"Screem was the first dragon that made me feel like food. He was not interested in Morbatten, or Tiamat's glory. He saw me and in an instant, I was weighed, faceted, and measured. He sniffed me and turned to Alerius, then said 'She is smaller than you said she would be. Why would you accept such a small priestess when surely there are larger ones available?'
"It was hard not to laugh except that Alerius took his words with heavy concern. They began to argue: Alerius for my worth and Screem for my value as if a gemstone. I walked out of his lair and looked down on the mountains of the Dwarves, our next visit. As I left, Screem said something I will never forget. 'Puny Dar, I don't need you now. But, she does. Have her come see me when she has the red crystal.'
"He meant Ana. He was not the first dragon to be caught up in the cascade of energy that is Ana. I rather wish she had gone on that trip with me. I've never met with Screen since."
- Dar Tania

Screem is the black dragon patriarch, even though there are many black dragon patriarchs and they would, for the most part, not know who Screem is. Colored dragons that are also fallen, when encountered by mortals, tend to be either red fire breathers or black acid spitters. I don't know who this artist is, but the dark palette and green-tint would suit Screem well.

The black clans did not want to align with either the All Father or Tiamat and so most fell, hoping that they would retain power in the now mortal realms of Tehra. Many have found enough power to suit them just fine. Unlike fallen black dragons, Screem retains magic using ability - though he cannot shapeshift - and has a particularly keen sense of geology shared by black dragons in general. He is the earthen sage where Mallaforax is the natural. In the Forsaken Isles, Screem watches over the dwarves, ensuring they do not accidentally reconnect to the Underdark.

Black dragons use their acid to tunnel, dig, and mine for precious ore and gems. Anything that resists acid, they are interested in. Screem's acid is terrible; it eats through anything except precious metals and gems. The dwarves did not know of Screem until Tania's campaign against Bomoki and the Jade God. They're still trying to figure out what it means for them. Screem is content to be left alone, though his interest and knowledge can be bought. So far, it seems that the dwarves of Stone are content to buy what he knows rather than antagonize him. This suits Screem just fine.

Not an active member of the Court of Patriarchs, Screem will sometimes take an interest in black dragon conversions especially if an ancient fallen is found. He has a list of patriarchs from the eldar times and enjoys gloating at their fallen state, and then consuming them. He amasses treasure taken from these patriarchs. Slowly, all black dragons are coming to recognize Screem as their leader through intimidation, if not as their patriarch by conversion. Because of his more active interest in Tehran affairs, Screem ages in advance of the other patriarchs. He does not mask his dragonterror. He enjoys terrifying those who seek him out.

After the 1st Cascade, Dar Ana took the first ever bloodstone gem to Screem for identification. He is said to have studied it for many days and nights, subjecting it to all kinds of gem-based testing. After increasing frustration, where Ana described wondering if he might attack her or eat her as a snack, she says this. "Screem picked up the gem and licked it. His face came alive in a manner I am not used to see in dragonkind. His flashed and he looked at me saying, "This fails all my tests because it is not natural to Tehran geology. It is the blood and aged emotion of gods from the 3 Gates. I can taste it. I can only imagine how powerful this must be. Tell that old wyrm Alerius that, if he wants my help, he is to deliver five of these to me. Three I will shape however he wants. The other two are mine to keep and play with as I will."

It took many decades before another bloodstone was found and Screem figured out how to shape them so they would hold magic and do anything more than amplify latent magic ability.

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