Have you ever seen a monster in a bestiary, monster manual, etc, that seemed really cool to you, but didn't really get much love? Then post it here, and tell us why you like it, and maybe even suggest variants/scenarios/lore/etc for other people's monstersI'll start off with the Nothic, from D&D. They're apparently wizards who failed a ritual to gain arcane insight, and were transformed into near feral monsters with an instinctual hunger for secrets and information. They're kind of underwhelming, mechanically, but 5e at least gave them a neat, knowledge draining gaze attack. I personally just think they look really cool, and seem like they could have a lot of potential.
Iknow there are campaigns are crap about them, but I think aboleths don't get enough love. I guess its the fish thing and underwater sucks in any kind of game
The neutronium golem or the nexus dragon get posted to hell and back, but I was always partial to the Atata, from the Epic Bestiary.From traditional, wasn't there a ghost megalodon in a book? I might be confusing it for a spell, I know there's the ghost piranha school. Either way, water monsters are often cool but underrepresented.
>>43208499Being underwater is just hard for me to imagine.Its weird to think of the duller sense of touch, the feeling of water move around you as a result of other things moving, the average temperature overall and 'pockets' of cool or warm water. The constant pull of the tide on you so you have to be constantly moving just slightly, or you drift away (thus messing up the idea of hiding bodies that are KO or dead, and also tracking where dead bodies came from), The shear number of odd wildlife that I have no idea how it acts. What would be the equilant of a tracking dog? A shark?
I think Thoon mindflayers were pretty neat but they got slid into one of the last monster manuals of 3.5.Also liked the constructs they brought with them.
>>43205756I recommended this ghost bard thing from the Book of Vile Darkness to a friend a while back.>>43208706What are you doing that you need an underwater tracking dog?Just do underwater for like one encounter. Temperature and tracking don't matter.
This guy right here.Voors are fucking awesome. It's like a bear, raptor, squid, and satan had a four way and somehow birthed offspring.>>43205756I could see these being used as a looming threat where a character learns some piece of long forgotten knowledge that acts like a beacon to these guys. The character learns over time that more WILL come for him. It's only a matter of when...
>>43208788Why did I go diving underwater? Presumably to find someone or something.Also, the enemies could be the ones doing something, evil is proactive like that and might need to utilize and underwater tracking animal. Or a mermaid colony might be use them to track us after we get done stealing their magical artifacts because kek evil campaign. What kind of creatures would they use to attack me?
>>43208499Aboleth are my fucking jam, my homebrew buffs the shut out of them. My current campaign had my players run into an Aboleth's thrall, a sorceror of significant power. Players flipped the fuck out when they realized he knew about their super secret magic macguffin.
Umber Hulks. I don't even know why. But they're justsocool
>>43208821Looks like Alien and predator had a baby
>>43208870They are pretty great but I can never find a reason to use them, besides random encounters. I need to run more wilderness games.
>>43208907Umber Hulks are underground though. Just throw some UH tunnels in there.
I used a Xorn as an NPC, he helped them break into the dao city of gems and went to gorge himself. They did not expect him to look like pic related tho, one said "if I had known I would have attacked the hell out of it."
I really like Attic Whisperers for some reason.
>>43209016That thing is adorable I want one. What is this from?
>>43209016>Formed from dead neglected, abused or lonely children>Can be found in orphanages>Enjoy the presence of children and will act try to lure them with playful songs, trails of old toys and gifts, or the mimicked voices of other former children>They can come solo, in pairs, or a chorus (3-8)FUCKING NOPE
>>43209246You should read the CoC adventure that uses something similar but are the undead offspring of Tsathoggua that come back to consume their corrupted great great great great grandfather while trying to fatten up their "grandmother" to eat her over the course of a decade.
I fucking love manticores but I can't ever seem to make them work. The just end up being generic fantasy monsters.The best use I ever had was having a fighter and a manticore brawl it out in a coliseum, playing up the lion vs gladiator thing.
Dusk Giants from Heroes of Horror. Other than a few skill grab tricks, I don't hear much about them. Basically, the gimmick behind them is that they are giants that retain their size by devouring human flesh, and if they don't eat man meat often enough, they start shrinking to human size.That said, I'm planning on using one in my game. Going to have it set up that a remote village is being forced to provide a feast for it every week, and along with the food, it devours the one bringing the food. The heroes come to the town, and the villages beg for their help. When they go to fight it, if it has a chance to escape after it realizes it could lose, I'm going to have it run away, and vomit up what it has eaten to shrink down in size, so it's harder to find, since they'll be looking for a giant, not just an ugly man.If it works out the way I hope, I think I might have a recurring villain here, following after the heroes, waiting for his chance to strike and gobble them up. What do you guys think?
