Weird Western Monsters – Odds ‘n’ Ends

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“So, boys.  Do we rob a bank, steal some mighty fine booze or feast upon some good old fashioned brains?”

“Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.
Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smiling until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.”
– A local favorite song written by a traveling group of musicians, known to many saloons across the frontier.

Sure, tomes and bestiaries aren’t as easy to come by out west.  But, plenty of folks are filled with tall tales and plenty are still recorded in a helping of journals and logs.  These stories might some day become traditions, passed down to both entertain and frighten listeners.  But beware, many of these tales are quite true.  They exist as warnings to watch your back and that your fear of the dark is probably a legitimate one!  And sure, lots of the local tunes folks write are pretty cheery, but that’s just a means of keeping people with it.  Now, when you have outsiders start dying off by the droves?  They’ll either make songs to mourn you or outright mock you.  The western frontier is a harsh place, the residents are almost as harsh as the monsters.

Author’s Note: Outside of a tie-in here or there, I’m gonna wind down on the weird western content as the summer begins to close.  Of course, I’m down for going a bit longer, having the more traditional gothic wait till the Fall (or as I call it, “Halloween season”)!  Either way, this is the last of my weird western (or rather, Weird America) monsters for now.  I’ll have a few more in the future, in other posts… probably.

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Alien Horrors from Beyond

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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.

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Penumbra, Lord of Nightmares – A Fey Villain for D&D 5th Edition

“Something horrid lurks and hides, the Chained Islands are where he resides!  He waits for you to fall asleep, for then it’s time for him to reap!  He’ll find your dreams thanks to his schemes, he’ll squeeze your mind till it’s a rind, he’s stuck in your head until you’re dead!  Oh Penumbra, he’s quite the sight!  Yer lucky if ye die o’ fright!” – A bardic tune about Penumbra

Many fear the evil of “The Dream Thieves“, but never question where they are from.  The Faerie Folk of Arcadia hold several mysteries and several realms cloaked in darkness.  The realms of dreams and nightmares is no exception.  Long ago, the Lady of Dreams fell silent to her deranged brother.  This being is not seen by anyone, save for those about to die in their sleep.  This stalker in our one place of solitude has given him notoriety.  Even without his dream thieves, he’s quite the capable slayer.  However, he prefers not to get directly involved, save for the most worthy of opponents.  Unlike many lords and ladies of the court, he has an almost feral hunting instinct, paired with a keen intellect rivaled by some of the greatest scholars of the realm.

Unlike his minions, he enjoys torture to what he defines as hilarious extremes.  For him, a subject must suffer in glorious ways, as he finds new manners to break his prey into submission and death.  The true hunt is the process of psychological destruction.  He often stews and broods within the dream realm that he has corrupted over time.  He is a petty and bleak creature, who shall never know any joy, merely taking it from others instead.  At one time, he might have been similar to his vanished sister, but hatred and despair have polluted his mind and made him into what he is now.  Hiding between layers of reality, his true form is equally masked away in obscurity.  It’s unknown if this lurking master of darkness even remembers his true form, only seeking another fearful mind to take a new form.

Author’s Note: I wanted to make a NPC super villain for your disposal, taking from my own setting as well as a variety of inspirations.  I’ve seen plenty of incredible epic level demons (a la Rage of Demons), Dragons (a la Tiamat) and the like.  In fact, we’re probably due for epic threat Giants when the newest adventure arrives!  That said, I haven’t really seen epic Fey threats.  So, I figured it was only right to craft what I imagined one would look like.  With that, here’s an evil and powerful creature of the fae as well as another contribution to the June 2016 RPG Blog Carnival theme.  Also, this is something I plan on using in a game at some point.  So, to any players in my games…  stop reading here!

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