Which monsters, if any, fit Colorado the best?


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Since someone was asking about Louisiana, I thought I should get some advice as to which monsters fit the rectangular state. The state is dominated by mountains, so . . . any one have any ideas?


Sasquatch? What kind of area is it?

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I'm going to say, Colorado Springs.


Some kind of dragon should hang around in those mountains.


Mountain lion? Coyote?


The animals should be easy. Cougars, pronghorn antelope, american bison, eagles, hawks, brown and black bears, wolves, deer, elk, moose... just pick up a field guide.

Monsters would be those that like the mountains. Mountain dwelling dragons, trolls, ogres, wendigos, earth elementals, giants, hippogriffs, kobolds, etc... But remember, half of the state is part of the great plains, so you could have any monsters who roam open spaces, like bullettes, the tarrasque, plains-loving dragons, giant snakes, etc.

Colorado is an arid climate so probably no swamp critters, but you could easily introduce things like poisonous desert dwelling creatures. Depending on the technology level I'd probably have some nomadic humanoid tribes roaming around too.


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Fire elementals!

What, too soon?


Black Powder Chocobo wrote:

Fire elementals!

What, too soon?

I don't get it...


Dwarves.

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Being a native of the Red State and lived her all my life here is what we would have

Hill Giants
Storm Giants
Frost Giants
Trolls
Ogres
Owlbears
Dark Dwarves
Elves
Orcs
Goblins
Most dragons as we do even have deserts and swamps just not large marshes)
Hobgoblins
Kobolds
Ents
Bugbears
Worgs (We do have some wolves that live near Gould)

How is that for a starting list


Unless you live in La Junta.


Chaotic Neutral Air Elemental tribes, who mess with the weather for kicks.


IceniQueen wrote:

C Springs ONLY all others moved to Idaho. Colorado is actually a very diverse accepting state.

Every state has them, and we do not have as many as some might think

She's right. They're centered mostly in Idaho. Which sucks but what can ya do?

As for beasties I'd try to use stuff from local mythology and folk lore. Just importing a bunch of European monsters doesn't seem very satisfying to me. There should be some books on local folklore at your local library.

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Can we please leave out the racist comments?


Hoop Snakes. Maybe moth man. Spectral hitchhikers.
Maybe the Texas Behemoth hides out in them mountains. Its like a featherless Couatl with batlike wings. It's gargantuan and it seems to live off fear.


GM Elton wrote:

I'm going to say, Colorado Springs.

Captain Howdy (Strangeland reference) Seriously you need a tattooed sadomasochist as an NPC in the region.

Really a Colorado Springs like area would have two encounter tables. Mountains for sure, but to the East lies the high plains. Between the two quite a few creatures roam between them.

MOUNTAINS
hill giants, stone giants, trolls, ogres, dwarves, dragons, drakes, wyvern, black bear, cougar, bighorn sheep, eagles

HIGH PLAINS
bison, pronghorns, wolves, some sort of monstrous humanoid


Scuzzlebutt is a legendary Colorado monster.


If we're talking Colorado Springs - you need a lot of high level clerics and armies of followers.

(Fire elementals - lol.)

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DMFTodd wrote:

If we're talking Colorado Springs - you need a lot of high level clerics and armies of followers.

(Fire elementals - lol.)

Or false clerics (use rules for Razmiran Clerics) or maybe just a Zombie plague.

Don't forget Broncos.

Earth and Air Elementals, Jackalope, Buffalo Chickens, Ghosts and haunts (from old mining camps to places like Mesa Verde, I've seen them), Chupracabras coming up from New Mexico into the San Luis Valley, giant pine beetles, and a recent invasions of fire elementals burning forests.

Were-coyotes, because they are shape changers and can be found in cities, mountains and plains. Also Kitsume for the same reason. They practically have taken over metro Denver. Also common in Denver are light rail golems.

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You need a giant blue fire-breathing horse like that statue outside the Denver airport.

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Wolfsnap wrote:
You need a giant blue fire-breathing horse like that statue outside the Denver airport.

A nightmare without the flight and fiendish traits?


GM Elton wrote:
Wolfsnap wrote:
You need a giant blue fire-breathing horse like that statue outside the Denver airport.
A nightmare without the flight and fiendish traits?

Ok so I had to look up what this is all about but sure enough that's a giant blue nightmare.


Jackalopes and Beer(Bears with antlers) hang out near the Lost Dutchman Mine. It sounds to me like that mine is full of uranium. Everyone who handles the so called silver gets sick and dies. Except for 12 toed mutants. Watch out for psudo zombies. The hills have eyes. :)


As far as nonmagical beasts go, recent fossil finds have turned up long horn bison, Columbian mammoth, and a medium sized ground sloth, either a mylodon or Jefferson's ground sloth.


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Arikiel wrote:
GM Elton wrote:
Wolfsnap wrote:
You need a giant blue fire-breathing horse like that statue outside the Denver airport.
A nightmare without the flight and fiendish traits?
Ok so I had to look up what this is all about but sure enough that's a giant blue nightmare.

was gonna guess dragon horse but then had to look it up after this comment, equal parts cool and creepy

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toastwolf wrote:
Arikiel wrote:
GM Elton wrote:
Wolfsnap wrote:
You need a giant blue fire-breathing horse like that statue outside the Denver airport.
A nightmare without the flight and fiendish traits?
Ok so I had to look up what this is all about but sure enough that's a giant blue nightmare.
was gonna guess dragon horse but then had to look it up after this comment, equal parts cool and creepy

This painting says it all.

