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The players are about to come into a bit of treasure and a dragon… 
6th-Feb-2009 12:50 pm
The players are about to come into a bit of treasure and a dragon egg. I know once they read the rules for hatching and rearing a dragon they will want to sell it instead of taking the time. Assuming they can find a willing buyer, how much would a black dragon egg sell for?

I looked through the draconomicon but didn't see anything about selling eggs.
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6th-Feb-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Officially - I don't know.

Unofficially - I'd put my evil GM hat on and pick a figure I'd be prepared to give them, and then go with that. Whatever figure you offer them, you can justify it - market forces being what they are, it's only worth as much as someone's prepared to pay for it etc.

Or if I put my really evil GM hat on, maybe they can't find a buyer? Maybe when word gets around they have a dragon egg on the market someone will try to steal it? I bet a lot of nasty people would like a pet dragon... Or the original owner will come looking? Or they'll meet a seemingly willing buyer who ends up scamming them.. oh so much potential for mischief :D
6th-Feb-2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
the anti McGuffin?
6th-Feb-2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Can't beat a good old fashioned plot device (even if attempting to use a big mace)
6th-Feb-2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
How much cash would an evil mastermind have to spare? Of course, no one besides an academic would be willing to wait 100 years for the beast to mature unless that was all part of their world domination plan. So maybe a lot, maybe not much.
6th-Feb-2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
A GM I use to play with used this formula.
Dragons live with other races = treat as EL 1-5 treasure
Dragons are common = EL 6-10 treasure
Dragons are reclusive = EL 11-15 treasure
Dragons are only a myth to most = EL 16-20 treasure

I hope this gives you an idea.
6th-Feb-2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
The problem with allowing the PCs to use eggs and body parts of the monsters they kill as loot is that it effectively grants the monster extra treasure that it can't use.

So usually, if I expect my players to be interested in selling the monster's corpse/body parts, I pick a price and deduct that from the monster's hoard to keep it balanced...

But anyways, on to what your question is, it really depends on how common dragons are in your world, and how much time and effort are going to have to go into rearing it. If it takes 1,000 years for it to hatch, only museums, kings, or liches would actually want it.

Being black, and therefore evil, most of those would probably not want it (liches, obviously, excluded). Also don't forget that paladins and such will probably try to kill it before it can hurt people if they realize the party has an authentic egg.

Giant owl eggs (CR 3) are worth 2,500 gp. Hippogriff eggs (CR 2) are worth 2,000 gp. Giant eagles eggs (CR 3) are worth 2,500 gp. So it seems to be based on CR. Since dragons have ridiculous challenge ratings, I would go for one of the smaller kinds.

Wyrmling CR generates a price of 2,500 gp, which is when they'd function mostly as a pet. Young adult is when they become large and therefore capable of carrying a rider, which generates an egg price of 5,500 gp. If you want to go all out and base it on the great wyrm, it's a price of 12,000 gp.

(Assuming base 1,000 gp + 500 gp per point of CR)

That's my guess.

Sorry for the rambling.
7th-Feb-2009 12:07 am (UTC)
thank you! this is exactly what I was looking for.

they are actually getting NO treasure from the dragon as they killed it away from it's den. It did however have it's egg with it in it's mouth, perhaps relocating? The egg is all they get. Well, plus I'm sure they will strip off some skin to make dragonhide armor.
7th-Feb-2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Yeah. Rules for dragonhide should be at the beginning of the dragon entry in the monster manual. Otherwise, you could just figure up how much treasure they should be getting and making the armor + the egg equal that. It's up to you.

Glad I could be of help. :)
7th-Feb-2009 09:48 am (UTC)
There is an old, old, OLD copy of Dragon (issue #50) that has the 1E version of raising and selling off eggs and dragon hatchlings. With a little conversion and some elbow grease, i am sure you can work with that as well.
9th-Feb-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Eh. Let 'em hatch it, and when it opens, instead of a dragon, there's three newborn gnomes inside.
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