Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oh yeah, those guys

In our Pathfinder game, we had a run-in with a Grick.  It's one of the monsters that were created for the 3E Monster Manual.  That encounter spurred this idea in me, but it's taken me a while to get around to it.

I opened up the 3.5 SRD (don't think I have the 3.0 one on my computer), and copy/pasted all the monsters that I thought were original to 3E into a document.  Now I'm going through various monster books (mostly of the 2E era, like Planescape stuff) to see which ones actually already have old school stats.

I've narrowed the list down to 26 critters.  I'll 'convert' or 'downgrade' or however you want to call it to Classic D&D.  Maybe I'll turn it into a supplement for Labyrinth Lord or something.  These guys are all in the SRD, so they're fair game.

Here's the list I've got so far.  If anyone notices a monster that was in a 2E or earlier product, let me know so I can take it off the list.

Allip (insane undead thing)
Arrowhawk (sort of a Stymphalian Bird)
Chaos Beast (Lovecraftian horror)
Chuul (lobstrosity)
Darkmantle (basically the Cloaker, but under another name)
Delver (giant acidic digger beast)
Destrachan (Gungan dino-mount sonic blaster beast)
Digester (Gungan dino-mount acid spitter beast)
Ethereal Filcher (ethereal plane thief monster)
Ethereal Marauder (ethereal plane bruiser)
Frost Worm (arctic giant serpent)
Gray Render (hulking semi-humanoid beast)
Grick (tentacled worm beast)
Howler (demonic wolf beast)
Inevitable (Lawful constructs - 3 types)
Krenshar (cat beast with reversible skin on face)
Mohrg (undead with hardened guts for tongue)
Phantom Fungus (invisible shrooms)
Phasm (another amorphous shapeshifter beast)
Shield Guardian (construct bodyguard)
Shocker Lizard (electric gecko)
Skum (aquatic degenerate humanoid)
Spider Eater (giant insect beast)
Tendriculous (vine monster)
Tojanida (aquatic turtle-ish beast)
Yrthak (flying sonic blasting beast)


  1. The Darkmantle is supposedly an evolved Piercer.

    The Skum is implied in the powers of the Aboleth, going back to its first appearance in Dwellers of the Forbidden City.

    The Delver seems to be based off the Denzelian from the Fiend Folio, with the Star Trek Horta IP filed off.

  2. Skum were in the 2E Forgotten Realms Campaign box.

  3. This is my take on the darkmantle.

  4. Why I am I blanking on Chuul? I could have sworn that appears somewhere in 2nd edition.

  5. "appears somewhere in 2nd Edition" That's a horrible phrase. There's just WAY TOO MUCH 2nd Edition stuff to ever hope to find it that way! :D I'll see if I can find the Chuul somewhere, but a bit more idea of where to look might be good. Maybe I'll google it.

    Anyway, Skum are out, I'll check out the Denzelian and compare to the Delver, and probably just borrow David's Darkmantle to save myself the effort. It's different enough from the Piercer or Cloaker to keep as its own beast.

    Thanks guys!

  6. Chaos Beast and Howler both appeared in TSR2603 - Planes of Chaos (1994).

  7. And according to Wikipedia, Chuul first appeared in the 3.0 MM.