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Month: November 2015

Beasts

Beasts

The first section of creatures in the bestiary, following the animals section, is Beasts. Beasts encompass everything that does not fall into one of the other categories (e.g., elemental, lychanthrope, undead). In other words, the category Beast is equivalent to Miscellaneous.

Beasts are, however, fun! They just take a little time to ensure that they capture the feel and fit their description. My format for non-animal creatures means that I can fit about four critters per page. As such, Beasts (which had about 32 critters in it) will encompass about 8 pages.

Below you will see a small sample — the first two pages of beasts — to see how this format looks. Thus far, these are the only two pages of non-animal critters I have completed. I have some pages (some critters…) that are partially completed, but most of those are not in the Beast section. Keep in mind that this is a draft; these creatures will all need some editing and adjustment prior to publication.

Sample_Beasts

Arcanum-Animals

Arcanum-Animals

This morning, I completed the animals section. If you have read the previous entries on this section, you know that it contains the stats for some 150 animals:

  • 25 amphibians and reptiles
  • 25 birds
  • 75 land mammals and marsupials
  • 25 marine and aquatic animals

The final section was on how to handle tiny threats: vermin, insect swarms, and the like. The rules for handling these critters were derived from the rules presented in such spells as Plague of Locusts and Insect Swarm.

With these critters down, I now have the individual entries for:

  • Angels and Guardians
  • Beasts and Monsters
  • Constructs
  • Demons and Devils
  • Dragons
  • Elementals
  • Giants
  • Humanoids (including Aquatic Humanoids)
  • Lychanthropes
  • Undead

In other words, a lot of work remains, but it is moving forward at a nice pace.

Arcanum-Animals-Marine and Aquatic

Arcanum-Animals-Marine and Aquatic

The official list of the 25 creatures in this category is:

  • Barracuda, Great
  • Dolphin
  • Electric Eel
  • Electric Ray
  • Jellyfish
  • Moray Eel
  • Narwhal
  • Orca
  • Otter
  • Piranha
  • Plesiosaur
  • Scorpion-fish
  • Seal
  • Sea Lion
  • Sea Turtle
  • Shark, Fresh Water
  • Shark, Great White
  • Spider Crab
  • Squid
  • Squid, Giant
  • Swordfish
  • Stingray
  • Walrus
  • Whale
  • Whale, Blue