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Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Tonight we go back to the rakshasa! Last time we talked about the origins of the rakshasa and what makes them recognizable at the D&D table. Today we take a stronger look at their various forms over the years, and explore the real world version of the deity they are said to worship. Finally we take a quick look at another version from television wish provides a little twist on the monster and an idea for what weapon can really…

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Libris Monstrum #14: Will-O’-Wisp Revisited

Libris Monstrum #14: Will-O’-Wisp Revisited

It seems like we just began doing the revisited series of Libris Monstrum, but we are already almost half done! Of course, I feel like I just started the article but this is the 14th so here we are. I will be posting some polls on Twitter soon asking about Libris Monstrum topics. This will happen around the beginning of November after we have finished the giveaway. By the way…there is a giveaway. When it gets to that point I…

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Libris Monstrum #13: Worm That Walks Revisited

Libris Monstrum #13: Worm That Walks Revisited

Here we are, back again in the Libris Monstrum! Today we are revisiting our third entry: the worm that walks. Defining the trope as we recognize it is relatively recent, but that doesn’t mean the idea of a swarm monster hasn’t been around. Last time we explored some more noticeable ones such as Oogie Boogie and Kyuss himself, but we also mentioned an early version given to us by Lovecraft. As we revisit the worm that walks, I want to…

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Libris Monstrum #12: Mimics Revisited

Libris Monstrum #12: Mimics Revisited

Of all the monsters to include in the Libris Monstrum, mimics were the one I was most skeptical about. It’s not that there isn’t anything to explore with mimics. Their history is interesting, but they are restricted to more modern, gaming mythologies than anything in the real world. When you voted on it I wondered what I would involve in my revisited portion. After some legwork I finally figured out what I would discuss. A Natural Form The thing about…

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Libris Monstrum #11: Naga Revisted

Libris Monstrum #11: Naga Revisted

Tonight we have the first revisitation article for Libris Monstrum. Each entry into the series ended up being a bit different. Some focused on real world examples and some ended up focusing on various iterations within RPGs. With each revisit, I will be trying to build on what I have already. Whatever I didn’t get into, whatever I couldn’t fit, and the suggestions you provide will be included. To start of we go back to the beginning with naga, talking…

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Libris Monstrum #10: Oozes

Libris Monstrum #10: Oozes

We have made it to the 10th installment of the Libris Monstrum! Thank you everyone for your comments and votes with regards to the various monsters, both discussed and left behind. As a reminder, the next 10 installments will feature a revisitation of the monsters I have already discussed. This is your chance to tell me what I missed, what I can do better, what I need more of, and what I need less of. Please, if you enjoy or…

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Libris Monstrum #9: Vampires

Libris Monstrum #9: Vampires

Good evening everyone! The Libris Monstrum has not come out for almost a month now (I think) and the main reason is because i wasn’t sure which monster I wanted to write about. You may be saying, “but you can just keep writing them so who cares which one is next!?” Well, you would be kind of right. The next one will be down to a vote, and while I do have some (specifically choosing 4 options) control over that,…

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Libris Monstrum #8: Slaadi

Libris Monstrum #8: Slaadi

Here we are in the 4th vote-decided entry into Libris Monstrum and that means one more of my choosing and one of your before I go back and take a second look at the previous ten entries. If you are worried that we won’t get to a monster you prefer, let me know and it’ll get into the voting. Until then lets talk about a creature made for D&D, one which has had a history as something a bit silly,…

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Libris Monstrum #7: Rats

Libris Monstrum #7: Rats

Rats! The bane of, well, a pretty small number of adventures probably. They are creatures common to low level adventures, but I have never seen anyone taken down by a rat before. Of any kind. Still there are plenty of ways a rat or group of rats could take out a party. Especially if the DM is using something strange and exciting. Today’s Libris Monstrum concerns the simple (and not so simple) rats of fantasy role-play! Well, some of them…

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Libris Monstrum #6: Kaiju

Libris Monstrum #6: Kaiju

The day is calm, peaceful. Not a single sign of anything bad. No demons, no thugs, no undead….nothing. Until a roar unlike anything, including those dragons you fought, could compare to. The ground shakes and the day goes from nice and serene to something more akin the end of the world. That is the effect of a kaiju as it makes its way through a city. Kaiju are a classic monster that has a long, if small, presence throughout much…

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