Last week, James over at Grognardia urged bloggers to post re-imagined D&D monsters from their own campaigns. I actually did sort a series of these in the earlier days of my blog. Since at the time of most of them, my followers numbered in the single digits, there's got to readers today who didn't catch them then.
So, here are most of my monster re-imaginings (excluding the ones from the City's world), summarized for for your easy browsing pleasure:
- Beholders as insane, xenophobic murders.
- Dwarves as Neanderthal descendants, uplifted by an alien AI.
- Elves as transhuman, near post-scarcity anarchists, and a companion piece on the amoral, sensualist drow.
- Goblins as a pestilence, like a swarm of locusts.
- Gnolls informed by real (and folklore) hyenas.
- Gnomes as extradimensional tourists--they came from mushroom-space!
- Halflings as librarians and scholars at the world's greatest library.
- Mind flayers as alien invaders from pulp stories or '50s sci-fi films.
- Orcs as magical engineered violence-junkies.
- Slaad strange origin options. Take your pick.
- Troglodytes as Sleestak-like fallen, dinosaur sapients.