Heroes of D&D meet their match!
Among the most foul creatures within the realms of D&D is the aberration. Some hail these terrors of entities spawned from a distant realm unlike anything else; The Far Realm. Others fear that they are perversions of our own reality, distortions that prove how horrible magic can truly be. No matter the case, they lurk in dark shadows and hover beyond the veil, as the fabric of reality is slowly torn asunder.
Author’s Note: I haven’t really tackled too many aberrations in a while. Considering they’re among my favorite monsters, I need to fix that! This time around, I have conversions of 3rd edition creatures, as well as some of my own creatures. Star Vampires, Hulking Illithids, Dragon Illithids and one of the most nefarious parasites to show up in D&D! Ready yourself for some truly menacing Elder Evils!
Unification. Usually, this concept is seen as a positive. Coming together for a common cause. However, not all things use it for the betterment of all life. Some use it for the betterment of themselves, sometimes to literally propagate themselves; an all out cosmic domination campaign. For survivors sane enough to resist its curse, they will recant tales of an entity more than capable of unraveling all reality… and rebuilding it in a gruesome image.
Despite hailing from some alien dimension, accessed through planar loopholes and demiplanes, this entity is not driven by chaos or randomness, as we might assume. Scholars believe that this thing has taken interest in our takes on law, order and of course unity. However, it strives to perfect it. To material plane minds, the result is a sickening perversion that inspires madness and revulsion.
Author’s Note: The culmination of all sorts of cosmic and body horror. Here are a few powerful creatures that could make for some truly horrifying end game baddies, short of an elder god itself. Mix a little Dark Souls, Halo, Innistrad and Warhammer 40K and you have these abominations. Also, I realized that my homage to Hanweir is quite similar to Kor-Artificer’s. Great minds think alike, I guess. Either way, I can certainly say that I’ve created one of he most horrifying things I can imagine. All for a part of the Unity!
Some Cosmic Clerics revel in the horrors beyond.
“The ANCIENTS awaken! It is my duty to see that they are ready to take hold of what was once theirs. The time of the material plane denizens is numbered!” – Xel’lenia, Human Cleric of Cosmic and Elder God Cultist
“The space beyond is more than proof of the Gods! While many hide away in small pocket realms of their own design, some are brave enough to face the great aether at large! The wilds of space itself is home to many great beings and I am a disciple of them.” – Torrean Guildlight, High Elf Cleric of Cosmic and Eccentric Researcher
The Cosmic Domain offers a pinch of Lovecraft, a bit of Spelljammer and the vast knowledge of a far greater universe.
Author’s Note: I wasn’t overly fond of my original Eldritch Domain from a ways back. So, like with the Nightmare Sorcerer becoming the Dream Sorcerer, the Cosmic Domain was created. I wanted to come up with some abilities that scream “outer space”, but I had a bit of a struggle. Hopefully, you enjoy. And, if you have ideas on how to build those ideas, let me know!
There are a lot more strange planar creatures where that came from. In fact, we’ve only just scratched the surface. From technomagical bioweapons to distant watchers to strange experiments, the planes offers many mysteries.
Author’s Note: Last week had all Planescape stuff…. and this one has a couple that, well, aren’t. I dunno what prompted me to convert an obscure Pathfinder monster from Reign of Winter adventure path, but it’s in there too. Likewise, I added a jokey monster my sister came up with. Enjoy!
Upon a distant plateau lies foul denizens of Leng.
While many horrors beyond our reaches have found their way into the material, other things creep into reality and bring chaos with them in more subtle ways. Some lurk just beyond the veil, while others find others to do their bidding. Whether they seek to destroy us or take over, eldritch powers are slowly becoming more pronounced. It is unlikely that we’ll ever be ready for them. – Finnemin Cobblertoe, Halfling Archivist
Author’s Note: I wanted to make another contribution to the December ’17 blog carnival. So, true to Doc tradition, here’s some more H.P. Lovecraft creations for 5E! You can find more cosmic horrors throughout my blog via relevant tags like ‘lovecraft‘ and ‘cthulhu mythos‘. Read more about the RPG Blog Carnival Blog here.
I made a slight addition to my supply of Lovecraft inspired monsters, after there was request for more! Plus, I ran out of time on the other post and wanted to squeeze one more nasty thing in there. Here is the Gug, the Elder Thing and the Ghoul. Please enjoy, don’t go insane though… like the last group.
