When looking for this answer, I found this publication that is similar, although my question is more cosmetic than functional …
Truesight's sense states:
A monster with the truth can […] perceive the original form of a
shape changer or a creature that is transformed by magic.
Many dragons, like the ancient bronze dragon have the action:
Change shape The magically polymorphic dragon in a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or returns to
It is his true form.
I have always thought of Seeing true as simply seeing things as they are in this sense, as seeing the white complexion of a changeling. However, while watching this dragon trait, I came up with something that seems strange to me:
A wyrmling is medium sized, which means there may not be much difference in height, but an ancient dragon is gigantic, which means that its true shape would be quite massive
So, trying to visualize how this would seem tends to create certain problems:
- The size of a now smaller dragon could fit into spaces that a large dragon could not
- If the dragon used a form with additional limbs, such as a spider, would they appear to the creature with Truesight?
- Given the difference in size, how would you aim at the dragon?
Given that, I wonder How would Truesight work on a creature whose size changes, like the dragon? Would you see a small dragon 6 to 7 feet tall? or be looking at space while talking to him?
Another example of this is a polymorph Tyrannosaurus … Would the creature of truth gain a disadvantage in the creature's attacks, just by looking at the person inside?