I have created a campaign involving the slow birth of things the players are familiar with, such as orcs, druids, and all other staples of fantasy. This is interesting for the PC's because the races are not just something that happened some years ago, but something the players are intimately familiar with and besides that involved with.
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.