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Dragon egg prices 
24th-Jan-2008 09:11 pm
Does anyone have suggestions on how to price dragon eggs? I looked in the Draconomicon, but no dice. As it were.

The eggs in question are equivalent to brass and bronze, respectively (they are ruby and onyx, which are brand-new breeds in my world).

25th-Jan-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
I could have sworn there was a cost guide for 2E that would have worked perfectly... I think it was in an old Dragon somewhere... Sorry I am not more help, I just don't have that issue in front of me, but I am sure if you search for it, someone might have it around somewhere
25th-Jan-2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Sorry I don't have anything to say about dragon prices, but...

I <3 that icon. Vetinari rules. Literally.
25th-Jan-2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Probably pretty damned high, but dampened by the fear of the dragon coming after them...
25th-Jan-2008 10:08 am (UTC)
"Priceless" is my first answer, and quite useless to you. But selling something like a dragon's egg in my world would be so fantastic I doubt it could come to pass easily.

But, it depends on who your players are and how they sell them. If those dragons are Good or Neutral, they could have organizations such as church groups (say, the Temple of Pelor has a small sect that fosters the thought that a certain dragon is actually Pelor's will made manifest in physical form or the like) who would be willing to take the egg to raise or even take to a dragon to foster. Pricing then could be as little as a hearty thank you. The church could task the party to take the egg to the dragon, leading to adventure that gives them gold and XP, or a direct reward from the church of 1000GP per age category or level of the dragon.

Say they're Evil dragons, and the same situation may be true but for the opposite reason: organizations that want to destroy the eggs so that the dragons never live.

Direct selling of a dragon's egg, though, to be more direct and less role play oriented, I would say to look in the DMG or Magic Item Compendium and figure out some major magic items that you would or would not want the party to have and base the price accordingly.

And, lastly and straight to an answer, I would hazard that between 25,000 and 50,000 gold per egg would be a viable sum. The problem is having a place to sell them, and a person willing to buy. If you're in Greyhawk, for example, the party could cast about in Greyhawk City where one can buy anything. In Eberron, Sharn is the place to go. A place like that would likely have a buyer for just about anything and also have the gold needed.

What a good question!
25th-Jan-2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
I grabbed my 3E MM (the closest one to me), because I thought some other monsters had infant or egg prices listed. Just to give a sense of scale:

Griffin eggs* 3500 gp
Owlbear young: 3000 gp each
Pegasus and Hippogriff eggs* 2000 gp each
Spider Eater eggs* 2000 gp each
* The young are worth 50%-100% more than just the eggs

Going from that, I'd say dragon eggs are worth 7500-15000 each, and up to 25000 for a hatchling. Only the largest cities and organizations are going to have the resources for keeping and training a dragon over the centuries... Long-lived or immortal creatures might be willing to make personal bids (or just take them).

Hope that helps!
25th-Jan-2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
My answer kind of turns things back to you, so it's not a quick-and-dirty approach. Who in your campaign world desire an egg and how much are they willing to pay for one. Or better yet, what are they willing to do?

You can get also sorts of plot and RP out of this. For instance let's say some warlord with a bad reputation (regardless of alignment) makes an offer. The current keepers might refuse for a number of reasons, prompting the warlord to hire some ... adversarial personalities to "acquire" the egg. By any means necessary. Or the PCs could get caught up in a bidding war between two buyers, one that may involve more Machiavellian maneuvers (if you play that sort of game).

Lots of things you can do with that.
25th-Jan-2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
There was a Dragon magazine article that might have covered it. I'll have to consult when I get home from work. When I do, I'll post the issue number. It is one of those articles about what to do with a dragon's eggs and hatchlings.
26th-Jan-2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone! The situation is that the party found a couple of eggs in the house of an evil necromancer that they had killed, and now there is a dispute over how the eggs should be disposed of. One of the players (a sorcerer) desperately wants to take the ruby egg home, to be raised as a child in his family (by means of a Baleful Polymorph spell cast on the infant dragon the moment it's hatched--I bet that'll go over REAL well with the baby...), with the ultimate goal of renewing his family's draconic (and therefore sorcerous) bloodline.

This character (the sorcerer) contends that dragons are living beings, and that it is morally wrong to put a price on them and sell/trade/barter them (he made a snarky comment about how mind flayers price their slaves)...his contention is that since he is bringing the dragon home to be raised in a loving family, it doesn't count as part of "his" treasure, and as such he should get a cut of some of the other items and gold that they found.

The other characters are of the opinion that the dragon eggs are, basically, priceless, and so anyone who "gets" one doesn't deserve a share of the rest of the treasure they found, since they're already getting an egg-what more do they want??

It's a very interesting situation!
12th-Feb-2008 06:29 am (UTC)

has this situation resolved yet?

Inquiring minds want to know.

27th-Jan-2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Totally beside the point that this sorcerer clearly has balls bigger than his brain, what exactly would the other players be doing with the egg if the sorcerer doesn't get it? Whether selling it or giving it away is feasible or moral varies a lot by your world.
26th-Oct-2018 01:24 am (UTC)
Well thartze
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