Pegasus (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Pegasus
D&DPegasus.JPG
Characteristics
Type Magical beast
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats
Publication history
Mythological origins Pegasus

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, a pegasus is a magical beast based upon the creature of Greek mythology and Roman mythology.

Publication history[edit]

The pegasus first appeared in the Dungeons & Dragons "white box" set (1974).[1]

The pegasus appeared in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[2]

The pegasus appeared in the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1977),[3] the D&D Expert Set (1981, 1983), and the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991).

The pegasus appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[4] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993) with the greater pegasus.[5] The greater pegasus appeared in Dungeon #61 (September 1996).

The pegasus appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[6] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003).

Physical description[edit]

While the Pegasus of myth is typically depicted as a winged horse, the pegasi of Dungeons & Dragons have other avian features as well. Their lower legs are feathered instead of furred, and their manes and tails are also of feathers. They also lay eggs, like a bird, instead of giving birth to live young. They mature at the same rate as a horse, however, and have similar habits. They live in temperate forests.

Society[edit]

Pegasi are highly prized for their value as aerial steeds, but being wild and shy magical creatures, they are not easily tamed. The most common way they are trained as these steeds is from their eggs being stolen and the creatures being raised from birth. Sometimes a grown pegasus may be tamed provided that the creature has a friendly attitude to the tamer. Riding one requires six weeks of training, and an exotic saddle, but they make worthy steeds indeed. Being goodly creatures, they will only serve good or neutral riders with an absolute faithfulness for life.

Pegasi are incapable of human speech.

Many pegasi revere the god Eachthighern.

Pegasi are chaotic good in alignment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson. Dungeons & Dragons (3-Volume Set) (TSR, 1974)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson [1974], edited by J. Eric Holmes. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (TSR, 1977)
  4. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One. TSR, 1989
  5. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  6. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual. Wizards of the Coast, 2000