Monster Menagerie: Ravagers of Time (PFRPG) PDF

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Welcome to Ravagers of Time, the eleventh in our Monster Menagerie line of bestiaries. Each volume in this line presents a small set of monsters tied to a single theme, but spread over a range of CRs. For Ravagers of Time, that theme is time, and all the complex and convoluted creatures that manipulate, eat, and travel through time. In addition to timekeeping terrors from chronal dragons to wampus cats, we provide an insight into the nature of time itself, with a brief description of the timestream (the medium through which time flows) and some items, feats, and spells tied to time. Fans of Rogue Genius Games’ two books on characters who manipulate time (The Genius Guide to the Time Thief and The Genius Guide to the Time Warden) will recognize many concepts from those books used here, and this list of time-sensitive monsters can easily be used to add a heavier time-element to a campaign. However, while these monsters work well with time thieves and time wardens, those books are not required to make use of this one. Each volume can stand on its own, or they can compliment each other in a campaign that includes all of them.

Like all Monster Menagerie books, this one covers a range of CRs, from the annoying and hard-to-pin-down CR 1 leap insect, to the CR 22 lord of time, the Chronal Dragon Great Wyrm. In a campaign where temporal magic is nearly unknown, a GM may consider treating all temporal creatures as gaining a +1 circumstance bonus to their CR for having powers players won’t expect, and may have more than normal difficulty.

So check your watch, set a schedule, and flip through these entries as quickly as possible, because with the timestream assassins literally killing time, you may be in a bigger hurry than you think.

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The best of the series and a must-buy - All killer creatures!

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This mini-monster-manual-pdf is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving 16 pages of content, so let's check out this latest installment!

Due to the special nature of the critters herein, we are first introduced to some basic concepts: The timestream, the new temporal subtype and the aevum and motes of time. The latter two concepts were introduced in the stellar Genius Guides to Time Thief and Time Warden and while the beasts herein utilize these rules, everything necessary to run the monsters is contained in this pdf. Additionally, time-travelling creatures tend to have weird perceptions and problems communicating with beings that have a simple 3-dimensional perspectives and thus a small table is included for the DM to devise strange ramblings and concerns: "Trapped by 13 o'clock, indeed!"

After this neat setting of the stage, we draw the curtains and jump into the first creature entry: The Chronal Dragon, a new type of primal dragon. While reading this entry, I was first skeptical and then started grinning - wide. Remove oneself from the timestream, becoming temporarily invulnerable? Check. Cannibalize foe's motes of time and personal temporal energies? Check! Secure areas by making a temporal moebius loop? Check! Breath attack that sends foes into the future? Check! We also get 3 sample statblocks and all necessary pieces of information to make chronal dragons of all age categories. This is one of the scarce additions to dragonkind that actually makes sense and I thoroughly enjoyed the new breed. (Hint: If you want to convert "War of the Burning Sky" to PFRPG, a great wyrm chronal dragon makes for a vastly cooler fight when used to substitute "time" in "The Beating of the Aquiline Heart".)

The next beats is another high-level adversary is the Horological Golem (CR 15). The golem comes with UTTERLY awesome signature abilities: When damaged, it backlashes with a slow-effect. A blast that can change the age and even the position in the timestream of the victims and the ability to inflict wounds over and over on his foes. Perhaps the coolest, most unique golem I've read in quite some time - plus: Comes with a kick-ass artwork!

On the low-end of the gamut is the leaping insect (CR 1): These poisonous, tick/spider-hybrids can not only jump in time, but also (unintentionally, on a crit), call reinforcements by transporting future or past hive mates. Disturbing, alien and a rather nasty critter. Again: Well done!

Speaking of alien: The Nasr (CR 17) is alien indeed: A gargantuan eagle's body with 3 lamprey-like heads, they fly throughtime, infest foes with rot and then suck the rotting flesh from their victims. EWWWW! Now if that doesn't creep your players out...
....then perhaps a rather traditionally gothic horror might do the trick, one like the CR 7 Temporal Wraith. These spectres may not only age you by touch, they can also wrench creatures from alternate timelines to fight along their sides. Worse, their very presence makes time unstable and it possible for you to e.g. spent a minute in battle with one and have a year go by. Great idea for DM! Now here's another one, by yours truly: Remember the excellent Castle Forlorn boxed set for Ravenloft? Multiple versions of one dungeon, time travel etc., all to finally figure out a way to slay its master and escape? Just add the time warden's time travel-spell to the wraith's roster of powers and have fun with a neat basic creature to recreate similar experiences!

