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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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Libris Monstrum #23: Genies

Libris Monstrum #23: Genies

Good evening everyone! Tonight our entry of the Libris Monstrum is going to talk about the enigmatic beings known as genies. These are a favorite topic of mind because they come from old lore that isn’t Eurocentric. These awesome beings come from old folklore and have been developed into something awesome for our RPGs. Not only that but there are, in fact, other similar beings through mythologies, but that will be something for our revisit. For now, let’s delve into…

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Libris Monstrum #22: Golems

Libris Monstrum #22: Golems

Today we get to visit a creature voted on by you, the readers. Well, those of you who follow the blog on Twitter. This entry into the Libris Monstrum features a classic monster from Dungeons & Dragons: the golem. In it we are going to explore some of the inspirational sources for such a creature. There are more than I thought and learning about them has been great! D&D Basics To begin I want to go over what golems are…

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Libris Monstrum #21: Gorgons

Libris Monstrum #21: Gorgons

Here we are, delving back into the Libris Monstrum! To start things of I wanted to tackle a monster from mythology that has a couple reactions. The gorgon is one that has always bothered me in the world of RPGs and I needed to finally delve into what on Earth is going on with them. In that regard you end up with a bit of a twofer! We also have a few other entries picked out by both myself and…

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Libris Monstrum #20: Oozes Revisited

Libris Monstrum #20: Oozes Revisited

This evening marks the final entry into our first run of the Libris Monstrum. We started with 10 different creatures that are underrated or underutilized. Creatures that are iconic but have a richer background from which to draw from than most do. Five of these were chosen by me and the other five by polls on Twitter. We then went ahead and revisited each of them to expand even further upon uses and inspirations for those monsters. With this entry…

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