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Curious about new monsters in Golarion?


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Paizo Employee Creative Director

Hi there, all!

So in several of our products, we mention weird new monsters that don't yet have stat blocks. In some cases, like the linnorms from the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, these monsters might have stats from closed-content d20 sources, while in others, like the d'ziriaks of the Shadow Plane in "The Great Beyond" have no stats at all yet.

I want to eventually make sure that all of these monsters have stat blocks in some place... but before I start to address that, I need to collect them all up.

SO! If there's a statless monster from ANY Pathfinder product you'd like to see stats for, post it here! When you do, please post the monster's name, the book it is mentioned in, and the page number it appears on in that book.

Thanks for the help, all!

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:


SO! If there's a statless monster from ANY Pathfinder product you'd like to see stats for, post it here! When you do, please post the monster's name, the book it is mentioned in, and the page number it appears on in that book.

Cross-linked to the Pathfinder forum over at EN World.

Paizo Employee Developer

Sandkraken!!! (Campaign Setting, p. 59)

Sovereign Court

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The Slor! (From the History Timeline in the Campagn Setting book.)

Edit: Page 202. "3537 Arthfell Forest trampled by the Slohr."

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joela wrote:
Cross-linked to the Pathfinder forum over at EN World.

Thanks! I'll be watching that thread also.

Although I'm not really sure what you mean by "Paizo wants its monsters back!" as the subject line for the thread over there... feels a little bit too antagonistic or misleading to me. But hopefully there'll be some good feedback over there too!

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Sandkraken!!! (Campaign Setting, p. 59)

These are actually in Tome of Horrors II, I believe. Although some of the design choices for them are pretty sub-par, and thus it could CERTAINLY do with an update. Like getting a land speed score and a Dex score for one...

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:


Although I'm not really sure what you mean by "Paizo wants its monsters back!" as the subject line for the thread over there... feels a little bit too antagonistic or misleading to me. But hopefully there'll be some good feedback over there too!

Eek! I'll go put a smiley face or something. Damn impersonal Internet... ;-(

EDIT: Damnit. Can't change the heading :-(

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zootcat wrote:
The Slor! (From the History Timeline in the Campagn Setting book.)

This is a great example of something we'll probably not touch again, and an example of someone sneaking in an easter egg that does more damage than good. The slor is, of course, a reference to Ghostbusters, and since that's not in the public domain, it's not something we can really ever expand upon. And if we went a different route and expanded it into a completely different monster, then it doesn't make as much sense on the timeline history (if it's not a huge rampaging beast), and the fact that it's name is the same as the one mentioned in Ghostbusters gets even sillier. Which is why editors get really angry when freelancers sneak things in like that. It's even worse when it's an EDITOR who sneaks in something like that. Grrr.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

joela wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


Although I'm not really sure what you mean by "Paizo wants its monsters back!" as the subject line for the thread over there... feels a little bit too antagonistic or misleading to me. But hopefully there'll be some good feedback over there too!

Eek! I'll go put a smiley face or something. Damn impersonal Internet... ;-(

EDIT: Damnit. Can't change the heading :-(

No worries! I posted there to help get things going in the right direction, so we should be good!

OKAY! Time to go get some lunch while the INTERNET does my work for me and starts finding monsters! :-) (aka: Thanks for the help everyone! I love you all!)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Zootcat wrote:
The Slor! (From the History Timeline in the Campagn Setting book.)
This is a great example of something we'll probably not touch again, and an example of someone sneaking in an easter egg that does more damage than good. The slor is, of course, a reference to Ghostbusters, and since that's not in the public domain, it's not something we can really ever expand upon. And if we went a different route and expanded it into a completely different monster, then it doesn't make as much sense on the timeline history (if it's not a huge rampaging beast), and the fact that it's name is the same as the one mentioned in Ghostbusters gets even sillier. Which is why editors get really angry when freelancers sneak things in like that. It's even worse when it's an EDITOR who sneaks in something like that. Grrr.

Ah. I understand. :)

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Maybe not stats but a write up on Baba Yaga might be appropriate.


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James Jacobs wrote:
It's even worse when it's an EDITOR who sneaks in something like that. Grrr.

I think you'll feel better if you name names. ; )

Yeah, Wicht, let's get things going back in a Baba Yagally direction. She's been mentioned, hasn't she? Have daughters or minions of any sort been mentioned?


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The following is taken for Hangman's Noose and while it does not specificly name these plant creatures it does give the briefest descriptions of about 5 or 6 deadly plants or mosters of the plant type.

