Statuesque women, skullwearing unipeds, and 3 feet to the left

24Feb09

The exciting conclusion to TOP 10 MONSTERS! (or not!)

3) CARYATID COLUMN – Oh, yeah, two ladies at the same time. Every adventurer’s dream . . . unless that adventurer is a dwarf, in which case we know they only dream of beer. Sweet, sweet beer.

These constructs are based off ancient Greek carvings of women.  The one big catch with these guys, er, gals, is that you can use them once in the way they were orginally described.  That is to say, your PCs will check every entrance that his bordered by two sword-wielding statues depicting pretty women.

2. GAMBADO – Another Fiend Folio classic! Here’s a brief description: They have trunk-like bodies supported by a single foot, which they hop about on, they have two humanoid arms, and are often found wearing another creature’s skull upon thier head. All of this supports my longstanding theory that Heather Mills-McCartney is a gambado.

Whats truly sad is that this is a faux gambado . . .

What's truly sad is that this is a faux gambado . . .

Drum roll please.

1. DISPLACER BEAST – No jokes or nothing. Displacer Beasts are just badass. In every edition they’ve had solid artwork and a deserved place as durable foes for PCs. Here is a quick history lesson regarding my beloved Displacer Beast.

  • Displacer beasts were inspired by an alien cat-like race found in science fiction author A.E. van Vogt’s 1939 short story “Black Destroyer.” Named the Couerl, this predatory monster looks exactly like a displacer beast, right down to the tentacles.
  • They entered the world that would be D&D in 1975 via the Greyhawk supplement. That means that Displacer Beast’s have been apart of the game as long as thieves and paladins!
  • In 1977, it appeared in the AD&D 1st Edition Monster Manual.
  • Check out Dragon #109 (1986) for the ecology article.
  • Displacer Beast Packlord is introduced in 2003′s Monster Manual 3.5
  • The Displacer Beast stymies adventurers by not being where it seems to be. It then kills them (near future).
This is not actually the displacer beast; it is actually 3 feet to the left.

This is not the displacer beast; it is actually 3 feet to the left.

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