Check Out This Sneak Peek At OUT OF THE ABYSS

Courtesy of WotC is this preview from the upcoming adventure, Out of the Abyss. This preview features Zuggtmoy, the Lady of Rot, and the Demon Queen of Fungi. Out of the Abyss is only a month away now (or even earlier for preferred stores which get an 11-day head start). "Zuggtmoy, Demoness Lady of Fungi, dread and fell ruler of the 222nd ghastly plane of the Abyss, made her first full appearance in T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil. In her natural form, she appeared as a puffball mushroom with a toadstool growing on top. Four elephantine legs with suckers on the bottoms supported her spherical body. Truly disgusting to smell, and just as revolting to behold, Zuggtmoy is capable of summoning legions of hostile fungi to do her bidding, and may control all manner of plant life within her sphere of influence."



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Russ Morrissey

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The art is otherworldly and truly makes her look alien and intimidating. I LOVE THAT! In my opinion, The Abyss should have alien / weird looking evil fiends and The Nine Hells should have classic devil-type creatures.
 

MonsterEnvy

Adventurer
Her lair actions are fairly interesting. While they don't seem too deadly at a glance the biggest thing is that with the exception of her second ability to allow plant creatures that she can see and serve her, to move and attack again. (If there are some new plant creatures in this adventure that are fairly dangerous and serve her this could be very powerful.)

Her other abilities don't have that requirement and just state it has to be in her lair. Every 2nd turn the PC's are in her lair she can summon more and more Gas Spores and Violet Fungi, around the lair. She can just wait in her inner sanctum while she harasses them with more and more fungi while she is still out of reach.

Meanwhile her last lair action allows to use one of two of her abilities with the point of origin being one of her fungi instead of her self. This is probably the most dangerous ability depending on how those abilities work. As the things she can use it on don't even have to be monsters just normal mushrooms and fungus and given that her lair is a bunch of giant mushrooms and fungus means she can hit the group all the time with her spores before they even get to her.
 

MonsterEnvy

Adventurer
They used that looked for a while. But I feel this is a good evolution of it. It really clearly relates her to fungi.

Here is the full art for her.

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It's a bit more red then the one in the book.
 
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GobiWon

Explorer
I also like this new artwork. It's beautiful and alien and feels appropriate given her dominion over fungi.
 

Unwise

Adventurer
The yonic overtones on the picture are quite apt for a mother/growth figure. Disturbing to say the least though.
 

Kinak

Visitor
The devotion might begin with the seemingly harmless promises offered by exotic spores and mushrooms, but quickly consume them, body and soul.
I always knew Mario was up to no good.
 

Scorpio616

Visitor
As the things she can use it on don't even have to be monsters just normal mushrooms and fungus and given that her lair is a bunch of giant mushrooms and fungus means she can hit the group all the time with her spores before they even get to her.
How big is the lair? PCs have plenty of devastating area effects that should obliterate most non creature things in the area.

The yonic overtones on the picture are quite apt for a mother/growth figure. Disturbing to say the least though.
It's much less blatant than the Cover of Dragon 334! http://christopherstevens.deviantart.com/art/Zuggtmoy-Queen-of-Fungi-44003039
 

MonsterEnvy

Adventurer
How big is the lair? PCs have plenty of devastating area effects that should obliterate most non creature things in the area.
Her lair is her palace in Shedaklah her layer of the Abyss.

Zuggtmoy rules from the center of the layer in a palace that consists of two dozen or so gigantic mushrooms, each connected to each other by shelf-fungi, and each four miles tall. Numerous chambers and corridors has been carved within the mushrooms; it is said not even Zuggtmoy herself knows the full extent of the palace.
Pretty much it will be hard to get to her.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Here's the thing: Zuggtmoy is the queen of fungi, right?

You know the mushroom? That's not the actual fungus. That's essentially the fruit of the fungus. The real fungus is a bunch of filaments underground.

The forms we see of Zuggtmoy here should be more like her mushrooms - they are growths she makes for various purposes, but they're not her. Her real form should be dispersed all around her lair (and for that matter, layer). She should be able to make "mushrooms" look different for various different purposes - if she wants to go on a "woo the mortals" spree she might opt for a less monstrous form.
 

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