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in alphabetical order...(need more! see babombs post at end)

alsih2o

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let's share a dastardly(can i say rat bastard if i am not in the club?) idea for every monster in the monster manual, alphabetically.

i'll start :)

Aboleth: the only re,aining evidence of how to operate a recently recovered artifact died with a lawful evil cleric who was eaten by an aboleth 300 years ago. fortunately they remember everyhting their victims knew, as do their young.

of course, they remember how to perform all his evil rituals too.

edit: achaierai is next, extra points if you can pronounce it :)
 
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MeepoTheMighty

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Achaierai: The only way to cure the king's recent onset of madness is for him to injest the gland in an achaierai's body which creates the insanity cloud. The glad must be eaten fresh out of the creatrue's body, and will only work if given up willingly.
 

BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
A local ruler (king/baron/knight) has sent his only son to defeat a monster -- perhaps to be named later! -- his son failed and the ruler was driven mad and commited suicide. His wife (queen/baroness/wife/consort) now rules in his place but the Allip lives on.

An Allip is CR 3. If the party deals with it violently, the party gains the appropriate experience. If the party finds the son's remains -- at the heart of the monster's lair -- the party will find the son's journal, in which it is recorded that the son fought the beast not for glory or for his father, but in a sincere desire to help the people of the land. That will help ease the ruler's torment and the party recieves experience appropriate for a CR4 creature.

edit: next up - animated object. Have fun with the dancing murphy beds guys!
 
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der_kluge

Adventurer
The king's daughter - the princess, heir to the throne, and subsequent ruler of the land has been murdered.

Meanwhile, all the furniture in the king's castle has become restless, and attacks all those who come near it, making it a truly dangerous place to be.

Can the PCs figure out why the furniture is acting so strangely? Perhaps the dead princess is trying to tell them something....

edit - Ankheg is next.
 
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der_kluge

Adventurer
I don't know about dastardly, but I do like the idea of tying an encounter or adventure around every monster. Neat thread!
 

BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
Oh! Using my own world (but easily adaptable)

Animated Object

An orc shaman, unable to get past the defenses of a barge beloging to a calisian merchant, has cursed the barge! It now acts as if it was alive! Most of the mercenaries, travelers, and laborers were able to escape, but the merchant's daughter (or son) has been captured! The party must board the living barge, fight off the undead mecenaries/travelers/laborers that remained not to mention things like animated rope and the like (rogues may check for things like falling door frames and other such "traps").

Once rescued, the barge is to be treated as a Colossal Construct, CR 10. If using the Murchad's Legacy setting, the barge travels 5 miles per day between Madeline's Lock and Lock Exosus (~130 miles). If it reaches Lock Exosus, the Remarian Legionaires will cut it down, and indirectly killing the merchant's child.

edit: die_kluge beat me. No, he p0wned me. Rats. Ankehg is still next.
 
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orbitalfreak

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Ankheg

A local baron, and known collector of rare and exotic arms and armours, asks the party to collect the materials for a suit of plate armour he wants fashioned. The plate is to be fashioned from the scales of an Ankheg. The baron is offering a large reward for the return of the scales

Of course, the local druid population objects to the slaughter of these creatures for sport...and the druids have the knowledge to create an elixer to cure a rare disease. You did remember to send the PC's on a quest to find the cure for the King's illness, didn't you? ;)

Next, the Mighty Morphing Spider Thingamabob, Aranea!
 

BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
Aranea

The party is approached by a young woman who begs their assistance. She claims some drow elves are out to capture her and she desires protection. She promsies to reward the party after they save her.

She is telling the truth. She is being hunted by 3 1st level drow fighters. However, she intends to turn on whoever is apparently winning the combat on round 2 of the combat (sadly, she is too impatient). If the party wins -- and she does not turn on them -- she gives them 50gp plus whatever the drow were equiped with.

Next: arrowhawk
 

BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
Arrowhawk

A wealthy would-be huntsman desires the party to capture him a mated pair of arrowhawks. The party is only permitted to do stun damage for the encounter. The arrowhawks can be tracked by their spoors on a Wilderness Lore check of DC 15 (a guide can be hired for 50gp but she will not assist in combat).

Next: Assasin Vine! Look out landscapers!
 

Morpheus

Exploring Ptolus
A small village at the edge of the Great Forest has been attacked and nearly every man, woman and child killed or taken. All indications are that it was a Drow raid. The Drow chose their path from the Underdark well as it leads through some caves that come out in the forest that are inhabited by a patch of Assassin Vine. The Drow realized that the Assassin Vines would be useful guarding their retreat into the Underdark in case they were followed.


Up next...the Athach
 
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MeepoTheMighty

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The latest fashion among noble women calls for arrowhawk feathers to be worn in enormous plumed hats. The PCs have recently inherited a strip of coastland that serves as a mating ground for the birds. Local druids want the PCs to step up efforts to stop poachers. The Milliner's Guild is willing to resort to underhanded tactics to make the PCs reconsider.

edit: I'm slow. Oh well. :)
 
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BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
Morpheus: KUDOS!

Pre-edit Morpheus had a great Aranea idea, that was quickly changed to an Assasin Vine idea! Nice.

But, dude! Keep the old idea next time! Creativity is always fun!

Athach

A young wizard needs a low-quality ruby to crush into ruby dust for a continual flame spell. An Athach has such a ruby - as well as other low-quality stones -- and the wizard wants it. He can not pay, but he will cast up to five identify spells for free for the party if they deal with the Athach.

next: Azer (aka ROOOOOXANNE! You don't have to put out that red light!)
 


WanderingMonster

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Azer

The PCs meet a strange looking dwarf. He is hairless, and has skin that looks like tarnished metal. It is an outcast Azer who has been "extinguished" from azer society by the elder priests of his city. Of course he was wrongly punished, and he wants revenge. The azer prince who framed him maintains a fortress in the caldera of a volcano. He will offer the services of his magical forge if the PCs can help him.
 

BiggusGeekus

That's Latin for "cool"
Azer

The party is tasked for transporting a shipment of adamantine from one city to another. An Azer is going to smelt the ore into a refineable form. However, the party learns that the Azer is working for an evil pirate and must decide weather to deliver the goods (and defy the law) or divert the goods (and defy the Azer smith). If the party does as asked the Azer will reward them with a piece of medium adamantine armor.

... the above works well with the Bluffside setting.

Next: Barghest!

-BG

PS I'm having too much fun with this thread.


edit: WM > BG

I sux0r. He 1d4 r0x0r.
 
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orbitalfreak

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Barghest:

The Blood War is spilling out onto the Material Plane, and there is one way to close the portals to the Nine Hells and Abyss, respictively. To close the gate to the Nine Hells, a chaotic evil outsider of 10 or more Hit Dice must be sacreficed at the Nine Hells portal. To close the gate to the Abyss, a lawful evil outsider of 10 or more Hit Dice must be sacrificed at the Abyssal portal.

Most of the Devils have cleared away from the area, though, but one LE outsider remains: a lesser Barghest. Now, if the party could only find something to feed it to have it gain power and hit dice, so that it would be easily used for the sacrificial ritual...

...something like a village. Will the party slaughter an entire village of innoncents in order to quickly prevent the widespread destruction the Blood War will eventually bring. Or will they instead take their chances to find a 10+HD LE outsider; if so, how far will the Blood War get before the task is complete? Which option will save the most lives?

And, there's still the matter of closing the second portal... ;)

Really takes that whole "Paladin kills Orc Babies" thing to the next level, don't it?

*edit*
Originally posted by BiggusGeekus
PS I'm having too much fun with this thread.
Heh, likewise. :) Great thread, Clay!

Next, the Basilisk.
 
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alsih2o

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basilisk:

a collector of "monster art" wants a petrified person from a basilisks lair, but refuses to deal wiht any party that would harm a creature that can "do such a beautiful thing"

behir anyone?

thanks for the compliments, and thanks for playing along :)
 
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Mark

CreativeMountainGames.com
The Behir hides under a collosal mound of copper, releasing a charge of electricity when it is disturbed by footfalls of an adventuring party... ;)
 
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