R is for Rakshasa

The rakshasa assassin miniature from D&D Miniatures has been one of my favorites since I first laid eyes on it. However, I've never actually gotten the chance to use it because I haven't run a suitably high level campaign since I got the figure. I did run a paragon tier adventure for a friend who was home from Germany for a few weeks on leave a few years ago, but using a figure this sweet in a one-shot adventure seemed like a waste. This guy deserves more time in the spotlight, if not as the campaign's defining villain, then at least a high ranking henchman of the main villain.

There is a possibility that my current campaign will progress to high enough levels that I'll finally get to use this miniature, but with the party at 2nd/3rd level, that's still a long way away. This might be my opportunity to get one of these guys some tabletop time. The only question is, since I have such a hard time running monsters "as is" from the various Monster Manual and Bestiary books... how will I modify this monster to make him a little more unique? My first inclination is to add levels of shadowdancer, but that's probably just me reaching for another old favorite rather than doing something innovative. I'm going to take some time to come up with something more interesting...

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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