Now so far, I have not really used dragons at all. There were these Sand worms in the desert, which were basically giant sand snakes, whose breath weapon was molten glass. I want to introduce a fantasy dragon as a juvenile to fight the party.
Just some background. There are a few things I want to discuss and get opinions on.
1. I have always had a problem with dragons special ability "frightful presence". It's really no fun for a party where half of them are running away from the giant dragon. I always have to be really careful with challenge ratings anyway, but it just doesn't make sense to me that a party who fights the living dead is scared of a lizard.
Regardless of whether the ability is realistic or balanced or not, if I want to eliminate it completely, what can I replace it with.
2. Secondly, I'm looking for something new to do with dragons, as I intend to eventually combine the standard dragons with the sand worms to form the big puppies. Any differences i can do to make them still classical dragons, but different?
This is mostly a ramble, but lets see what everyone has to say on the subject of dragons.