Looking for the right monsters


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


Hoping some of you more experienced may know the names of the things I'm looking for.

I'm looking to populate a section of my campaign with monsters (intelligent or otherwise) and cabals drawn to places where a lot of battles and bloodshed have occurred. Omit major pathfinder deities like Gorum, since I have a custom pantheon. I could make up cabals and such, but I want to refrain from that if there are any monsters already made that work. I've already gone through the archdevils and demon princes for cabals worshipping them.

Any ideas?


Recent battlefields or historic battles?
If you mean recent battles, any intelligent race with a 'scavenger' flavor - eg, Tengu, Gnoll - could work.

Warsworn

Derghodaemon

Vulture, Giant


More historic. They'd have to be drawn from the aura of death still fresh from three decades of multiple civil wars as a monarchy/autocracy was slowly reworked into a democratic republic. The last of these only wrapped up 20 years ago. I'm thinking undead, evil fey, strange arcane beings that feed on the feeling of grief and anguish left in the soil, etc.


You have quite a bit of options depending on what direction you want to go. Here's a short list: necromancers, corpse lotus, zuvembie, ostovite, wight, warsworn, carrion golem, festering spirit, shredskin, etc.


Haunts?


I like a lot of these iddeas, and I'm going to use them. Haunts, Corpse Lotus, Wights, and festering spirits seem more up the alley I'm looking for.

Are there more that are not undead, but are naturally drawn to the aura and memory of battle? or to the scent of old blood in the soil? Now that I have plenty of undead suggestions, maybe something a bit more organizedly malicious. I may use Chaneque and have a small infestation of them somewhere saying they've been drawn by the bloodshed of the last century and are using the latent leftover energies to empower their fey skull projectiles to do new and nasty things.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of monstrous infestations that are particular to places like a country that experienced decades of violence and bloodshed (mostly amongs themselves in civil wars and uprisings, brother against brother and all that) and the idea that things are drawn to the energy of such places, almost like naturally unhallowed ground or land tainted with sorrow in a way, is an idea that really appeals to the atmospheric storyteller in me. In another 50 to 100 years that aura of anguish and death will most likely fade, giving way to the more common vibrations of a growing nation. Looking for more plants, or fey, or monstrous humanoids, or maybe even malignant forms of corrupted beasts or even non-monstrous phenomena ike a destructive semi-sentient spell that occasionally appears over a batttlefield that was scoured with baleful magic.

I know this isn't necessarily a common or easy request in its specificity,a nd I am thankful for all the help so far. I have some good ideas now. If I have to build stat blocks for new monsters, I'll get to it, but I'd rather not if someone else has already playtested and balanced it. Granted, if this were easy, I probably would never have posted, asking for help.


you may want to check some of the RPG superstar monster entries... I'm pretty sure they had some undead rounds, and their flavors are rather unique.

I know at least a few undead entries there you would like, but Idr specifics


Battlewrought could be reimagined as sentient living remains of battlefields.


I wouldn't be at all surprised if demons were drawn through


I wrote a creature I while back that might work.
It is called an Ironbark Tree. It is a sentient tree that has a massive root system that it can plant and uproot. It collects iron to use plating it's bark for protection. Where better to find iron than on old battlefields... I also created the withered version which is a necromantic perversion that actively hunts creatures to draw iron from their blood.

The plain version could be a neutral monster in the area and perhaps some have been tainted by the suffering in the area and become withered.

I can maybe pm you if you want the details.


J4RH34D wrote:

I wrote a creature I while back that might work.

It is called an Ironbark Tree. It is a sentient tree that has a massive root system that it can plant and uproot. It collects iron to use plating it's bark for protection. Where better to find iron than on old battlefields... I also created the withered version which is a necromantic perversion that actively hunts creatures to draw iron from their blood.

The plain version could be a neutral monster in the area and perhaps some have been tainted by the suffering in the area and become withered.

I can maybe pm you if you want the details.

Oh that would be awesome. Sounds like a really good encounter.


It seems as if you have pms disabled?


J4RH34D wrote:
It seems as if you have pms disabled?

Sorry, didn't realize it defaults to no PMs. Fixed it I think.


Pm sent


The obvious one is pretty obviously udnead of any shape, color, and type. Nothing beats resurrecting the dead combatants as enemies.

Another possibility could be a dark brotherhood of warriors in service to a dark god who seek out blood and slaughter in his name ala Khorne.


RedDarius did you get my pm?


J4RH34D wrote:
RedDarius did you get my pm?

Yup! got it, thanks.


Awesome, let me know how the monster goes if you do decide to use it :).
Also just your general thought on it, I am trying to improve my righting so criticism is good.
A PM would be appreciated

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