Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Mythical Monsters Revisited (PFRPG)

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Since the beginning, people have told stories of the monsters that stalk the night, lurking just beyond the town wall or the village’s edge. These are the creatures of myth and legend that have stood the test of time, which have entered everyday language and remained cultural touchstones for thousands of years. Now the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game goes hunting for 10 of these classic monsters, culled from among the greatest stories ever told.

Mythical Monsters Revisited explores the lives and societies of the most famous monsters of all time, drawn from the mythology of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Aztecs, and others. Each monster entry features an extensive ecology exploring the creature’s biology and culture, notes on the monster’s real-world background, tips on how best to utilize the beast in your game, detailed overviews of the monster’s role in the Pathfinder campaign setting, and more.

    Inside this book, you’ll find monsters like:
  • Medusas, the snake-headed banes of ancient Greece, who turn their enemies to stone with a glance.
  • Hydras, the many-headed serpents that grow two new heads for each one they lose.
  • Four types of sphinxes, from the riddle-loving gynosphinxes to the philosophical androsphinxes, the goat-headed criosphinxes, and the evil hawk-headed hieracosphinxes.
  • Harpies, the feral winged women whose siren songs lure adventurers to slaughter.
  • Phoenixes, who are reborn from their own ashes.
  • Couatls, the feathered serpents of Aztec myth who serve as messengers and servants of benevolent gods.
  • Other ancient terrors such as flesh-hungry wendigos, three-headed chimeras, leonine griffons, and the horrifyingly intelligent sea monsters called krakens.

Mythical Monsters Revisited is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

by Jesse Benner, Jonathan H. Keith, Michael Kenway, Jason Nelson, Anthony Pryor, and Greg A. Vaughan

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-384-2

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I have alsways loved mythology, especially the monsters from those stories. In this book you find useful information for favorites such as the Hydra, Chimera, Griffon, Harpy, Kraken, Sphinx, Medusa, Couatl, and Phoenix. The types of information you will get will be cultural, ecological, treasure, goals, origins, and more. You also get some nice variants like a poisonous version of the hydra, an evil Phoenix, the origanal version of the Chimera to name a few. All in all I really like this book and I think other people also find as useful as I did. The only complaint I have is the inclusion of the Wendigo who is nether classic myth or D@D for me. But the good outways the bad and I still like this book, thank you Paizo.


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Approved! No Minotaur though :( ?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I remember asking for this product months ago :D

So happy to see it on the schedule.


Sounds incredibly awesome, really lovin the fact that the Phoenix which near n dear to my heart is included!!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Glutton wrote:
Approved! No Minotaur though :( ?

We already did the minotaur, in the very first Revisited book: Classic Monsters Revisited. No need to repeat that chapter—we want this book to be all new.


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Woo Hoo I'm SO excited to see this!

I'm really looking forward to Phoenix too.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Wooo! I've been feeling less and less excited about the Revisited line with each book (except for the Misfits one), but this looks cool.


James Jacobs wrote:
Glutton wrote:
Approved! No Minotaur though :( ?
We already did the minotaur, in the very first Revisited book: Classic Monsters Revisited. No need to repeat that chapter—we want this book to be all new.

oops, sorry, remembered the ogre, bugbear, etc but forgot them.

The Exchange

Oh I LOOOOOVE the Wendigo.

I've actually implemented the legend in my game that if you say wendigo at night you WILL be attacked by one. It's good clean fun :)

I'm also really looking forward to how couatl get detailed.

Actually one pair I'm surprised you didn't decide to give more detail is scylla and charibdis. Maybe later :)

Shadow Lodge

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WANT

Paizo Employee Creative Director

The Sinister Chris wrote:

Oh I LOOOOOVE the Wendigo.

I've actually implemented the legend in my game that if you say wendigo at night you WILL be attacked by one. It's good clean fun :)

I'm also really looking forward to how couatl get detailed.

Actually one pair I'm surprised you didn't decide to give more detail is scylla and charibdis. Maybe later :)

There's a LOT of monsters we could have put in this book. Scylla and charibdis haven't been in the game long enough to deserve a spot, basically... if we'd had room for two more, those spots would have probably been filled by pegasus and unicorn, I suspect. Or maybe basilisks or gorgons or gremlins or centarus or manticores or ...

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

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Yes! I've been wanting a Paizo take on the Medusae for some time now.


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AWESOME!!!

1)Chimera-yes, love some variants on this one
2)Couatl-yes
3)Griffon-yes
4)Harpy-yes, maybe we will see a goodlooking variant
5)Hydra-yes, poisonus poisonus
6)Kraken-yes
7)Medusa-yes, are there still male versions
8)Pheonix-one of my favorites
9)Sphinx-yes
10)Wendigo- what, no Scylla or Charibdis, well can't win em all

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Harpy harpy harpy harpy! I'm so happy for harpies!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dragon78 wrote:

AWESOME!!!

