Night Terror – Weekly Beastie

2900 AnimateDream_A“Don’t worry, it’s just a bad dream!”

Sometimes that’s true. But when your planet happens to be in close proximity to the Astral Plane, your nightmares could be something else.

It’s common knowledge that sleeping creatures can experience loosely-remembered journeys into the Astral Plane. So if your drifting spirit encounters a hungry night terror, you’re likely to wake up in a horrible sweat as it rips into your astral form. Thankfully, short of causing you to fall out of bed in a panic, there’s little harm a night terror can inflict on dreamers.

The problem comes when direct portals to the Astral Plane – which spellcasters have been creating with great efficiency – causes night terrors to leak into the Material Plane. Now they can directly feed on dreamers, disrupting their rest and consuming psychic energy. While unlikely to kill an adventurer on their own, they can still make life incredibly difficult for a party travelling through dungeons without any rest.

But don’t worry, it’s just bad dreams.

Do you want a miniature of this Beastie? Well, this Annis artwork is provided by the folks at ArcKnight, who produce Flat Plastic Miniatures and other RPG supplements. You’ll get one if you order ArcKnight’s Ancient Evils set!

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Weekly Beasties- Dire Wolverine

Dire WolverineYour player party is wandering in the wild when, all the sudden, a beast bursts from the nearby woods and charges you. The PCs shoot it with arrows, but it keeps coming. They blast it with magic, but it keeps coming. Even as it’s upon them and they’re slashing and stabbing it with pikes, axes, and swords, it doesn’t stop. A fury of gnashing teeth and slashing claws, it mauls your cleric until, finally, its battered body collapses in death. When facing the Dire Wolverine, always expect the worst. Continue reading “Weekly Beasties- Dire Wolverine”

Weekly Beasties- Rockslide Drake

Rockslide Drake CoverFantasy is no stranger to mountain settings and it’s not hard to say why. In addition to offering up amazing scenery, mountains are full of danger. Narrow pathways and high altitudes; it’s only a matter of time before someone takes a thousand tumble to the ground below.

The Rockslide Drake aims to make your player party’s mountainside ascent even more dangerous than it already is. Tooled to the task of pummeling PCs with falling rocks, it’s the beastie to throw into your game the next time your players find themselves marching up your Caradhras analog.

The inspiration and art for the Rockslide Drake from a 15th Century Book of Hours. It is part of the Public Domain Adventures series, all based on works in the public domain.

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Black Annis – Weekly Beastie

AnnisBlack Annis. In mythology, this name references everything from the mother of hags to one of the first supernatural monsters to walk the physical plane. But whatever truth may be to those legends, the present day reality is much simpler: There is more than one Black Annis.

When any creature with untapped spellcasting potential is reviled and cursed by the community, her magics can react by transforming her into the object of their fears. This process usually leaves the Annis looking like a wizened old crone, but with the strength and speed of a monstrous predator. This transformation pays no mind to the previous alignment of its victim – much to the surprise of angry mobs in pursuit when it occurs.

Sadly, it is often frightened commoners never aware of their spellcasting abilities who suffer the fate of a Black Annis. If the curse is removed, it is possible to rehabilitate a Black Annis back into society, but doing so is often no easy task since she will resist at every turn.

Do you want a miniature of this Beastie? Well, this Annis artwork is provided by the folks at ArcKnight, who produce Flat Plastic Miniatures and other RPG supplements. You’ll get one if you order ArcKnight’s Ancient Evils set!

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Weekly Beasties- Sellsword

Sellsword smallI love hirelings.  It’s great to build up a powerful player character, but how much cooler is it to be a powerful PC at the head of an entire army? My problem, is that the hireling options currently offered by the D&D 5e books don’t really include what I consider satisfactory options for those inclined to conquer.

That in mind, I decided to write up the Sellsword. A solid fighter with a heart hungry for gold, it’ll fight anyone as long its paid. Just don’t expect them to stay as loyal beyond their sack of gold.

 

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Weekly Beasties- Golemech

golem (1)What’s that? Two weekly beasties in one week? We were a bit swamped last week and didn’t have time to complete our regular beastie. So we decided to do two this week to make up for it!

I love me a good a giant robot. Gundam and Robotech/Macross have been mainstays of my personal fandom for years. I never pass up on an opportunity to watch an improbable combat machines duke it out.

A D&D mecha was one of the first things I proposed when we launched Gorgon Breath Games last year. The Golemech is my attempt to finally get around to that. Ostensibly designed for fighting giants, they provide an opportunity for your players to not just fight against a fantasy mecha, but pilot one too.

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