"Meanwhile, new things began to grow: black trees with weeping human eyes on the tips of their sickly branches; blood-sap sentinels; fungal molds the size of cattle; and marrow-drinking vines that steal memories, voices, and bones of any who wander among them. Worse, plants that infest human cadavers, animating the thing to walk among the living, are rumored to grow here along the sunless lanes. The cater-blossoms mewl in horror now, surrounded by twisted abomoinations of nature..."
Hangman's Noose pg. 28 under the section "Arboretum Arcanis"

The first five are specific vermin/vermin swarms mentioned on page 29 of Hangman's Noose, the quote, like the one above, does not specificly name a creature but does provide a brief description.

Mottle Cliff-Stingers
Blackmead Hornets
Scorpion Crabs
Blight Flies
Eye-Stealing Synwasps
"Those who bravely venture inside see figures roaming within the deluge of vermin-tall things with long arms ending in five spasming stingers where fingers should be..."
Hangman's Noose pg. 29 under the section "Stinger's Scar"

Contributor

Comprehensive list of planar critters not given stats in TGB:

Sceaduinar (negative energy)
Jyoti (positive energy)
Animate Dreams (ethereal)
D'ziriaks (Shadow)
Fetchlings (Shadow)
Umbral Dragons (Shadow - these may have stats somewhere already)
Crystalline Drakes (Elemental Earth)
Brine Drakes (Elemental Water)
Maridar (Elemental Water)
Thanodaemon (Abaddon - need to also fully distinguish if these are the same creature as charanodaemons from ToH, with thanodaemon just the Golarion specific name for them, or if the thanodaemons are an advanced type, etc)
Purrodaemon (Abaddon)
Wasp-type Formians (Axis)
Elysian Titans (Elysium)
Time elementals (Dimension of Time)

Unique creatures like the Risen (Abyss), the Speakers of the Depths (Maelstrom), the Dragon of Nirvana (Nirvana), the Axiomite Godmind, and similar things that might be gods or equivalently godlike and won't have stats aren't included in the list above, just actual races. Also not including unique beings like Tegresin the Laughing Fiend and others whose nature is intentionally danced around because open questions are fun.


From PF#2 The Skinshaw Murders, there are the unnamed spider-like horrors that came from within the Irespan (pg. 59 under "A History of Dread")

Also from that book on page 49 are the creatures within the book titled The Syrpents Tane: Fairy Tales of the Eldest. At this point I'm not sure if these are "real" monster or just myths and legends within the world. The Tane described include the Jabberwok, the Thrasfyr, and the Sard while their creators, the Eldest, which are part of the Twisted (not entirely sure if these are just titles given to a group of evil fey, or if they are a unique race themselves.)

Edit: PF#24 of course has the Spawn of Rovagug. The monsters that I do not recall seeing from there are: Festering Ulunat, Great Doom Chemnosit, Unyielding Kothogaz, and Volnager.

The Exchange

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From Dark Markets: I assume that Katapeshi lions have the same stats as Earth lions. (But I was wrong about the crocodiles, so hey...)

However I can't find stats for razorscales (Dark Markets p. 19 & LoF PG p. 12) in my Black Notebook*. Am I missing it somewhere?

* compiled Bestiary pages from Pathfinder 1-24, in a 3RB.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Zootcat wrote:
The Slor! (From the History Timeline in the Campagn Setting book.)
This is a great example of something we'll probably not touch again, and an example of someone sneaking in an easter egg that does more damage than good. The slor is, of course, a reference to Ghostbusters, and since that's not in the public domain, it's not something we can really ever expand upon. And if we went a different route and expanded it into a completely different monster, then it doesn't make as much sense on the timeline history (if it's not a huge rampaging beast), and the fact that it's name is the same as the one mentioned in Ghostbusters gets even sillier. Which is why editors get really angry when freelancers sneak things in like that. It's even worse when it's an EDITOR who sneaks in something like that. Grrr.

Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

Liberty's Edge

"What. Was I reading. Last nite. At 1 a.m. when I just got back from work.....arrrrrrrgh!!!" is a sucky feeling.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

delabarre wrote:

From Dark Markets: I assume that Katapeshi lions have the same stats as Earth lions. (But I was wrong about the crocodiles, so hey...)

However I can't find stats for razorscales (Dark Markets p. 19 & LoF PG p. 12) in my Black Notebook*. Am I missing it somewhere?

