We've got the results in from Round 1, and we're ready to show off Round 2 of our Bestiary 5 previews—not to mention a chance for you to win a copy of Bestiary 5!
Without further ado, let's show off our winners from Round 1!
Illustrations by Bryan Sola and Ben Wootten
Thought Eater CR ??
A nimbus of glowing, intangible matter envelops this strange skeletal creature with a birdlike beak.
N ??? aberration (extraplanar)
Ecology any (Ethereal plane)
Organization solitary or group (1–3)
With your votes, the Thought Eater beat out the Monstrous Humanoid it was paired against! Back into the ocean with you, Monstrous Humanoid! The Though Eater might have some problems with its new opponent, though...
Wyrmwraith CR ??
This ghostly, skeletal creature appears to once have been a dragon, but it is now something far less noble.
CE ??? undead (incorporeal)
Organization solitary or cadre (1 plus 2–4 dread wraiths)
The Wyrmwraith crushed the Fey by one of the wider margins in the contest. Sharp-eyed fans may have noticed a glowing green dragon on the cover of the Advanced Class Guide, but now it has stats (and if it has a statblock, you can kill it...right? Guys, where did you go?)
Adam Daigle (Developer): "Dwarfed by the wyrmwraith, the thought eater is going to have to be clever to win this battle of the strange skeletons!"
Mark Seifter (Designer): "A lot of people have been saying that the wyrmwraith's phenomenally greater power level will cinch this fight, and it does have the ACG cover on its side, but fundamentally, this is a creature that detests its own existence, whereas the thought eater, while humble, has a go-getter attitude and isn't afraid to team up with adventurers."
Illustrations by Tomasz Chistowski and Subroto Bhaumik
Deep Merfolk CR ??
This gaunt mermaid has a long, semitransparent tail with a vivid red crest and caudal fin.
N ??? humanoid (aquatic)
Ecology any oceans (trenches)
Organization solitary, family (2–4), or tribe (10–15)
Treasure standard (spear, other treasure)
Orthos correctly guessed that the humanoid was an "eel-humanoid mermaid-like thing", and the Deep Merfolk won against Outsider C. No love for creatures of the heavens, it seems—mortalkind wins again! But can it win a second time?
Twilight Pitri (Barhisad) Manasaputra CR ??
Cerulean light surrounds this towering four-armed figure in a vibrant corona.
LG ??? outsider (extraplanar, good, lawful, manasaputra)
Ecology any (Positive Energy Plane)
The Twilight Pitri Manasaputra is not the only manasaputra in Bestiary 5, and many of her abilities tie heavily into elements from Occult Adventures—but to see which ones, she'll have to make it to future rounds!
Ashley Kaprielian (Accountant): "Let's hope that the Twilight Pitri can slap some enlightenment into this Deep Merfolk before she's unmade. The Deep Merfolk is cool, calm, and elusive under pressure though, so this will be an epic battle between these paragons of light and darkness!"
Mark: "Let's face it, I have to give the twilight pitri credit for surviving the destruction of the previous Multiverse, and it could deep freeze the deep merfolk in an instant, but the deep merfolk is a mortal humanoid, so I think she's got this by just exploiting the pitri's aversion to meddling in mortal affairs. The pitri would have done better against the wyrmwraith or pakalchi."
Illustrations by Brynn Metheney and Jose Parodi
Su CR ??
This emaciated quadruped has a mouth full of jagged teeth and a cluster of bald, mewling offspring clinging to its back.
CE ??? magical beast
Ecology any forests
Organization solitary, pair, or troop (3–6)
Alas, John, the Su stomped Magical Beast A by nearly twice the votes, offering no quarter and certainly no mercy. The fight between "who's art is creepier" is gonna be a tough one with its next opponent...
Pakalchi Sahkil CR ??
Thorny vines with tiny red flowers grow from this emaciated woman and flow like a train behind her.
NE ??? outsider (evil, extraplanar, sahkil)
Ecology any (Ethereal Plane)
Organization solitary, pair, or plot (3–7)
DeciusNero was the first to identify Outsider B as a sahkil fiend, and this particular variant is the pakalchi! I would say this creature is spooky good...but there is nothing "good" about any sahkil!
Adam: "Dragons are always tough contenders, so I'm glad that my pakalchi sahkil beat it in the silhouette round. Now that she's squaring off against the su, a beast one of my PCs squared off against recently, she has to bring it to make it to the next round. I'm confident she'll strike fear into her opponent and pull off a win."
Ashley: "It's a good thing the Pakalchi Sahkil can fight blind, because those whelps have a face only their mother could love. I would be angry all the time too if I had six kids clinging to me. The level of malice in this ring is enough to make even Zon-Kuthon take notice."
Mark: "This one's a slam dunk: The su brings its whole family to bear, using its young as psychic batteries for its magic, but the pakalchi specializes in breaking the bonds between loved ones, so this is the perfect match-up for her."
Illustration by Joshua Meehan and Daniel López
Roiling Oil CR ??
This viscous heap slides like an inky spill. It's the color of a starless night sky, and a thick odor permeates the air around it.
N ??? ooze
Ecology any underground
No tempura for me, alas! The Vermin gets to scuttle back to the ocean in peace and comfort, while the Roiling Oil will slither along to face its next victim!
Lotus Leshy CR ??
A plant whose body resembles a blooming lotus flower exudes an air of serenity.
N ??? plant (leshy, shapechanger)
Ecology warm lakes or ponds
Dragon78 also correctly identified the Lotus Leshy as our representative flora of Bestiary 5! It's definitely winning in the cute department, but will it be enough?
Mark: "Roiling Oil is an unintelligent ooze and lotus leshy is an adorable plant possessed of mystical wisdom. The ooze might be able to resist the leshy's dream pollen attack, but the leshy is smart enough to keep out of the slower ooze's way and find something to slash it with from afar."
Now that you've seen the entrants for Round 2, head on over to the Voting Booth to place your bets! If you vote on a winning creature, you'll increase your chances to win a signed copy of Bestiary 5, or be one of four winners of a digital version! The second round of voting closes at 12:00 PM Pacific time on November 4th, 2015, and remember, each round will give you more chances to win!
What's that? You want more creatures in this feature? Well, alright then! Here's a few representatives from the creature types that didn't make it into Round 2.
Illustrations by Ertaç Altınöz, Aleksey Bayura, and Jose Parodi
Until we meet again,