You might think it’s simply a hideously ugly winged statue guarding that temple/church/pit-of-despair, but approach with caution! It could be a Gargoyle.
Gargoyles are fierce and vicious foes who can pose as statues to catch their victims by surprise. Winged and dangerous, these creatures can lay in wait indefinitely, swooping down upon the unsuspecting adventurer when within range. With a remarkable fondness for inflicting pain, these beasties will chew on the bones of the fallen not out of the need to eat, but simply to enjoy the torture they impose upon their prey.
Toss a pair of these uglies into your adventures for a n…
The Lich. One of the foulest creatures in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons. What are they, you ask? The Lich is an undead, nearly immortal being, created out of the most vile of evil magics. The ritual to turn oneself into a Lich usually requires the blood of innocents to be spilled. They are spellcasters, using their wicked magic to aid them in defying death.
Where most undead creatures lose all memories of individuality, the Lich retains the personality, memories, and skills that it once possessed in life. Armed with a mortal-lifetime of knowledge, the undead Lich has an eternity to hone their skills, making them a very power…
The word ‘evil’ is not quite strong enough to describe the horrors that lie within the Book of Vile Darkness. Add to it a touch of devastation, toxicity, cruelty, and terror... and you finally come close to what is in store within the pages.
Here are excerpts about The Book of Vile Darkness from the Wizard archives:
Only the most indomitable minds dare to look upon the malevolent thoughts and forbidden secrets bound herein. This corrupt tome is filled with deplorable wisdom, malignant ideas, and descriptions of creatures, rites, and practices most foul. Evil permeates every word and image inscribed within it. . . .
Who hasn’t wanted to keep an Owlbear as a pet? Sure, they are as large and ferocious as an angry bear and will most likely eat you if you look tasty enough, but they have a kind of odd cute-ness to them, don’t you think?
Part bear, part owl, and a whole lot of hungry belly make up these darlings of the D&D universe. Think of a creature that has the cunning of a bird of prey combined with the viciousness of a carnivorous bear and you might come close to understanding the personality of the Owlbear. Little is known of the origins of these beasties, as they are not creatures created by magical means, nor were they formed by a wiza…
Undead creatures pepper the lands and lore of D&D, and none scream ‘undead’ more than a skeleton.
It’s fairly obvious that the bony thing you are fighting is the re-animated remains of some long-dead, demised, passed on, expired, bereft of life, kicked the bucket, no longer of this world, ex-living... thing. It has gone on to meet it’s maker, or at the very least a cultist/demon/necromancer who called the poor creature (who just wanted a rest!) back into service as a walking, warring, not-quite-alive skeleton.
Skeletons are the choice minions for an army of undead. They are loyal, obedient, unthinking, and willing to take a…