Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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Let's see, Fantasy Medieval....

We have recently performed an in-depth search into the nearby forest to determine exactly what dangers may exist there, and here is our report.

  • Raven: With wings of tattered feathers these birds just shy of a meter long are known as the bane of those traveling at night as their dull midnight black feathers make them seem like a swarm of shadows as they lunge towards their prey. Their cries are known as the carrion call of our village as every time the call rings out another group of unfortunate travelers are destined to be found as just bones the following day. During the day they disperse through the treetops and almost never swarm up, making them a good target for ranged adventurers new to the craft.

  • Orphan Zombie: Tales talk of an old orphanage that once stood in these woods. These tales state that one day a plague spread through the hundreds of children living within and by the time anyone could get out to it, it was already too late. In an attempt to get rid of the newly risen zombies the adventurers tried burning the building down, but the swarms of children rushed out and grabbed onto them, tearing them to pieces. Surprisingly, these zombies seem to bask in the sun whenever it is out and will wander from sunny spot to sunny spot, paying little heed to anything until it attacks them personally.

  • Magpies: Honestly, we never see these little thieves, but occasionally one of their nests is found and the amount of coins found within seems to be worthy of attracting the attention of any risk takers who are willing to climb for money.

  • Giant Bees: OH GOD! ALL THE BEES!

  • Thick Furred Pig: Delicious albeit highly inflammable. Attacks with piercing and slashing weapons do not seem to work very well on its thick fur, so use a blunt weapon to bash it.

  • Pygmy Orc: Often mistaken for a goblin by people who have never seen a goblin before, these pygmy orcs are a species slightly shorter than humans with thick grey skin and braided black hair. They decorate their faces with the blood of their enemies and are known for their solitary ambush opening tactic. General rule of thumb when fighting them is that piercing and beating are good while cutting is bad.

  • Choke Vine: Long vines that fall from the trees above and wrap around the necks of those unfortunate enough to be in their area. Weak to cutting and piercing, though cutting is the preferred method. Considered a distant relative to the Garrote Vine, which is extremely thin and durable compared to the Choke Vine.

  • Giant Hamster: Cute, cuddly, with a bite that is kind of painful.

  • Verdant Blossom: A bright flower that changes colors throughout the day. Once someone pulls it out of the ground it secretes a liquid that has hallucinogenic effects before trying to bite whoever pulled it up. Relatively harmless if you have even cloth armor and something to cover the neck.


  • Giant Trap Spider: It seems to be the most powerful creature within this forest, though as long as adventurers are careful not to step directly into its trap area, as labeled clearly on the map, there will be far fewer chances to get killed by it. It hides underneath a platform made to look like the ground and once prey comes close it pops out and drags them into its lair.


Feel free to use any of these, they were just random ideas, some of which seem to overlap with the other poster's list.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
See how they fly
I'm crying
Sitting on a corn flake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you've been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long
I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob
Mr. City policeman sitting
Pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky
See how they run
I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying, I'm crying
Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down
I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob
Sitting in an English garden
Waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get a tan
From standing in the English rain
I am the egg man (How do you do sir?)
They are the egg men (The man maintains a fortune)
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo goo g'joob
Expert, texpert choking smokers
Don't you think the joker laughs at you (Ho ho ho, hee hee hee, hah hah hah)
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I'm crying
Semolina Pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe
I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo goo g'joob
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo goo g'joob, goo goo


Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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nolgalaxy Wrote: It depends a lot on the setting... medieval, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, desert, forest, dystopia, etc.

Evil pixies
Giant worm
Boar...horned pig?
Corrupted robot
Tree spirit
Rabid Dog
Low Level Ghost
wolf
Mini Golem 
Giant Insects
Raccoon?
Zombie Chicken :)
Evil Snowmen given life by an insane warlock?


I like the idea of evil snowman I think if u take that, I will be very curious about what will happen and it will grab attention cause it new things. 

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Wrote:
nolgalaxy Wrote: It depends a lot on the setting... medieval, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, desert, forest, dystopia, etc.

