Posts Tagged ‘Construct’

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New Monster – War Band of the Undying Lament (for D&D 5E)

13 November, 2022

War Band of the Undying Lament

How they looked in life.Emerging from the mist as they climb up the rise are a set of once people, their skin white and bloodless contrasting with the blue glow of the tattoos that wreath their bodies. Their hair is spiked and their eyes share the same blue glow as their tattoos. They carry rectangular shields and spears or swords, a few have javelins as well. They start to spread out in a loose line, the lament never wavering in their dead voices.

A thrown axe takes one square in the forehead, it starts to topple and the tattoo snakes up to cast out the axe and reknit the dead flesh, which is now tattooed as well.  Its head snaps down and it continues to advance.

War Band of the Undying Lament
Medium unliving (undead), usually evil

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New Monster – Grinning Ghost (for D&D 5E)

26 October, 2022

Grinning Ghost

What a winning smileThe old mill was said to be haunted but those who ventured there only reported odd things happening, if they talked about it at all, but no one ever seemed harmed directly by the spirits.  Perhaps by their reaction to them if they ran away in a panic and crashed into, or through, something.  They seemed more to enjoy scaring people and watching the comedy that was created by terrified people at least, that was my analysis of the situation.

Grinning Ghost
Medium unbound (undead), usually chaotic

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Tuesday Magic Item – Soldier Box

29 March, 2022

360px-·˙·ChinaUli2010·.·_Xi'an_-_panoramio_(233)“I had hoped for more support when we were assigned to this outpost,” said Voddick.  “It is a good little fort but our numbers are few and the army said to be marching towards us is not.”

“I think we are being used as bait for a trap,” said Gollaon.  “Have you not noticed the boxes placed carefully around the fort?”

“I had, I was thinking they were ammunition.  But . . .” Voddick pondered.  “Soldier boxes?”

Gollaon nodded.  “I think so.  The small garrison can be suddendly expanded but anyone watching will just have seen supplies being brought in.”

“Clever, though I am not happying being the worm used to bait the hook.”

Soldier Box

These boxes are not large, usually, and are sometimes battered having survived being dragged from battlefield to battle field, others are decorated and well cared for, often the possessions of nobles.  It all cases, it is what they contain that make them useful.

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New Monster – Ceramic Soldier (for D&D 5E)

29 March, 2022

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Ceramic Soldier

The soldiers moved in close order and in perfect unison, it was not until they came closer that it was possible to tell that they were not living people at all but cunningly made and painted clay.

Ceramic Soldier
Medium hollow (construct), unaligned

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New Monster – Alchemical ReAgent

10 October, 2016

Friend?First Monster for October and something that plays into the RPG Blog Carnival theme of Potions.

In the abandoned quarter where the illegal alchemists ply their trade and vats of flawed mixture are dumped into the sewers, odd things have begun to emerge . . .

Alchemical ReAgent
These are beings spontaneously created by the interaction of magical and alchemical wastes mixing with organic and inorganic materials creating a disturbing imitation of life with a dim spark of intelligence.

Alchemical ReAgent    CR 3
XP 600
N Small construct (accidental, awakened)
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New Monster – Vat Soldier (revised)

16 September, 2013

Vat Soldier
A lumpy, misshapen humanoid carrying a large shield and spear and wearing ill-fitting leather armor.  It does not seem very alert -or bright- but it seems strong enough to be dangerous especially with that spear.

Vat Soldier                                                  CR 2 (600 XP)
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Places in the Sea of Stars – The Polyarchy of Mondas

3 November, 2011

The Polyarchy of Mondas

The Sundering had many effects across the Sea of Stars, some lands were shattered, others were torn apart by volcanoes or flooded, rivers changed courses and oceans boiled away, other effects were more subtle but no less devastating.  The people of Mondas suffered from one of the later, the people of Mondas found that their children were often born sickly, fragile bones were common, and it was becoming worse from generation to generation.

Early Mondasian

Early Mondasian

The people of Mondas turned to their rulers and their rulers turned to their draconic patron.  Wizards and sorcerers, exorcists and curse-breakers tried to find a solution to the sickness but to no avail.  But other solutions were tried, amulets and talismans and then magical frames and support.  Finally one family, brokenhearted by their dying child, made the leap and had her soul moved into a construct body.  Whether this triggered what came next or if it was just symbolic of the fall of the Mondosians, will never be known.

Their children were even weaker, those that were not born dead, more and more of the people of Mondas turned to artificer-mages to make new bodies for their children.  Within two generations, Mondas was peopled only by magical machines, some that remembered being humans, others that knew no life apart from in their mechagical** bodies.  Their numbers were small and only grow slowly as new members are built, usually as children to the current Mondasians.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Unswerving Valet

2 August, 2011

The wizard was always well dressed, his brass servant followed him everywhere with two massive bags.  Considering how badly he treated the living servants, I was not surprise that the only servant the wizard could keep was entirely uncaring about the treatment he suffered at that man’s hands.

Unswerving Valet

These are usually inactive when found, appearing as a stylized hat or coat rack with a vaguely man-like shape.  Most are polished brass but some are iron and a very few are decorated.  When its command word is spoken, it animates and follows the orders of the person who gave the command word.  When active, it is a stick figure-like metal humanoid.

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New Magic Item – Toy Soldier (Ceramic)

3 December, 2010

For some reason, the bandits thought that the prince would be left unprotected.  But he did seem to be alone on the hill, playing with his toy soldiers.  They surround him and he shouted the word taught to him be his father and then for help.  By the time the royal guards arrived, the bandits had been dispatched and the toy soldiers were covered in blood.

Toy Soldier (Ceramic)

This is a highly detailed ceramic figure of a soldier armed with a spear and two javelins that stands about as tall as an outstretched hand.

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New Monster – Ceramic Soldier

2 December, 2010

Ceramic Soldier

The walkway was lined with statues of warriors, all with disdainful expressions on their face, made of fired clay and their martial regalia was painted in fine detail.  Their weapons were quite real however.  So we were not surprised when they animated and moved in close order to block our escape route.

Ceramic Soldiers

Ceramic Soldiers

Ceramic Soldier

CR 3 (800 XP)

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