>>43209144Its a critter from Pathfinder, can't remember which bestiary its in however. They never get enough notice.
>>43209822I think anything after like the first two monster manuals/beastiary gets mostly ignored in most systems. I cant even tell you about the random critters outside the shadowrun core book or any non bipedal threats in the 40k rpgs after Rogue Trader.
>>43205756It's kind of a dumb monster, but I will forever hold a special place for it in my heart: the arrow demon. I do love the idea of an infinitely teleporting master archer, and I love warrior demons. The big reason I love them so much is that I had a party in a 3.5 game once that was so heavily optimized for melee that they were able to just blow away stuff far stronger than them, and they had gotten very confident in their ability to do so despite only avoiding character deaths against these enemies by luck.So I had them shipwreck on an island and had about two dozen of these fuckers with max HD, custom-made bows, hand-picked feats, and arrows of every special material needed to overcome the various damage reductions of the party members. The arrow demons had been hired by some very powerful rakshasas that the players were trying to stop, so they knew the party's way of fighting and just stayed clear of them, trying to lure them in the open and sending lesser summoned demons to harass the party. The best part was that the players split the party before knowing these things were on the island, so we got to have three separate moments of the party being ambushed by this unknown, invisible assailants. There were no ranged combatants in the party able to stand up to these monstrosities, as they operated in teams of 8 and had tons of health due to how advancing monsters worked in 3.5, so they ended up spending the session hiding in this maze of tunnels under the island. I had the arrow demons show up a few more times when the party was in open areas, and the players learned to hate them.I felt a bit bad about it, but I figured 10+ million year old demons would know how to minmax.The optimization arms race kind of got out of hand later, but that's another story.
It's a 2e monsterIt basically wants to kidnap you (transforms into a humanoid, offers you food and rest, cages you while you sleep) and bring you to an Atlantean zoo
>>43205756Nobody uses muh giant chess piece/living trojan horse. I've always wanted to tame one and make it into a mount.
>>43209716That's awesome and I'm stealing it for my game.
>>43209016Okay, I'm definitely going to have to use these. A Chorus of them
>>43209934Also never hear much about living wallsThough I think they sucked in 3e, I don't remember
Ethergaunts are terrifying. The drooling idiots of their race is "born" with an Int of 25.
>>43209716>What do you guys think?Your face when the party chase him so long he can't eat anyone and he shrinks down to half the size of a half-ling. Now the party keeps him in a cage as their pissy mascot.
Despite the fact they're basically just yeti-people, I'm fond of Alaghi.
>>43210003>giant chess piece/living trojan horseI always thought it was a concrete elephant on roller-skates, at least, that was the version in Tomb Of Horrors 1ED.
>>43210109>The drooling idiots of their race is "born" with an Int of 25.
>>43209620Manticores are pretty cool.For me, Linnorms. Stereotypical slay the dragon quest. Until you actually slay it. Is there a basis for their curse?Also, Wyverns are cool. I've thought it'd be a neat story to have a wyvern that sort of hangs around with a dragon lair since he ended up there as a hatchling. He isn't too bright, but he means well, and the dragons like him well enough.Then they get slain.And he hunts down the adventurersBecause you don't mess with familyDamn fool returns to the lair and sits there until he dies
This is anthraxus he is a daemon lord, His mortal followers all spray anthrax from their mouths.Also his most prized possession was the godhack for the lower planes until that goddamn blood war.
>>43210399>His mortal followers all spray anthrax from their mouths.Anthrax, it does a body bad.
Mother. Fucking. Otyughs.Tell me the last time your players had an extremely uncomfortable conversation with a giant ball of garbage-eating mushy flesh that completely shocks them by revealing that it's not only sentient, but speaks common?Because I promise you, it wasn't recently enough.
>>43210336>TFW more intelligent then most mortals in existence>Still considered retarded
>>43210346>Is there a basis for their curse?Dragons that curse or kill people following their deaths are pretty prominent in Norse mythology. Most notable would be Thor dying after killing Jormungandr, which wasn't a curse, but sets the theme.
>>43210684Cool.You should all use linnorms more.