Evil pixies
Giant worm
Boar...horned pig?
Corrupted robot
Tree spirit
Rabid Dog
Low Level Ghost
wolf
Mini Golem 
Giant Insects
Raccoon?
Zombie Chicken :)
Evil Snowmen given life by an insane warlock?


I like the idea of evil snowman I think if u take that, I will be very curious about what will happen and it will grab attention cause it new things.

Evil Snowman: Legends speak of a time before the church-house was built in our humble village, of a young prankster mage who traveled around leaving magic runes everywhere. At the time no one knew what these runes were meant to do and covered them up, but we never knew what awaited us. The first snow this year fell and we sent out the children like usual, but not even an hour later a child ran back speaking of a moving mound of snow that launched snow at the children. When we went and saw the snow flying we decided these creatures were relatively harmless since the snow was easy to get off your clothes and the creature never came close enough for it to pose a physical threat.

Evil Snowman Brawler: After last year's unusual snow creatures a new version has appeared this year. Unlike last year's, this one seems to not like to throw snow at the children and instead slowly moves towards them and punches them. Several children got hit pretty hard by them, but after we discovered they were extremely fragile we just warned the children to hit them before they could get hit and let them free again.

Evil Snowman Mage: Yet another new version has appeared this year, though the new one seems to just make the snow around ti blow into the skies and stop us from seeing very far. Still just as weak and slow as the previous two so we let the children keep their free time.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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Wrote:
Wrote:
nolgalaxy Wrote: It depends a lot on the setting... medieval, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, desert, forest, dystopia, etc.

Evil pixies
Giant worm
Boar...horned pig?
Corrupted robot
Tree spirit
Rabid Dog
Low Level Ghost
wolf
Mini Golem 
Giant Insects
Raccoon?
Zombie Chicken :)
Evil Snowmen given life by an insane warlock?


I like the idea of evil snowman I think if u take that, I will be very curious about what will happen and it will grab attention cause it new things.

Evil Snowman: Legends speak of a time before the church-house was built in our humble village, of a young prankster mage who traveled around leaving magic runes everywhere. At the time no one knew what these runes were meant to do and covered them up, but we never knew what awaited us. The first snow this year fell and we sent out the children like usual, but not even an hour later a child ran back speaking of a moving mound of snow that launched snow at the children. When we went and saw the snow flying we decided these creatures were relatively harmless since the snow was easy to get off your clothes and the creature never came close enough for it to pose a physical threat.

Evil Snowman Brawler: After last year's unusual snow creatures a new version has appeared this year. Unlike last year's, this one seems to not like to throw snow at the children and instead slowly moves towards them and punches them. Several children got hit pretty hard by them, but after we discovered they were extremely fragile we just warned the children to hit them before they could get hit and let them free again.

Evil Snowman Mage: Yet another new version has appeared this year, though the new one seems to just make the snow around ti blow into the skies and stop us from seeing very far. Still just as weak and slow as the previous two so we let the children keep their free time.



Nice one! Even though it short but it's really nice. 

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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Wrote:
Wrote:
nolgalaxy Wrote: It depends a lot on the setting... medieval, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, desert, forest, dystopia, etc.

Evil pixies
Giant worm
Boar...horned pig?
Corrupted robot
Tree spirit
Rabid Dog
Low Level Ghost
wolf
Mini Golem 
Giant Insects
Raccoon?
Zombie Chicken :)
Evil Snowmen given life by an insane warlock?


I like the idea of evil snowman I think if u take that, I will be very curious about what will happen and it will grab attention cause it new things.

Evil Snowman: Legends speak of a time before the church-house was built in our humble village, of a young prankster mage who traveled around leaving magic runes everywhere. At the time no one knew what these runes were meant to do and covered them up, but we never knew what awaited us. The first snow this year fell and we sent out the children like usual, but not even an hour later a child ran back speaking of a moving mound of snow that launched snow at the children. When we went and saw the snow flying we decided these creatures were relatively harmless since the snow was easy to get off your clothes and the creature never came close enough for it to pose a physical threat.

