Swamp Things!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First up, an update from last Monday's post: We're all feeling much better around here. Physically at least. (The various stresses and psychoses of the editorial pit are more the topic of an encyclopedia set than a blog post... so moving right along.)

If you read Pathfinder Adventure Path's monthly Bestiary, you probably already know what a sucker I am for monsters, especially when we can double-dip, combining cool creature design with beasts from real-world folklore and mythology. Well, just a heads up, the Bestiary in Pathfinder Adventure Path #34 hits the swamp monster mother load! To spill the beans on the majority, we've got the ahuizotl, the river-dwelling eye-ripper of Central American; the leshy, the legendary green man of Slavic myth (which, as you can see by the art, I ended up taking a weird but open ended turn with that all you druid players might be particularly intrigued by); and, my personal fav, the nuckelavee of Orcadian legend—the second time I've developed this monster for a d20 game—who, thanks to artist Scott Purdy, looks INCREDIBLE!! I absolutely love bringing these monsters, with pedigrees as vaunted as classics like chimeras and goblins, to the game table, so expect a few more lethal legends by the end of the Kingmaker Adventure Path, and plenty more in the future.

Illustrations by Scott Purdy

And if you have any other obscure folklore or mythological monsters you'd love to see make their way into Pathfinder Adventure Path, don't hesitate to drop a suggestion in the thread for this post (along with a link so I can read more!).

F. Wesley Schneider
Managing Editor

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Silver Crusade

The frustrations of only being able to glance at the thumbnails after realizing it's tagged as being from an adventure path you're currently playing in...

It's frustratening!

Sweet Christmas that third one looks nasty.

Dark Archive

I'm sure with the judicious steeping in butter and a proper rich culinary sauce, they would all make good eating.

mmmm


I'm always very happy when someone uses the word "Orcadian". :)

Also - YESSSSSSSSSS.

Dark Archive

those creatures look awsome!


Great preview!


I didn't know Mairk was Slavic.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

How does one pronounce ahuizotl? And was that from the original FF?


Ah-HWEE-zoh-tuhl, I think. And I think it was just the 3E FF... but I could be wrong, on both counts. :p

Dark Archive

The Nuckalavee looks frakkin' awesome!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Callous Jack wrote:
How does one pronounce ahuizotl? And was that from the original FF?

As far as I know, the first time the ahuizotl was statted up for D&D was in the 3rd Edition Fiend Folio; one of my assignments for that book was to stat up some real-world mythological monsters from somewhere other than Europe. Aztec myth to the rescue!


Artax! What has the swamp of sadness done to you!? Artax? Artaaaaaaaax!!!

GAME OVER


(rolls in ... looks at the beasts ... then rolls out)


"Nukelavee! Oh Nukelavee
You're big and evil and heinous
Who could it be who set you free?
He really must be an anus!"

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Callous Jack wrote:
How does one pronounce ahuizotl? And was that from the original FF?
As far as I know, the first time the ahuizotl was statted up for D&D was in the 3rd Edition Fiend Folio; one of my assignments for that book was to stat up some real-world mythological monsters from somewhere other than Europe. Aztec myth to the rescue!

Thanks James. Hm, I wonder what I'm thinking of, I'll have to go home and check the old book later.

Sovereign Court

I am intrigued by your interpretation of the Leshy, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

Swamp Things! You make my heart sing. You make everything groovy. Swamp Things!

Contributor

cappadocius wrote:
I am intrigued by your interpretation of the Leshy, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

If I get my way, it won't be the last leshy we see.


Zuxius wrote:
Swamp Things! You make my heart sing. You make everything groovy. Swamp Things!

I'm glad I wasn't alone in having that go through my mind immediately!


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
cappadocius wrote:
I am intrigued by your interpretation of the Leshy, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
If I get my way, it won't be the last leshy we see.

We greenmen demand more suave, less moldy leshies in the future!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hey Wes, when are we going to see the Peluda?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Callous Jack wrote:
Hey Wes, when are we going to see the Peluda?

I believe that guy shows up in #33. (checks) Yup. #33.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Callous Jack wrote:
Hey Wes, when are we going to see the Peluda?
I believe that guy shows up in #33. (checks) Yup. #33.

Thanks James, you just made my day. :)

Liberty's Edge

I wonder if the Chupacabra would be myth enough to warrant an appearance.

Anyone got stats on the Chupacabra?

Robert


Robert Brambley wrote:

I wonder if the Chupacabra would be myth enough to warrant an appearance.

Anyone got stats on the Chupacabra?

Robert

Check out Pathfinder #19 Howl of the Carrion King. :)

Contributor

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:


We greenmen demand more suave, less moldy leshies in the future!

Suave? Why buck the trend? :P

(Live Audience: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!)


that is an awesome visual interpretation of the nuckelavee, I hope the statistics are just as awesome (which knowing you guys they probably will be).


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:


We greenmen demand more suave, less moldy leshies in the future!

Suave? Why buck the trend? :P

(Live Audience: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!)

I set your straw audience ablaze! The truth will out, drooly one!


That Ahuizotl comes 1 month over time... my players will be out of the wilderness and into the city by then. Meh, gonna use the 3e FF one instead.

Eye-rippin' fun!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:


We greenmen demand more suave, less moldy leshies in the future!

Suave? Why buck the trend? :P

(Live Audience: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!)

I set your straw audience ablaze! The truth will out, drooly one!

Alas, Wes's straw audience happens to have the half-fiend template. Fire resistance, for the win.

(Live Audience: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!)

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