Using My Monsters

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Myrlochar and Elder Myrlochar - Medium and Large Fiend (CR 2 and 7)

The 2nd Edition AD&D book, Drow of the Underdark was a godsend to a 17-year-old me, who was drunk on tales of a certain purple eyed Drow, was running numerous games that delved in the Underdark (based on the 2nd Edition Dungeoneers Survival Guide and the additional odds and ends out of the Bloodstone adventures), and who tried to squeeze the drow into every damn adventure he wrote. It cast a dismal glow over the secret world of the drow, and it became one of my favourite books.

"Soon Guen, an army of Chaotic Good misunderstood Drow will enter this world, and our kind will be hated for a new reason. Now, let's dance!"

Since then my game world, like me, has grown up a lot. The Drow became the Dwaer'Syth, and certain historical events were created to explain why, in the later games I ran, few if any worshiped Lolth, and why some had ties to - if not the trust of - some surface organisations and even realms.

However, at present, the PUG is set almost 5000 years before those games, back in a time when the first rebellious rumblings of uprising are only just starting to show amongst the Dwaer, and Lolth still pretty much runs things. This has given me a chance to dance down long forgotten paths (though they are currently allied to a breakaway settlements where Lolth is not worshiped, and are helping to uncover agents of the Loth'Vari; traditionalist Dwaer who want to overthrow the "rebels" and install the rule of their dark Goddess and her minions), and in the course of this, I am getting to convert a ton of old stuff to the newest edition.

The +4 Leotard of Protection; sexy and shielding...or something...

Myrlochar first (to my knowledge any way) appeared in the original Drow of the Underdark, and were spider shaped fiends that could be summoned easily by the servants of Lolth, to serve as guardians, soldiers or to oversee certain rites and rituals. They were also found in the 3.0 Monsters of Faerun, where they lost some of their nastier abilities.

So, it's an undead looking spider daemon...that's just...you know what? I quit. Seeya

I have done two versions. The lower CR version is based on the 3.0 one. The Elder Myrlochar is based on the 2nd Edition version. Both are going to be seeing use in my games very, very soon.





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