Light dances across the iridescent scales of this youthful dragon. From its head rises two tall horns and its eyes glimmer with an intelligence well beyond its apparent age.

N Medium dragon
Init +7; Senses dragon senses; Perception +13
AC 19, touch 13, flat-footed 16
(+3 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 57 (6d12+18)
Fort +8; Ref +8; Will +6
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)
Melee bite +8 (1d8+2 plus poison), 2 claws +8 (1d6+2)
Special Attacks glitter (W-DC 16)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th; concentration +7)
At-will—major image (W-DC 14)
Str 14, Dex 17, Con 17, Int 16, Wis 13, Cha 13
Base Atk +6; CMB +8; CMD 21 (25 vs trip)
Feats Ability Focus (poison), Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Appraise +12, Bluff +10, Fly +16, Knowledge (arcana) +12, Knowledge (geography) +12, Perception +13, Sense Motive +10, Spellcraft +12, Stealth +20; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven; telepathy 100 ft.
Environment any
Organization solitary, pair or clutch (3-5)
Treasure triple
Glitter (Su) Instead of an attack, the shimmer dragon can reflect light off its scales to temporarily blind its assailants. Opponents within 30 ft. must make a Reflex save (DC 16) or be blinded for 1d4 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Poison (Ex) Bite—injury; save Fort DC 18; frequency 1/minutes for 10 minutes; effect sleep for 1 minute; cure 2 consecutive save. The save DC is Constitution-based.

This creature appears to be a very young dragon at first glance. After studying the shimmer dragon for a moment, it becomes apparent that this is no young dragon; there is an old intelligence in its deep, penetrating eyes. The multihued shimmering scales of the shimmer dragon are its namesake. It has sharp horns on its head and what looks like a small beard of thin hair below the chin.

Shimmer dragons prefer to communicate telepathically although they have the ability to speak normally. Telepathy offers the shimmer dragons a way of speaking secretly over greater distances.

These dragons are rather special, and gain very little respect from their greater cousins. The shimmer dragons have carved their own place in the world as the caretakers of places with strong ties to the essence of illusion.

Illusion spells are known to be more potent in these magical locations. These places are well hidden and can be quite difficult to find, prompting some wizards to give dangerous artifacts to the dragons for caretaking.

On Porphyra
Shimmer dragons were once the confidants and allies of non-aligned wizards and sorcerers in the days before The Calling, and their trust was paramount to the safety of the Savants of the Fifth Element. Some of their enclaves are still present in Hesteria, Blix, the Celestial Parishes, and the Opal Sea.