Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for Yrthak

I have to admit that "Y" was a hard letter to write about given the restrictions I put on myself at the beginning of the month. My mind immediately jumped to yuan-ti, as I've used those plenty of times - but that disqualifies them from this month's writing because I vowed to widen my horizons and write about monsters I haven't used. Of all the "Y" monsters in the Pathfinder reference document online, the yrthak is the least weird... it's basically just a magical pterodactyl.

So why would I start using these critters in my games? I'm not sure exactly. This is the first creature I've come to on the list that I've really just thought, "You know what? There is absolutely nothing about this monster that makes it sound exciting to me." I did say some pretty negative things about the titan last week, but that had a lot more to do with the titan being in competition with cooler monsters than it having few redeeming traits on its own.

The yrthak, on the other hand? Unless you want a pterodactyl that screams your characters to death, I would leave this one on the shelf.

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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