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jadrax

Adventurer
I think the lesson learned here is I should probably know my limitations, and epic level demons/gods/devils is probably too much to try to do since I a) never play PCs at that high level and b) am not super familiar with the lore behind each on

Well, except Zuggtmoy, I did DM her once when I ran T1-4. But she has her own challenges as I mentioned above. Lancelot seems more knowledgeable and thus was able to pick things out really quickly that didn't make sense. So I think I'll stick to the non-epic, non-unique monsters :)

Well that ruins my plan to request of Urt the Megalith... ;o)
 

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Sacrosanct

Legend
As per request, the lupin (one of my favs too). As a bonus, also included is a section for monster-as-race

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dinsdale

Giant Hedgehog
Fantastic work all around, Sacrosanct.

On the Lupin's sheet: for Lupin as Race, shouldn't the Observant Learner say that you begin play with "proficiency" in one additional skill of your choice?
 


Nebulous

Legend
These need to be compiled into a pdf eventually, they're very good and worth keeping, even if official ones do come out later. I have to say, making monsters in 5e looks rather fun. Maybe even better than 4th edition???
 

Lancelot

Adventurer
Whats your opinion on Zuggtmoy Lancelot.

So, firstly, I want to make it clear that I mean no offense to the hard work that Sacrosanct is doing here. I agree with Sacrosanct that the Epic-level unique monsters are hard. I don't think I'd feel confident taking a swing at them myself, and I applaud Sacrosanct's courage for giving it a go, given the fairly limited information we have so far on monster design.

Also, I'm loving all the non-Epic monster conversions, which seem excellent. I'm a big Mystara fan, so I'm thrilled to see the Lupin and the Kopru. Thanks for that.

So, Zuggtmoy...


  • I actually like this conversion a lot more than Graz'zt. It avoids three of the main issues with Graz'zt. Firstly, there are no obvious at-will "all-the-players-are-hosed" attacks. Secondly, her powers and spells are a lot more thematic with being the Demon Queen of Fungi. Thirdly, her servants are in-line with the established fluff.
  • I really like the variable power level based on the number of gates broken in ToEE. This is good stuff. Not sure about the balance. I might reduce her proficiency bonus gradually at each level, rather than having a huge +8 drop between her CR 15 and CR 20 versions.
  • As with Graz'zt, I have a philosophical tendency towards fewer and more thematic spells and powers. While respecting Sacrosanct's point that a big list of spells gives the creature more tools, it makes life more difficult for the DM. That's 20 spells that the DM needs to remember or look up in the PH. I know there are some DMs who would say "that's why we need the spell text in the monster listing", but that's not a good answer either. It'd add another entire page to the monster entry, even if only abbreviated information was offered.
  • Specifically, does any DM really need to know that Zuggtmoy can detect magic at will? This is a legendary demon princess, with Intelligence and Wisdom beyond mortal reach. Of course she can detect magic... and nearly any other low- or mid- level spell that she chooses. The same could be said of destroy food/water. I'd prefer to see Epic monster stat blocks contain the 6-10 spells and powers that are most thematic to the creature, and perhaps a simple message which implies: the DM can add any other powers required by the situation or story. Outside combat, Zuggtmoy (and Graz'zt, and any other Epic creature of demigod-like status) should be able to do nearly anything that a mere mortal 20th level cleric or wizard could achieve... given time and resources. Reducing the number of listed powers is a huge simplification tool for the DM, and assures that the party will be experiencing an encounter with Zuggtmoy that will include the most flavorsome effects. It also creates unique design space for other creatures. This was my main objection to all the fire spells on Graz'zt; it makes it very hard to provide a unique design for any of the true fire-based archfiends.
  • So, out of Zuggtmoy's list, what would I personally keep? Anything that represents rot, decay, plants, fungi. Blight and contagion are good choices, as are entangle, grasping vine, wall of thorns, cloudkill. Maybe a few others. These are spells that are not going to be commonly encountered on other Epic creatures.
  • I'd personally drop the two dominates and the compulsion. That's Graz'zt's shtick (and Asmodeus, and a few others).
  • I'd remove true polymorph, which removes her uniqueness. If every archfiend had true polymorph, they would all just change into the single most effective monster form available (ancient red dragon? pit fiend?). Zuggtmoy is already plenty dangerous in her current form, with many movement modes, defenses and attacks. Also, there's an ego thing: would an archfiend choose to become something else, when it is already confident in it's supreme power? If I was Zuggtmoy, I'd want to beat down the PCs as the Queen of Fungi, rather than as a polymorphed iron golem. Finally, the true polymorph spell is one of the hardest for the DM to play out on the fly. Unless you already know ahead of time which shape she's going to assume, you need to have either a good knowledge of all the options or you're going to be wasting time flicking through the MM.
  • I'd also lose the misty step and the levitate at will. Here's an alternate way of dealing with those powers: just give her some additional movement modes (10' fly, 30' teleport). That removes two entries from the spell-list, reducing the complexity for the DM. However, it doesn't reduce Zuggtmoy's power level at all. Those modes are still available to her, but listed in the Speed line along with her other movement modes.
  • Personal preference, but I'd substantially lower Zuggtmoy's AC. She's a big spongey mushroom lady. She should be easy to hit, but able to absorb a ton of damage. Actually, I'd almost be tempted to give her resistance to all bludgeoning weapons (even magical). Something to reflect her resilient, rubbery, fungal form.
  • Finally: Shiftless Form allows her to go ethereal for up to a minute, rendering her effectively immune to attack. But it doesn't say the type of action for her to return to physical form. For balance, I'd consider making this a Bonus Action. This prevents her from whaling on the PCs, then shifting out as a Bonus Action... popping back on her next turn, beating on them again, then shifting out again as a Bonus Action... popping back again and continuing the beat-down. That's up to three consecutive rounds of one-sided punishment, unless the PCs ready their actions for when she reappears (which they won't necessarily know is the correct tactic, and they're probably already trying to deal with summoned fungi at the same time). I think that'd be a little frustrating.

