D&D 5E What creatures would you use for this...

rgoodbb

Adventurer
What creature/monster types would you use against a party of 3-4 adventurers (within the bracket of 4th-6th level-ish), who had to defend a farmhouse against waves of attackers and any advice of how you would run it?



The farmhouse is by a small river with a waterwheel connected and there is a bridge that goes across to the house. There are open fields and a forest where the majority of the attacks are coming from and I envisage a monster Special Forces attack from the river or bridge at some point during the night.



Dog Soldiers, Assault on Precinct 13, Zulu, 13th Warrior and potentially Sharpe’s Waterloo as inspiration for this one-shot.



Ps Goblinoids and Gnolls are kind of out. I have just done a load of those. So what creature types/groups would you find interesting?



Thanks for your thoughts
 

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dave2008

Legend
Any time someone says waves of attackers I think about undead. So you could always go that route.

You could really take on the dog soldiers theme and do lycanthropes. Possible with waves of the following:
  • wolves (CR 1/4)
  • dire wolves (CR 1)
  • werewolves (CR 3)
and a final wave / boss:
  • loup garou (CR 13)
 



Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
A Hag Coven and their minions.
Actually after I said Bullywugs, I thought Bullywugs with a Greenhag would be cool. then you’ve got waves of frogs, giant frogs, striges, crocolian Polywugs and of course A Froghemoth ultimate boss fight

Any time someone says waves of attackers I think about undead. So you could always go that route.

You could really take on the dog soldiers theme and do lycanthropes. Possible with waves of the following:
  • wolves (CR 1/4)
  • dire wolves (CR 1)
  • werewolves (CR 3)
and a final wave / boss:
  • loup garou (CR 13)
my first thought was also zombies, natural fit, chuck in some scarecrows to o
 

rgoodbb

Adventurer
My default was going to be undead but ooh Bullywugs! I can see them stealth-swimming and using the waterwheel to get to the roof while the diversion of the giant toads or whatever try to attack from the front.

This gives me lots to think about. Thanks!
 



Most humanoids fit the mold, particularly using the NPC statblocks. While I really like bullywugs and undead, another option would be mephits as an elemental incursion. The elite force could be some mid-level elemental like gargoyles led by an actual elemental.
 

What creature/monster types would you use against a party of 3-4 adventurers (within the bracket of 4th-6th level-ish), who had to defend a farmhouse against waves of attackers and any advice of how you would run it?



The farmhouse is by a small river with a waterwheel connected and there is a bridge that goes across to the house. There are open fields and a forest where the majority of the attacks are coming from and I envisage a monster Special Forces attack from the river or bridge at some point during the night.

The first thing that came to my mind based off your description was ants: ERBzine 3299: Leiningen Versus the Ants Old school, 1938 style.

I would start with a small swarm (use whatever insect you prefer, probably nothing that flies given the group level), then a handful of small vermin, then some medium sized ones, increasing size with each wave until you end with the queen.

If you want to be really tricky, reverse the order. Start with one of the larger sized vermin as a scout, and make it easy. Then a handful of smaller vermin, followed but overwhelming numbers of swarms. Make them to fear large numbers of small things more than one big one. If you go this route, make sure you give them plenty to tools in the farmhouse to do makeshift area attacks (barrels of oil, etc), and also give them tools to use the river defensively.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
My default was going to be undead but ooh Bullywugs! I can see them stealth-swimming and using the waterwheel to get to the roof while the diversion of the giant toads or whatever try to attack from the front.
yep, Bullywugs climbing the waterwheel was exactly the image I envisioned, plus Bullywugs are a great but underutilised creature so PC dont expect them to leap into battle
 






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