The beetle-eyed reptilian Timestream Assasssins (CR 10) are intelligent, deadly being living in the timestream and following unfathomable goals - oh, and their strikes can take away your actions! And that's, again, just one of multiple extremely cool signature abilities. (Motes of time being one of them...)

And then, there's the 3-eyed Wampus Cat (CR 5): These cats can create safe lairs in the time-stream, from which they can surface as either allies or ambush predators. Oh, their gaze might slow you and they also have access to motes of time...

Then there's the supplemental material: The Time Screen is a way to enter and exit the timestream via a frame and the temporal anchor and lock-spells are nice to keep those nasty temporal bastards from jumping.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Laoyut adheres to SGG's 2-column standard and each monster comes with a b/w-artwork, most of which range at the upper level of quality, though the piece for the chronal dragon didn't put awe in me, I e.g. loved the golem. The pdf unfortunately has no bookmarks, which is a pity. Yeah. Ähem. I'll come out and say it: Sam Hing has surpassed himself. This installment of Mythic Menagerie is literally all killer of the highest caliber. This is by far the best pdf in the whole line, surpassing even the excellent, more recent installments. Multiple signature abilities per creature, iconic adversaries and multiple adventure hooks practically ingrained in the creatures, these beings do what scarcely a monster manages these days - evoke a sense of jamais-vu, a nouveau frissant that immediately gets the creative juices flowing. If you own the Genius Guides to Time Thief/Warden, this is a no-brainer. If you're even remotely considering temporal peculiarities - check this out. And if you're tired of PCs bashing foes to pieces without using their brains, check this out. A stellar offering, an unbeatable price, a new standard for small monster-books. This Mythic Menagerie puts the bar higher for what to expect from monster-pdfs. If you don't give this a try, it will be your loss. My final verdict will be a very easily-given 5 stars + Endzeitgeist seal of approval - scarcely have I had so few doubts about which final verdict to pick. An all-out stellar job!

Endzeitgeist out.


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Mythic Menagerie: Ravagers of Time has seven new time-sensitive creatures ready to play with the timeline of any campaign. It begins with a brief discussion of the plane known as the timestream, the sea through which timelines flow, and then presents:
Dragon, Chronal: A primal dragon native to the timestream, and concerned with how history plays out.
Golem, Horological: Powerful constructs that put a new spin on "clockwork men."
Leap Insects: Mindless vermin that swarm through time as well as space.
Nasr: Horrific outsiders that consider themselves the ultimate creatures in any possible universe.
Temporal Wraith: Insubstantial undead caused by dying while traveling through time, they are seers of the future, and paranoid lunatics.
Timestream Assassin: Mercenaries and slavers native to the timestream, they possess the power to literally destroy time.
Wampus Cat: Three-eyed predators and tricksters who pop in and out of their temporal dens, are rarely befriend adventurers.

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Wampus Cats? Seriously? They better have six legs.

I went to high school in Conway, AR. Our mascot was the Wampus Cat.

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Kvantum wrote:

Wampus Cats? Seriously? They better have six legs.

I went to high school in Conway, AR. Our mascot was the Wampus Cat.

Four legs, but three eyes. No spiked ball on its tail either, which I'm sure will disappoint people who went to school in Clark Fork, Idaho.

There are lots of wampus cat legends going around. :D

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Kvantum wrote:

Wampus Cats? Seriously? They better have six legs.

I went to high school in Conway, AR. Our mascot was the Wampus Cat.

Had I known, I would have altered the art... heh heh heh


Kvantum wrote:

Wampus Cats? Seriously? They better have six legs.

I went to high school in Conway, AR. Our mascot was the Wampus Cat.

Go Cats! I'm in Vilonia, by the way. I actually based a creature on the Conway Wampus Cat in a recent adventure. It temporarily became the animal companion to a Druid when the party explored the Inner Earth. Great stuff!

