Monday, April 25, 2016

Monstrous Influences [DoE]

Types of Monsters
The Dawn of Eradu campaign will have eight sources for monsters, plus hybrids.  As I'm likely going to be using Dungeon World each of these will be tags.  This doesn't cover everything - beasts, humanoids, and human themselves are monsters as well,

Aliens
Inhuman terrors with inexplicable weapons and creatures (which are sometimes one and the same) grown in vats of bubbling filth.  The aliens want to enslave and do so with terror and weird surgery, implanting or infecting those they wish to control.  They can occasionally be reasoned with, but everyone knows from stories passed down by generation that they destroyed the moon.

Patchwork
Things, for no other word properly describes them, from the Patchwork are of Chaos, Nightmares, and Darkness. They want nothing more than to live in the World of Light - to sun their tentacles and air out their insane geometries.  But they are not alive and therefore cannot truly live - as abominations they cause destruction in their wake.  Simply put - Patchwork Things are demons.

Fey
The four courts of the Land of Unreason, engage in their endless Slow War that sometimes leaks into this reality.  Intrigue, surreal landscapes, blood, and the mingling of unreason are signs that the land of Faerie has claimed a bit of Eradu for her own.  The Fey Nobility care little about the World of Reason, but the lesser Fey often interact with the common folk of Eradu with ... mixed results.

Planar
The Aliens are from another dimension similar to this place.  The Land of Unreason and the Patchwork are regions within the aestheral plane that connects the various dimensions of the Prime and other planes of existence.  These other planes are themselves entire universes with other rules and laws. Sometimes creatures and beings from these universes come to visit.

Undead
A blight upon the land, the unliving horde is a problem.  Some are intelligent, but most are mindless or at least not particularly creative. They wish only to snuff out life.

Scions
There are things that are born from the Lord Scions - creatures of metal armed with strange and terrible weapons.  There is an intelligence that cannot be denied, but understanding what Lord Scions had in mind is beyond comprehension.  Many creatures of Scions have an aura of sickness around them; scions also has the highest chance for hybridization with other creature forms.


Hybrids
I'm going to use a lot of random creature creation - at least to get things started.  When a creature of a particular type is rolled up, there is a chance the critter is actually a hybrid between two types - check the Hybrid column.  If the critter is a hybrid, roll 1d10 to see what the hybrid is.

 Hybrid 
 Aliens 
 Patch 
 Fey 
 Planar 
 Undead 
 Scions 
 Beasts 
 Humanoids 
 Aliens
5%
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1
---
2
3
4-5
6-8
9-10
 Patchwork
1%
1
---
2
---
3-4
5-6
7-9
10
 Fey
1%
---
1
---
2-3
4-6
7
8-10
--
 Planar
2%
1
---
2
---
3
4
5-8
9-10
 Undead
4%
1-2
3
4-6
7
---
8-9
10
---
 Scions
8%
1
2
3
4
5-6
---
7-8
9-10
 Beasts
3%
1
2
3-4
5-6
7
8
---
9-10
 Humanoids 
1%
1-3
4
5
6
7-8
9
10
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For example, there is a 4% chance that an Undead creature is a hybrid.  Assuming we rolled that it is a hybrd then the additional 1d10 roll result of 7 the undead is some sort of planar undead.  What does that mean?  No idea yet.  Maybe some sort of undead modron servitor gone terribly awry and "fixing" the hills in this region (which involves digging a rather complex tunel system?)

I don't know how this is going to turn out, but it should be fun to find out.