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Goth Guru wrote:
Jackalopes and Beer(Bears with antlers) hang out near the Lost Dutchman Mine. It sounds to me like that mine is full of uranium. Everyone who handles the so called silver gets sick and dies. Except for 12 toed mutants. Watch out for psudo zombies. The hills have eyes. :)

Anyone from the area knows that Jackalopes ONLY live in Wyoming :P

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Odraude wrote:
Black Powder Chocobo wrote:

Fire elementals!

What, too soon?

I don't get it...

Waldo Canyon Fire


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some lightning elemental and a few golems powered with electricity by Tesla.

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Okay, if I write an adventure set in a creatively anachronistic Colorado I get the following suggestions:

  • Some kind of Dragon. I'm going with red. Call it a hunch.
  • Fire elementals
  • Nightmare
  • hill giants, stone giants, trolls, ogres, dwarves, drakes, wyvern, black bear, cougar, bighorn sheep, eagles
  • Earth and Air Elementals, Jackalope, Buffalo Chickens, Ghosts and haunts (from old mining camps to places like Mesa Verde, I've seen them), Chupracabras coming up from New Mexico into the San Luis Valley, giant pine beetles,

  • Storm Giants
  • Frost Giants
  • Trolls
  • Ogres
  • Owlbears
  • Dark Dwarves
  • Elves
  • Orcs
  • Goblins
  • Most dragons as we do even have deserts and swamps just not large marshes).
  • Hobgoblins
  • Kobolds
    Note: the adventure I'm currently writing has these as the main antagonists.

  • Ents
  • Bugbears
  • Worgs

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    Arcanemuses wrote:
    Scuzzlebutt is a legendary Colorado monster.

    At least it sounds better than the Bear Lake Monster. :P


    Odraude wrote:
    Black Powder Chocobo wrote:

    Fire elementals!

    What, too soon?

    I don't get it...

    The recent wildfires...

    I would suggest all manner of goblinoid and orcish populations. A colony of storm giants on Pikes Peak. And further west would be a clan of frost giants with a few white dragons as pets/ guards/ etc.


    Got plenty of Gunslingers...or is it to soon.


    IceniQueen wrote:
    Goth Guru wrote:
    Jackalopes and Beer(Bears with antlers) hang out near the Lost Dutchman Mine. It sounds to me like that mine is full of uranium. Everyone who handles the so called silver gets sick and dies. Except for 12 toed mutants. Watch out for psudo zombies. The hills have eyes. :)
    Anyone from the area knows that Jackalopes ONLY live in Wyoming :P

    So that's where the mine is. Put on your radiation suit before going after it. :)


    Don't forget Man-bear-pig. He lives in Colorado too.


    Goth Guru wrote:
    IceniQueen wrote:
    Goth Guru wrote:
    Jackalopes and Beer(Bears with antlers) hang out near the Lost Dutchman Mine. It sounds to me like that mine is full of uranium. Everyone who handles the so called silver gets sick and dies. Except for 12 toed mutants. Watch out for psudo zombies. The hills have eyes. :)
    Anyone from the area knows that Jackalopes ONLY live in Wyoming :P
    So that's where the mine is. Put on your radiation suit before going after it. :)

    Fast as fast can be, you'll never catch me!!

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    ralantar wrote:
    Don't forget Man-bear-pig. He lives in Colorado too.

    LOL!


    Adamantine Dragon wrote:
    Shalafi2412 wrote:


    I lived in Southern Colorado for a few years so get over yourself AD.
    Apparently you've never realized the difference between "data" and "anecdote" Shalafi. Get over your own damn self.

    Perhaps you do not know the difference between qualitative and quantitative data, AD. Maybe you can go read about them instead of telling others what to do?

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    Or perhaps you can both grow up and stop bickering like children.


    John Elway? Throw anything feat, and accurate as hell.

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    ralantar wrote:
    Don't forget Man-bear-pig. He lives in Colorado too.

    Man-Bear-Pig

    This has GOT to be someone I game/gamed with. As that is a joke from my gaming group from 3 years ago to now

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    IceniQueen wrote:
    ralantar wrote:
    Don't forget Man-bear-pig. He lives in Colorado too.

    Man-Bear-Pig

    This has GOT to be someone I game/gamed with. As that is a joke from my gaming group from 3 years ago to now

    It's a south park reference for most people.


    Jackalope wrote:
    Goth Guru wrote:
    IceniQueen wrote:
    Goth Guru wrote:
    Jackalopes and Beer(Bears with antlers) hang out near the Lost Dutchman Mine. It sounds to me like that mine is full of uranium. Everyone who handles the so called silver gets sick and dies. Except for 12 toed mutants. Watch out for psudo zombies. The hills have eyes. :)
    Anyone from the area knows that Jackalopes ONLY live in Wyoming :P
    So that's where the mine is. Put on your radiation suit before going after it. :)
    Fast as fast can be, you'll never catch me!!

    I was talking about the uranium mine.

    Don't turn your back on any Jackalopes.
    "Right in the butt!"
    If you toss out some salt licks and carrots you should get some decent footage.


    Skunk Bears are leaks from level-up!

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