There exists dimensions beyond our own. And what dwells in those realms? Entities far beyond our comprehension, of course! Only a fool would research too deeply into such theories, as they’re liable to go mad from either dark truths or being constantly called a liar and a fool.
Author’s Note: It’s been a while since I’ve done something truly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s brand of horror. While my personal campaign has inject Lovecraftiana into a Barrier Peaks homage (making it more Firestorm Peak), my blog has been lacking in that. So, let’s revisit Cosmic Horror by revisiting some of my older monsters! Enjoy.
“How could such an environment lead to this? Is this a dragon? It barely seems to qualify. Unlike others, it shoots a strange, destructive light from its mouth… It baffles the mind.”- From the journal of a traveling scholar.
Star Dragons, born from the deep cosmos, are a rare draconic breed. Some think they are crossbred between a true dragon from another realm and something truly alien. Others believe that they are another reality’s manifestation of dragon. They could very well be an evolution of primordial energy from the distant depths, gaining awareness as it gained form. None the less, such a creature is capable of unleashing a fearsome power that is true to their kind. Unlike any element, they can release a matter consuming light. Few are sure if it is a kind of radiation, a laser beam or something else entirely. On top of that, it is said that they hold the ability to phase through reality and travel among the stars themselves.
Those who have encountered them have either contended with a brutal foe or an incredible ally. Indifferent to plights, powers and people; the star dragons prefer to distance themselves from conflict. But, if one is convinced to aid, they will become an invaluable source as long as there’s something in it for them. In fact, they’re more likely to remain away from plane jumpers and ships alike. Those who interact with such travelers always have a personal agenda in mind. Despite this, they are not typically egoistic, as they often have a communal aspect to them. They travel the stars in pods, similar to whales in the sea, doing all they can to prevent anyone from falling behind in the galactic reaches. Protection of clan and extended family is an important virtue for such creatures.
Author’s Note: I wanted to do a little bit more with my list of classic D&D monsters ported over into the realms of science fiction… Well… science-fantasy. Will these manifest in something else at one point? Most likely, yes! Anyway, here’s my take on a cosmic dragon that was scrapped from last week’s post due to time. Also, I’m going to be taking a little break from planar/science-fantasy.
“Haven’t had enough of the ol’ hunchback shopkeeper’s wares, huh? Well, there’s more where that came from!”
Here is a small helping of even more magical items for Halloween. Enjoy.
Author’s Note: I wanted to make a few more magical items in addition to what I made before. Also, more JoJo references? I figured why not, since Part 1 is airing on U.S. television. I had to hold myself from making anything Vento Aureo, Stone Ocean, Steel Ball Run or Jojolion because not enough people read the manga… and they should. Also, be on the look out for how many Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem references I can squeeze into one item.
Wizards are weird.
In darker settings, distant beings and magical powers are hard to trust… and for good reason. In older iterations of the game, as well as darker fantasy RPGs like “Dungeon Crawl Classics”, delving into the supernatural had a risk far beyond a price tag and losing a spell slot or gaining the ire of a church. Exploitation of eldritch powers could leave the victim becoming mad, diseased, or both. Turning the forces of chaotic energy into an orderly event is by all means a paradox in and of itself, taking its toll on those who craft too much. Likewise, making bargains with incomprehensible entities too takes its toll. Those who take either too far risk becoming mad or warped beyond recognition.
And worse than exposing yourself to the unknown in immersing yourself is realms tainted by absolute corruption. Desecrated lands, alters to dark gods, creatures that are the truest essence of evil and so on. These sources of the most vile powers in existence are just as likely to twist and decay the soul into something it is not… or was not. While some struggle with sanity, distortion at the hand of dark powers are far worse.
If you prefer, here are some alternative lists that can work as well. Mutations – Part 1 (Benefits), Mutations – Part 2 (Drawbacks), Wild Magic Surge (Alternate)
Author’s Note: This is inspired by corrupted magic from Dungeon Crawl Classics, Carcosa, Taint from D&D 3.5 Heroes of Horror and the Insanity option from the Dungeon Master’s Guide. At its core, this is a variant of the Sanity and Madness rules from the D&D 5E DMG. Also, this is merely a draft for my concept. Expect revision at some point!
Made by Doctor Necrotic, for Doctor Necrotic Media.
IMAGE SOURCE: Dungeon Crawl Classics