* compiled Bestiary pages from Pathfinder 1-24, in a 3RB.

Although we just call them "giant frilled lizards" in the upcoming Bestiary, the frilled razorscales are already covered. Or will be, once we get the Bestiary out!

And the lions are likely the same as Earth lions.

BUT! Keep these coming! This post and the others are really helpful! :-)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Todd Stewart wrote:
Comprehensive list of planar critters not given stats in TGB...

Awesome. Thanks, Todd! (notes taken...)

Dedicated Voter 2013

I'd like to add a +1 to all of Todd's collected planar creatures, and if this is to compile into some future book, try and get the five basic daemons in, including the already published luekodaemon, astradaemon and meladaemon.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Although we just call them "giant frilled lizards" in the upcoming Bestiary, the frilled razorscales are already covered. Or will be, once we get the Bestiary out!

Mmkay, 'til then I can use the CR2 Monitor Lizard stats from the MM. Thanks!


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Soul Worm
"The worm creatures are souls of the damned, collected by evil outsiders to sell, trade, and--oftentimes--simply devour."
Gallery of Evil pg. 10 under the section titled "Harvester of Souls"

I'm not sure if these have any real offensive of defensive abilities since they seem to be treated like currency by many evil outsiders.

Liberty's Edge

Okay, I got it.
In PF #23, the Rovagug article, there's some Kellid people who live by the Worldwound and get mutated by the powers of raw chaos.
What do they get mutated into? Or is it mentioned somewhere I don't know?

Silver Crusade

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More Daemons, ok ?


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Rime Elemental
Guardians of Dragonfall pg. 16


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Keld Piskies
Hollow's Last Hope pg. 5


Ahh can't remember the exact product but I remember reading one of the very early pathfinders that made mention of the Numerian Spine Dragon which struck me at the time as a very cool monster. Damnation! I will endeavour to find its exact location.


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Loa Spirits
River Into Darkness pages 18 and 19

Dedicated Voter 2013

Gorbacz wrote:
More Daemons, ok ?

Ditto!

Liberty's Edge

Any and all of those dragons in Pathfinder #4's article on Dragons of Golarion. Todd mentioned a few (Brine, Crystalline, etc.), but I'm especially interested in the Tian Xia dragons (the OA dragons, frankly, suck) and the Gray dragons.


Mhar
The Oliphaunt of Jandelay

Probably won't get stats (but, on the other hand, He Who Walks In Blood has stats, too).


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Skullwasps
Elves of Golarion pg. 18-19

Dark Archive

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Akyrak (A History of Ashes pages 64 and 65)

The Exchange

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Todd Stewart wrote:
Umbral Dragons (Shadow - these may have stats somewhere already)

Umbral Dragons were statted in Pathfinder #11.

Dark Archive

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From the planets article in Children of the Void-
The mechanical or elemental denizens of aballon
Lashunta Males / Females
Akiton’s four-armed race
Ysoki rat-men
Red-skinned lizard folk of Akiton
Akiton’s great sand serpents
Contemplatives of Ashok
Verces’s humanoid race
The bizarre creatures who mine crystals and have monolithic factories on Verces
The great asteroid-hopping spider beings of the Diaspora
The pale, angelic beings with moth-like wings of pure energy that ride the solar winds of the Diasopra
The race that lived on Eox (and now lives on it as undead, preferably in living and undead versions)
The humanoids of Triaxus
Amorphous and gliding monsters from Liavara
The dreamers of Liavara
The members of the civilization on Arkanen
Brethedans
The silicon-based life of Dykon
The radioactively-based denizens of Thyst
A potential subterranean race on Apostae (unconfirmed)
Beings from Aucturn, including those that influenced ancient Osirion
The awesome eye-and-tendril monster on page 53
The jovian herd animals that Brethedans can use as transport from their planet
The Metal Men (and other beings) from the black ship of Numeria (as well as whatever created it)
The dinosaur creature ridden by the Lashunta woman on page 55
Potential creatures mentioned-
Creatures of light and gas
Vast hive-mind networks of alien creatures
The cosmic, Lovecraftian horrors of the Dominions of the Black
Robots and time travelers

As a side note, I'm quite glad to see this thread. It's good to know that stats will probably be appearing for many of the interesting creatures here that I've been wondering about.

Sovereign Court

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donkey rats from the Player's Guide to the Rise of the Runelords...

...yeah, yeah, dire rats without the disease ability is hardly a stat block.

