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Libris Monstrum #33: Genies Revisited

Libris Monstrum #33: Genies Revisited

Good evening everyone (or at least it’s evening right now). This article is a little late, as in: I’ve decided to delay the whole week by a day because I’ve been in a blarg and today (Tuesday) was a Monday. That being said, here we are returning to the genies! There is plenty to talk about here but I think our first entry on the subject did a pretty good job covering your classic genie, from the myths they were…

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Libris Monstrum #32: Golems Revisited

Libris Monstrum #32: Golems Revisited

Welcome back to the Libris Monstrum and the revisit portion of our second series! Today we are going to talk about golems, those lumbering magical constructs that guard many a dungeon and wizard sanctum. Last time we touched upon a lot of the real world myths surrounding these things and where the D&D version seems to stem from. In looking for stuff to talk about today, I discovered a few things I had not realized. Golems that appear in various…

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Libris Monstrum #31: Gorgons Revisited

Libris Monstrum #31: Gorgons Revisited

Hello everyone! Here we are at the start of the second revisit series! We begin to take a look back at the last 10 entries for the Libris Monstrum and some of the things I was unable to fit into our original outings. First up is the gorgon or, as we discovered is the more common name at table, the medusa. If you missed out on that entry go back and take a look. We talk about what gorgons are…

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Libris Monstrum #30: Ghosts

Libris Monstrum #30: Ghosts

We made it! Here we are at the half-way point of the second series of the Libris Monstrum. After today, the next 10 entries will be our revisit series where I go back to the most recent 10 topics and add more to them. Sometimes it will be more real-world lore, sometimes it will tackle D&D versions, and other times it will tackle various franchise versions of the topic. For now, though, we are tackling a pretty broad topic and…

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Libris Monstrum #29: Gargoyles

Libris Monstrum #29: Gargoyles

Have you ever had a monster that just stuck out to you for some reason? One that just sort-of keeps coming to your mind as something that has a lot more potential or possibility than it generally gets. For me, that monster is the gargoyle. These are mean, devilish looking elementals or constructs. They have horns and wings. All too often I just see them as evil guardian statues though. There is much more we could do with them, so…

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Libris Monstrum #28: Doppelgangers

Libris Monstrum #28: Doppelgangers

Good evening everyone! Tonight we return to the Libris Monstrum and come ever-so-closer to the halfway point of our second series. In this entry we are going to talk about a classic monster that helps bring a level of intrigue to any game: the doppelganger. Strange creatures who take the form of someone else. these guys are often responsible for replacing key NPCs or having been the NPC the whole time! When where they replaced? Did we ever know the…

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Libris Monstrum #27: Cyclopes

Libris Monstrum #27: Cyclopes

Hey everyone! Today I am covering a creature from the table and mythology that tends to be well known, but also a bit obscure. Everyone knows what a cyclops is, but how much do you really know about these one-eyed giants? If you are anything like me, it isn’t much. Or…wasn’t. As we get started here I want you to know that for this topic I am going to take the standard myth vs. D&D approach. Before we do though,…

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Libris Monstrum #26: Plants

Libris Monstrum #26: Plants

Hey everyone! Tonight is a very special Libris Monstrum for a couple reasons. First off, we are half way over the hump of our second series! Second this topic is the first one that is more of a category than any other before. Even rats doesn’t compare! I thought plants would be a great choice and a pretty simple one to do. Then I began to realize that this one could easily become 3 entries instead of the usual two….

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Libris Monstrum #25: Kuo-toa

Libris Monstrum #25: Kuo-toa

Good evening everyone we are back, beginning with the Libris Monstrum. In the last entry I went over one of the more mythological creatures that you can find in the Monster Manual, the oni. This time we get to something a little more mundane but unique to D&D. Tonight I am going to be talking about one of my favorite semi-obscure monsters that belong directly within the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons. The strange fish people live underground and…

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Libris Monstrum #24: Oni

Libris Monstrum #24: Oni

Good evening everyone! Tonight we have another Twitter-voted creature to add to the Libris Monstrum! This time you asked for the oni and I am rather glad, because these beings have a diverse history at the table. My first interaction with them stems from the original 3rd Edition Monster Manual and moves forward from there. Here I will reveal some of their mythological roots, as well as some of the ways they have evolved in our RPGs since I saw…

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