Evil Snowman Brawler: After last year's unusual snow creatures a new version has appeared this year. Unlike last year's, this one seems to not like to throw snow at the children and instead slowly moves towards them and punches them. Several children got hit pretty hard by them, but after we discovered they were extremely fragile we just warned the children to hit them before they could get hit and let them free again.

Evil Snowman Mage: Yet another new version has appeared this year, though the new one seems to just make the snow around ti blow into the skies and stop us from seeing very far. Still just as weak and slow as the previous two so we let the children keep their free time.



I love how you've expanded on the idea of evil snowmen.

The man watched as the children ran towards the slow moving mounds of snow. Throwing quick punches, they blew the snowmen apart before they had a chance to raise their thin wooden fists. The villagers called them Evil Snowmen Brawlers, as long as he got the first hit he would be fine. He took a step back as one approached him. He knew logically that he was stronger, but the menace emanating from the creature worried him. He heard the children laughing as they fell another one. It was now or never. He raised his fist, and focused all the strength he'd developed in his muscles from hours on his keyboard; his gamer pride was on the line. He took one step forward and threw the punch. His fist collided with air, and he felt the splinters from the wooden fist through his jacket, as he was sent flying by the evil snowman brawler. He could hear the children laughing as he stared up at the cloudy winter sky. I want to go back home, he thought.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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All the children returned home at  evening after playing in the snow. 

As the darkness of night approached, a worried Robert went looking for his son Rio, leaving Martha to look after the house. He went to the other houses, thinking Rio might be playing with other children in one of them. 

"I'll give him a good spanking when I get my hands on him!" he thought, irritated. It didn't take long for him to search through the houses in this small village, but there was no sign of little Rio. 

he asked the children who played with him if they know where he is, only getting a vague answer from one of them. Rose, who had last seen him said, "I saw him chasing one of the brawlers. He ran into the woods."

Robert was fairly distressed. Those snowmen aren't really capable of hurting the children, but though the woods were relatively safe around these parts, wolves and other things still showed up from time to time. 

He discussed with a few other of the village. They organized a search party. Six to seven people went towards the forest holding torches and sticks or other household utensils that could be used as makesift weapons. He didn't inform Martha. He didn't want her to worry too much. 
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Martha sat on the chair looking at the flames dancing in the fireplace. Her brows creased in worry as a half knit sweater lay on her lap, unattended. 

Where was her son Rio? Why hasn't Robert returned with him yet? Such questions meandered in her mind. She would have left the door open, waiting for them, if this uncomfortable cold didn't fill the air. "something feels wrong tonight." she thought. 

Three slow and deliberate knock rang out one by one, bringing her out of her reverie. She looked at the door and called out, "who?"

"mother, its me." Rio's childish voice sounded. Though it was unusually monotonous and quiet, it still brought a breath of relief to Martha. As if a stone was lifted off her chest. 

She hurriedly stood up as the sweater and the ball of yarn scattered to the floor. She walked to the door and opened it, failing to notice the abrupt dimming of the light from the fireplace. Ignoring the bone biting cold that came through the opened doorway, she looked down at her son, as he stood lowering his head.

"where in Bod's name were you young man? Do you have any idea how worried we were? Your father even went looking for you! Do you have any sense of time?" she scolded him, standing with her hands on her waist. 

As if he felt very guilty and ashamed, Rio stood in silence, looking down at the ground. 

Not getting an answer from him she chiddingly asked again, "what's the matter? Why don't you answer me? Cat got your tongue?" 

feeling the cold all around, she softened a little. Stretching out her hand she spoke in a calmer voice, "anyway, don't just stand there, come inside! Its awfully cold tonig...!"

She trailed off as she touched his solder, surprised at how cold it felt. It was as if the cold was radiating from him! Her instinct had been to withdraw her hand, but somehow she was unable to do so! "my God! You're freezing!" she exclaimed, shocked! 

