Another 10 Mordenkainen's Tome Questions!
  • Another 10 Mordenkainen's Tome Questions!


    Earlier today I answered ten questions about Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. I have some spare time right now -- so I'll answer another ten questions. First ten questions, one question each, don't ask me to list reams of content or locate a single keyword in a 250-page book I just got, and remember this isn't an essay assignment. Below is a handy-dandy summary of the answers to the previous set of ten questions. For the next ten questions - ask away! Time, as before, is limited.





    What comprises the list of all new player options (races, archetypes, feats, spells, etc.) in the book?
    This is what I see as I page through (bear in mind I've literally just got the book, so might miss something):

    Elf subraces -- eladrin, sea elf, shadar kai
    Dwarf subraces -- duergar
    Gith race, plus subraces -- githyanki, githzerai
    Gnome subraces -- deep gnome
    Tiefling subraces -- Asmodeus, Baalzebul, Dispater, Fierna, Glasya, Levistus, Mammon, Mephitopheloes, Zariel

    Deep Gnome feat -- Svirfneblin Magic

    Is there any discussion, description, detail, mention, or whatever of Tieflings and Aasimars, or Tiefling or Aasimar cultures? There's a bunch of Tielfing subraces, each linked to a Lord of the Nine Hells. And discussion on diabolical cults, personality traits/ideals/bonds/flaws. The whole first 30 pages or so deals with demons, devils, etc. I'm not immediately seeing Aasimar anywhere, but that doesn't mean they're not mentioned.

    Do tieflings vary in appearance based on their new possible lineages? I know they may have some new features, but what about their physical appearance? They don't mention physical appearance, no.

    Can you give us a quick description of the Oblex (monster)? Oblex Spawn is a Cr 1/4 tiny ooze. Green. Amorphous and Aversion to Fire. Does bludgeoning and psychic damage with its pseudopod attack.

    Adult Oblex is CR 5, medium. Eat memories does psychic damage and memory drains the target - -1d4 from ability checks or attacks. Each time it increases to d6, d8, etc. until d20 when the victim falls unconscious. Oblex learns all its languages and proficiencies. Sulfurous Impersonation lets it assume the appearance of a memory drained victim.

    Elder Oblex is CR 10.

    Does the first section detailing the Blood War provide enough info to run a Planescape campaign (or provide any tantalizing hints that we might see future Planescape products for 5E)? It doesn't detail Sigil, so I'd guess no. I've never run a PS campaign though, so I'm not super qualified to judge what's needed to run one.

    Is the Giff a playable race? How much Giff content? Giff are not a playable race. Giff have one page as a monster (including stat block).

    Does the book contain anything explicit on using it with different D&D worlds/settings (like how SCAG had sidebars with suggestions for renaming or similar conversions of new class and races elements to non-FR settings), or does the “multiverse” conceit operate as if the material is basically the same (if only mythologically) in all games? Various mentions in sidebars, but not additional rules. Like the Halfling chapter has a sidebar which mentions Halflings in FR, Greyhawk, Krynn, Athas.

    Any references to Mystara (other than the Nightwalker)? There are no immediately obvious big references to Mystara I saw on my flick-through, but bear in mind I haven't read every word.

    Any information on Duergar in other settings besides the Forgotten Realms? No, just FR.

    What's the mention about Elder Evils? Yes, in the Star Spawn entry. The Star Spawn are servants and heralds of the Elder Evils. The Elder Evils are beings which exist in realms lethal to mortal life and cannot enter the Material Plane. There's about 3 paragraphs on Elder Evils and five Star Spawn stat blocks, such as the Star Spawn Larva Mage which is like one of those Kyuss servants in Age of Worms.

    They mentioned that there might be celestial versions of the fey eladrin. If so, are there any differences? I'm not seeing anything. Doesn't mean it's not there, but I can't find it.

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    1. JPL's Avatar
      JPL -
      WHY ARE GNOMES?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by JPL View Post
      WHY ARE GNOMES?
      Because.

