Once more, let us tell tales of mighty heroes and frightening monsters. From steppes below to mountains above, tales of high adventure await. And with them? Great foes and allies alike. You thought you only had to worry about the Baba Yaga? You are quite wrong!
Author’s Note: I wanted to make some Slavic inspired monsters with a lower CR rating, especially considering the rest have been pretty strong. Also, here’s a bonus heroic NPC to accompany these troublesome treks! Also, a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to my readers!
“You understand the risks of joining our hunting team, yes? There are many things in the woods that would stop our enterprise, but we’re among the most elite in the lands. Our skills are legendary. Some angered spirits don’t threaten us!” – The last words of a foolish trespasser
The forest holds many mysteries beyond the fabled Grandmother of the Witches. Life grabbing wolves, tree-like giant men, three headed dragons! Such terrors and more lie over the mountain side and into the forest. Travel with caution and tact. And of course, show respect to the spirits around you.
Author’s Note: My exploration into Slavic folklore creatures continues. Also, I’m gonna cover some weaker monsters for lower tier adventures later. So far, all of these have been at least pretty strong.
Behold, the mother of hags! And with her, a cadre of mythical companions and foes. As the autumn months roll on and witches gather, the foul mother of them all beckons you to her door. Seek out the dancing hut and experience the horror of Baba Yaga! And joining her, a cadre of creatures both benign and truly vicious! And there are more where that came from, as always.
Author’s Note: Here is something long overdue! The folklore of Eastern Europe and beyond hasn’t been represented in media too much. So, let’s fix that. Speaking of fixing, here’s my new take on Baba Yaga and her magical dancing hut! More creatures based on Slavic folklore will soon follow. Also, both the Dancing Hut and Baba Yaga are extremely strong creatures! As a rule of thumb though, don’t mess with Baba Yaga!
The marvel and whimsy of the fair folk, is it not breathtaking? Ah, magnificent! Incredible! I tell you, there is much to tell. However, the Primers have it all wrong. That is something I wish to set straight, for all of you. Please, indulge me a moment as I tell you all there is to know!
The fey, alien and majestic. They follow a sense of wonder that is mostly alien to material plane denizens. However, despite being distant from the creatures of the mortal realm, these spritely spirits embody many emotional extremes and ideals. But, where would such creatures dwell? A Mirror Plane, some say. That is poppycock, mere propaganda made by Lords of the Courts to seem akin to true deities. That isn’t to say that fey gods don’t exist, but many of the leaders of the courts are far from gods themselves. Sure, you can find them on Arborea, Ysgard, Limbo, Pandemonium and even the Abyss… But, what other such wondrous places might they hide? I have just the answer for you!
Author’s Note: Another post for the June RPG Blog Carnival? Why not!? Find out more here! And by all means, this might be one of the longest things I’ve made yet! As in, Wall of Text long! Why? Because I like to challenge myself with new ideas and new things to tackle.
This time, my relatively grognard-y ways revive an old character of mine while trying to figure out a greater place for the fey in the Planescape/AD&D Great Wheel. As I’ve made it clear, I don’t care for the 4th edition take on things and care less for stuff like Feywild being in the Great Wheel. Okay, that’s a lie… I like to modify some things when I do the Nentir Vale, especially with making the planes more alien and hostile. Despite being a curmudgeon for old school lore, I figure it’s time to make do and repurpose things!
In this, I try to sample the Fey Wild books themselves, alongside Planes of Chaos, Legends & Lore and The Tall Tales of the Wee Folk (from BECMI); in order to build my own Planescape-y proof of concept. Plus, this allows me to tie in some new ideas brought in through 5th edition as well! So, for those who’d like to indulge my experiments in world building, here’s a lengthy prose about the life of the fey in the Great Wheel. Enjoy the words of Ramon DeLeon, Priest and Planes Traveler.
The Fair Folk. The Good Kingdom. The Sidhe. The Far Wanderers. Whatever you want to call them! They’re a blight! Sour my milk and rot my crops, snatch up the neighborhood infants, turn the trapper inside out like a dinner food dish. Can’t stand ’em, they must be pure evil! You seen the mad witch beyond the hill? Surely, she’s in league with them! SHE IS! – Jerick Cormant, local farmer and general curmudgeon
The Fey, a description for mythic spirits of many kinds. There’s even overlap with other planars and creature types too! The undead, fiends, celestials, even elementals. To some, fey is just a label for the spiritfolk from ethereal realms beyond, fascinated by our mortal world. Many have taken permanent residence beyond the mainstays of mortal civilization. Often hidden, the fey watch and observe for a variety of reasons… some more benign than others.
Author’s Note: Faith of Brynvalk is hosting the June 2019 RPG Blog Carnival with a Fae theme to it. So, I figure that it’s not too much of a divergence to make a fey themed post in the middle of my planar theme. You’ll see a mix of updated old monsters and a few new ones! Enjoy!
“Ah, another wanderer wanting to carve up the land. Surely, you don’t plan on heading to the caves of golden walls? There are tales of sinister things that guard the glistening walls of incredible rock and earth! No, friend, you should leave the golden cave down that way alone and continue on your way…” – Crafter-of-Words, a scout for the Clan of the Split Basin, trickster who loves pulling malicious pranks on settlers and travelers alike.
Here’s a continuation of my previous post. These creatures are inspired by various beings from lore and legend. Enjoy.
Author’s Note: This technically marks post # 300! Wow, that’s crazy! Anyway, thanks again to all who support me!
Tales of wretched beasts, disturbing men and unspeakable evils pierce our ears and chill our souls. Countless villages, kingdoms, continents have stories of sinister monsters that seek to end us at any moment. Their motivations might differ or be strangely similar. Likely born of pure wickedness, these dark spirits haunt those who get too close to their very brand of malevolence.
Many of these monsters are often accompanied by tales of caution and woe. Those who drift too far off a righteous path are often victims of these horrors. Those who feel they’re too good for the morals of a realm or a certain way of life should always stay careful and alert, lest they fall prey to the evil that lurks nearby… waiting, stalking, preparing…
Author’s Note: Here’s another list of monsters, taking inspiration form creatures around the world. Also, here’s another case where I have 2 creepy horse-themed creatures… for some reason. Maybe I just find horses to be creepy? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s pent up horror caused by seeing that disturbing Archie McPhee horse mask? I don’t know.