It Came from the Public Domain!

Friday, October 8, 2010

In penance for yesterday's blog post being all mean about not giving out new art and punishing folks and all that, I present to you four more monsters from the upcoming Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2! What do these monsters all have in common? They're all based on monsters that come from mythology or the public domain—see if you can recognize any of them! Look for Bestiary 2 in bookstores, hobby stores, and on paizo.com in November.

Art by Scott PurdyArt by Tyler Walpole
Art by Scott PurdyArt by Dean Spencer

James Jacobs
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Silver Crusade

so i herd you liek bunyipz

WEN-DI-GOOOO!

...

SPLIT YOUR LUNGS WITH BLOOD AND THUNDER
WHEN YOU SEE THE WHITE WHALE
BREAK YOUR BACKS AND CRACK YOUR OARS MEN
IF YOU WISH TO PREVAIL

THIS IVORY LEG IS WHAT PROPELS ME
HARPOONS THRUST IN THE SKY
AIM DIRECTLY FOR HIS CROOKED BROW
AND LOOK HIM STRAIGHT IN THE EYE

WHITE WHALE

HOLY GRAIL

WHITE WHALE

HOLY GRAIL

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Yesterday's blog wasn't mean, nor did it punish anyone. Obviously I use the stick, while James prefers the carrot.

Sovereign Court

Mikaze wrote:

music an' that...

Yeah, I couldn't figure out the third one either :b

Silver Crusade

Mark Moreland wrote:
Yesterday's blog wasn't mean, nor did it punish anyone. Obviously I use the stick, while James prefers the carrot.

You monster. ;)

GeraintElberion wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

music an' that...

Yeah, I couldn't figure out the third one either :b

I wanted to say wyvern-variant but that's just way too easy. Now it's bugging me. :D

Contributor

The wyvern variant could be a skoffin. That has the right number of wings and legs and is in the public domain.

There's the great white whale, who I expect is statted up as the "dire cachalot" or somesuch.

There appears to be a dire manatee too. However, judging from the bite scar on it, it's probably a particularly tubby sea wolf.

And of course, there's a wendigo, who unfortunately has no feet. Otherwise he could wear wendigo go-go boots. Though those would be a good cursed item--boots so wickedly stylish that they burn your feet off and turn the rest of you into a wendigo.

Scarab Sages

My guesses:

charybdis, since its making a whirlpool

wendigo

jersey devil

leviathan

Gary

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I would like to take this moment to apolagise to Mark and everyone else about my comments and accusations in yesterdays blog. they were false and groundless and for that I am sorry.

Silver Crusade

Kevin Mack wrote:
I would like to take this moment to apolagise to Mark and everyone else about my comments in yesterdays blog. My comment were groundless and for that I am sorry.

You're both monsters!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

It's all good, Kevin. Emotions run high sometimes, and the internet isn't the ideal place to deal with them when they do. Let's leave yesterday's blog behind us and revel in the glory of these awesome monster pics today!

So far three have been correctly named.


Bunyip!

Wendigo!

?

Leviathan!

Silver Crusade

Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
The wyvern variant could be a skoffin. That has the right number of wings and legs and is in the public domain.

Had to fine-tune my Googles to find skoffin hits within range of the pic(I got some sort of cat urban legend and metal albums on the first page...), but it looks like it pans out!

Also, that pun. For shame. For shame.


I’d say that the first monster strikes me as more of an afanc than a bunyip.

Then again, I have never actually seen either one.

Dark Archive

My guesses:

charybdis, or afanc

wendigo (100 %!!)

skoffin (wha ?)

leviathan (That's a given !)

The real monster ? - The person (s) responsible for not letting the Starpanda get his page in the Bestiary !


Pathfinder Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I see today's theme is monsters without feet. Interesting.

Liberty's Edge

Is dat sum tatzelwurm I see? =3

Also:

Mikaze wrote:


SPLIT YOUR LUNGS WITH BLOOD AND THUNDER
WHEN YOU SEE THE WHITE WHALE

Came here to say this, got beaten to it. Mikaze, are you sure you're not actually me? ;)

Jeremy Puckett


Gary McBride wrote:

My guesses:

charybdis, since its making a whirlpool

wendigo

jersey devil

leviathan

Gary

The last one does look like a Gary to me! Good call ;)


You guys apparently don't know beans about what Garys look like. Their bodies are perfect spheres of flame, off of which run long eyestalks that end in naked eyeballs and also several tentacles.

Great preview art, though!


I was just thinking this morning what kind of monster this game really needs: a drop bear.

Frog God Games

HPL!

HPL!

HPL!

That is all...

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Heh, drop bear made me think of Care Bears(tm). They obviously couldn't be called that, though. :)

Then my mind started wandering to other products that could be satired as well: Boobie dolls, Poke-her cards, Wii wii-motes, ...

(Satire is a protected form of fair use under copyright law, too. ;))

Sovereign Court

Mikaze wrote:


WHITE WHALE

HOLY GRAIL

to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.


azhrei_fje wrote:

Heh, drop bear made me think of Care Bears(tm). They obviously couldn't be called that, though. :)

Then my mind started wandering to other products that could be satired as well: Boobie dolls, Poke-her cards, Wii wii-motes, ...

(Satire is a protected form of fair use under copyright law, too. ;))

Not even close to what I was getting at.


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azhrei_fje wrote:
Heh, drop bear made me think of Care Bears(tm). They obviously couldn't be called that, though. :)

Care Bears are mutated Ewoks.


Totally love the undead-moose-rat-flying-creature art! Simply Awesome!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

#3 doesn't have enough legs / talons to be a piasa. Not far off otherwise.

