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Behind the Monsters: Gargoyle (OGL) PDF

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These PDFs follow a format similar to that found in the popular Behind the Spells series (also presented by Tricky Owlbear Publishing) so chances are good that if you enjoy that series, this one will also strike your fancy. Each issue is narrated by Jadrin Nelv, monk of the Order of the Sacred Branch. Jadrin schools novice monks in the ways of the multiverse's creatures and we, the readers, get to listen in. Whether you're a player or a GM, you will find something of use within these pages.

BtM: Gargoyle includes two adventurer advantages, two new monster variants, and one new alchemical item. This offering in the series is also the first to feature a sample lair with map—let Tricky Owlbear do the work for you!

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Origins, Variants and Ambush Lair

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This time we have a sample lair attached on to the end of the pdf. This provides a good locale by which a low level party can skirmish a gargoyle, or be attacked while checking out a seemingly deserted ruin. Given this is a solo battle and a low challenge rating for beginner adventurers, this could really work for a horror game session when the players are still green (I’d suggest level 2 all round).

The origin story really shines in this book, tying the beginnings of Gargoyles to an attempt to magically reform criminals, which explains their chaotic evil cruel behaviour and love of ambush. After finishing, I wanted to add Thyrentia to a setting, perhaps set it just prior to the fall. For those who love apocalypse settings and robot uprisings, a great turning of the gargoyle soldiers of a country could provide a fine gaming experience. The gargoyles DR/magic means that heroes will be needed to truly take them down if they are harassing a land in the hundreds.

This time we don’t have a new monster exactly, but we are provided with two variant gargoyles. One of which is an elven gargoyle skilled and dangerous at forest fighting, and very hostile to non-elven visitors.

A great pdf, close to a max 5, I will give it a 4 out of 5.



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