As she held his cold solder, Rio slowly lifted his head, his face lacking any expression or emotion as his crystal blue irisless eyes lifelessly looked at hers. The fire of the fireplace suddenly flared up, turning bright blue. 
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Andrew patted Robert in the back as they parted ways, "we will continue the search with some more men. you go home to Martha now. She'd need you."

Robert clenched his jaw. With a curt nod he said, "okay. Maybe he's back home by now." He left the others and walked towards his home. The snow crunching under his boots. 

As he neared the house he noticed an unusually bright blue light shining through the door and the cracks of the window. 

"what's that light?" he thought, "and why's the door open? Is he back?"

He hurried towards the door, coming to a halt in front of it as he saw the figure of her wife standing still, her right hand extended outside as if trying to hold something. 

"what's the matter dear? Why are you standing like that? Is Rio back yet?" he asked with a hopeful voice, shivering at the cold that came from inside the house. It seemed even colder than the outside! 

Unable to get any response from her and looking at her stiff form, a strange sense of unease rose in his heart. "dear?" he held her extended hand. Shaking her lightly. 

A sound like breaking glass rang out. Martha's cold stiff hand broke off like a sculpture of sand and started crumbling inside his grip! Little by little, in front of his horrified eyes her whole body started turning into crystalline ice dust. They flew away, catching the wayward wind that flew in from the north! 

Robert alone stood aghast in the empty doorstep, speechless as the light of the blue fire basked him with its cold radiance. 







Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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Honestly at this point it's getting less like we're giving suggestions and more like we're writing a short story made of individual entries...lol

On the Theme of Winter-based enemies that could be early in a reincarnation story:

Evil Snowman Phantom: We have finally figured out how the Evil Snowmen form, and all of them form from the same monster. This monster appears as a floating mist that splits a piece off and has it enter the snow to create the snow section of the Evil Snowmen and the wooden sections are formed from nearby trees. From our observations we have discovered that any object that is old can be possessed by them, but it must have some natural flexibility for it to actually move. Whenever it or any possessed object passes near a non-magical fire the fire shifts from a hot fire to a cold one and remains that way until even the coals burn themselves out.

Icicle Golem/Tiny Ice Elemental: We're not sure if these are icicles given life by magic or elementals summoned from another world, but we do know that we nasty tiny things like to hide among normal icicles hanging from trees and buildings and will randomly fall down to pierce into their target. Luckily all it takes is a good smack to shatter them at any point, but the threat still remains if we aren't careful.

Snow Hare: A white furred rabbit that hides in its nest for part of the winter, but when they come out in late winter they are vicious, jumping from within snow banks and either knocking down their target or biting them with their teeth. Strangely the other three seasons these hares are relatively harmless Brown Hares, which only eat vegetables, making their carnivorous winter state much more striking.

Frost Wolf: It isn't known if these white furred wolves are a different breed than Brown Wolves, but we have only seen them during Winter. We also aren't sure if they possess some abnormal ability, but any tracks found from them seem to always be a bit faded even if they passed by mere minutes before. Fortunately it seems they don't pack up much during the day, and instead will gather at night for a pack hunt, so our hunters have been able to fend them off every time they saw one.

Ice Pixie: I don't know who always angers them every year, but these tiny creatures always target our town with their annoying ice magic. One minute you're taking a walk, the next a swarm of needle sized icicles bounce off your clothes and pelt your face. Sure, it isn't too dangerous, but with the frequency of these 'pranks' one of us will get attacked by something else while distracted by the Pixie's attack

Corrupted Ice Pixie: These tiny creatures, who bear a striking resemblance to normal Ice Pixies, attack with much larger attacks than their mischievous counterparts. Approach with caution and eliminate the moment you see one. The last person to think they were normal Ice Pixies is still receiving treatment from the local apothecary. From out research the ways to tell if its corrupted or not are the smiles differ and the wings of the corrupted are a more opaque light blue.