Contributor

Greg A. Vaughan wrote:

HPL!

HPL!

HPL!

That is all...

CHEATEROUS!

Dark Archive Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

See! #3 clearly is a hippogriff, thus proving that the prior picture of an alleged hippogriff was, in fact, not a hippogriff.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Greg IS cheating.

Because he knows it's not a skoffin.


Greg A. Vaughan wrote:

HPL!

HPL!

HPL!

That is all...

Linkified for all the other kiddies.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Greg IS cheating.

Because he knows it's not a skoffin.

G.A.V. using underhand tactics ? Like that's something new. Remember those Pseudonatural Half-neothelid Giant Moles he sent against Pett 3 weeks ago ? Just right after the mole hunting season was over in the UK ?

Liberty's Edge

#1 seems too small to be something called Charybdis.

My only guess is a sea-monk or monkfish.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Greg IS cheating.

Because he knows it's not a skoffin.

A Byakhee was the first thing I thought of... but that is not quite right.


Yeah, that Charybdis would sure be different from classical descriptions. Looks more like a dire fiendish manatee. Or wait...maybe it's the Seal of N’gah. ^^


sad to see the wendigo isn't getting the ultra-awesome art from PF6...


"If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it!"

Ever since I saw the first picture, I need to keep myself from making "your mom" jokes.

Tommaso Matteucci wrote:
sad to see the wendigo isn't getting the ultra-awesome art from PF6...

Yeah. Sometimes, the decisions about what pictures to get new and what pictures to recycle confuse me (look at stuff like nymphs or succubi in bestiary 1)


Picture 2 reminds me of Ithaqua, the Wind Walker of the Cthulhu mythos (who had a connection to the wendigo). Picture 3 could be a Shantak (described as huge, scaly, birdlike creature with batlike wings, slimy skin, and two strong talons).

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with art of Kev Crossley (PF 6 wendigo artist). One time it's beautiful, another time it's a mess full of little maggots.

But I heard that Kev improved on this front lately.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tommaso Matteucci wrote:
sad to see the wendigo isn't getting the ultra-awesome art from PF6...

While Kev Crossley's image of the wendigo from PF #6 was indeed awesome, his art style on that particular piece just doesn't fit with the rest of the book, so we re-did the art. That hardly means we're not using Kev anymore, though! He did all the chapter break illos for "Book of the Damned II: Lords of Chaos" and they look really cool; we previewed some of them on this blog a few weeks back, in fact.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

KaeYoss wrote:
Yeah. Sometimes, the decisions about what pictures to get new and what pictures to recycle confuse me (look at stuff like nymphs or succubi in bestiary 1)

The choice as to whether or not to recycle art is a complex one—but it basically boils down to "Is this picture appropriate enough in the opinion of us at Paizo to re-use, or should we pay to get a new version done that more closely matches the overall art style of the monster book?" Our hardcover bestiaries are far and away the most art intense books we produce, and if we had to pay for new art for every picture, we'd end up having to charge a lot more for the book, which would suck. Usually the amount of art we want to re-order vastly outnumbers what we can afford, so we have to make a certain amount of Sophie's choices and compromises now and then. It's actually one of the harder parts of putting a Bestairy together—some of the choices cause a fair amount of agonizing in house before we finally settle on what direction to go.


Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
There appears to be a dire manatee too. However, judging from the bite scar on it, it's probably a particularly tubby sea wolf.

LOL

I now must have a dire manatee somewhere. Too funny.

Of course, I think it's impossible to be a manatee without scars, though usually on the back rather than the chest.

R.


James Jacobs wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:
Yeah. Sometimes, the decisions about what pictures to get new and what pictures to recycle confuse me (look at stuff like nymphs or succubi in bestiary 1)
The choice as to whether or not to recycle art is a complex one—but it basically boils down to "Is this picture appropriate enough in the opinion of us at Paizo to re-use, or should we pay to get a new version done that more closely matches the overall art style of the monster book?" Our hardcover bestiaries are far and away the most art intense books we produce, and if we had to pay for new art for every picture, we'd end up having to charge a lot more for the book, which would suck. Usually the amount of art we want to re-order vastly outnumbers what we can afford, so we have to make a certain amount of Sophie's choices and compromises now and then. It's actually one of the harder parts of putting a Bestairy together—some of the choices cause a fair amount of agonizing in house before we finally settle on what direction to go.

I don't care, I just wants some pitchers of wimmen that are often nekkid! ;-P

(My gripe with the succubus is purely taste - I just think her face is too ugly to be a succubus. The nymph, though, is too blue for a regular Nymph. Personally, I blame all the rabid Avatar fanbois and their drooling over blue chicks!)


Manatee is only one of the critters that really, really needs the dire treatment. Others include squirrel, badger, chihuahua and rhea.


TABLE OF CONTEEEEENTS! WHEN!?


Mark Moreland wrote:
So far three have been correctly named.

So... how many were correctly named last week?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Razz wrote:
TABLE OF CONTEEEEENTS! WHEN!?

MAYBE sometime next month.


Bunyip
Wendigo
Abishai
Leviathan


#3 looks like the Chupacabra. Ok, already done, but just sayin'

adn to post this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a8IwX6M0GY

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mark Moreland wrote:
Obviously I use the stick, while James prefers the carrot.

I can see why. Carrot cake is delicious, but stick cake just sounds like a bad idea.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

LOL @ Vic. :)

Seriously, that made me laugh out loud.


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KaeYoss wrote:
Manatee is only one of the critters that really, really needs the dire treatment. Others include squirrel, badger, chihuahua and rhea.

Wouldn't a dire chihuauhua be a Great Dane?

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