Category Archive: Bestiary

Monsters, new & old

Parasite Unseen

This post was originally going to be a submission to Kobold Quarterly. The Midgard Bestiary for 4E contained wonderful monsters that can threaten the lives of adventurers but like most 4E monsters, they are usually dealt with quickly. This article discusses parasites, tiny creatures that make up for their diminutive size by being a lingering …

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Monster Block

When the Planescape Monster Manual supplement for 2E came out one of my favorite pictures was the Cat Lord. So for this discussion the Cat Lord is going to be my example. (It’s funny that I’ve looked at it for years and never noticed the shadow…) Planescape is an interesting setting; it and Dark Sun …

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Goons: One Line Monsters

4E is a game full of complexity. It is often complexity of the good sort, it makes the game more dynamic, challenging and exciting all of which are desirable. However sometimes things are a little too complex and something similar is desired. Looking at the 4E rules for PCs the answer is clearly found in …

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Lifeless Mariner

They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise. The helmsman steered, the ship moved on; Yet never a breeze up blew; The mariners all ‘gan to work the ropes, Where they were wont to do; …

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Original Source: Dragon 89 Appearence: Amitoka (singular amitok) are broad in build and their bodies are covered with fur that is white or light grey in colour except their pale blue faces and clawed hands. Under there skin they have a thick layer of fat keeps them safe from even extreme colds, and it, along …

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You Are In The Tarrasque

The Tarrasque is one of those DnD monsters that has become part of the mythology of the game, a giant dinosaur like thing that consumes and destroys everything, a beast everything must fear. The problem with the Tarrasque, by and large, is that at level 30 it is a campaign ending kind of foe, and …

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Skullrider: Level 2 Lurker

Original Source: Dragon 198 (October 1993) Appearence: While unmounted the skullrider appears very much like a human skull with small spiderlike legs. It can retract these legs into its skull-like body making it nearly indistinguishable from an actual skull, a fact it will use to capture victims. When it has taken over a body converting …

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Fire Troll: Level 22 Controller

Original Source: Dragon 199 (November 1993) Appearence: A fire troll is a tall, thick limbed humanoid with smooth, blood-red skin. Within its sunken sockets, its eyes glow a fierce yellow, and its hair is a tanlged mass of vibrant oranges and yellows. Its claws and teeth are long, razor sharp, and as dark as fire …

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Trollhound: Level 5 Soldier

The first in what I intend to be an ongoing series of posts, each of which will feature a monster that originally appeared in Dragon Magazine in either 2E or 3E format (or possibly both). Due to copyright I will not reproduce the whole original article, but will supply enough information to use the monsters. …

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Durosh’kan and Allies

Scargath the Mad

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