WIKI Mythological Figures

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Mythological Figures is a weekly column on EN World by Mike Myler, originally inspired by Deities & Demigods. It includes both historical and fictional figures built as NPCs using class levels and standard ability scores, and mythical monsters designed with statblocks that adhere to the stories told about them in our world. A new entry appears every week on Monday. The first entry was Achilles, in March 2018.

Hardcover

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Achilles. Lancelot. Robin Hood. Thor. Heroes, all.​
The world is full of myths and legends which inspired those in our modern fiction and games. Iconic warriors and wizards, vampires and things from the deep, these legends are universally known.​
Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters delves into these paragons of literature, fable, and folklore. From Ancient Greece to the Outer Realms, deepest Transylvania to the High Seas, you’ll meet champions and thieves, pirates and knights, demigods and fey queens, ancient evils and urban legends. Archetypal heroes meet exemplars of villainy like Blackbeard, Rasputin, Dracula, and Baba Yaga.​
From Mike Myler’s popular column, this epic compilation of over 100 legendary heroes, villains, and monsters brings these characters to life for the 5th Edition of the world’s oldest roleplaying game.​

The hardcover includes a foreword by James M. Ward, author of AD&D's Deities & Demigods.

Methodology

Challenge ratings are calculated using both the DMG guidelines, and the Blog of Holding's rubric, with a little manual adjustment. The mythological figures strictly use player character build rules. Most classes used are from the D&D official rulebooks, but occasionally another class might be requisitioned when needed:

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Mythological Figures

NameClasses
Challenge
Notes
Achillesfighter (champion) 18
12​
Greek
Aladdinrogue (thief) 8
8​
Middle East
Allan Quatermainfighter (archer) 12/ranger 1
9​
British
Anne Bonnyrogue (thief) 4/fighter (archer) 5
6​
Irish
Arthur, Kingfighter (warmaster) 4/paladin (oath of royalty) 15
12​
British
Atalantaranger (hunter) 8
5​
Greek
Beowulfbarbarian (berserker) 20
17​
British
Billy the Kidgunfighter (drifter) 8
6​
American
Blackbeardrogue (thief) 7/fighter (warmaster) 7
8​
British
Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta, Admiralrogue (duelist) 5/fighter (brutal) 11
11​
Spanish
Boudica, Queenbard 5 (battle)/fighter (skirmisher) 6
6​
British
Ching Shih, Pirate Queenbard (battle) 5/rogue (genius) 7/fighter (warmaster) 8
11​
Chinese
Cleopatrarogue (genius) 10
4​
Egyptian
Conan the Barbarianbarbarian 1/ranger 1/rogue (thief) 3/fighter 11 (champion)
9​
American
Confuciusrogue (genius) 6/cleric (knowledge) 4
5​
Chinese
Daedalusrogue (genius) 9
3​
Greek
Davidfighter (archer) 8
4​
Middle East
Don Quixotefighter (cavalier) 4
2​
Spanish
Dronabard (blade) 5/fighter (master of battle) 11
9​
Indian
Elizabeth Bathoryrogue (genius) 5/bard (whispering) 5
7​
Hungarian
George, Saintfighter (cavalier) 6/cleric (protection) 8/paladin 2
10​
British
George Washington, Generalfighter (warmaster) 16
8​
American
Ghengis Khanranger (animal master) 3/fighter (warmaster) 12/rogue (genius) 5
10​
Asian
Gilgameshranger (hunter) 8/monk (open hand) 8/cleric (nature) 4
12​
Mesopotamian
Grace O'Malleyfighter (brutal) 11/rogue (thief) 5
10​
Irish
Harry Houdinifatebender (mascot) 6/rogue (thief) 6
7​
American
Hayreddin Barbarossafighter (warmaster) 11/bard (valorous) 5/ranger (hunter) 4
11​
Middle East
Herculesbarbarian (holy) 8/fighter (champion) 11
17​
Greek
Hippolytaranger (hunter) 4/fighter (champion) 15
9​
Greek
Hua Mulanmonk (kensei) 4/fighter (warmaster) 12
8​
Chinese
Imhotepcleric (knowledge) 8
6​
Egyptian
Joan of Arcbard (valorous) 5/fighter (master of battle) 8/paladin 2
12​
French
John Henryfighter (brutal) 20
13​
American
Julie d'Aubigny (aka La Maupin)rogue (duelist) 9/fighter (master of battle) 7
10​
French
Lancelot, Sirfighter (champion) 7/paladin (oath of devotion) 6
12​
British
Lokirogue (genius) 17/bard 1/druid (lunar) 8
16​
Norse
Mary Readrogue (genius) 6/fighter (champion) 5
6​
British
Merlin Ambrosiuswizard (illusionist) 17/druid (herdmaster) 8
20​
British
Miyamoto Musashifighter (samurai) 18
10​
Japanese
Morgan le Faysorcerer (holy blood) 16
16​
British
Muso Gonnosukefighter (samurai) 11
6​
Japaneser
Nemo, Captaininventor (gunsmith) 9
9​
French
Nikola Teslatinkerer (mechanic) 9
5​
American
Paul Bunyanmonster tamer (animalist) 11/ranger 1/fighter 2
11​
American
Penthesilea, Queenranger (hunter) 4/fighter (brutal) 14
12​
Greek
Perseusrogue (thief) 7/fighter (champion) 5
10​
Greek
Prosperowizard (enchantment) 11
8​
British
Rasputinrogue 1/barbarian 1/fighter (brutal) 10
6​
Russian
Robin Hoodrogue (thief) 5/fighter (archer) 7
8​
British
Sage Doubaninventor (alchemist) 5
2​
Middle East
Saladinrogue (genius) 6/fighter (warmaster) 11
10​
Middle East
Sherlock Holmessavant (coordinator) 13
9 | 7​
British
Sinbadrogue 2/ranger 1/fighter (archer) 7
5​
Middle East
Sun Wukongrogue (thief) 12/monk (open hand) 8
14​
Chinese
Talosneutral fighter (archer) 6
4​
Greek
Tarzanbarbarian (animalist) 9
5​
American
Thor Odinsonfighter (eldritch knight) 14/barbarian (lightning harbinger) 4/paladin 2
15​
Norse
Titaniabard (fey) 20
13​
British
Tomoe Gozenfighter (samurai) 15
8​
Japanese
Ulysses/Odysseusrogue (genius) 9/fighter (master of battle) 11
11​
Greek
Vlad the Impaleroccultist (vampire) 15
12​
Romanian
Zhuang Zhougeomancer (architect) 7
4​
Chinese

