Articles By Author - Phillip Larwood

The Dead Villain’s Catalogue

Or 30 Things to find on a Villain’s Corpse. [See The Dead Adventurer’s Catalogue] ___ Wendell bent over the body of the goblin chieftain they had just slaughtered, his slender hands shifting through the goblin’s filthy goods until he encountered something shiny and hard. “Look here, Tarquilos my old friend. The goblin chief has a little something extra for us.” Tarquilos approached the wizard’s hunched frame and peered down at the idol held in...

The Dead Adventurer’s Catalogue

Or 30 things to find on an adventurer’s corpse. ___ Holding his guttering torch out into the unlit dungeon chamber, Tarquilos thought he caught a whiff of something putrid in the air. “Do you smell that Wendell? Something has definitely died in here.” Wendell poked his head from around his friend’s brawny shoulders, the aroma of rotting flesh assaulting his nostrils. “You’re right, my muscle-bound companion. I may regret saying this, but let’s...

To the Birds: Variant Tengu (Part 1 of 4)

To support the “Ecology of the Tengu” article in the just released Kobold Quarterly #14, we bring you more feathery goodness. ___ Naro wrenched his blade from the still warm corpse of the tengu assassin. Strangely, the ambassador did not seem to be pleased. “What seems to be troubling you ambassador?” Naro bowed, inwardly smirking at the man’s discomfort at the sight of so much blood. “You killed the wrong tengu you idiot!” The...

Strangling Watcher (Urochar)

This horrible monster resembles a gigantic crimson leech slithering upright on four muscular black tentacles. At the top of its writhing trunk rest several quivering feathered antenna surrounding a great lidless eye that glows with baleful orange light. One of the most dreaded monsters of the underworld, strangling watchers (also known as urochars) have long plagued the drow, morlocks, and other humanoid races of the deep paths, feasting on the...

Mold Devil

Colored in various shades of gray, mauve, and olive, this fungal nightmare resembles a towering gargoyle or demon with many horn-like growths sprouting from its body to form vicious teeth and claws. Mold devils are sinister and twisted plant creatures that inhabit dense forests, waterlogged swamps, and large underground mushroom patches. While its normal form is that of a large patch of thick gray, purple, or green mold, the mold devil can...

Eater of Dust (Yakat-Shi)

This terrible creature resembles an imposing knight wearing baroque full plate formed from some sort of calcified resin. Its helm is a blank gray oval without eye slots or mouthpiece, and it carries a glistening greatsword composed of dozens of slathering fanged mouths in its gauntleted hands. Eaters of dust—or yakat-shi as they are sometimes called in ancient planar texts—are hideous mercenaries that roam the lower planes selling their...

KotM Fight! Grave Linnorm

Welcome to the King of the Monsters Contest finals: the grave linnorm is finalist 3 of 10. These submissions are left almost entirely as they were received with the exception that all submissions have had minor alterations for proper spelling (not grammar), formatting, and the addition of an image. Let the fight commence! ______ Rising from the gruesome devastation is a serpentine monster of truly horrific proportions. Scales the color of...

Monday Monsters: Facestealer

“I will become you!” Prerequisite Doppelganger While all doppelgangers are accomplished shapeshifters, some take the art of shapeshifting to new levels. These doppelgangers are able to impersonate not just the physical form of another creature, but also some aspects of their personality, experience, and knowledge, becoming in essence the very creature they are copying. Because of their potent abilities, facestealers are justly feared by most...

Monday Monster: Svara

This well muscled dragon has fine scales the color of overripe lemons and strangely luminous green eyes. Its wings are short and seem barely capable of lifting it off the ground and its body is stocky and lacks the grace of its draconic brothers, yet its claws are razor sharp and its mouth is filled with long saber-like fangs that are caked with a sickly brown glaze. A distant relative of the evil chromatic dragons, the svara is an evil and...

Monday Monster: Kulshedra

This huge monster’s long sinuous scaled body slithers through dark forests. Vast wings the color of midnight rise from its back, and four wavy black horns sprout from its evil serpentine head; its wings can fold back entirely flush with its long body. The kulshedra’s scales are burnt greenish-orange in hue and its eyes glow with a yellow light as baleful as witch lanterns, yet its most unusual feature are its forest of darting tongues,...

Monday Monster: Cynoprosopi

Flying across the arid steppe is a monstrous draconic beast with bat-like wings, a scaled body and legs, and the head of a mangy wolf with a thick goat-like beard. Its scales are a uniform light brown, while its wolf head is dark brown with gleaming red eyes. The dragon-wolf flexes its vicious claws and fire licks from its mouth. The cynoprosopi or dragon-wolf is a winged dragon with the head of a wolf or hound. Cynoprosopi live in small...

Monday Monster: Secretion Ooze

A viscous blob of turgid pulsing fluid, this ooze is composed of the vilest bodily secretions suspended within a thin gelatinous sack. The ooze changes in color and density as it moves, trailing an odious stench and wet smoking slime. Secretion oozes are fell creations of lost sorcery, terrible experiments gone awry or diabolical sacrifices to barely sentient gods that have taken on a life of their own. They constantly seek to extinguish the...

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