Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monsters Re-Imagined

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.


Meowlissa said...

All kinds of awesome. I'm even here pre-coffee hehe

Logan said...

The Gnomes from the mushroom-space are my favorite. Think of gnomish magic-mushroom dealers. :D

The Angry Lurker said...

Like the Dwarves and Orcs description especially violence junkies, hold on I must be an orc then......dammit.

Anonymous said...

These are all great. Thanks so much for cataloging them in one post.

Trey said...

Thanks guys! Glad you liked them.

@Lurker - Hmmm...but you're not magical engineered for that purpose, so your still good. ;)

Martin R. Thomas said...

Awesome stuff - love that you collected them all together for those of us who are new to your blog.

Very imaginative revisions of classic monsters. Love this kind of stuff.

I finally got around to posting mine today, too, about pig-faced orcs:

Trey said...

Thanks, Martin. And thanks for the link.