Stealing creatures from other games Stealing creatures from other games posted in Species, Aliens, Xenoforms & Monsters forum comment posted by derek_holland
It came in the mail with a few other books yesterday.
Groats is a beast, or actually a Medieval style bestiary where the author took images from the era (and some newer public domain art in the same style) and mixed and matched it much in the same manner as The Nightmares Underneath (though not with the same proficiency as Johnstone) while adding short, OSR style stat blocks.
There are some that are drawn directly from Medieval lore and others that are the author's interpretation. A lot of just plain weird things in addition to the usual bunch (like basilisks and yales). For some reason the author also included clerics, fighters, magi, and rogues.
Overall, it would make an excellent source of creatures for Dark Matter and similar settings and less so for Gamma World.
Some of those weird things:
- Barnacle Goose Fruit does not produce birds, but rather flying barnacles that taste good. I know of the lore related to this and that is a rather different interpretation.
- Bearded Eagles have an actual beard and it keeps them warm when they nest on mountain peaks and the moon. People can use them to fly to other worlds.
- Behemoth is a massive unicorn that has the heads of all the animals. So many bite attacks.
- Bendcrooks are humans that have two faces on their heads and have a strong dislike for any sounds, whisper to a roar.
- Bigorne are large hippo-like creatures that eat disagreeable people. They would gorge in the real world.
- Bothopoides has elements of bird and mammal. It is known for its scream, which can last for hours after it dies.
- Ch M G has to be the weirdest thing in the book. It is an alien swine with one full head, three partial heads around its body, eight legs, and the ability to turn anything it touches to dust (small amounts of permanent damage).
- Emmets are armadillos used as mounts and beasts of burden. I guess a carcass or taxidermy specimen was taken back to Europe and people had their own ideas on what the hell it is.
- Goose-headed Hacker looks human with a goose neck and head. It is a demon that flays souls, or hacks off their limbs, and is occasionally sent to the mortal world to do the same to the living.
- Grafting trees are wondrous and horrible for they provide a very long life to those who fuse themselves to the branches. Generations long. But the cost is effective immobility as they have to remain attached to that branch. Removal is painful and possibly lethal.
- Grigori are gryphons, replacing the lion with a lion-shaped reptile. They are drawn to the odor of gunpowder and consume all they find.
-Hog-faced Gentlewoman is peaceful if not hungry, otherwise she goes berserk, trying to eat all the food she can find.
- Lamp-headed Mages are heads with massive ears used as wings. They are vicious but have an unusual weakness- each has a unique rune or glyph that, when used in combination with a prayer, causes them to fall prone until the image is destroyed. The mage can still cast its spells while on the ground...
- Living crystals are something I would not expect to see in this book. They are fed blood and if they don't get enough, they fly, create storms, and drain people until sated. They are also the size of a small house.
- Modest Gazes are spirits that appear as women surrounded by flames that burn the flesh and soul. They are guardians for divinity-related locations.
- Nialthehijekkoke are humanoid beings that wear robes to completely cover their bodies. These are popular "monsters" as they are healers and provide relief from hunger and thirst (not food and water).
- No Bones is a massive individual creature that looks like a mixture of seal, whale, starfish and squid. She hates Leviathan (who is also in this book) and can feed by dragging houses into the ocean.
- Onion Deaf are headless humanoids that can devour bad dreams, though if they stay in the mind too long, they also take hopes and desires.
- Pyrausta are tiny insect/dragons that live in fire and die when the flames are extinguished. Very different from the Pathfinder version.
- River horses are hippos (one of a few critters inspired by the actual animal) that are royalty of the waters. While in a river, they can command other aquatic animals.
- Salamanders are cold and will freeze those who touch them. They live in fires because it can not harm them.
-Slyphmagon remind me of flying purple people eaters. They are born from women and use their horn to slice people so they can suck out the organs.
- Soon Another is a shapeshifter that can animate objects. It is also impossible to kill. After it falls, it simply takes another form.
- Sooters are not related to soot. Rather they are similar to slyphmagons in being living curses. Each can cause one human to fall in love with them, as a protector. This reminds me of an episode of Tales from the Dark Side, where a young woman meets something like a sooter and its father. Anyone remember that?
- Stone mothers can birth small living statues to protect them. These smaller statues look like human children but have an additional bellybutton in place of their upper facial features. They also only live for an hour and then become inanimate statues.
- Vaat are monkeys that serve the gods. They have a variety of oddly shaped mounts and create portals to just about anywhere, though usually only when commanded by their divine makers.
- Uraei are guardians of the heavens (upper planes). They look like humans stretched into serpents and breath fire, which they also eat (i.e. they expel and consume the same fire over and over). That fire is nasty and can melt armor.
- Wall Spirits are annoyances that can interpose themselves and one character forever if their weakness isn't found (a section of wall that must be kicked). If that character tries to cross that line miles away, the wall will be there to stop them.
- Wonderful Two-headed Girl fascinates everyone with her speech, singing and dancing. She is a living Otto's Irresistible Dance spell, getting everyone and thing to join with her until she is done with the party.
- ------ are humanoids with a large-stalked eye that live on the moon. Nothing on their culture, just their existence. I have no idea what inspired them.
And I skipped maybe another dozen only slightly less weird creatures.
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