      That's one of ten.
    1. tehguitarist's Avatar
      tehguitarist -
      Any favourite highlights/surprises you’ve found?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by tehguitarist View Post
      At favourite highlights/surprises you’ve found?
      My favourite section is the stuff on the Lords of Hell, as I mentioned the previous ten questions. That's 2/10!

      8 questions left!
    1. nicolas.carrillos's Avatar
      nicolas.carrillos -
      Is there any mention of Eberron in the book?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicolas.carrillos View Post
      Is here any mention of Eberron in the book?
      I haven't seen Eberron mentioned in the text, but bear in mind that I just got it and haven't read every word, so I can't promise that there is no mention of it. There's no big header that I can see with the word "Eberron" in it.

      3/10! 7 to go!
    1. AriochQ's Avatar
      AriochQ -
      How do the tiefling subraces differ from each other mechanically? Any racial abilities stand out?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by AriochQ View Post
      How do the tiefling subraces differ from each other mechanically? Any racial abilities stand out?
      Most have a free cantrip, and at third level get a specific once/day 3rd level spell, and another at 5th level.

      For example, Baalzebul -- gets the thaumaturgy cantrip, plus ray of sickness at 3rd level, and crown of madness at 5th level. Mephistopheles gets the mage hand cantrip, burning hands at 3rd level, and flame blade at 5th level.

      4/10. 6 to go!
    1. Grumpy RPG Reviews's Avatar
      Grumpy RPG Reviews -
      In your assessment, is it worth the purchase price listed on the cover for those of us who would have to buy one?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy RPG Reviews View Post
      In your assessment, is it worth the purchase price listed on the cover for those of us who would have to buy one?
      I can't speak for everybody, but for me yes because I love the devilish/demonic theme and contents. If the theme appeals, I'd say it's invaluable.

      5/10! 5 to go.
    1. Dualazi's Avatar
      Dualazi -
      Are there any new magic items/materials from other planes? I remember in 3e I think the nine hells had their own variant of steel, for example.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dualazi View Post
      Are there any new magic items/materials from other planes? I remember in 3e I think the nine hells had their own variant of steel, for example.
      I don't see any new magic items or materials, unless there's something buried in a monster stat block somewhere.

      6/10. 4 more!
    1. Shadow Demon's Avatar
      Shadow Demon -
      Are there stat-blocks in the Bestiary chapter for Demon Lords other than the ones in Out of the Abyss?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Demon View Post
      Are there stat-blocks in the Bestiary chapter for Demon Lords other than the ones in Out of the Abyss?
      I don't recall offhand what's in OotA, but the Demon Lord stat blocks are:

      Baphomet, Demogorgon, Fraz-Urb'luu (that's hard to type!), Graz'zt, Juiblex, Orcus, Yeenoghu, Zuggtmoy.

      7/10. 3 left...
    1. JPL's Avatar
      JPL -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Because.

      That's one of ten.
      I regret nothing.
    1. AmerginLiath's Avatar
      AmerginLiath -
      Quote Originally Posted by JPL View Post
      WHY ARE GNOMES?
      Just wait until you see the Gyesmes...
    1. Marandahir's Avatar
      Marandahir -
      How much flavor material is in the book on Eladrin? Offhand, does it feel recycled from 4th Editions' Feywild books, chapters & articles, or new as of this publishing?
    1. pogre's Avatar
      pogre -
      Is it worth it for players or do you see it primarily as a DM's book?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Marandahir View Post
      How much flavor material is in the book on Eladrin? Offhand, does it feel recycled from 4th Editions' Feywild books, chapters & articles, or new as of this publishing?
      I didn't see much of the 4E supplements, so I can't answer the second question. As for the first, it's about 3/4 of a page in total.

      8/10. Two more question!
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by pogre View Post
      Is it worth it for players or do you see it primarily as a DM's book?
      It's primarily a DM's book, but I'd say about a quarter is of interest to players (if they like fluff -- if they only like rules content, then only a little bit is specifically player rules content - about a dozen subraces and a feat). For the DM, or anybody who likes reading the lore around this stuff, it's really great.

      OK, one more question then I'm off to bed!
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