1)Chimera-yes, love some variants on this one
2)Couatl-yes
3)Griffon-yes
4)Harpy-yes, maybe we will see a goodlooking variant
5)Hydra-yes, poisonus poisonus
6)Kraken-yes
7)Medusa-yes, are there still male versions
8)Pheonix-one of my favorites
9)Sphinx-yes
10)Wendigo- what, no Scylla or Charibdis, well can't win em all

Also, since the book's not called "Classic Greek and Roman Monsters" we wanted to mix things up a bit. Another good reason not to include scylla or charibdis AND to go beyond the Mediterranean into somewhere new. Like North America.

Dark Archive

From a Classics major who GMs for Classics majors: THANK YOU.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Harpy harpy harpy harpy! I'm so happy for harpies!

Is that like being KooKoo for Coco puffs.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Matthew Morris wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Harpy harpy harpy harpy! I'm so happy for harpies!
Is that like being KooKoo for Coco puffs.

It's certainly similar.

Dark Archive

Must. Have.

Liberty's Edge

No Manticore?

I am disapoint.

Scarab Sages

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This is going to be LEGENDARY. Both a totally true fact, and a prediction.

Dark Archive

Very cool


Sounds awesome. Especially looking forward to the Medusae and the Couatl, which never sees enough love.


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Since no-one's said it yet: Release the kraken!

Dark Archive

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James Jacobs wrote:
The Sinister Chris wrote:

Oh I LOOOOOVE the Wendigo.

I've actually implemented the legend in my game that if you say wendigo at night you WILL be attacked by one. It's good clean fun :)

I'm also really looking forward to how couatl get detailed.

Actually one pair I'm surprised you didn't decide to give more detail is scylla and charibdis. Maybe later :)

There's a LOT of monsters we could have put in this book. Scylla and charibdis haven't been in the game long enough to deserve a spot, basically... if we'd had room for two more, those spots would have probably been filled by pegasus and unicorn, I suspect. Or maybe basilisks or gorgons or gremlins or centarus or manticores or ...

There are 9 names in that list there. Only one more and you've got the perfect list for the next book, Legendary Monsters Revisited.

Let the speculations for #10 begin!

Also, what about hippogriffs, or will they be covered here alongside griffons?

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

logic_poet wrote:
This is going to be LEGENDARY. Both a totally true fact, and a prediction.

Hmmm... LEGENDARY you say? :)

But seriously, THIS product is going to rock your socks off. I've enjoyed working on a number of the Revisited books, but as an old mythology fan (like a lot of gamers, I'd guess), this one was near and dear to my heart and I enjoyed working on the 3 monsters I did. I think you will be pleased (and suitably horrified where appropriate) at the final results!


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Any chance we'll be seeing the snake bodied Harryhausen style Medusa?

and there are still enough Monsters of Myth left to do a second book

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

DM Wellard wrote:
Any chance we'll be seeing the snake bodied Harryhausen style Medusa?

There's always a chance. I would place it somewhere between 0 out of 100 and 100 out of 100. :)

DM Wellard wrote:
and there are still enough Monsters of Myth left to do a second book

Probably so. James already listed off like 9 more. That's almost a book right there!


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Yeah there are plenty of monsters to do several books like this one. But they do not like "sequals" at Paizo so the other books would have different names then "Mythological monsters revisited 2". I would still love to see "Classic Fey revisited" or a "Guide to the first world". But this one is defenitly interesting, much better than another undead book or devil/demons book. I still wish for another misfit monsters redeemed but I can't think of enough monsters from D&D's past for another book.

Silver Crusade

Really happy to see this one. :)

Aside from the usual suspects(that I'm still glad to see represented), it's awesome to see couatls and wendigos on the list. There's a lot of potential fun to be had in exploring the former in particular, especially their mindset. I mean, they're benevolent LG creatures. But they also eat people. Evil ones, yes, but still...

Really looking forward to them and the medusa's entry, to further flesh out my "serpent continent".

A harpy is fine too. ;)

The Exchange

I love you guys. I can honestly say that I have yet to have a bad word to say about the Pathfinder world setting.

With some luck, and a LOT of hard work and dedication I'm hoping to eventually get something published with Paizo, or even become part of the team.

But enough about that. If they put out multiple mythical monster (heh, alliteration) books I guarantee that I'd drop the money for them.


16 months down the line and boy am I glad I changed to Pathfinder.
"Adds to Cart" :-)

Suppose the next one would be something like Cryptids rediscovered or Lengends Retold?

Had been hoping for this to come out for a while, as I love my Monster Mythos.

