery scales, Regal Coppers are the backbone of many dragon formations in the Corps, providing unmatched strength in aerial combat as well as the ability to carry very large crews or cargoes.
Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d12+10, Vigor d12
Size: 9 (gargantuan), Natural Armor +2, Flight 18, Climb 0, Toughness: 17/15
Hardy: Second Shaken results do not cause a Wound
Fear: Encountering a Regal Copper at or near the ground causes a Fear check for any foes
Here's the video of my interview with Veiled Fury! We lost one side of the sound partway, but you can hear a lot about my approach to setting design and about Children of the Apocalypse.