And furthermore, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou SSG for making this .pdf in portrait format!!! I thank ya and my mama thanks ya... (sorry, my Arkansas is showing)...

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Kvantum wrote:

Wampus Cats? Seriously? They better have six legs.

I went to high school in Conway, AR. Our mascot was the Wampus Cat.

Go Cats! I'm in Vilonia, by the way. I actually based a creature on the Conway Wampus Cat in a recent adventure. It temporarily became the animal companion to a Druid when the party explored the Inner Earth. Great stuff!

I'm beginning to think we could have done a whole Mythic Menagerie just on various Wampus Cats... there's a school in Ok that has them as a mascot as well.

DungeonmasterCal wrote:
And furthermore, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou SSG for making this .pdf in portrait format!!! I thank ya and my mama thanks ya... (sorry, my Arkansas is showing)...

In general, we do MMs in portrait and other books in landscape... and there are always a few folks who love us and a few who hate us for each decision. :)

That said, you're welcome!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

In general, we do MMs in portrait and other books in landscape... and there are always a few folks who love us and a few who hate us for each decision. :)

I am but a humble, single voice in the crowd but ... I MUCH prefer the standard portrait layout for PDFs. Landscape just does not work for me. Portrait reads better on the screen, prints out better, you can put the printouts in a binder and then read them like a book (flipping the pages left to right) etc.

For whatever reason, lanscape oriented PDFs just bug me ...

Again, just my opinion :)


I recall someone saying the landscape format was a huge hangup for him as well.

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When we did a poll, for people who bought PDFs, Landscape won over portrait by a significant margin for everything but monster books.

We also had a lot of people who said they prefer portrait, but would never buy a PDF under any circumstances anyway.

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

When we did a poll, for people who bought PDFs, Landscape won over portrait by a significant margin for everything but monster books.

We also had a lot of people who said they prefer portrait, but would never buy a PDF under any circumstances anyway.

Wow, that's really interesting! I would *never* had expected that!

Oh well, enough of a threadjack - didn't mean to derail this into a landscape vs portrait discussion :)

Back to discussing Ravagers of Time!

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Marc Radle wrote:
Wow, that's really interesting! I would *never* had expected that!

I was really surprised at the time... and then I got my new wider-screen laptop. Suddenly, when I am using a PDF, that I haven;t printed out, at the game table, landscape shows me more of the page at a resolution my failing eyesight can still read.

Marc Radle wrote:
Oh well, enough of a threadjack - didn't mean to derail this into a landscape vs portrait discussion :)

First, Marc, you have more than earned the right to a few threadjacks with the work you've done for us! :D

Second, from my point of view this is a legitimate part of discussing this product. Heck, it may be time to run out another pool and see if thinking on the issue has changed.


Maybe a Bullet Point about Wampus cats could make an appearance someday. :)

I'm surprised by the margin on landscape vs. portrait poll. But, regnat populus, as they say!

I've only had time to just skim over Ravagers, but I like what I see, so far. The Nasr is, by leaps and bounds, my favorite out of the lot. I'm a huge fan of the Lovecraftian beasties, and in my mind this falls right in that category. Owen and Sam have hit another home run with this one.

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Cross-post from the DaD forums:

Is this going up on the DaD site soon, or should I buy it here? I'm cool either way, I've gotten more than what's fair out of the AGP.


The Nasr came out of a fever dream actually. One of those where I woke up and was like "What the @%&!!$ was that??" Sometimes my brain disturbs me...

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It'll be up on DaD. I just need to activate it, which will happen this afternoon.

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Blackerose wrote:
The Nasr came out of a fever dream actually.

It has since featured in some of my fevered dreams...


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R. Hyrum Savage wrote:
It'll be up on DaD. I just need to activate it, which will happen this afternoon.

I can has update?

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Sorry, my meetings ran long. It's up now.


And reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine. Great work!

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Nice review End! I picked this up before our last big session and had a ball with it--the critters here are really well realized and their abilities make them very interesting adversaries. This is definitely one of the best monster supplements out right now.

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Thanks End!


Looking forward to your review then, Gozuja! :)

And thanks for the kind words, Hyrum!

