Arch Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Continuing to work on this adventure, once I got to the third tier, I needed yet another high-level divine NPC. I was hoping the drow variants would work (matron mother, high priestess, etc) but they were a little to drow'ish for what I needed. Therefore, I had to cook up a high-level divine threat. Arch … Continue reading Arch Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Currently, I'm working on a one-shot adventure that involves a retired deaconess living in an upscale, walled estate. The adventure is scalable, meaning that it will be available to any characters at any level. At early levels, the deaconess is a priest. But once the characters become 5th-level, a priest is no longer a reasonable … Continue reading High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Mother | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the Saturday Bloody Bunch campaign. If you are invested in the story as a player, I recommend you don't read beyond this point. You've been warned. "Mother, can you hear me? It's your greatest son, Nezznar. I am here, mother. I am warmed by your embrace. You dance in … Continue reading Mother | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Vahrek, the Prime Nezznar | Villain for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

If you're a member of the Bloody Bunch, you probably shouldn't read this. You've been warned. One of the main villains of the Bloody Bunch campaign is a doppelgänger named Vahrek who has assumed the identity of a long-dead drow slave named Nezznar. To some, he's known as Nezznar Prime. None who respect him would … Continue reading Vahrek, the Prime Nezznar | Villain for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

Olmec (from Legends of the Hidden Temple) | For Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (with Design Notes)

This is a great request. It comes in as part of a contest I held recently to pick a special attack for the blutgeist monster I created here on the blog. The winner got to put in a request that appeared at the top of the request pile. Whoop whoop! And here's what he asked … Continue reading Olmec (from Legends of the Hidden Temple) | For Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (with Design Notes)

Blutgeists | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

"I dropped my sword and fell backward into the mud. The thing, whatever it was, pulsed and expanded. Blood flowed from it like tendrils that stretched into the space around it. Those who still stood near it were caught within its web. I watched in horror as they would break free for a moment only … Continue reading Blutgeists | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Dwarven Wardogs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

This is a request I got a while back that I'm finally able to get to making (sorry for the delay, Graham). Graham's request is simple: "A genetically superior hellhound bred for battle." Graham expanded on the idea on Instagram: "What would a war dog be like? In the world I'm building, the dwarves of … Continue reading Dwarven Wardogs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Krampus | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Earlier, I asked folks on Instagram who I should create for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. And I got back a lot of cool ideas. But the one that I seemed to get over and over and over again was Santa's demon-buddy Krampus. Who is Krampus? From Wikipedia: In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as … Continue reading Krampus | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Darkwind | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Initial Observations on The Creature of the Eyries of the Forsaken Peak, Its Lair, the Region Surrounding It, and Interviews with Those Who've Encountered It by Brother Roma A'tonel, Chaosmagi Secundus I am not of the northern lands but instead hail from a small town to the far east across the Lightning Bay named Redstump. Its … Continue reading Darkwind | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The Leaping Mother | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

"Don't worry, child. Sunlight's coming soon. Sunlight's coming." The young mother wiped away her own tears and stared to the dark west, as she held the playful infant close to her chest. The Graywood Forest rocked gently in the breeze, leaves thick with spring verdancy. Inches away from her bare feet was a sharp drop, … Continue reading The Leaping Mother | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition