The gap-filling nature of the Volo’s monsters are fairly obvious: we get an animal companion-legal Dinosaur, one that you can ride into battle, a low-CR and medium sized carnivore to fight, and the herbivores to fill out the ecosystem a little.
There are a number of other demons (Glabrezu, Nycaloths for sure) who also have at-will Dispel Magic. It makes them tricky to Planar Bind. Still possible, but tricky.Man, the more I think about at-will Dispel Magic opens so many possibilities for Babau to lead the charge on an infiltration, or sneak up to the city walls and slowly tear apart the wards that protect it. Eventually they will roll high enough to break the spell.
I'm sorry Charles, but these words cause me to drag myself from my lair and lay some science down. Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs. They're Pterosaurs, closely related Archosaurs, but not dinosaurs. Dinosaurs and pterosaurs are closer related than crocodiles and dinosaursQuetzalcoatlus (huge bird dinosaur)
Since we're looking at it from a scientific standpoint, I do have to applaud the treatment of dinosaurs (and other prehistoric reptiles) in 5e, especially in comparison to previous editions. The 3e MM came out a full seven years after Jurassic Park, but read like a textbook from the '60s, if not earlier! Granted, the 5e MM isn't perfect, but it's a lot better. The only real blunder (other than unceremoniously dumping them all into under "dinosaur" entries of course), is calling Plesiosaurus a dinosaur. Compare that to Dimetrodon, which is stated to be a reptile "commonly found where dinosaurs live" (implicitly stating that it itself is not a dinosaur), or Pteranodon, which is called a reptile and not a explicitly dinosaur (this is a bit more ambiguous, but at least it's a start, which carries over to Quetzalcoatlus, which is only described in terms of being a relative of Pteranadon). Velociraptors are correctly described as feathered for the first time in D&D history that I'm aware of (although this is only implied for Deinonychus, as a "relative of Velociraptor", and ignored entirely for Tyrannosaurus). And with Brontosaurs quite possibly being a valid taxon again, they can actually use it without everyone coming down on them for not using Apatosaurus instead...I'm sorry Charles, but these words cause me to drag myself from my lair and lay some science down. Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs. They're Pterosaurs, closely related Archosaurs, but not dinosaurs. Dinosaurs and pterosaurs are closer related than crocodiles and dinosaurs
However if you ever want to use a Quetzalcoatlus, which you should, I always highly recommend the work of pterosaur researcher Mark Witton. They're basically giraffe-sized murder storks who's food is 'Anything smaller than them', plus we have fossil evidence they traveled in flocks.
I'm the Latinist running games for engineers- tell me more of your science outrage. It gives me power.I'm sorry Charles, but these words cause me to drag myself from my lair and lay some science down.
Murder storks is pretty cool. As I mentioned, these guys seem solid as a way to bring aerial adventures into the game, and being hunted by them definitely doesn't sound fun.However if you ever want to use a Quetzalcoatlus, which you should, I always highly recommend the work of pterosaur researcher Mark Witton. They're basically giraffe-sized murder storks who's food is 'Anything smaller than them', plus we have fossil evidence they traveled in flocks.
On the Dinosaur side of the Internet is an ever-waged war against those claiming that pterosaurs, dimetrodons and even plesiosaurs are dinosaurs. I'm sorry to bring it hereI'm the Latinist running games for engineers- tell me more of your science outrage. It gives me power.
The pregnancy and birth are probably the complex parts, given typical Elven issues with reproduction in the first place.The ritual for a creating a Draegloth does not actully appear to be super complex. They summon a Glabrezu then they mate with it, Priestess gives birth to Draegloth.
That's left very vague. As I mentioned in the post, it seems like you cannot interact with them, but definitely the DM is free to take it whichever way you wanted. It just seems to me that letting Healing Word deactivate the central ability of a CR 13 critter is a little underwhelming.Re the Devourer and its imprison soul do you have any idea or thoughts what happens if the prisoner is healed, or regenerates etc back up to positive hit points. Would they be restrained? Could they break out? Or if while unconscious can they be rescued in any way (grappled out of the ribcage, dimension doored out). It seems a little boring if the only thing you can do is kill the Devourer.
Actually it's even worse than that, because the extra action could itself be a multi-attack with Soul Rend instead of just a Soul Rend.Reading that... encounter I totally don't want to steal because.... yeah, I love it, I'm evil, I'll admit it.
Anyways, reading that and looking back over Imprison Soul, these guys are at their most devastating when they have civilians around.
Every soul they imprison and spit back up heals them, gives them back their aoe and gives them an extra action on their turn.
Which tells me that in a crowded area it would look like this, regurgitate a creature for a new enemy, heal 25 hp, double claw (66 average damage if both hit), soul rend (44 or more damage to everything depending on how many dying are littered about), get a new creature so you can repeat next turn.