Mythic Monsters 29: Plants (PFRPG) PDF

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Mythic Monsters: Plants brings you a dozen and one mythic plants that bring the fundamental essence of nature into the challenges of the world the heroes inhabit. Like mythic animals, plants prove that amidst all the dragons, demons, and zombie hordes, nature endures and its power is mighty and terrible. These plants stand ready to unleash their fury upon those that violate the sanctity of their domain. From CR 1 to 20, you'll find stealthy stalkers like the assassin vine and leaf ray and hulking menaces like the tendriculos and shambling mound. There are cunning magical plants like the mandragora and quickwood alongside hungry hunters like the giant flytrap and zomok. Some mythic plants are cultivated by others as servants, like the leaf leshy and living topiary, while others are capable of enslaving servants of their own, like the yellow musk creeper and the bodythief with their pod-paragon spawn. As if a dozen existing monsters were not enough, the alien venusi hails from a distant world of steaming acid jungles, where their psychic magic was the bane of the elven forerunner races that once sought shelter from the travails of other worlds. You will also find a collection of mythic flowers and plants, plus two new spells to create magical plants of your very own!

The Mythic Monsters series from Legendary Games brings you dynamic and exciting mechanics alongside evocative and cinematic new abilities that really help creatures live up to their flavor text, whether they are creatures of real-world myth and legend or creatures born out of the RPG tradition itself. These creatures can work just as well in a non-mythic campaign as they do in one that incorporates the full mythic rules, as you can throw them at your jaded players who think they’ve seen it all or know the standard monster stats as well as you do. That look of surprise and “What was THAT?” will warm any GM’s heart. Download this 28-page mythic monster supplement today, and look forward to future releases in the Mythic Monsters line.

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This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 28 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so let's take a look!

So, plants...to me, they always are the most creepy critters out there. I don't know why, but fungi and plants, perhaps due to my allergies and their overt and covert means of causing harm, always felt truly disturbing to me. Similarly, a fascination with herbalism is immediately catered to by this pdf, for we begin with truly magical, mythic plants - what about bellflower-like plants that are sensitive to sound and can easily be activated by the pure voices of children - granting fast healing as well as allowing for age resistance? Yes, these plants are truly interesting and breathe the spirit of magic and the fantastic. Love them! Spell-wise, this also sports two new ones, one to grow potion-fruits and a high-level spell that lets you grow a tree of life - both of these are absolutely awesome.

Creature-wise, we begin with the CR 4/MR 1 assassin vine, which is sentient and thus a great stalker and better ambush capabilities - nasty! (Oh, and the plant comes with a neat full-color artwork!) On the upper CR-range the CR 17/MR 7 Bodythief receives a brutal scream that not only deals damage, but also alerts all spawn creatures in a huge radius...oh, and the spawn they create are truly powerful...beyond a sample creature, we actually get a new template, the CR+2/+1 pod-paragon-creature...this is awesome and the step-beyond I really enjoy seeing!

Most iconic, perhaps, would be the CR 12/MR 5 giant flytrap, which not only has acidic sap and mythic power-based alluring pheromones as well as healing from engulfed creatures - brutal and awesome. On the lowest CR/MR-scales, CR 2/MR 1 Leaf Rays can change colors based on the season and implant seeds in victims - cool! The CR 1/MR 1 Leshy benefit from woodland stride, thus making them brutal guerillas.

Fans of Mr. King will enjoy the CR 6/MR 2 Living Topiary, which can root itself in the ground and combine entrap with trampling foes - glorious! At CR 5/MR 2, mythic mandragora get better blood drain and a rend that receives an increased poison DC - solid. The CR 10/MR 4 mythic quickwood receives magically-enhanced senses and may conjure forth tangles and even walls of roots for crowd-control tricks that complement the creature perfectly...oh, and mythic power-based quicker pulls are nasty, particularly if the target fails the save versus the accompanying stun...Awesome!

The CR 8/MR 3 Shambling Mound comes per default with the giant template added (though a version sans it is provided) and may sink into the ground, creating a deadly, quicksand-like mire...oh, and beyond better vine attacks, they can make big, nasty, entangling vine bursts by plunging them into the ground. The CR 7/MR 3 Tendriculous gets paralytic spores, a paralytic bite...and 25-ft-vines to grab foes with...so yes, the thing actually has proper tendrils! Thanks for making the bland base creature finally more interesting. At CR 3/MR 1, the Yellow Musk Creeper may create instant zombies - neat. At CR 20/MR 8, the mythic Zomok is a true nightmare: Permanent tree transformation, entangling breath weapon and a sacrifice-based healing wave make this one absolutely brutal.

The pdf, as always, comes with a new creature, lavishly rendered in full-color: The CR 15/MR 6 Venusi: Gigantic, purple vine-like alien plants, intelligent apex-predators and particularly well-suited to annihilating elves, they can infuse spores in the spinal columns of those trapped in their dread grasp, rendering their victims even more susceptible to their powers. Worse, soporific spore clouds and tendrils that can deliver touch attacks make them lethal...oh, and forest fires make them more dangerous, for these horrid *THINGS* are actually healed by fire damage! Have I mentioned that they sport caustic nodules and that they add fire and acid damage in a given round together for the purpose of resistance bypassing? This creature is a true beauty and one of the best original creatures in the whole series!

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Legendary Games' two-column full-color standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. The artworks provided are nice as well.

Jason Nelson, Mike Welham, Alistair J. Rigg and Jonathan H. Keith deliver in this installment: Plants need to be tricky, but they also need to be efficient, somewhat realistic, if you will - we all know how plants work and while we want the fantastic, we also know our biology, so much like animals, this needed to be creative and magical, but still believable...and take creatures that are known for being deadly, but vulnerable and make them fearsome. This pdf achieved this goal with flying colors - all killer, no filler, this book takes some of the most boring creatures and breathes unique life and flair into them, while also providing superb supplemental material and a stunning new adversary. This is one of the strongest installments in the whole series - the final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval - get this now!

Endzeitgeist out.


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Now available!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Wondering on these types of books, are they new monsters, or monster that were included in the Mythic Monsters Handbook from the kickstarter.

Love legendary, but I don't want to pay for content I already own.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I just thoroughly read the description, and cross-checked it against the ToC from the MMM. The following monsters are exclusive to this product:

  • Leaf ray
  • Tendriculos
  • Mandragora
  • Quickwood
  • Zomok
  • Leaf leshy
  • Living topiary
  • Yellow musk creeper
  • Venusi (brand new)

The assassin vine, shambling mound, giant flytrap, and bodythief already appear in the Mythic Monster Manual. So you'll be paying for some content you already own, but over two-thirds is new. This seems to be a trend with the Mythic Monsters books, and really puts into perspective just how much work Legendary Games has done!

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

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This book also contains the traditional frontmatter section, which deals with mythic flowers and plants, including two new mythic plant-based spells, which is all new content.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

^ Also that. So really, it's probably closer to a quarter old content, and the rest is all-new goodness. (Thanks, Jason, for correcting my poor reading comprehension.)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Cool, thanks for the information. GOnna add this to my cart now :)

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

Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!

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

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The brand-new alien venusi plant is also our first creature to use psychic magic from Paizo's brand-new Occult Adventures book!


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And reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop. People, the venusi is totally worth the asking price alone. Awesome installment!!!

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

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Thank you very much for the review, Endzeitgeist!

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