[MotRD]What kind of monsters fit for Gothic Earth?

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[MotRD]What kind of monsters fit for Gothic Earth?

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Unfortunately, MotRD does not have its own Monstrous Compendium Gothic Earth Appendix. I always think GE is very much room for expansion, you can use it to lead to more literary monsters and more horror legends of "localization" style.

So......what kind of monsters do you think is in line with Gothic Earth style ? If I design it, I will choose: Krampus, the christmas demon; Yara-Ma-Yha-Who(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yara-ma-yha-who), from the myth of Australia.Of course, and Bloody Mary. :D

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Obviously, all those that originate from RW myths are fine. Most of them already appear in the standard MM or Ravenloft MCA, though.

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Isn't the only monster in the story The Red Death itself?

I went looking for a Masque of the Red Death Wiki, to see if there were mentions of any creatures that could be statted out, but could not find anything.

Perhaps you could search through the other works of Edgar Allan Poe to make a list of creatures that appear in his stories.

Encyclopedia Britannica has an article called: 8 Creepy Critters in the Work of Edgar Allan Poe
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Big Mac wrote:Isn't the only monster in the story The Red Death itself?

I went looking for a Masque of the Red Death Wiki, to see if there were mentions of any creatures that could be statted out, but could not find anything.

Perhaps you could search through the other works of Edgar Allan Poe to make a list of creatures that appear in his stories.

Encyclopedia Britannica has an article called: 8 Creepy Critters in the Work of Edgar Allan Poe

The story is only vaguely related with the RPG setting.

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I use all the normal and giant animals, all the were-creatures, most of the undead (although, I avoid level suckers). Dinosaurs and Pleistocene mega-fauna can be used in a Hollow Earth search or a wild west one-shot. If you can think of a reason nearly any critter can be used, I mean that one Dungeon adventure has an Ettin in a sideshow.

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A bit of thread necromancy as I am planning my next campaign...

I think, given the examples provided in "Appendix II" of "A Guide to Gothic Earth" (from the boxed set) as well as the article in Dragon Magazine "Villains of Gothic Earth", it would seem that the intent of "monsters" within Gothic Earth were supposed to be singular villain "Lords" - the proverbial BBEG at the end of an adventure.

However, a precedent was set for some monsters to serve as minions or side show attractions. So I think that anything can go, but IMHO... Less is more (i.e. use anything you want, but do so sparingly).

At least that is how I plan do run things IMC. ;)
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Digitalelf wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:33 am
A bit of thread necromancy as I am planning my next campaign...

I think, given the examples provided in "Appendix II" of "A Guide to Gothic Earth" (from the boxed set) as well as the article in Dragon Magazine "Villains of Gothic Earth", it would seem that the intent of "monsters" within Gothic Earth were supposed to be singular villain "Lords" - the proverbial BBEG at the end of an adventure.

However, a precedent was set for some monsters to serve as minions or side show attractions. So I think that anything can go, but IMHO... Less is more (i.e. use anything you want, but do so sparingly).

At least that is how I plan do run things IMC. ;)
That is definitely the best way to run a Masque campaign, IMO. Any monster a PC can't take 1v1 should be a BBEG really.

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Digitalelf wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:33 am
A bit of thread necromancy as I am planning my next campaign...

I think, given the examples provided in "Appendix II" of "A Guide to Gothic Earth" (from the boxed set) as well as the article in Dragon Magazine "Villains of Gothic Earth", it would seem that the intent of "monsters" within Gothic Earth were supposed to be singular villain "Lords" - the proverbial BBEG at the end of an adventure.

However, a precedent was set for some monsters to serve as minions or side show attractions. So I think that anything can go, but IMHO... Less is more (i.e. use anything you want, but do so sparingly).

At least that is how I plan do run things IMC. ;)
I think that works for more inhuman monsters (illithids, beholders, etc), but what 2e calls humanoids and demi-humans I'd be more willing to consider multiples of. A single orc or derro isn't all that interesting to me as a BBEG. A hidden city of orcs or derro is more interesting, and still works within the framework of a The Lost World or Journey to the Center of the Earth style adventure.

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