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My work on Blood & Treasure is rapidly coming to a close. Only a couple small sections are left to be written and I’m now embarking on editing the sizable tome. I’ve managed to include most of the monsters of the SRD, including a few psionic beasts (some rely too heavily on the d20 psionic system to work well without it) and many of the epic level monsters (toned down a bit).
About the only monsters that didn’t make the cut were those of the “monster +1” variety – i.e. a monster with additional hit dice or class levels. With all the myriad systems and calculations, statting up monsters like that was useful in d20, but in Blood & Treasure its mostly a waste of space. Even the “alternate iconics” have all made it in as well, from the greymalkin to the evil eye to the phrenic scourge. That being said, there’s always room for a few more monsters.
So – my question is this: What is the best monster ever! that wasn’t included in the SRD, but does exist in some open content source?
In particular, I want to know what you think is the best monster ever! from each of the following books:
[I’ll keep a tally as people comment]
AD&D’s Fiend Folio
Beaktapus (as an alternative to the Grell) … 2 votes
Crypt Thing … 1 vote
Dark Creepers and Stalkers … 1/2 vote
Death Knight … 1 vote
Flail Snail … 2 votes
Skulk … 1/2 vote
Slaad … 3 votes
* I think it’s a testament that by far the most response is for Fiend Folio monsters. It’s may favorite as well, and I guess I just draw that sort of crowd!
** Looks like the slaad are starting to run away with this one
AD&D’s Monster Manual II
Metal Monsters (as an alternative to the modrons) … 1 vote
D&D’s Rules Cyclopedia
Rakasta … 1 vote
Any of the myriad d20 sourcebooks
Clockwork Horrors (an alternative version, of course) … 1 vote
Hengeyokai (an original version, most likely) … 3 votes
Primordial Ooze (as an alternative to the deepspawn) … 1 vote
I’d love to hear from the readers … what is your favorite that you’d like to see in Blood & Treasure?