Dark Bodak – Weekly Beastie

8250 Bodak_ABodaks are a thankfully rare branch of the world’s known undead. Unlike skeletons and zombies, which are remnants of necrotic magic, bodaks are created by a direct intrusion of Chaotic Evil into the material world. They usually are a sign of that the boundaries separating dimensional planes have worn thin, and may eventually attract demons and other abyssal creatures if their presence is allowed to fester.

While not physically imposing compared to most warriors, bodaks pose a real danger to all races. Their greatest power is an ability to inflict their undead condition on other humanoids with a single glance, dooming that creature to a slow death. They cannot be reasoned or bargained with, seeking only to spread their contamination across the material plane.

For this reason, good and lawful evil heroes of the material plane formed a temporary alliance generations ago to purge the bodaks from existence. Their efforts appeared successful, but now bodak sightings are being reported once again. One benefit to the reduced infuence of Chaotic Evil is their legendary Death Gaze – a key ability in creating more bodaks – has been reduced in power. But unchecked, they still threaten all civilizations, and may require new heroes to stand against them once again.

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 Undergound set!

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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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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 – Tree Golem

21000_EarthElemental_BThe art of golem crafting does not belong solely to mages and dwarves, working with dead stone away from prying eyes.. In fact, the Forgotten Druids of the Vale developed a technique of crafting golems from living plants. Considered more reliable than taming elementals, this process created servants who might guard sacred locations, or defend children well into adulthood.

Trouble is, the Forgotten Druids may be forgotten, but their golems stayed behind. And unlike their stone cousins, they continue to grow.

If the forest they were originally protecting still stands, these golems will stay out of harms way. But if it was destroyed in a forest fire or logging operation, they might wander until they find a landscape which looks more familiar – even if their path takes them through a populated city. And since many of these creatures now tower above the trees horizon, they can become a problem which only brave adventurers can solve.

Do you want a miniature of this Beastie? Well, this 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 “The Grove” Pack!

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Weekly Beastie – Magma Giant

KS_AshGolem_1“If you don’t understand why we did it, you’ve never been in a Fire Giant slave camp.

“Imagine living your life contented in a village, when the Fire Giant armies come rolling in. They destroy the walls, murder your neighbors, and eventually round up your family to work in the mines. 14 hours a day in the blistering underground heat, digging up the precious gems and minerals that fuel their war machine. If you drop from exhaustion, your fellows have to leave you there, or else you both get kicked into the magma to burn. You’d want to destroy them too.

“So you sneak a few of those precious stones into your quarters after your shift. While the halfling keeps watch at the door, the elves assemble the rocks into a giant’s likeness. The dwarves inscribe runes in the right places, and the druids provide a dark blessing. And suddenly, the creature you’ve built sits up and glows a brighter red than the lava under your feet.

“How were we supposed to know it wouldn’t stop with the Fire Giants? We cheered as the immense heat increased its power, enough to tear down their hidden city. But then it ripped through the slave quarter, tearing off its own rocky flesh to use as flaming boulders. I barely managed to escape before it shattered through a fault line and collapsed the entire coast.

“We did what we did. I’m not sorry for it, no matter how much your judges leer at me. But I promise you this: We just made one.

“Only the Gods know why Magma Giants now roam the land.”

Do you want a miniature of this Beastie? Well, this 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 Development Pack!

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Weekly Beastie- Reaper of the Returned

51050 Reaper_AAll living things must die. The multiverse is a fantastical place filled with wonder and mystery, but that one fact is true across all the planes. Not that heroes or adventurers are concerned, since surviving party members can just track down a cleric who will resurrect them for a generous donation to the temple. But such actions have consequences, even upsetting the delicate cosmic structure of reality.

And when that happens, a reaper arrives to balance the scales.

Reapers don’t care if a hero is good or evil. They aren’t moved by pleading, bargaining, or curses. It’s not even clear if they can be killed, since the few who claim to have survived a reaper tend to die a few short years later. All that matters to them is restoring the cosmic order of life and death.

You can hide behind protective spells. Move from one safe house to another. Perhaps even challenge them to personal combat (which they’ll gleefully accept). But one way or another, the reaper earns its due. It’s just a question of when.

Do you want a miniature of this Beastie? Well, this Reaper 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 – Vengeful Cecaelia

10050 Cecaelia_ACecaelia’s are not well-known mythological creatures, especially compared to the more familiar mermaid. In fact, the only real example from popular culture is The Little Mermaid‘s Ursula, a villainous figure who despises King Triton and seeks to lead his daughter astray. Whatever you think of the film, there’s an unspoken motivation which makes her a compelling character – what if Ursula had a legitimate reason to hate all mermaids which explained the absence of her own race?

This thought inspired the Vengeful Cecaelia. If the mermaids truly did try and wipe out the Cecaelian people, wouldn’t the survivors be the most powerful among them? Skilled warriors with magical gifts who hate mermaids with a passion? And wouldn’t they try to have vengeance on their enemies at every opportunity?

Like the Cursed Allip, this Cecaelia artwork is provided by the folks at ArcKnight, who producer Flat Plastic Miniatures and other RPG supplements. Visit their site for a cloaker of your own!

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