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Gozuja wrote:
Nice review End! I picked this up before our last big session and had a ball with it--the critters here are really well realized and their abilities make them very interesting adversaries. This is definitely one of the best monster supplements out right now.

I never get tired of reading things like that. :D

I was extra-thrilled when Sam sent me this one, since I loved the idea of getting time monsters.


I am glad everyone is enjoying! Feel free to share stories with tearful, whining players..it makes my cold gaming-running heart happy =-:

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
And reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine. Great work!

Thanks for the art praise. I am especially glad you liked the Golem; that took a bit of creativity to do, based on the description I was given.


An excellent monster book. None of the monsters left me cold but I found that the Chronal Dragon, Horological Golem and Timestream Assassin were my favourites. Which is weird, since I'm not usually a big fan of dragons or really odd looking creatures like the Assassins.

My only real issue is that it left me wanting more Temporal Monsters. Hopefully there is a chance of seeing more of them

Are there any more Time stuff coming down the pipe? Maybe a Time Mage/Chronomancer or some analog to The Godling Ascendant (Time Manipulators Triumphant?) or Relics of the Godlings?

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Tobias wrote:
An excellent monster book. None of the monsters left me cold but I found that the Chronal Dragon, Horological Golem and Timestream Assassin were my favourites. Which is weird, since I'm not usually a big fan of dragons or really odd looking creatures like the Assassins.

Yeah, Sam won me over with a lot of ideas I wasn't initially sure about.

Tobias wrote:
My only real issue is that it left me wanting more Temporal Monsters. Hopefully there is a chance of seeing more of them

Sam is obviously watching this thread, so we should all ask him nicely. :)

Tobias wrote:
Are there any more Time stuff coming down the pipe? Maybe a Time Mage/Chronomancer or some analog to The Godling Ascendant (Time Manipulators Triumphant?) or Relics of the Godlings?

A time expansion is in playtesting, so there is stuff in the pipe... but it's going to be a while before it makes it into patron's hands. My guess is we'd see in in the Fall sometime, but this early in the process it's hard to say for sure.

But Time Manipulators and Godlings are our two biggest hits, and as long as we have ideas and people keep buying them, I foresee continuing to expand those lines.

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:


I never get tired of reading things like that. :D

I was extra-thrilled when Sam sent me this one, since I loved the idea of getting time monsters.

It was veeeerrry interesting; one of the garthiss popped in out of nowhere in the midst of some very dire circumstances and when they were about to engage one of the players--to everyone's surprised, he (the player) immediately tried to engage her in dialogue instead and spur of the moment managed to convince the timestream arrival to strike an arrangement instead.

Later on, once the dust had settled and there was much very cryptic dialogue from the garthiss (during the interim to which all six PCs at the table concurred unanimously that it made perfect sense that dinosaurs would be the ones to be running amok among timestreams,) their peculiar new 'ally' informed them that their interactions would doubtlessly meet certain ramifications--namely, other denizens of the timestream entering their lives.

It was then that the player who struck the bargain was told very loosely about the Nasr--and when I showed him a picture of the creature, his eyes got wide and he yelled "No! Nooo! Nooooooooooooooo!" at the table.

Ravagers of Time: worth every penny. ;)

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Gozuja wrote:
Later on, once the dust had settled and there was much very cryptic dialogue from the garthiss (during the interim to which all six PCs at the table concurred unanimously that it made perfect sense that dinosaurs would be the ones to be running amok among timestreams,) their peculiar new 'ally' informed them that their interactions would doubtlessly meet certain ramifications--namely, other denizens of the timestream entering their lives.

Heheheh. Nice.

Gozuja wrote:
It was then that the player who struck the bargain was told very loosely about the Nasr--and when I showed him a picture of the creature, his eyes got wide and he yelled "No! Nooo! Nooooooooooooooo!" at the table.

That was pretty much my reaction when i saw Jacob's art of a nasr...

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Gozuja wrote:


It was then that the player who struck the bargain was told very loosely about the Nasr--and when I showed him a picture of the creature, his eyes got wide and he yelled "No! Nooo! Nooooooooooooooo!" at the table.

