What's your favorite monster /tg/? And why is it aboleths?
also post cool ways different monsters have been utilized in your campaigns
I find it hard to really translate aboleths effectively. I'm not sure how to really get across the whole "eldritch horror that has the combined memories of a million generations ad you mindfuck you with a passing though"
Same goes for most aberrations honestly.
It always gets me when my players freak out and prepare for combat, and then this goofy fuck floats over and asks them if there's anything he can help with.
Flumphs are popular among the dumb-asses who permeate the hobby and think that purchasing a plush Cthulu gives them "mad nurd cred" when in reality it just makes them an annoying moron.
Flumphs are rarely taken seriously and are really just a joke, if you were actually around when they were introduced you would know this, very few people took them seriously.
This kind of comedy monster bullshit is generally used by a DM who lacks skill, and is unable to create an emotionally engaging story. As a result, he diverts his players with cheap jokes and humor, gimmicky monsters, and cutesy jokes to make up for his glaring lack of talent, and hope he can finish learning the rules while the players are laughing at his latest hijinks.
My ethnic minority.
Ever since I watched the original Ahnuld Conan movie, I've wanted to run a campaign with a serpentmen/yuan-ti snake cult as the villains.
Ever read The Shadow Kingdom by Howard? That's where they originally come from.
It's some fucking 10/10 shit, here, have an audio book of it.
Sorry, I meant to call him a fag not a grog. Grogs actually understand that flumps are a joke.
Also there is nothing wrong with taking RPGs seriously like any other hobby. Just because you only play D&D "ironically" doesn't mean everyone who actually is passionate about the hobby, deserves ridicule. I have many passions including passionately fucking your mom, but D&D is one of my favorites and if you think caring about that is stupid, why the fuck are you here?
They are literally just YuanTi, even though thanks to the fucking jew cunts who run WotC we have to bleep them out, along with i***thids, be****rs, and even fucking c****n c*****rs to avoid having to pay a settlement toward these fat-asses' retirement funds.
For D&D, it would be the Silthilar.
Terrifying abberations, warped by far realm energy.. but they're actually very nice creatures, just the result of a necessary cure for a horrendous death-plague. They used to be an elf-like species, now they're clouds of microscopic worms that can perform nanosurgery to save lives and improve health.
Probably hobgoblins. They keep being the big (lawful) evil empire(s) in my group's homebrew settings and I like them in that role a lot.
Wrong man, Serpent folk are actually the originals.
Yuan Ti are the Serpent Folk, with the serial numbers filed off.
Serpent folk date back to the works of Robert E Howard, creator of Conan, Kull and Bran Mak Morn, they featured in a few of his works because Jesus did that man have a hate boner for snakes.
Their progression is actually one of the really, really cool arcs in his works, going from ancient, all powerful illusionists, to the secret rulers of Kingdoms and priests (In Kull) who pull the strings of the world and make man dance, to ruling a single Kingdom, under the guise of Set, the Old Snake (Conan), to eventually being driven underground and reduced to true monsters (Worms of the earth) and finally we learn of their true end in his modern works.
It's some dank shit and you should start with this one >>44994016
they doesn't seem like the type of being that would breathe, they are jellyfish, so idk
Same thing, jellyfishes don't need mouths to eat.
Now this is an explanation, we all know that the smater the kinkier, am i right?
Why the creature /tg/ created randomly for 40k just yesterday of course!
man, you probably are heavy as fuck, and i guess it is not because of your trowing dice muscles
And also, mom insults... this is the last thing you want to do if you want to seem like a serious guy whos opinion should matter
Cool. Then pasta it. I don't care. I typed out my thoughts, that's the point fo this board.
No, it's because some guy came up with them in the 80s and it's literally the only IP of real value that WotC has left, after they sold the 3.5 rights to Paizo.
Modrons, can't get enough of these goofy, bureaucratic machine elves.
you need to understand that not everyone tries to play rpg like it is a fucking novel that you should cry at the end, it is just a hobbie, people can just group up and have some laughts while drinking and playing rpg, and that monster may be good for their game. But that doesn't make the monster a total joke, i know a good DM could make a campaing interesting with the use of a Flumph. You are way too salty for just a simple monster, remember, not everyone wears a badge written "professional dungeon master".