Epic Monsters

Name
Challenge
Notes
Antaeus
4​
Greek
Anzu
15​
Mesopotamian
Arachne
5​
Greek
Baba Yaga
24​
Russian
Black Shuck
5​
British
Brunnhilde
12​
Norse
Caliban
2​
British
Cerberus
8​
Greek
Chupacabra
13​
American
Circe
7​
Greek
Coyote
n/a​
Native American
Cthulhu
30​
Lovecraft
Cu-Sith
7​
British
Dagon
27​
Lovecraft
Dorian Gray
7​
British
Dracula, Count
23​
British
Drop Bear
3​
Australian
Elizabeth Bathory
9​
Hungarian
Fafnir
12​
Norse
Fenrir
20​
Norse
Frankenstein's Monster
9​
British
Ghatanothoa
27​
Lovecraft
Gremlin
4​
British
Grendel
9​
British
Hastur
29​
Lovecraft
Headless Horseman
6​
Various
Hodag
4​
American
Invisible Man, the
4​
British
Jackalope
4​
American
Jekyll (Dr.) & Hyde (Mr.)
2 | 8​
British
Jersey Devil
6​
American
Loch Ness Monster
5​
British
Mongolian Death Worm
2​
Asian
Mothman
4​
American
Nyarlathotep
25​
Lovecraft
Orang-Bati
4​
Indonesian
Peter Pan
8​
British
Poukai
8​
Māori
Shub-Niggurath
30​
Lovecraft
Skin-Walker
5​
American
Storm Hag
5​
American
Yig, Father of Serpents
28​
Lovecraft
Yog-Sothoth
n/a​
Lovecraft
 

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