Dark Archive

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From the original Thassilon article in Burnt Offerings-
Inverted giants
Red walkers

From Into the Darklands-
Vault keepers
The ooze tentacle slug thing on page 4
The sentient flying snakes of the Garden of Nyl
Redcaps and gryphs from the Court of Ether

From the Campaign Setting-
Irrisen-
Ice witches
Mwangi Expanse-
“Potent malevolent spirits, sentient plant colonies, and juju zombie cults”
“reptilian-toothed flightless birds and mysterious aquatic beasts from antediluvian times”
Spawn of Angazhan
Numberia-
“Strange besats from beyond the stars”
The Worldwound-
Kakuen-Taka, the Hunger that Moves
Grindylows
Blighted treants
Abyssal dragonspawn
Flapping horrors
Tiny demonlings of the worldwound
From ‘Beyond the Inner Sea’
The flying oriental vampire torso ladies from page 152
Kostchtchie’s malformed giants
Guardian daemons
Mishtus
Einherar
Valkyries
Norns
Skraelings
Arctic worms (not remorhazes, as those are mentioned seperates in the same sentence)
Naga matriarchs and the humanoid, naga-serving monks from Nagajor (perhaps not their own types of creatures)
From ‘The Great Beyond’-
Gillmen (also mentioned in the Azlant section)
Embryonic gods and transcendant angelic beings that sing souls into existence

From Escape from Old Korvosa-
Other types of Asura

Contributor

Lord Gadigan wrote:


From ‘The Great Beyond’-
Gillmen (also mentioned in the Azlant section)
Embryonic gods and transcendant angelic beings that sing souls into existence

Fwiw, the "gillmen" are the same as the Maridar I listed earlier, and they're distinct from the gillmen of Golarion proper. Basically water genasi of pretty muddled ancestry, but can't actually say water genasi with that not being open content and all.

Second fwiw, the "transcendant angelic beings" are the same as the jyoti mentioned above.

Dark Archive

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I figured that probably was the jyoti there, but I wanted to double check since I wasn't certain if The Great Beyond mentioned them having song-based powers or directly bringing souls into existence. Thank you for the clarification there.

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Lord Gadigan wrote:
Vault keepers

I doubt we will see a statblock for these guys.

Lord Gadigan wrote:
Redcaps and gryphs from the Court of Ether

Redcaps were statted waaaay back in Pathfinder #4.

Sovereign Court

In PF#5, the Yethazmari bestiary mentions the Gytrash of Gralton, the Juggerloathe and the Isger's swaithes. It also mentions Kirukakarung, the queen of the Black Hunt.

I also recall the Numerian Spine Dragon but I can't remember the issue.

Sovereign Court

Also, Star Monarchs never got properly statted and there was mention of various boggard variants.

Dark Archive

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Abrogail Thrune II (from the Cheliax book)

This goes for all major movers and shakers that appear in the campaign world btw, and it doesn't even need to be a full blown stat block (although I really liked the stat block for the leader of Osirion), a simple (N male human druid 1) would be enough for most, but not for Abrogail though... she needs a full blown statblock. Get cracking.

Paizo Employee Developer

Atrocious wrote:
Abrogail Thrune II (from the Cheliax book)

She's not really a monster though, is she? I mean, her political enemies may decry her as such, but at heart she's still Abby from the block...

Sovereign Court

The sentient gorilla people of the Mwangi Expanse. You know, the ones that stole that giant cannon.


Hetkoshu are mentioned in Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, as living in the River Sphinx and the pools of Shiman-Sekh. I do not know if they have stats anywhere, but they're described as a native variant of the crocodile. They might warrant a stat black, depending how variant they are.

Dark Archive

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Atrocious wrote:
Abrogail Thrune II (from the Cheliax book)
She's not really a monster though, is she? I mean, her political enemies may decry her as such, but at heart she's still Abby from the block...

You need to see her in a more intimate setting, at night she is a completely different person. She may be all sweet and affable when she is in business mode, but once the shades come down and you see the true Abby, monster isn't going too far. The difference is an almost Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde like scenario, but unfortunately the good people of Cheliax will only ever know her as the benevolent queen Abrogail...

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Lord Gadigan wrote:
Skraelings

These, I assume, would be a human ethnicity (skraeling being what the Norse called the Native Americans).

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Callous Jack wrote:
Also, Star Monarchs never got properly statted and there was mention of various boggard variants.

The Night Monarch was statted in Pathfinder #5.

There is a Huge CR10 variant boggard called the mobogo statted in Pathfinder #12.

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