His articles on undead were among my very favorite in Dragon's entire run. They were so evocatively written and really useful for expanding upon what were usually treated as generic monsters.Undead have always been my favorite monster type. I remember pouring over that article (and the other ones by Tom Moldvay) when the issue came out.
I have to imagine that most of the time, someone was telling a story to children, mostly to entertain but partially to scare them into obedience, saw that Bob The Jerk was listening in and decided to modify the story a little bit, just to see Bob The Jerk squirm a bit. Then the kids grew up and didn't realize that modifications weren't real, and the story continued.Another great little creature.
I always find it amusing that so many myths have creatures who spend their time doing “wicked” things, but who then step-in behind conventional morality to either “punish adulterers” or punish naughty children.
The dirge. They were pretty cool. There's actually a ton of different races in Dragon mag, and monsters that would work as races, and most of 'em could be converted to heritages, heritage gifts, or cultures. I may do that later on.I would love to see a heritage/culture for the people in that article who were invaders from another dimension. I remember them being pretty cool.