Edit: I write these things like Bestiary reports to a local guild or something for some reason... I might have been able to write them differently, but I felt the report style was easier to write off the top of my head and allowed more freedom for someone else to use than something like this:
Ice Pixie: Tiny winged humanoid with transparent light blue wings. They tend to stand at a height between one and two inches tall and wear clothing that looks like shorts and a shirt. They are known for their mischievous actions and frequently pelt random people with tiny ice shards. Even if something happened to the person they pelted they would feel no remorse and would continue doing so until they were forcibly chased off. They are quite fast, allowing them to escape from most people trying to capture them, but they can be caught by using their pranks to your advantage.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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Wrote: Honestly at this point it's getting less like we're giving suggestions and more like we're writing a short story made of individual entries...lol


Well I did introduce a new 'monster' through the story. Though not the usual mob kind. 

april18 Wrote: As she held his cold solder, Rio slowly lifted his head, his face lacking any expression or emotion as his crystal blue irisless eyes lifelessly looked at hers. The fire of the fireplace suddenly flared up, turning bright blue.


I thought of making it a zombie like situation where the son turns the mother, the mother turns the father and so on until the whole village turns into 'blue eyed people' village. But I thought a situation where children start disappearing and sometimes villagers are found frozen and dead in a small secluded village is more intriguing. 

It adds a special kind of fear towards perhaps some unknown enemy, and suddenly the relatively harmless 'evil snowman brawlers' that the children play with don't look so harmless anymore. 

Anyway, its my first time writing something remotely story like on the net, so I don't know if this would work, but I hate zombies. 




Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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april18 Wrote:
Wrote: Honestly at this point it's getting less like we're giving suggestions and more like we're writing a short story made of individual entries...lol


Well I did introduce a new 'monster' through the story. Though not the usual mob kind. 

april18 Wrote: As she held his cold solder, Rio slowly lifted his head, his face lacking any expression or emotion as his crystal blue irisless eyes lifelessly looked at hers. The fire of the fireplace suddenly flared up, turning bright blue.


I thought of making it a zombie like situation where the son turns the mother, the mother turns the father and so on until the whole village turns into 'blue eyed people' village. But I thought a situation where children start disappearing and sometimes villagers are found frozen and dead in a small secluded village is more intriguing. 

It adds a special kind of fear towards perhaps some unknown enemy, and suddenly the relatively harmless 'evil snowman brawlers' that the children play with don't look so harmless anymore. 

Anyway, its my first time writing something remotely story like on the net, so I don't know if this would work, but I hate zombies.

Possible ways it could work with a Medieval Fantasy story:

  • Mystery where strange occurrences are happening and the MC has to find the clues left behind by the perpetrator in order to track him down.

  • Action where it is just a coincidental event somewhere that the MC stumbles upon and has to kill off the cause.

  • Kingdom Building where the event happens somewhere in the kingdom and the MC has to, either personally or through proxy, resolve the problem or risk it spreading through the kingdom.

  • VRMMO where it's an in-game event that is either part of an expansion or is just a timed event.

  • Transmigration where the MC transmigrates near the village and the villagers suspect he's the cause, so he has to help resolve the problem or be forever considered teh cause and locked up or killed.

  • Reincarnation where the MC is one of the lost children and due to his host's memories decides to try to solve the incident.

  • Dungeon Story where the MC either creates the situation or it strikes a village near where it's located.

  • Necromancer Story where the MC wanders around trying to convert the unknowing masses into his followers/zombies.

  • Reverse Infection story where the village is actually full of zombies who think they're still alive and see illusions of the people trying to save them as being zombies. Those that reach a critical point fall apart when touched.

  • Story where Mad Mage casts spell to place a village into a deep illusion and sends them through various scenarios.

  • Nightmare Story where the MC is subjected to his worst nightmares every time he sleeps and this is one of them.

