Mythic Menagerie: Threats From Beyond
By Thilo Graf
The latest installment of the Mythic Menagerie-series from Super Genius Games is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page foreword, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages for the new monsters, so let’s check out this collection of outsiders!
- Black Dog (CR 8): This take on the Black Dog can enlarge themselves (included in the stats in brackets) and have cursed fangs. Ok, but honestly, I’ve seen the concept done better, e.g. in RiP’s Pathways e-zine.
- Couatl, Prismatic (CR 8): Couatls that can shower foes with confusion/glitterdust-inducing scales. Okay, but not too exciting.
- Demon, Shax (CR 4): Sadistic little demons that have a suicide gaze that forces its victims to coup-de-grace themselves.
- Demon, Karkinide (CR 6): Aquatic, crab-like soldier demons that fight well in hordes. Seriously, felt more like devils, especially with the teamwork-aspect. Why not give them solo tactics?
- Devil, Black Charger (CR 14): Centaur-like Devils with scorpion stinger, locking claws and a deadly gore attack. Deadly infernal cavalry.
- Hate Spirit (CR 10): The first creature with a really cool signature ability: The Hate Spirit’s attacks have 6 different effects of the dread attacks.
- Hound of Abaddon (CR 5): Headless dogs with skeletal jaws that exude an aura of hopelessness and come with unholy blight-howls? YES! Awesome!
- Traveller (CR 12): Sounds boring, but isn’t – this outsider is a many-eyed, razor thin, deadly creatures that ferry others throughout the planes. Great critter to drive planar weirdness home.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a 2-column standard and the pdf comes with nice b/w-artworks for the creatures. The pdf has no bookmarks, which is a bummer – any pdf beyond BP-range should have them by now.
Sam Hing’s last Mythic Menagerie was sheer, utter, plain GENIUS and this installment falls short of that, with the first creatures I read rather disappointing me. However, the last couple of critters are simply stellar, cool and iconic. That being said, some of the beings herein could have come with more unique signature abilities or evoke more creative concepts. The Hounds of Abaddon would be a good example for what can be considered brilliant, while the Black Dog just felt yawnworthy to me. In the end, I’ll settle for a final verdict of a solid 4 stars for this, as it has some gems that outweigh the less interesting critters.
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