Ravagers of Time: worth every penny. ;)

>:D


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Seriously, I'd love more time-flavored foes -preferrably 100+ pages of them! Godling-style foes (similar to Rite's Hero's Bastard perhaps) would also be rather neat - in fact, I'd also welcome Arcanist-hunting enemies with witch hunter abilities... Anyways - this pdf is so incredibly awesome, I'd buy a print for the horological golem (and its artwork) alone!


Hm..I will start making notes. I want to be very cautious that their abilities dont just start to overlap and get repetitive. I will brush up on my time travel..

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Seriously, I'd love more time-flavored foes -preferrably 100+ pages of them! Godling-style foes (similar to Rite's Hero's Bastard perhaps) would also be rather neat - in fact, I'd also welcome Arcanist-hunting enemies with witch hunter abilities... Anyways - this pdf is so incredibly awesome, I'd buy a print for the horological golem (and its artwork) alone!

I have prints available at my Deviant Art site:

http://prodigyduck.deviantart.com/

In addition, I always display all of my art here. Not everything is available as prints, but if you PM me, I can make them available.


I picked this up in the 52% off sale, and I love it. The abilities are distinctive, flavourful, and are written so they will work smoothly in a game, an impressive feat for time-related abilities in d20 games. I'd love to see more, if the creative well these came from isn't dry. Well done.

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Caedwyr wrote:
I picked this up in the 52% off sale, and I love it. The abilities are distinctive, flavourful, and are written so they will work smoothly in a game, an impressive feat for time-related abilities in d20 games. I'd love to see more, if the creative well these came from isn't dry. Well done.

I'll poke the author. :) Thanks for the feedback!


I just bought this, and, yeah, fricken awesome. Also, just a fyi, near the page number on the bottom where the name of the book appears on every page it says Mythic Menagerie: Covens of Chaos not Mythic Menagerie: Ravagers of Time.


There's a couple like this. I'm almost certain Owen is aware of them. Threats from Beyond has Faeries of the Fringe, Oceans of Blood has Kith of the Harpy Queen. Those are the ones I know about for sure as I don't have all of them.

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First, I'm glad you enjoyed this!

Second, yeah this is a known issue with this line. I don't have the original files, so to fix it I'll have to have the book entirely re-laid-out, which we may get to but it not an immediate priority. Errors that make a book less useful is one thing -- things that just make us look dumb I can live with longer. :)


Was not my intent nor demanding a change. Was just pointing it out. It is fantastic. My group is now demanding I run a time chaser type campaign. So with the Time Thief/Warden and this, we'll see what I can do.


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Why ist this now being listed under Rogue Genius Games? I thought that was a separate business from Super Genius Games. Or am I wrong?


RGG and SGG are separate entities now, yes, but this is one of the products of which Owen et. al. retained authorship/ownership, and it made the transition to RGG with them. I’d surmise that the dual listing is a quirk of Paizo’s inventory software - if a customer (like me) bought it during the SGG days, completely re-flagging it as an RGG product during Owen’s departure might have broken that customer’s ‘downloads’ section.

Would a Paizonian care to correct me if/where I’m wrong?

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Trace Coburn wrote:

RGG and SGG are separate entities now, yes, but this is one of the products of which Owen et. al. retained authorship/ownership, and it made the transition to RGG with them. I’d surmise that the dual listing is a quirk of Paizo’s inventory software - if a customer (like me) bought it during the SGG days, completely re-flagging it as an RGG product during Owen’s departure might have broken that customer’s ‘downloads’ section.

Would a Paizonian care to correct me if/where I’m wrong?

Listing it in both locations maintains historical links on our website to Super Genius Games, and also maintains the new hierarchy as Rogue Genius's products.

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To confirm what others have already correctly mentioned:

When I left Rogue Genius Games, part of my buyout price was to get ownership of most of the things I had written, and a lot of the things I had developed. This is one of those products, so RGG now owns it.

We specifically asked Paizo if they could make sure people got updates if RGG updated one of the SGG products I now own, and also if we could maintain the discussion pages and reviews and so on. My understanding is that this is how the accommodated our request.

You can find this at either the SGG or RGG page, but in either place it's actually our product. :)

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