Edit: Anyway, more monster suggestions, this time with the theme of Undead:

Zombie Dog: We all thought the boy was crazy when he said he saw his recently deceased dog scratching the ground outside his house at night. Little did we know it was just the start of something much bigger. Every dog that had died within the past five years all began to rise from their graves at night and move around the village like they used to. That wasn't the problem, however, as when they saw their owners they tried to 'play' with them and turned them into undead as well. Now no one moves outside at night and everyone fears the night they hear their door open.

Skeletal Crow: Surprisingly when a crow is turned into a skeleton it still maintains its ability to fly. Unsurprisingly they target the eyes of any living being they see and attempt to peck them out. Unsurprisingly eye patches have recently seen a large increase in sales.

Ghoul Sloth: We don't really see any difference between it and a regular sloth except its claws turn you into a ghoul.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

#13
Wrote:
april18 Wrote:
Wrote: Honestly at this point it's getting less like we're giving suggestions and more like we're writing a short story made of individual entries...lol


Well I did introduce a new 'monster' through the story. Though not the usual mob kind. 

april18 Wrote: As she held his cold solder, Rio slowly lifted his head, his face lacking any expression or emotion as his crystal blue irisless eyes lifelessly looked at hers. The fire of the fireplace suddenly flared up, turning bright blue.


I thought of making it a zombie like situation where the son turns the mother, the mother turns the father and so on until the whole village turns into 'blue eyed people' village. But I thought a situation where children start disappearing and sometimes villagers are found frozen and dead in a small secluded village is more intriguing. 

It adds a special kind of fear towards perhaps some unknown enemy, and suddenly the relatively harmless 'evil snowman brawlers' that the children play with don't look so harmless anymore. 

Anyway, its my first time writing something remotely story like on the net, so I don't know if this would work, but I hate zombies.

Possible ways it could work with a Medieval Fantasy story:

  • Mystery where strange occurrences are happening and the MC has to find the clues left behind by the perpetrator in order to track him down.

  • Action where it is just a coincidental event somewhere that the MC stumbles upon and has to kill off the cause.

  • Kingdom Building where the event happens somewhere in the kingdom and the MC has to, either personally or through proxy, resolve the problem or risk it spreading through the kingdom.

  • VRMMO where it's an in-game event that is either part of an expansion or is just a timed event.

  • Transmigration where the MC transmigrates near the village and the villagers suspect he's the cause, so he has to help resolve the problem or be forever considered teh cause and locked up or killed.

  • Reincarnation where the MC is one of the lost children and due to his host's memories decides to try to solve the incident.

  • Dungeon Story where the MC either creates the situation or it strikes a village near where it's located.

  • Necromancer Story where the MC wanders around trying to convert the unknowing masses into his followers/zombies.

  • Reverse Infection story where the village is actually full of zombies who think they're still alive and see illusions of the people trying to save them as being zombies. Those that reach a critical point fall apart when touched.

  • Story where Mad Mage casts spell to place a village into a deep illusion and sends them through various scenarios.

  • Nightmare Story where the MC is subjected to his worst nightmares every time he sleeps and this is one of them.


I was thinking more in the line of making the father(Robert) or one of the children who's family's been victimized(a brother or sister and/or mother or father) being the protagonist. It gives a real sense of danger and tragedy to the story. Makes their motivation to reach the end of the mystery closer to the heart. Not like a transmigrated or reincarnated mc with no stakes of his own and who sees everything as a game(not that I hate that kind of mc, I also read litrpg a lot).  

A small community or village where everyone is connected also shows how they act in the face of danger, when they're cornered and people close to them are victimized. 

Do they protect each other or turn on each other? Do they try to find out the cause or huddle in a corner? 

Wrote: Edit: Anyway, more monster suggestions, this time with the theme of Undead:

Zombie Dog: We all thought the boy was crazy when he said he saw his recently deceased dog scratching the ground outside his house at night. Little did we know it was just the start of something much bigger. Every dog that had died within the past five years all began to rise from their graves at night and move around the village like they used to. That wasn't the problem, however, as when they saw their owners they tried to 'play' with them and turned them into undead as well. Now no one moves outside at night and everyone fears the night they hear their door open.

