Esfuerron is a red dragon who resides in the area surrounding Tinder. Not much is known of the beast’s past, aside from the fact that he has been a part of the village’s lore and history since late in the Eighth Kingdom. He would demand regular tribute of the village starting at that time and throughout the Ninth Kingdom, until the founding of Qasqeston, when the wily creature ceased its attacks for fear of retribution from the powerful custodians of the place.
Upon the disappearance of Rhogan and Zelligar, however, it resumed its raids, though it began focusing more attention on the roads leading to and from Tinder as opposed to the village itself, demanding tribute from travelers in exchange for their lives (and sometimes slaying the unfortunates anyhow). The Clensaba merchant caravan of 1533 is believed to have suffered this sad fate, for it never arrived in Tinder. As of autumn 1535, Esfuerron has not been seen by the townsfolk nor Tinder’s Champions for at least a year; rumor in Barkeep circles is that the dragon is being forced to regularly defend its territory and treasure against the creeping tides of darkness from the Casad Reaches and cannot gain additional treasure nearly as often as he would like. There is no doubt, however, that the dragon’s horde is massive in scope as a result of decades of successful raiding.