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Astral Construct

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 18:48

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Astral Construct

Made of pure, solidified ectoplasm, astral constructs are crude, but they get the job done. Even psychics need muscle!

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Jarl horn #attackwing #giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:54

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Jarl horn #attackwing #giant

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Pacatus the gold dragon #dragon #attackwing

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:34

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Pacatus the gold dragon #dragon #attackwing

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Balagos the red dragon #dragon #attackwing

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:30

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Balagos the red dragon #dragon #attackwing

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Multiple motivations for your D&D games

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:32
What if every player character in a one-off adventure came with a backstory featuring their own individual goal? Designing such a module or convention game where different members of the party...

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Couple of homebrew 5e monsters…

Newbie DM - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:43

I went on a bit of a monster kick this weekend, only to see just how easy it was to take old AD&D monsters and turn them into 5e creatures. Here’s what I worked on…

First, the Yuan-Ti Histachii. My version of this creature (a 1/2 Challenge monster) comes from the one found in the 1993 2e Monstrous Compendium, although this creature first appeared in the Kara-Tur campaign setting, and was originally printed in that product’s Monstrous Comendium Appendix. The histachii is a former human, transformed into a reptilian humajoid by a foul yuan-ti mixture. They serve as slaves to the Yuan-Ti, guarding prisoners, hunting, and other tasks. Of course, they can also serve as cannon fodder.

From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium

I wanted to make this creature available for 5e because the Yuan-Ti entry in the MM is missing (in my opinion) a suitable low challenge grunt for low level PCs. Sure, the Yuan-Ti Pureblood is there, but in my opinion it serves a different purpose.

My 5e Yuan-Ti Histachii

My 5e Yuan-Ti Histachii

You can find the Yuan-Ti Histachii here. 

The following monsters are a pair of undead, the Skeleton Warrior, and the Huecuva. The skeleton warrior was a nasty monster back in the AD&D days of yore. (It also made for a memorable character in a classic episode of the D&D cartoon). It first appeared in the Fiend Folio for 1e, then reappeared in the Dragonlance Monstrous Compendium appendix, and eventually ended its AD&D appearances in 1993’s 2e Monstrous Compendium. Almost a bit lich-like, the skeleton warrior has an interesting backstory… its soul was trapped long ago in a circlet by powerful demigod or an evil wizard. Their only raison d’etre is to search for and find the circlet containing their souls. The circlet can be used to fully control the skeleton warrior,  but if the circlet gets lost watch out… because the skeleton warrior will stop at nothing to kill its former controller.

From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium

Granted, it’s a very situational type monster. But I thought it was a neat backstory. Neat enough that I wanted to see it in 5e. In 2e term, it was a 9+2 to 9+12 HD creature. In 5e I made it a Challenge 13 monster, since the guy is loaded with immunities and can’t even be turned. He’s a nasty critter. Now, one of the things not described in the AD&D version is the magic item which makes up this monster’s story. So I added it to my write up. It’s basically a golden circlet that grants a +1 to AC and saving throws, along with the skeleton controlling abilities.

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Art shamelessly taken off google…

Download the Skeleton Warrior here. 

The final monster is a neat one, and a bit of a D&D trivia oddity. The huecuva, or heucuva, depending what you’re reading. You see, it’s one of the few D&D monsters (maybe the only one) that managed to have an editorial error slip through the cracks and become canon. In the Fiend Folio, it was huecuva, and later it became a heucuva due to a typo. The rest is history ( and you can read more about this on page 6 of Dragon Magazine issue 168).

The huecuva (I went back to the original spelling) is a neat undead with a bit of a creepy backstory. It’s origins come from Chilean folklore, specifically the religion of the Mapuche people of south-central Chile. (Read about it here.)

In D&D terms, it’s described as an undead spirit similar in appearance to a skeleton. Legends tell that they are the restless spirits of monastic priests who were unfaithful to their vows and now face eternal punishment, roaming, killing, and making mockeries of their past lives.

It attacks with its claws, causing disease to the unlucky ones it manages to hit. In the Fiend Folio it actually caused terminal renal disease! They could also polymorph themselves into other types of creatures, and are resistant to mind controlling spells. And yes, I know there was a 4e template for this creature, but it seemed to ignore this whole aspect of the monster, so again, I’m working off the AD&D versions.

 

From TSR's 1993 Monstrous Compendium

From TSR’s 1993 Monstrous Compendium

 

In 2e it was a 2 HD creature, I made it a challenge 4 creature for 5e. A shape changing undead that can cause disease and has advantage resisting turning? I’ll take that!

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Grab the Huecuva here. 

These monsters haven’t been playtested yet. I created them using the guidelines in the DMG, and from reading their older stat blocks. Partly art… partly science. Let me know what you think!

 

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Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:16

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Goblin Chief Ripnugget

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:16

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Goblin Chief Ripnugget

He thinks he's big stuff.

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Goblin Mutant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:16

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Goblin Mutant

Meet Koruvus. Let's give him a hand!

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Goblin Rider

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:16

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Goblin Rider

Goblins fear some dogs, ride others, and eat the rest.

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Goblin Alchemist

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:16

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Goblin  Alchemist

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Storm Titan

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:16

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Storm Titan

Lightning and thunder are his playthings, and he is as implacable as a hurricane.

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Brodert Quink

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:16

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Brodert Quink

Man, those books are almost as big as he is!

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13 things unlucky players might hear

dungeonmastering.com - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:55
At the very end of the adventure, as the players head into that final room to confront the main enemy, what will the big monster say to them?  Well this article gives you 13 catchy bits.  We’ve...

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Silly Fight!

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Silly Fight!

Man, that Ultra Kaiju is always goofy. Love it!

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Pathfinder & D&D Icons

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Pathfinder & D&D Icons

Same scale, but the Shemhazian is cheaper.

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Mordle Commander!

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Mordle Commander!

Well, that is imposing in the background!

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Out of Scale

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Out of Scale

Yeah, this scale doesn't work.

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Shemhazian - Aerial View

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:22

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Shemhazian - Aerial View

Even from this angle, he's still huge!

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:23

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

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