This isn’t the dreaded “Gothic Earth”, but something almost as odd. It feels like the world of Oerth, known as “The World of Greyhawk” to many. However, it changed. It evolved. The technologies here, while magical somehow, feel quite close to the wondrous artifice of Gothic Terra. However, I can’t help but wonder how all of this came about. None the less, I’ll take this place over the forces of The Mists or The Red Death any day! I feel I’m not done with either though. – Ramon DeLeon, planes traveling bard
Oerth. But, not the Oerth I remember. This is one of a distant future. Just as there are new hopes, there are new fears. The evils of yesteryear are supplanted by the evils of today. News of a new abomination of mad science and magic has made its way throughout New Greyhawk City. A creature similar to the dread mouther, but created through artificial means. The news does its best to cover up details, but the truth is far more twisted and will only be spoken of in hushed whispers. The terror of the Millexium Mouther rests, for now.
Author’s Note: Dungeon Magazine #83 gets referenced once again! The last time was the Faranth, a one-off aberration that has sadly never appeared in official form again. This time, I’m referencing both Greyhawk 2000 and its tie-in adventure, Alterations. It’s sad that GH2000 only got attention here, never again in Oerth canon. D20 Modern would have been the perfect place to continue it. Eh. Whatever. Here’s a quick conversion of the NPCs and monsters found in it. Plus, the Millexium Mouther is a new monster to play with! While I won’t encourage piracy, back issues of Dungeon Magazine have long since gone out of print. You can find a copy of this issue via Archive.org.
Heroes against the darkness, across spans of time
People who aren’t careful have a habit of vanishing in this city. The cops, they just don’t care. Hired hands, they’re hiding something. The likes of people like me, researching the truth on the side. If you’re careful, you’ll stay close and ask few questions. – Herman P. Finske, Attorney and Occult Reseacher
Even as times change and people progress, one things stays true… there are things that always go bump in the night. Your walled in lands of safety can still be infiltrated or outright broken down. And even without that, there are still dark forces at work from within. Mad experiments, mutants, things of the mind and more! Monsters are going modern for this week!
Author’s Note: More urban fantasy/modern horror creatures! This time, right out of the pages of D20 Modern with my own twists here and there.
Here at the Hoffman Institute, we specialize in chronicling the strange, the distant, the shadowy. Xenoforms and other horrors have found methods of breaching through thresholds and corrupting our very world. Unless we’re prepared, a whole otherworld of monsters could bring Earth to its knees. However, the future lies in both our veteran members as well as readied recruits. Through honor, teamwork, diligence and knowledge; the forces of darkness will not prevail over the best humanity has to offer against evil.
We have a few notes from some upcoming assignments. These will tell you what to look out for. Above all, while protecting the public, we must keep these incidents secret. We can’t let too much paranormal news get out to the public. After studying these cases, be prepared to secure and contain the threads that they are attached to. The Hoffman Institute is counting on you. Best of luck.
Author’s Note. So, some of the monsters here take inspiration from the previous post. And no, I’m not trying to cheapen what I made before by giving creatures stats. A few of these are directly tied to one ghost story, bu that’s okay. Also, keep on the lookout for some more foes of gothic earth! (A mix of Masque and D20 Modern inspiration.)
“Chroniclers from “some outside world” kept babbling about Shadow Powers and Fell planes. These people are fools. They know not of the mists, they know not of true nightmares. I live in them, just as I do in the rare dream. Some day, our people might escape through these gates, through the endless worlds of dream and into paradise. Perhaps these outlanders can take our place… As far as I’m concerned, they don’t truly exist anyway.” – a rather rude Aabber Shaman of the Nightmare Lands, according to Ramon.
The Mists house many untold and unspoken evils and perils. They’re usually the results of twisted minds and nefarious plots. Some are just sad souls that have long since fallen from grace. In more than one instance within the demiplane, some were merely evil souls from the beginning. Such a twisted menagerie exists within the Domains, it’s a miracle that they haven’t escaped to torment the outside worlds.
Brace yourselves and survive the monsters of the night!
Author’s Note: While Ramon bumbles in Ravenloft, let’s bring in a mixture of classic monsters and some new creations! Since I already have various Ravenloft critters in my Vampire and Were-beast books on DM’s Guild, I have not included them here. Also, please pardon the rampant song references…
“Come on baby, don’t fear the reaper”
Many creatures were described in my previous travels. It would be only fair to elaborate on them slightly. Ready yourself for those who lurk in darkness and dread, friends! Allow this small bestiary to inform you on the powers and potentials of these morbid friends and foes. Or should this fall into more diabolic hands, beware of the heinous horrors that you so choose to wield. Righteous comeuppance will likely find its way.
Author’s Note: A companion piece to Ramon’s explorations! Here are some monsters referenced in the post or in their respective planes and dimensions. Enjoy!
“They’re already dead, they just don’t know it yet!”
Instead of a normal lecture, I figure I’ll just chronicle my own travels and recant later. The realms of dream proved invigorating, mortifying, thrilling and so much more! However, my desire for adventure has taken me to far more chilling places. Lands of Death, Darkness, Disaster and so on! As always, I am forever devoted to pursuits of knowledge. And through my travels and magical catalogue of thoughts and sights, you too may travel with me to parts unknown and dreadful. Should anything unfortunate happen to me, let this document be a word of warning!
Author’s Note: I did an old school reorganizing of 4e’s (and I guess 5e’s) Feywild, I figure it’s the Shadowfell’s turn. Many of its ideas were appropriated from past sources already, so that makes things a little easier. As for the other stuff? Well, once again, time to improvise! Also, keep an eye out for some crunch that relates to this post.
The stars carry their own ill omens. Sometimes, they are not always distant sleeping beings, but terrestrial creatures of a different sort. This doesn’t stop them from being completely alien in other ways. Sometimes, these things are from our own world and remain just as frightening as things from beyond the stars. The borders between dimensions falter, as a dark matter begins to traverse into our own realm. All means of xenoforms manifest as a result, with us ill prepared for what is to come.
Author’s Note: War of the Worlds, Alien’s Xenomorph, Classic Conspiracy Theories. Those are the subjects of this post. Also, remember when I said I was done butchering German? Well, I guess I lied… Also, I wanted to fit a few references to the Alternity RPG’s Dark*Matter setting. Also, please don’t hate me for poking fun at the recent Aliens universe…