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Fire Elemental Creatures on Blackmoor

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:45 pm
by Havard
In a blog article I wrote yesterday, I talk about the many connections between the Elemental Plane of Fire and the world of Blackmoor.

Efreeti and Solluxes are introduced in DA1 as servants of Zugzul and allies of the Afridhi. Then there are Fire Giants. Fire Giants are likely not natives of the Plane of Fire, but it seems likely that they are connected to that element somehow. Fire Giants in Blackmoor go back to the Age of Giants. A descendant of King Jevorin currently resides within the Dungeons of Castle Blackmoor. Another Fire Giant clan lead by Gonut-Vanur is found within the Valley of the Ancients (CotG p33).

In Classic D&D, Fire Salamanders are not intelligent creatures like in later editions. Intelligent Salamanders play a big role in the 3E/4E version of Blackmoor though. Within the Valley of the Ancients there is a region controlled by Lord Jihzaja ("The Dour Lord"), a noble Salamander who has an on and off quarrel with is sometimes lover the Fire Nymph named Lady Acendioris. On the 12th level of the Blackmoor Dungeons, there is also a Fire Salamander named Qu'tangles. He is the leader of a warband called The Burning Spike who are at war with the Hammerfire Clan of Fire Giants. In my campaign The Burning Spike isn't just a war band, but a greater clan of Fire Salamanders back on the Plane of Fire


Other Fire Elemental Creatures
  • Magma Mephit
  • Lava Lizard - These were introduced in AC9, but in Supplement II: Blackmoor (1977) there are similar monsters called Fire Lizards.
  • Pyrohydra
  • Fire Elemental

Maybe I need to make a map similar to the one I made for Mystara's Elemental Plane of Fire for Blackmoor too? :)

-Havard

Re: Fire Elemental Creatures on Blackmoor

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:04 am
by Yaztromo
Both in The Redwood Scar and in Blackmoor MMRPG Episode 3 (pages 5-6), there are some creatures mentioned that are called Blackbones.
To make it trivially simple, they are kind of fire (and death) fanatics that immolate themselves in fire to be reborn as charred skeletons called Blackbones.
Maybe they can be related somehow to Fire Elementals.

Re: Fire Elemental Creatures on Blackmoor

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:54 am
by RobJN
XS2/AC9 also lists the Fyrsnaca, a fire-based purple-worm variant ('cause who doesn't want to fight an intelligent worm that breathes fire?); also, X8 has the "fundamentals" flapping around -- the fire-based variety inhabiting the island's volcano.

Re: Fire Elemental Creatures on Blackmoor

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:04 pm
by Havard
Yaztromo wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:04 am
Both in The Redwood Scar and in Blackmoor MMRPG Episode 3 (pages 5-6), there are some creatures mentioned that are called Blackbones.
To make it trivially simple, they are kind of fire (and death) fanatics that immolate themselves in fire to be reborn as charred skeletons called Blackbones.
Maybe they can be related somehow to Fire Elementals.
Thanks for reminding me of these! I had forgotten about them. I like the idea of this unholy Zugzul ritual drawing an elemental to the prime plane and binding it to the skeleton.

Re: Fire Elemental Creatures on Blackmoor

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:21 pm
by Havard
RobJN wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:54 am
XS2/AC9 also lists the Fyrsnaca, a fire-based purple-worm variant ('cause who doesn't want to fight an intelligent worm that breathes fire?); also, X8 has the "fundamentals" flapping around -- the fire-based variety inhabiting the island's volcano.
More good suggestions. I didn't look through the BECMI sources so much for this yet since I was looking at iconic Blackmoor creatures, but I agree that these would fit as would probably most of the creatures from the Mystara plane of fire linked in the OP.

We could go through these sources more systematically

-Havard