Skeletal Crow: Surprisingly when a crow is turned into a skeleton it still maintains its ability to fly. Unsurprisingly they target the eyes of any living being they see and attempt to peck them out. Unsurprisingly eye patches have recently seen a large increase in sales.

Ghoul Sloth: We don't really see any difference between it and a regular sloth except its claws turn you into a ghoul.


As I have said, I hate zombies. I have no problem with intelligent undeads like vampires or liches. I just don't like the idea of a mindless flesh eating horde. Especially when they include slow unsteadily moving humans. 

Heck I'll even take the insects from 'The Mummy' or driver ants instead of that any day. 

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Quote:I'm tired of seeing the same monsters used over and over it mostly always Goblins or Slimes. 


I feel somewhat similarly but with everything, like every fantasy story uses the same old species tropes, it's rare to see really good fresh interesting species design it's always elves, dwarves, goblins, lizard people, slimes, orcs, centaurs etc. 
Sometimes they have a spin on the design but more often than not the spin is minor and not fresh.

and like naming, I want to hear new names for species!  That's the shit that's memorable, I've read so many stories with goblins called goblins that they all merge together into one in my memory. 

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

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You know there really isn't such thing as cliche monsters if the story is written well. 

Here's an idea to consider...why is 'GOBLIN SLAYER' so popular? 

At some point people do still like reading about the classic dwarves, goblins, orcs, and elves stuff. People also really love the isekai/another world themes. So if its written well, and you can make it fun to read...isn't that the main point? Using 'traditional' dungeon monsters doesn't mean the story has to be boring. And you know a challenge I've found is rather than having the monsters be boring, what's even more challenging is writing when the main character is too powerful. At that point, why it's hard is that in your mind you are thinking, this shouldn't be a challenge to the MC...he/she is too strong...so how do I make it not boring without breaking the story too much? Nobody thinks about it, but the story can get top heavy if the MC is too powerful!

So that's why cliche traditional monsters aren't a bad thing! 'What will make the story fun?' is what we need to be asking. 

Also you can compensate for the monsters being weak by both 'swarming' and what would happen if the Goblin Prince is a super sneaky genius sociopath type? 

Lately I'd been thinking about it like this you see...and how the monsters are boring because people write them as boring. This is why the Goblin Slayer story has helped me study plot a lot...but you know I was using goblins before that manga came out...and I use my own ideas. I am just using this as an example.

But there's a lot of dungeon classic monsters that aren't used still. I was thinking gnolls are interesting. So are sea goblins, ogres tend to be undervalued, and when written in they tend to be killed off too fast without giving a chance to show their character. 

So maybe part of the solution is to let the monsters shine a bit more, rather than what flavor they are? 

Hope this helps. And to be clear I'm not disagreeing, but just sharing some insights to help. I'm also not bashing anyone...so I'm hoping the trolls aren't going to immediately attack me like they seem to like to do just for speaking my mind...

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

#17
*Insert Obligatory comment about going against OP*
*Insert Obligatory comment about saying all that because you use those monsters*

Joking aside, it seems like my previous post was wrong since the story I saw didn't seem to address the weak monsters unless they'll appear near Ironmaw or in a later chapter, so I guess they're for another story Gumzy's writing.

Re: Fantasy creatures and monsters

#18
Quote:You know there really isn't such thing as cliche monsters if the story is written well.  

uh, yes there is,
and goblin slayer? reeeally? It has an elf with a bow in it and a dwarf who uses rocks for god sake.

I'm not suggesting stories are inherently bad despite using cliches and tropes, there are plenty of good stories with cliches.

But a good writer will at the very least put a spin on a cliche species to make it fresh and novel and more interesting, a basic example of that would elves from goblin slayer using something other than a bloody bow and living in the woods or whatever.

Personally, I'd like to see more than just a spin to make the old fresh, more original fictional species are fun to read and learn about, and there is less of that when the species is a trope especially a cliche trope. yawn.
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