From thresholds and barriers, many terrible things break free to cause mayhem. Among them are things from a digitized and electronic world. These monsters may have strange origins, but the evils they unleash are no less dangerous.
Welcome to the realms of electronic terrors, creatures that originate from incredible devices known to some as “video games”. These creatures hail from a variety of supposedly fictional universes and realities, where they do all in their capacity to torture brave and cunning protagonists within a digital landscape. These tales may just be works of fiction, but they could very well be alternate worlds held back by a pixelated veil. Perhaps this could mean an expansive frontier within the Prime or perhaps a demiplane of its own.
Author’s Note: Another blog carnival post! This time, it’s a bunch of monsters from horror (or at least suspenseful/horror-related) video games! Yes, the Zombie Dog is a repost…
For most people, the cemetery is a place to reflect and remember. But, dark powers have other plans for these resting places. Thus, the safe haven for the dead becomes a grounds for corruption. Dare you see what wicked deeds taint once sacred memorials?
Author’s Note: What do Tom Waits and cemetery-themed monsters have to do with each other? I’m not sure. But, here are an assortment of higher level foes to fill your boneyards with. A few of these critters make nods to editions past as well as other media. In this case, I wanted to give some pretty powerful undead to face off against. Also, I won’t lie, the recent Joker movie inspired my take on the Wheep to take shape.
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.
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!
“Metal things, metal things, why do you get in my way? My favorite ditch, destroyed! They ate my gold! One of them stole one of my axes! Tin can bastards are going in my book, my book of grudges! Blasting that damned fox into near-dust was entertaining, but I still hate them! Back to the chained islands with all of you! A cursed land, of course it’s the place they crawled out of! I’ll make them crawl back!” – Boron, Unhinged Dwarf Warrior/Rune-Crafter, “Ally” of Geber, survivor of The Massacre of Ignis
Lesser Sheen models have proved to be quite destructive. However, far worse ones wait for their chance to strike. Some seek to hack through organic like, while others harvest whatever secrets they have to further help the sheen agenda. Their mechanical terror knows very few limits, expanding and changing at rapid rates. In fact, new forms of sheen have emerged from their studies of the prime material plane itself.
Author’s Note: Here are the rest of the Sheens from both articles. These baddies should prove to be far more formidable than the previous post, especially the massive power tree! That’s an end campaign boss, more or less! With the Sheen out of the way, I think I’ll slowly move towards my horror/dark fantasy theme I do every autumn.