Werebeasts Update

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Pardon the delay, I meant to release this update alongside A Planar Grimoire, but a few things got in the way.  Anyway, here’s four new werebeasts, as well as four new NPC creatures to torture your heroes with, all outside of the norm for the curse of lycanthropy.  On top of that, the NPCs all have a roguish-assassin type of theme.

  • Seawolf (Swashbuckler) – A seafaring terror that can stalk both on deck and in the murky depths.  Its NPC counterpart is a cruel sailor who mingles with crews before viciously slaying as many as possible, usually amidst a deadly storm or allied seawolves.
  • Weremantis (Shadowdancer) – A were-insectoid capable of long reach and deadly bite.  Its NPC counterpart is a master of stealth and dark sorceries.
  • Wereserpent (Stygian Cultist) – Cursed with the blood of snakes, this creature can not only doom others to such a life, but can choose to kill undesirables through deadly venom instead.  The NPC counterpart is dedicated to a dark cabal of death, assassination, dark gods and the lower planes.
  • Werewasp (Toxic Assassin) – This were-insectoid takes to the skies to shock and terrify its prey.  While it lacks a potent bite, its curse can be transferred through a venomous sting.  Similar to the wereserpent in terms of tactics, the werewasp also has the boon of flight.  Due to its natural poisoning ability, its NPC counterpart can unleash a barrage of alchemically augmented toxins, poisons and more.

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Don’t Go Out At Night – More Monsters on the Road!

Traveling at night on an unfamiliar path can prove to be particularly treacherous.  Beyond the threat of bandits and wayward brambles lies the supernatural.  Thick forests and foggy meadows often carry dark creatures lurking about.  Ranging from the bothersome to the lethal, these dastardly foes take glee in anyone foolish enough to get lost at night, far off the beaten path.

Author’s Note: I’m trying to get some updates to old projects ready.  New spells and monsters will hopefully be made available soon!  In the meantime, I really wanted to make more monsters along my “lost on the road” theme.  This time, I sample a mix of folk tales and horror movies.

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Horrors by Gaslamp – Gothic Creatures and Tales of Woe

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“Why do they always faint when they see me?”

The streets are seemingly cast in a dark and gloomy shade among the lit up lamps.  Flittering insects cast sinister shadows on the cobblestones below.  However, the chill down your back is far from a winter wind.  You feel it, don’t you?  A cross between a clacking of razor blades upon your coat mixed with the sharp feeling of exposure to ice.  It’s right behind you.  As to what it is?  You dare not find out, but your doom is likely spelled out for you, regardless.  Before you can react, the words, “I have use for you” buzz in your mind before all turns to black.

Author’s Note:  Weird Western stuff is fun, but it’s only a single flavor of the Gothic.  I’ve always been one for horror in an urban environment, such as jolly old London.  Plus, I wanted to switch gears to something a little more traditional D&D.  Also, I was really eager to bust out some references to Castlevania!  (Yes, most of them are Symphony of the Night.)

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Lore from the People Part 1 – Classic Mythologies of the Americas

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“You call it wendigo, I call it target pract-AAAAAAAAAAAA!”

The settlements and towns of the west have always been weird.  The supposedly more natural things out there?  They are far weirder.  While the natives are not overly inclined to disclose much about the local wildlife and mythic beings, any information that can be gathered will save your life.  You’ve already heard about a fair bit of some of the strange critters in prior lessons and briefings, but there’s a fair bit more to behold. 
– a snippet from The Cactus Sting Rangers’ Handbook

There is tons of fascinating mysteries and legends that are indigenous to these regions, much like the people who have long since lived here.  Some of the natives know these secrets quite well and most prefer to keep them hidden from outsiders.  Whether out of a mutual sense of racism or a fear of what might be done with such knowledge, it remains as strange as the creatures that dwell just beyond one’s vision.

Author’s Note: While a lot of classic monsters are punted around all willy-nilly, a lot of awesome creatures from various native nations often got left in the wayside.  While not exact adaptations, I wanted to highlight a few creatures that might appear in a Weird Western type game (or regions a little outside of that, which I started to do with some creatures that have origins in Mexico, the Appalachian mountains, the northern states/Canada and then some).  And what better creatures to show up than the folklore and stories of the Americas?  For the time being, this will close out the “Weird Western” theme I’ve been doing, at least in terms of monsters.  I might be up for crafting magic items or doing something else, but we’ll see.  See the previous post for the Wendigo.

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Fiercest of the Forge – Warforged NPCs and Monsters!

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Here’s a quickie I really wanted to do for DM’s Guild, in celebration of Eberron being brought back to the game!  Inside, there’s 6 new monsters, as well as a brief primer on the warforged race and ways to use them outside of their intended setting.

You can get this document here!

More Weird Western monsters from other sources (Tome of Beasts)

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Yes, I’m shilling, but only because I love this book…

Yeah, a lot of monsters lie out there.  What do you wanna read about?  We got tons of dusty tomes we’ve accrued from the old world, some from the new world.  Of course, lots of folks here care very little about reading…

Author’s Note: Beyond a handful of homebrew reflavors of existing monsters, here’s a sampling of creatures from one of my favorite 3rd party books, Tome of Beasts.  I’m not sponsored by Kobold Press to do this, I just figure I’d continue my reflavoring posts by expanding to another book this time.

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Weird Western Monsters – Part 5 (Cryptids and Wyld Creatures)

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“There’s living dead, even in the wilderness…  Well, damn.”

“The job is clear.  You shall escort my caravan through the brutal and harsh beast lands, then aid me in distributing these medicinal creations to the people of my tribe. The latter is easy, the former is likely to kill you if you lack the knowledge. As it is, some buffoon who followed me around nearly died, but I taught him some of my ways.  But, he’s not important.  Are you up for this task?  If not, stand aside.  And please, direct questions for my caravan’s scout.  He is knowledgeable on almost all travel matters.  Also, don’t mind the living dead.” – Moonlotus Fadingdusk, a human witch from the Seeking Mind tribe… Or so she says.

There’s a handful of beastly creatures out there in the weird western frontier.  A few varmints aren’t overly harmful, while others are truly malicious.  The vast wilderness requires one on their toes at all times, lest they get torn apart by the seems, some quick snack for a cunning predator.  It’s this reason why rangers and trailblazers join caravans, to minimize casualties outside of civilization.

Author’s Note:  More weird critters, yeah!  I decided a few obligatory folk tales were a necessary add-on, because fur bearing trout and jackalope are truly fun stories.  While it was supposed to be in another post on native inspired folk beasts, I added the accursed wendigo here.  Warning, this one is quite strong!

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