Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Unicorn

I have never had a unicorn in one of my games, but I'm working on it. I know that if I can ever convince my wife to play D&D or Pathfinder, she will want one. Whether she plays a high level paladin with one as a mount, or a ranger with an exalted companion, or maybe just one of those healers from the Miniatures Handbook, I'm sure we will it happen.

This month, as a participant in the A-Z Blog Challenge, I'll be writing a post each day (except for Sundays) and letting the alphabet guide my content. Thematically, all of my April posts (at least those related to the blog challenge) will be monster related. Each day, I'll be challenging myself to create an encounter, NPC, location, etc. that features a monster I've never used before in a roleplaying game. Hopefully this will push me to include more variety in my current campaign, and who knows... maybe I'll find a few new favorites.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Titan

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a pic of a fire giant - not a titan.
Titans are a race of "monsters" who I have never included in a campaign mainly because they are just so doggone tough. Their challenge ratings are so high that a party of characters needs to be in the high teens level-wise before they can take one on without getting slaughtered, and I have never had a campaign last beyond 12th level.

High level campaigns are just rare, and by the time characters get to those high levels, there are just so many other monsters that I'd rather be throwing at them - balors, pit fiends, ancient dragons, high priestesses of Lolth (Hi Quenthel!), dracoliches, etc. I'm sure if I kept listing high-level opponents, eventually I'd put titans on the list... but how far down? To be honest, they're late second round picks at best. They're just competing with too many other monsters that I happen to like better, and at a challenge rating that so rarely comes up that the poor titans will probably never make the cut.

Sorry guys, but I doubt any of you titans will ever see play in one of my campaigns. Hang in there, though. There's always the remote possibility that I'll manage to sneak you into a one-shot adventure.


This month, as a participant in the A-Z Blog Challenge, I'll be writing a post each day (except for Sundays) and letting the alphabet guide my content. Thematically, all of my April posts (at least those related to the blog challenge) will be monster related. Each day, I'll be challenging myself to create an encounter, NPC, location, etc. that features a monster I've never used before in a roleplaying game. Hopefully this will push me to include more variety in my current campaign, and who knows... maybe I'll find a few new favorites.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Salamander

Even though I've always found creatures from the elemental plane of fire alluring, I have somehow neglected the salamander. Perhaps it is because they have been overshadowed by fiery creatures I like more... like effreet, red dragons, and plain old fire elementals. Maybe the salamanders just need a strong revolutionary figure to lead them out of obscurity in my campaigns... could Damodar be it?

Damodar Snakeskin is a young but powerful salamander cleric, departing from the ways of his people to worship Sseth, a yuan-ti deity. He believes that salamanders are long-lost cousins to the yuan-ti, and for the glory of Sseth, the two races should band together in a glorious uprising to overthrow their "masters" in both the elemental plane of fire and the abyss. To this end, he has begun recruiting across the planes. So far he has brought several hundred salamanders and yuan-ti under his banner, and has emissaries speaking to various groups who might prove sympathetic to the cause. Although he has achieved a great deal of personal power, he has yet to secure the loyalty of enough subjects to threaten any entrenched force on either the elemental plane of fire or the abyss, and has thus gone unnoticed by those whose rule he seeks to someday overthrow. The key to his success will be his ability to avoid their attention while he is building his army, for any uprising as ambitious as his own is likely to be stamped out before it ever grows powerful enough to pose a true threat.



This month, as a participant in the A-Z Blog Challenge, I'll be writing a post each day (except for Sundays) and letting the alphabet guide my content. Thematically, all of my April posts (at least those related to the blog challenge) will be monster related. Each day, I'll be challenging myself to create an encounter, NPC, location, etc. that features a monster I've never used before in a roleplaying game. Hopefully this will push me to include more variety in my current campaign, and who knows... maybe I'll find a few new favorites.

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