Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters: suggest who to include

MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
Note to self: add King Kong!

What’s the legal status of Godzilla?
Toho is known for aggressively defending its IP, which is a far cry from back in the old days when they let the suit designer run off with monster suits to make Ultra Q and Ultraman (which is probably why they eventually got so serious about it).

King Kong is an interesting case, due to RKO publishing the story in Boy's Life (I think, the memory isn't what it used to be) without copywriting it, so the story is open to the public. I think you could do it, but you couldn't use any images from a King Kong movie without permission. I am not sure how far you can vary from the Boy's Life story (so making him Godzilla-sized might not be kosher).
 
I was briefly a copyright lawyer, and I think I should say that the public domain status of many Lovecraftian mythos characters is very much up in the air. Pre-1924 stuff is always public domain in the United States, but much of what comes after either from Lovecraft himself or others is either not public domain or only de facto public domain because nobody can make a clear claim to be the one who owns it. And, of course, who may claim some sort of trademark right is also debatable.

It's not that there's a major chance of actual legal action, but honestly I'd just skip them; they've been done to death anyway.
 

bedir than

Adventurer
Tatoosh, the Thunder Bird

From
A bird so large it shakes mountains with its wings and catches whales instead of salmon
 

Quartz

Explorer
You know, it's looking more like a 200-entry splatbook now. :)

128 pages, 2 entries per page plus table(s) of contents, indices, appendices, and the usual whatnot.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
You know, it's looking more like a 200-entry splatbook now. :)

128 pages, 2 entries per page plus table(s) of contents, indices, appendices, and the usual whatnot.
A lot of them will be cut. Each has to be justified as an archetype. We don’t need 24 similar mid-level thief types, so we have to choose the most iconic of each archetype.
 

bedir than

Adventurer
So, a re-skinned Blue Dragon, then?
Sure, if you think Blue Dragons are giant eagles with lightning eyes, that's on you.

If you are Morrus and looking for mythological creatures within the public domain you should absolutely look towards the myths and legends of many peoples in the worlds. Honor those people's traditions, and recognize that D&D isn't confined to the stories of western Europe and instead can embrace the tales of the Pacific Northwest with open arms.

Or, just dismiss the legends of a great land as if they don't matter, whatever.
 

delphonso

Explorer
Some fellows/frights from Chinese myth (mostly Journey to the West):

Huangdi (The Yellow Emperor)
Sun WuKong (The Monkey King)
Sage Tripitaka
Lü Bu (Real person, but the myth is bigger)
Yuhuang (The Jade Emperor)

Nianshou or Nian (Recognizable from the Lion Dances)
Jiangshi (Zombie/Vampires)
Niumowang (Bull Demon King)
Baiyanmojun (The Hundred Eyed Demon King)
 

dave2008

Legend
Sure, if you think Blue Dragons are giant eagles with lightning eyes, that's on you.
I believe he/she is simply speaking mechanically. However, based on your description I might start with a blue dragon, but it would need more modifications than a simple reskin IMO. There would be no tail attack and I would probably want to add a "snatch" attack. Possibly a thunderclap attack (a modification of the blue's wing attack probably). Is it associated with storms like the plains version of the Thunderbird? Is so, maybe some innate casting.
 

bedir than

Adventurer
I believe he/she is simply speaking mechanically. However, based on your description I might start with a blue dragon, but it would need more modifications than a simple reskin IMO. There would be no tail attack and I would probably want to add a "snatch" attack. Possibly a thunderclap attack (a modification of the blue's wing attack probably). Is it associated with storms like the plains version of the Thunderbird? Is so, maybe some innate casting.
It's been a couple decades since I reed the book I linked. So I don't remember all of the details
 

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