I love giants. I always use them as keepers of old places and older secrets - they built the world and they've gotten little thanks for it. Every race is a younger race to them, except aboleths and demons and shit.
Giant clan v. hobgoblin army when?
That's now how you spell Illithid.
Not him, but I think he meant "heavy" as "being dense", not fat. Nevertheless, that knee jerk reaction makes me think that you're rather insecure about your weight, why don't you try going to the gym for a change?
Yeah in D&D it was, Serpent-folk/Yuan-ti are an older idea than D&D, far older.
>thinking howard's writing is shit
Ah so, your taste is shit too, good to know we can ignore your opinion now.
Flumphs exist to break expectation. They're a tentacles creature of the underdark, at all appearances a strange and dangerous creature.
Then it turns out it's friendly in it's alien way. If you depict flumphs as silly or annoying, that's your fault or the fault of your shit DM.
>Now, Mockery Bugs, those things are really obscure but have great potential.
Alright, you caught me. What are they, and why are they great?
Fey, fairies and whatnot, are always something I adore as they could be doing -anything- at any moment.
Some are just insane, some pranksters, some good, some evil, but all weird and unexpected.
I like to put a fairy or two, and make my players wonder if they should run or they should stay.
Gelatinous cubes. I find them hilarious and I don't know why. Sometimes I put a brain-in-a-jar inside a gelatinous cube so that when a melee character tries to strike the brain his arm gets eaten away. Then the brain flies the cube around the room trying to smash PCs as it fires psychic bolts at them or puppets them into walking straight into the cube.
Man, I sure do love gelatinous cubes.
You're a fathead because you fail to see the Flumph for what it is: a unique tool to break up the atmosphere of the Underdark.
Just because you think they're stupid, that doesn't mean they really are.
Please watch more Steven Seagal movies.
'Feral' dwarfs. Its a long and homebrew specific thing, but they were the most monstrous creatures I've ever had to deal with at a table.
The fact that these feral dwarves were less dwarfs and more maddened aspects of a living mountain and we were inside its guts might have had something to do with it.
Hydras or fairies. Hydras because creatures from the sea in general tend to be amazing, but hydras are just a terrifying obstacle compared to so many things. A party on a ship would probably have a more difficult time dealing with a hydra than a party on the land fighting a dragon.
Fairies because I want to fuck one.
Anyone ever used an Aboleth properly?
They have such potential... all the horror of a deep sea creature with the brilliant and twisted mind of an evil overlord. Not to mention the Cthulhuesque reference.
Currently in the floating castle of a forgotten Illithid villain.
In my DM's universe Illithids are pretty much extinct but they also caused the extinction of other good species as well, those light-oriented guys I can't remember the name now.
Anyway, he's breeding a new batch of squids and as we advance in the dungeon he keeps trying to convince us he might be evil but he has a plan to save us all from a greater evil and we only have to let him breed.
Like hell we'll allow that.
That's not an inaccurate way of thinking about them...if you mixed them with xenomorphs for the 'they are coming out of the damn walls' aspect of things.
Because, you know.
They are the damn walls.
Also a creature having access to essentially portal cuts and stonetouch is fucking scary from a gameplay standpoint.
One of my favorites are Piercers/Ropers, because nothing screams paranoia like stalactites dropping down on you and stalagmites trying to eat you. I actually gave a roper some magic and made it a minor boss once, he did quite a number on the party.
Aboleths are my jam. It's even better when the party never sees the damn thing, but just its thralls, and have to follow its orders or face its tentacley wrath. Underutilized in my opinion.
Amen brother, amen. I had a flumph come in claiming to be the "Dread Lord of Pain" and my party flipped out, thinking they were in way over their head, and then some fuzzy jellyfish motherfucker comes in.
I don't know why they aren't used like that. Those guys have all the mechanics to develop a deep-sea adventure.
They have a whole civilization down there and it's pretty easy for them to drag someone in the party with them.
Not to mention that if you ever need some old and lost knowledge those guys are the best bet, since they share the same mind during generations.
I'm a big fan of ugly creatures that are actually benevolent.
You have to try before you can succeed, anon.
Or before your can suck seed, for that matter.
Also not my all-time, top favorite, but I like Destrachans because sonic-type attacks are my favorite, and they're reminiscent of my favorite dinosaur-iguanodon.