Once again I reiterate my requests for the two most popular 'revisited' lines from other threads I've posted on:

Fey Revisited
(Dryad, Nymph, Lurker in Light, Spriggan, Gremlin, Nucklavee, Quickling, Satyr, Kelpie, Pech)

Giants Revisited
(Cyclops, Kaiju, Titans, plus Marsh, Storm, Frost, Cloud, Forest, Stone and Rune Giant)

Oh and lets not forget:
Strange creatures revisited
(Will-o-Wisp, Denizen of Leng, Grick, Homunculus, Thoqqua, Doppelganger, Shoggoth, Froghemoth, Treant, Rakshasa)

((okay admittadle I just picked an chose a dream team at random out of my bestiary books for that last one, but whatcha gonna do eh?))


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I am just glad that the Phoenix made the final cut of this book.

Fey revisited
1)Nixie
2)Nymph
3)Brownie
4)Pixie
5)Leprechaun
6)Redcap
7)Quickling
8)Gremlin
9)Dryad
10)Pech


Dragon78 wrote:

I am just glad that the Phoenix made the final cut of this book.

Fey revisited
1)Nixie
2)Nymph
3)Brownie
4)Pixie
5)Leprechaun
6)Redcap
7)Quickling
8)Gremlin
9)Dryad
10)Pech

I'd agree completely with that list

Scarab Sages

Looks awesome!!!


More Hydras, Coutals, Phoenix, and Griffons that's outstanding. Now all I need is a Dinosaurs Revisited and my gamer life will be complete.


Nah I think we're all set if Leprechuan myths.
Lets hear more about the Spriggan, and by extension the Eloko and Biloko.


Everything but the harpy is great news. Giants Revisited would be more interesting, I guess they are too high level.

For Fey Revisited there's too many of them, the best are

Spoiler:

1) Redcap
2) Atomie
3) Pixie-Booka-Sprite-Shadovig
4) Nixie-Asrai-Nereid-Undine
5) Sith
6) Brownie-Buckawn-Quickling-Killmoulis
7) Treant-Dryad
8) Fomorian
9) Nymph-Rusalka
10) Norns-Wyrd
11) Uldra
12) Pech
13) Kelpie
14) Spriggan
15) Woodwose
16) Genuis Loci-Spirit of the Land
17) Keres
18) Faun-Satyr-Maenads-Bachae
19) Domovoi
20) Korred
21) Leshi
22) Faerie Dragon
23) Ankou
24) Jermalaine
25) Bogle

...
1000) Unicorn
1001) Leprechaun
1002) Pegasus
1003) Selkie
1004) Grig
1005) Swanmay


great!
I will buy that one

Contributor

*sigh* I really wish I could have worked on this book. It'll still be very cool, though. Grats to the authors! :)


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
*sigh* I really wish I could have worked on this book. It'll still be very cool, though. Grats to the authors! :)

I'm willing to bet you were working on something(s) equally awesome, perhaps even an unknown product(s) :)


I thought this was a great idea when it was bandied about a few years ago


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Spriggins are humaniod(gnomes) not fey.

I love these monster books especialy "Misfit monsters redeemed" and "Classic horrors revisted".

I like the Atomie and Sprite as well but they are not officially statted up for Pathfinder.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

So does that mean that the Beastairy III will have stats for the other kinds of Sphinx?

Will the book reprint the monsters stats or will they stat up the variants or class level versions?


This looks great, I especially look forward to seeing what you will be doing with the Medusa which is definitely one of my all times favorite monsters :)

The Exchange

I think I'd like to see one that gives more details to some of the outsiders that don't have a specific type, such as the Rakshasa, Kyton, Hound of Tindalos, etc.

These might be bad examples because I think the Rakshasa have already been further detailed and the Hound of Tindalos was just recently added to the system, but I stand by it!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dragon78 wrote:

So does that mean that the Beastairy III will have stats for the other kinds of Sphinx?

Will the book reprint the monsters stats or will they stat up the variants or class level versions?

Do folks WANT more sphinx stat blocks? ;-)

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

So does that mean that the Beastairy III will have stats for the other kinds of Sphinx?

Will the book reprint the monsters stats or will they stat up the variants or class level versions?

Do folks WANT more sphinx stat blocks? ;-)

Of course we do... but only if the stat block is wrapped in a riddle we have to solve to understand it first. :)

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

So does that mean that the Beastairy III will have stats for the other kinds of Sphinx?

Will the book reprint the monsters stats or will they stat up the variants or class level versions?

Do folks WANT more sphinx stat blocks? ;-)

The magic 8-ball sez: Yes, yes, yes we do!

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

So does that mean that the Beastairy III will have stats for the other kinds of Sphinx?

Will the book reprint the monsters stats or will they stat up the variants or class level versions?

Do folks WANT more sphinx stat blocks? ;-)

I want Sphinx BOOKS. Sphinxs are awesome and rarely get the love they deserve.

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