Using My Monsters

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Metalmaster (Large Monstrosity) - CR 5

So, it's a slug that can control magnetic fields, a sort of mollusk Magneto...And in the original versions it could badly imitate someone screaming, although I often got things wrong as it isn't particularly smart....

...Yep, it's the Metalmaster Slug!


"We're gonna need salt....a butt load of salt.....and Heal potions...."

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pennaggolan (Penanggalan) - Medium Undead (CR 9)

No matter how you choose to spell its name, the Pennaggolan is one of the most bizarre and disturbing undead in mythology. For a long time I didn't know that the myths had them soaking their animated guts in vinegar, which I think is just the most awesome (and vile) thing imaginable...and it gives the GM some great potential adventure hooks leading to an encounter with one of these things.

Anyways, here is my take on this particularly gruesome blood sucker. Have fun!

"For goodness sake! You'd forget your own head if it wasn't screwed!"

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Dusanu (Rot Fiend) - CR 2 (Medium Plant)

Rot Fiends are a nice fungoid monster that fits into any adventure set in swampy or thickly forested terrain, or indeed, any fungus themed setting. They have all the creepiness of zombies, whilst being something else completely, and really, are the ancestors of the Cordiceps fungi in The last of Us.

Anyway, here is my take on this monster, which has lurked in D&D since the first edition of Basic D&D. I hope it finds a home in your campaign....and your player's character's bodies...

Chicken Stuffed Dusanu Skull - Take one freshly picked Dusanu and.....AAARGH! NOOO! GEDDITOFFMEEEEEEEE......

Monday, 14 September 2015

Elemental Grue (Chaggrin) - Small Elemental (CR 9)

The Chaggrin is an earth grue, and is the one that has seen the most use in my home campaigns over the years. A sort of evil hedgehog of doom, these beasts have torn up more than a few would be heroes.

Here ye go!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Elemental Grue (Harginn) - CR 6 (Medium Elemental)

I always thought the illustration of the Harginn in the AD&D Monster Manual II was kinda eerie, and for a while ran them as if they were undead. As with many things in those heady days playing D&D as a 15-year-old, I assumed that things worked a certain way based either on their picture (Beholders and Umber Hulks are tiny) or their name (Any spell with the word 'Death' or 'Kill' in its name is save or die), so my conclusions were an ignorant, lazy kind of way.

Much later I forgot about the Harginn. However, my frequent trawls of old adventures and books has unearthed these things again, and I think they, and their other kin, deserve an outing in 5e!


 Beware of rousing the Anger of Ronaldanar'Macdonaldanus

Monday, 7 September 2015

Brigandine Armour (Medium Armour)

Before doing these stats I spent a bit of time looking up Brigandine armour, making sure I understood what it was, and whether it was ever actually used for real. Based on what I read, I came up with the stats below, which places it firmly in the Medium Armour slot. Thing is, really, for your money, you might as well go for Studded Leather (if you have a good Dex) or a Chain Shirt / Scale Armour (although they are slightly more expensive and slightly heavier), so you might wonder why I have bothered.

The truth is, as a GM, there are two reasons. Firstly, my players might not choose it when they create their characters, but they might be tempted by the suit of +3 brigandine they find in the crypt, or when they are in  part of the world where it is commonly worn and they need to keep a low profile. Secondly, Brigandine has been in most previous versions of D&D, so it seems only right that it gets a 5th Edition outing too.

So here you are, Brigandine Armour!

Armour Class
13 + Dex mod (Max +2)
16 lbs

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Aurumvorax - CR 8 (Small Beast)

This one is for my mate Dave (who plays the Veteran, and has always voiced his affection for these savage little bastards). The Aurumvorax is a sort of metal infused Honey Badger on crack; a eight-legged mass of super dense bone and muscle with a mouth full of teeth and a very bad attitude. Back when we played AD&D 1st Edition, I used these now and then, just to watch my players' faces as they got torn apart by something slightly larger than a house cat. I suspect I will find a place for them pretty soon in my current games now I have statted them up for 5th.

As always, the stat blocks were made with the Monster Maker by FallenWyvern. Download and help make this the best bit of software for making monster stat blocks (it's already bloody fine!).

Aurumvorax - CR 8

I was asked the other day if an Aurumvorax makes a good pet for children, and I have to say...No...
Not unless you are a Dwaer'Syth anyways...

Friday, 4 September 2015

Seszrath - CR 16 (Huge Fiend)

In the 4th Edition Demonomicon are found many strange and plain ugly fiends. Amongst them, on page 144 is the Seszrath; a hulking undead daemon with a nasty taste for mortal life energy. Ormid and the gang are going to face some pretty monstrous enemies over the next year or so of games, and this is just one enemy that they can look forwards to tangling with.

As always, "enjoy" (unless you are a DM, in which case, enjoy!!!)

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The results of too much sugar in the diet can be unholy in its effects - Jamie Oliver, the Demonomicon

(Monster stat block created with THIS awesome bit of kit)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ogre Slug - CR 4 (Large Monstrosity)

Eye of the Beholder III - Assault on Myth Drannor is an awesome game (and if you click on that link, you can get your own copy), that took your adventurers to new and more epic levels of play. It featured a ton of enemies, and alongside all the standard AD&D monsters that featured in it, were a few new beasties who got their own full write ups in the manual. Among these was the Ogre Slug - a sort of Ogre / Slug / Centaur thing that spat acid and generally oozed around the place making it smell bad. As part of my efforts to check out the latest build of the Increasingly excellent Monster Statistics Builder by FallenWyvern, I thought I would convert them to 5e.

It would be rude not to share.

So, here they are...easy to hit, but quite vicious in their damage output. Behold! The Ogre Slug!!!

 Obviously, I don't own the copywrite on this, and I will remove this if asked to!