5E Preview: Manticore

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Folks don't have to explain that they didn't' see a previous thread every time they start a thread. That's assumed. :)

Anyway, here it is!

manticore.jpg
 

MarkB

Hero
Looks pretty simple and straightforward - an easy monster to drop into a variety of encounters.

I'm not absolutely keen on the art - the face looks a little too weird, like a lion that's had its muzzle ripped off - but it serves well enough.

The range on the spikes is pretty impressive - this would be a good monster to use as a sniper, darting between trees or castle turrets to launch volleys of tail spikes.
 

Roger

Visitor
Oh no, a manticore! Quick, everyone lie flat on your back. That helps for some reason, until it runs out of spiky bits.

I like that you can cut a deal with the thing. Just eat the hirelings and we'll be on our way.

I feel like they should be the fomorians of the sphinx world. Need to mull that over a bit more though.
 

jrowland

Visitor
The face is off-putting...but I think I like it...in an off-putting way. I mean I would hate to encounter that mug.
 

GX.Sigma

Visitor
Whoa! I was expecting to be disappointed by the art (4e's Manticore art was awesome), but this looks really cool. The body is very convincing, and the face is creepy.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Whoa! I was expecting to be disappointed by the art (4e's Manticore art was awesome), but this looks really cool. The body is very convincing, and the face is creepy.
Really? I guess it's all subjective of course, because I really didn't like 4e's version (I'm assuming you mean this one). And that's disappointing because 4e did have a lot of good art.

I really like this one, and agree with the earlier comment about the face being unsettling, and in a good way.
 

Fion

Explorer
It is rather off puting, but in a good way. The spines around the main are a little weird, considering the wings would almost assuredly clip them all the time. The 4e Manticore art was much more classical, more reminiscent of it's Persian origins. The body looks like a lion, with the head being distinctly humanoid, big black dragon wings.

This one is ok, the wings are solid, the body looks more like a tiger or 'liger'. The face is unsettling, though the spines around the head seem out of place. It looks like the wings would clip them constantly in flight, and the tail is twice-over two long.

Love the flavor text though, hilarious.
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
The spines around the main are a little weird, considering the wings would almost assuredly clip them all the time. .
I'm guessing they are like porcupine spines, or lizard frills, in that they are laid back when flying, and only displayed when threatened.
 

MarkB

Hero
After a few more viewings, I am starting to come round to thinking that it's unsettling in a good way, rather than just offputting. Certainly, I'd hate to get any limbs near that mouth - and I do like the shark-style multiple rows of teeth.

It'll be interesting to see this one in miniature form, if they make any manticore figures.
 

WayneLigon

Adventurer
Oh no, a manticore! Quick, everyone lie flat on your back. That helps for some reason, until it runs out of spiky bits.
GM: Ah, good, you increased your profile 1000% to a flying creature instead of someone on the ground, like you. Manticore has advantage on every shot.
 

Unwise

Adventurer
The bit that bugs me is the "they fear dragons and avoid them" bit. Not quite sure that is really worth a line of text. So, it is just like every other creature in the world, good to know. The art kind of looks like it has some odd contrast levels, like they photoshopped on a face and fiddled with it but never really got the contrasts between the two pictures to match. I'm no artist though, I may well be wrong.
 

Klaus

Visitor
Really? I guess it's all subjective of course, because I really didn't like 4e's version (I'm assuming you mean this one). And that's disappointing because 4e did have a lot of good art.

I really like this one, and agree with the earlier comment about the face being unsettling, and in a good way.
There was another 4e Manticore illo in the Monster Vault, by Steve Prescott, which was quite awesome.
 

Minigiant

Adventurer
The bit that bugs me is the "they fear dragons and avoid them" bit. Not quite sure that is really worth a line of text. So, it is just like every other creature in the world, good to know.

It does give them a little flavor.

Manticore 1: Guys, I see this thing eating horse on our turf.
Manticore 2: WHAT? That our horse!
Manticore 3: Let's kill this thing you say eat our horse!
Manticore 4: And eat it!
Manticore 2,3 & 5: YEAH!
Manticore 1: Yeah! I call dibs on it wings.
Manticore 5: Wait, wait wait. It have wings. It can fly?
Manticore 2: You no mention flying. I no like melee. Just clean paw fur.
Manticore 1: Yeah, it fly.
Manticore 3: No worry, guys. Many enemy fly. Do it have beak like griffon?
Manticore 1: No beak.
Manticore 2: Horns. Do it have horn like stupid perytons?
Manticore 1: Yeah.
Manticore 4: Stupid perytons. Feather wings taste good.
Manticore 1: It got no feather.
Manticore 2: Then it wyvern. Too easy but nasty food. Stinger yucky.
Manticore 1: No stinger.
Manticore 3: Wait a second. Nope nope. I'm out.
(Manticore 3 starts flight away)
Manticore 2,4,&5: Why? You coward chicken face.
Manticore 3: That dragon!
Manticore 1: Screw that. Out.
Manticore 2: Done! Time to leave
Manticore 4: I liked this place too. Good meat.
Manticore 1: Guys only 1 dragon. 5 of us. Not even big dragon.
Manticore 2: You dumb, bro.
Manticore 4: Manticores eat everything but don't mess with dragon.
 

Raduin711

Explorer
I think putting a man's head on a lion's body (with bat wings and a spiky tail) should be a little bit unsettling. I like the rows of spiky teeth in its mouth... also, anyone notice the vaguely man-like hands as well?

Also I am really digging the sort of "return to 2nd edition" with the flavor text. It tells us exactly how a manticore behaves, it's motivations, fighting style... the idea of that thing providing aerial support to a group of orcs is rather terrifying, and something I probably wouldn't have thought of had it not been mentioned.
 

Roger

Visitor
They've probably got a hilarious lisp as well, so there's a PRO-TIP for all the DMs out there.
 

Primal

Visitor
Wow, that *is* creepy and unsettling... and IMO the best Manticore illustration in D&D so far! Fantastic work! :)
 

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