Anyway, there you have it. Only responding because I was asked, and no intention to belabor some of these points. Sacrosanct's doing a great job here, particularly with the non-Epic creatures. Thanks again.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
OK, since apparently I gave the demon Graz'zt devil powers, I felt I needed a revision ;) Thanks Lancelot for that call out. I think I like this much better. Yes, the AC is still high, but he has an artifact shield, and most level 20 martial classes will have similar ACs.

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Sacrosanct

Legend
With a name like this, I bet its breath stinks. Another one I had to do because it became iconic with us as a group of early teenage boys, for obvious reasons.

 


Wrathamon

Explorer
the Zern were late 3.5 monster but they had some really cool flavor. Felt like they could work well with an Exhibition to Barrier Peaks style campaign.

how about

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or the various Androids from Barrier Peaks? Froghemoth? or the Shedu?



NM someone just told me WotC released D&D Next stats for this mod when they released the reprint of Dungeons of Dread. Not sure if those stats are updated with the new math.
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Funny enough I was JUST looking at EtoBP, and selected this one. I better get them done, because in about an hour, I will be away from my work PC and not have access to CS3 to do these for the next week or so.

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trystero

Explorer
...someone just told me WotC released D&D Next stats for [S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks] when they released the reprint of Dungeons of Dread. Not sure if those stats are updated with the new math.

They are not, sadly: the monster math was extensively re-jiggered after the end of the public playtest, and so the playtest bestiaries will probably be unbalanced if used as-is with 5e. (Though they do at least show how the designers interpreted the old monster entries' abilities, and may therefore be good starting points for the mechanics: you probably just need to massage the numbers.)
 

Wrathamon

Explorer
Funny enough I was JUST looking at EtoBP, and selected this one. I better get them done, because in about an hour, I will be away from my work PC and not have access to CS3 to do these for the next week or so.

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Lets see how close you got to the playtest stats


Your version AC is 2 higher
HPs - dead on
Speed is the same but you gave them +10 more climb speed
Sense - you fixed theirs (they had low light)
Yours is stronger, but not as dexterous, but better con and smarter, but not as wise nor as charismatic.
The stats were 18 16 12 4 11 11
thy have it unaligned

abilities
they added a DC to realize they are fake on the mimicry

They have stealthy giving them +5 to stealth but they dont have your deadly Opportunistic Killer ability

On actions they have multi-attack but only 2 claw and a bite attack

Your claw attack is twice as deadly (they only had it at 1d6+4 with a +7 to hit
Bite is only a +7 to hit with 1d8+4 damage

their lvl was 6 but only worth 810 experience.

Good job. Yours is much scarier.
 


roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
don't get the hit points.

Every official monster I've seen has a standard hit point formula of Xd[size]+X[CON bonus]. That's right, monster hit points are adjusted by their CON bonus. A 14 CON monster with 10 hit dice will have a +20 bonus. And the hit dice will correspond to the creature's size. So really, the only slider you should be moving at the time of hit points (if you've already figured out a size and a CON score) is the number of hit dice.

Grazzy with a CON of 23 and 36 hit dice should have 414 hit points (36d10+216), for instance. If you want him to have 500, you need to give him more dice or up his CON or give him some "infernal health" power that gives him temp hit points.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
[MENTION=15700]Sacrosanct[/MENTION], what software are you using for layout there? Have you made yourself an MS Word template or something similar?
 

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