Quetzalcoatl Mother flipping Quetzalcoatl!
>>43210578Staff of the lower planes.basically he could be anywhere in the hells at any time.
>>43210985>"Something wrong, Adventurers? You come here prepared to fight a monster, and instead you found a god?!"
>>43210641IIRC they don't speak Common in 5e
>>43211106That's because 5E is a miserable pile of dogshit.
>>43209927Story time please anon?
>>43211123I haven't played it yet, but compared to 3.PF and 4, it can't be that bad, can it?
>>43211189Remember where you are. Do you honestly expect a decent answer?
>>43211189Well that really depends how you like rulebooks published half-finished and a game system that was changed halfway through development to a rules-lite system, without actually removing the crunch they already put in. So it's half normal D&D crunch, and half "The DM just makes it up", with no real rhyme or reason to it.
>>43210641Once, a long time ago, my DM played him like Dex from episode II of star wars
>>43211034>Foolish mortal in this ruins I'AM the only god!
>>43210985I wanted to use a Couatl for a campaign once. In the frozen not!Japan inhabited mainly by monkey people, humans and elves, there'd be a mountain that was like a temperate rainforest all year round, because the couatl used his power to make it more pleasant for him to live in as he acted as the island's protector.
>>432111894 is better than any of its predecessors though so why would you ever wnat to "upgrade"?
The Ker from second ed D&D always interested me. They were a kind of ghost but twisted into a monstrous form. Basically each time they attacked you they put a curse on you and they got three attacks per round. So if you actually had to fight one you would most likely come out of the encounter absolutely drenched in curses. I never ended up using one in a game beacuse it seemed a bit brutal but if I ever do a chronicle in Ravenloft then I might have one make an appearance.
>>43211466I wanted to make mine like a forgotten deity in a small tropical island, his lair/dungeon would be filled with loyal demi-human monster werebeasts and other stuffs and the adventures would end up figuring out he was attacking because the humans forgot a deal they made with him. But you know humans they forget those little things like gods!! You know with so many wars and other stuffs killling then.
I'm not even joking when I say skeletons. No, shut up, put down your pitchforks and your memes for a second. This thread deserves better than skeleton posting and yelling about skeleton posting.I only ever see skeletons used as fodder for low level adventurers. One of my favorite things about Oblivion was that there were higher and higher tiers of skeletons, and that the strength of a skeleton was based on the original person's martial prowess in life.I love mohrgs in D&D for being skeleton+ and I think they are criminally underused, but in general I just love skeletons that are more than simply brainless fodder.I love the idea of the old Ray Harryhausen skeletons that could fight against skilled swordsmen and use complex weaponry like bows. I like the handful of skeletons in Skyrim that can cast spells.The most underused thing of all about skeletons however is that they aren't actually limited by tendons and ligaments anymore. They can do absolutely impossible contortions, and you have the option of modularity with your skeletons, i.e. replacing their feet with more hands, giving them extra limbs, and having them fight in a way so unorthodox that no humanoid with an anatomy similar to ours could replicate it. Pretty much this https://youtu.be/X5t8A0NUCrI?t=199
>>43212339But skeletons are cool why would i pitchfork about this?
Last session there was a monster we fault that was a flaming skull.I asked after the combat: "Meta question, what was that Flame skull?"GM: "A flame skull, it wasn't imaginatively named."I then read about Flame skulls. Flame skulls are cool.And yes OP, Nothics are dead cool too.>>43210641Isn't there a cleaner version of an Otyugh?I have a dire intolerance for dirty things in fantasy, I have no idea why. IRL I have an iron stomach for gore, muck and mess (used to clean butchers bins and shit when I was younger and grew up in the country).I fucking detest unclean things in muh ttrpg though.Makes black crusade games amusing when there is inevitably some disgusting, motherfucker who plays as an acolyte of that morbid freak nurgle.(Take a guess which god I pick every time.)I'm sure I remember reading in one of the monster manuals about a clean freak friendly (or at least more so) Otyughs.
>>43208854Well it depends, but I would play the mermaids like a medevil hunting party. Sharks are the hounds they send at you, then squids to capture you and hold you still
Immoth. Their tail has a poison barb that makes you bable, every word you say is forgotten forever as in you can no longer use that word at all. They can also store any spell they want in a nice room and keep it on their body for instant cast with no upper limit.
>>43213459In an ice rune. Not nice room.