The module example for them is basically a shop keeper asking if you're buying something over and over again with increasing frequency before he bursts out of the body and lunges.
I don't have a favorite monster, cause I aint fought SHIT. None of my characters have made it past level 10 and the most exciting thing my group has ever fought was a lich once. I need a new group.
I don't know about using it properly, but I had one that totally fucked my party over with just rudimentary use of its powers.
It created an illusion of a drowning woman, and since my PCs were pretty generous people, they swam out to save her. It then proceeded to Dominate them into turning on each other, which just about TPK'ed the party since the few that could properly swim were enslaved by it. They only managed to survive thanks to a few lucky hits by the surviving PCs, which prompted it to swim away because it had no reason to stay and potentially die.
I'm trying to incorporate them into my first campaign as DM.
Would the idea of a aboleth cabal work? Essentially, using the enslave ability (and handwaving the every 24/hour roll wisdom saving throw for non-PC's), a secret aboleth circle have positioned themselves in places of power in every major government circle, from individual large cities to entire kingdoms. They may not always have the direct king enslaved, but they might have the king's advisor under their control, influencing them and corrupting the non-aboleth controlled policy makers around them. Their ultimate goal is to eventually institute an overthrowing of the gods through abolishing various temples/churches/etc. A.K.A if there's a temple of Pelor in a major city, the political figures that have been enslaved by aboleths might start making moves to outlaw the worship of Pelor in their city. Perhaps in cohorts with an Abyssal Lord to switch the worship from the main gods to something more sinister, or maybe just to the aboleths themselves, as they're vain and demand worship. Large lakes dot the landscape of the continent, all connected by large underwater tunnels that lead into forgotten aboleth cities.
I've always been partial to gnolls. There's just something in my mind that makes them more irredeemable than orcs. I mean, half-orcs exist. But gnolls are fucking monsters. There is nothing there to be reasoned with. They want to murder you and fucking eat you. But for how evil is disgusting they are, the more terrifying thing is that they are CRUEL. And possessing cruelty means they posses intelligence. Cruelty is not something simple animals exhibit.
I'm not memeing, but: play it like Animorphs.
There's a secret network of Aboleth working through their slaves to control the planet, but are being fought by a ragtag group of misfits with special powers who can't expose the conspiracy to the world.
You know what's awesome? Bellyflopping the mage with a fucking Bullete. Even if he survives he has leprosy!
I like Flumphs, and find it pretty sad they're almost universally treated as joke monster or perpetual contenders for a spot in "top 10 dumbest DnD monsters" list.
I think them being weird and inhuman looking creatures that are usually good has potential, both in reminding people that not all good races automatically look physically attractive and one shouldn't judge a book by its covers, and in serving as friendly presence in a normally extremely hostile enviroment like the Underdark, providing PCs a place to rest and gain information about their surroundings.
For me, it's trolls. But not in the dnd regenerating monster kind of way, but in the "old civilisation" kind of way. Their culture predates mankind, and you can on occasion unearth an ancient troll castle. Their shamans were powerful, their weaponsmiths rivaled the dwarves.
> party see two shackles in a room with chewed off kobold legs and trails of blood
> 1 bloodstained goes out, one goes further in
> two characters fail some will saves and become convinced they should find out what happened the other kobold
> enter a room with a deep pool, brawler gets mind controlled and starts wrecking shit
> rogue gets slimed and all her skin becomes translucent, freaks out because she can now see through her own eyelids
> every fails knowledge checks and when the rogue went to dive down for the loot she started suffocating in air and freaked out even more
10/10 encounter, would run again.
I didnt realize I'd get to use this so soon!
>favorite kind of monster
A soul-sucking abomination from the depths of the Abyss that will leave your smoking husk of a corpse in a deep, dark hole where only the dark tales of a foolhardy dead man will ever reach your ears as you weep for the loss of all that is good and green in the world
it's the one on the right
Beholders are my favourite monsters. I love using them both as monsters and as villains, or once as a good guy during a Spelljammer campaign.
Level: Sor/Wiz 6
Components: V, S, F
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One spouse
Saving Throw: No
Spell Resistance: No
The caster present the targeted spouse with a bill of divorce and demand that he (or she) pay. This causes a magically binding agreement that causes (20 + the caster's level) % of the target's monthly income to be snatched away by Inevitables who deliver it to the caster.
The bill of divorce.