>>43213472I like nice room better.
>>43213654The spells probably would too.
More fluffy orcs
>>43209620Eberron Dwarves of the Mror holds have a friendly relationship with manticores, and employ them to guard their banks/use as mounts.A dwarven striketeam riding on manticores and throwing axes all over the place is pretty metal.
>>43208870It's the name.
>>43214063Blood Legion best legion.
>>43212662I had a "clean" version of the Otyugh appear in several of my D&D games- as their natural habitat was as swampdwellers. Sure, they were still the same creature, statwise the only difference was no diseases to affect PC's.
>>43210346Possibly the Lambton Worm story inspired the curse. I added the death curse to linnorms I designed not knowing Pathfinder did the same.
>>43210644Well the highest caste have a starting Int of around 40.
I've always loved the look of the Behir and I'm not really sure how /tg/ feels about them.>little feet>little handsIt's like a baby and I fucking love it.
>>43215763A baby of nightmares. But yeah cool.
>>43215763most dangerous monster my party encountered so far because the tunnels were really narrow and it was able to use the lightning breath 3 or 4 times, everyone loved the fight
>>43212339>this anon understands that skellies wouldn't be limited by musclesSomeone post the skelecopter
>>43210399>>43210578>>43211023How did he lose it during the Blood War?
I'm honestly really fucking surprised no one talks about these guys.
>>43205756OP and I have common interests.I use them more like setting pieces than as monsters. They tend to be an indicator of certain activities, and can be used via following, studying, luring or fighting them to uncover different bits of the area or its related plot.
>>43216296Gonna put their underground temple lair thing on my map.Maybe at some point down the line, a delegation of strange veiled foreigners will come visit the town of Adventurehub and entice a group to follow them back into the neighboring desert.Should the players go into the temple, realize they're going to be sacrificed, and start running around wrecking shit, they'll find a downstairs chamber with dozens of eggs guarded by two abominations."No! Protect the brood!"
>>43210072That picture makes them cooler.PCs walk into a room.One wall has loads of corpses and armor and weapons embedded in a semi-translucent substance.they poke it with a 10 foot pole, and the pole gentle eases into it and can be easily removed without problems.Then a PC go to grab a cool looking peice of armor or weaponry.The wall is warm.A creature the length of the wall of the chamber they're in bullrushes the party, slamming them against the opposite wall and engulfing them. The wizard needs to make a STR check to make hand gestures to cast a spell, trying to speak forces him to make a con check or get poisoned.Everyone else making grapple and STR checks to fight their way out of the wall, emerging on the other side, seeing that all the armor and weapons and skeletons that were formerly in the wall remained. One of the party takes a swing at the flesh wall.the wall bullrushes the free members of the party and slams them into the other wall, freeing the wizard...
>>43216296I always like putting the Eberron variant Yaun-Ti in my games. They're LG feathered serpents who consider themselves descendants of the couatl.It was always a delightful case of "mistaken identity" when they showed up and how I broke That One Guy's habit of "shoot first, shoot some more, continue shooting and then when everything's dead ask some questions"....especially considering the LG couatl Yaun-Ti are members of the same church as his character. Boy that was awkward.
>>43208821>Voors are fucking awesomeI believe you mean "voors are fucking terrifying rape monsters". Because they're terrifying fucking rape machines. Voors are amazingly powerful and rape-tastic.
i like giants but i never see em get used. my favorite are ettins and cyclops
>>43214564Flame Legion only legion.
>>43211034For some reason I read that in Dagoth Ur's voice
>>43213472That's kind of disappointing. I like the idea of a giant creature physically hoarding spells
>>43216296I fucking love Yuan Ti. Snake people/serpent cults in general, really.
>>43218648It works, though I was aping>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5mKeEvJ41w&list=PL89A81447B56DF5B1&index=7Also>Dagoth Ur>Final boss>presumably has a ton of power>Dude in a speedo running around a shitty caveI guess I'd have to play the game to get it.
>>43218760He's a physical god. Pants can no longer contain his power
Hippogriffs.Griffons a shit.
>>43217019my campaign's BBEGs are the remains of the ancient giant super advanced society.
>>43218718reminds me of oWoD followers of Set vampires, an entire subspecies of snake worshiping vampires.
>>43210109>Ethergaunts are terrifying.Shit yeah, they are. I always wanted to run a game where the players have to repel an Ethergaunt invasion of…everwhere.