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Underrated 4E-Original D&D Monsters!

While Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition had many flaws when it came to integrating narrative and gameplay; on some pretty fundamental levels; one advantage of the system was that the simplified monster-creation allowed for a dickton of really interesting brand-new monsters to appear in a small space.

Sadly, due to both a lack of art for many of them and a fundamentally fluff-lite narrative approach for most of its run, almost nobody remembers them.

And that’s what we’re here to talk about today, with the name, a brief description, and the book they come from! So, in no particular order:

Banderhobbs- A horrible vore-frog that lives in the plane of Shadows. They take people away to work in their horrible shadow-mines until they turn into more Banderhobbs! [Monster Manual 3, tho they did come back in 5e’s Volo’s Guide]

Dreambreath Dracoliches- Dragon liches who root their immortality in the plane of Dreams and generally look like something that should be painted on the side of a van [Draconomicon: Chromatics]

Star Spawn- Horrible eldritch monster-avatars of the Stars, summoned by a giant planet that got fucked up by spending too long in the Cthulhu-dimension passing in front of them. They have stats so you can fight the giant planet. [Monster Manuals 2 & 3]

Filth Hags- A type of hag who always comes accompanied by a son she made out of poop. Yes I know they just give it as nonspecific “filth,” but we all know it’s poop [The Book of Vile Darkness. Yes there was a 4e version.]

Accipitridae- A centipede-thing made of grave-dirt and bone, part of a series of undead monsters created from grave-detritus known as Dethritus. There is also the Offalian who is a snake-thing made out of guts. [Open Grave]

Voracia- A giant starfish that eats fairies. Made as one of the edition’s Abominations; giant living weapons designed to fight in the war between the Gods and the jotun-like elemental Primordials. [The Plane Above]

Astral Renders- Another abomination, this giant silver/gold blob monster that doesn’t just eat flesh, but also the barriers between dimensions. To teleport.  [The Plane Above]

Bonewretch Skeletons- Literal dead-baby skeletons [Open Grave]

Orium Dragons- Metallic dragons obsessed with ancient civilizations, their history and lore, and with an obsession with bringing said ancient civilizations back. They breathe acid which turns into snake-vapor monsters. Which then stay around to keep attacking you. [Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons]

Apocalypse Spells- The remnants of apocalyptically deadly/powerful spells that have gained sentience, like shards of the chains of a trapped god or colorless fire from a massive war-ending spell [Monster Manual 3]

Larval Snipers/Larval Assassins/Larval Warmasters- Variants on the basic worm-that-walks monster including snipers made of wasps, assassins made of centipedes, and warlords made of beetles [Open Grave]

Chillfire Destroyers- 4e had this thing where they condensed the Elemental Planes into one big Elemental Chaos, and one of the byproducts of that was that all the elementals (at least at first) were combinations of elements. The Chillfire Destroyer; which is literally an elemental made of ice with fire inside; was one of the cooler; more iconic (In my eyes at least) manifestations of the idea. [Monster Manual 2]

Dragonscale Sloughs- Piles of dead skin and shed scales from dragons that’ve come to undead life. The dragon doesn’t even have to be dead for it to happen, as it mentions they tend to form naturally in the lairs of elder dragons [Open Grave]

Consumptive Swarm- A “demon” that’s actually a swarm of Slaad/chaos-frog larvae mutated into demons by the energy from shard of evil that formed The Abyss (Basically Chaotic Evil Hell). There’s also versions for Efreet and Djinn and a weird thing called a Writhing Crag supposedly made from Ropers and Xorn with a great design and the ability to embed you in stone. [The Plane Below]

Unrisen- People who came back very, very wrong after a Raise Dead spell. You know Pet Sematery? It’s basically Pet Sematery. [Open Grave]

Swarmtongue Worms- While the old gold-coin-mimicking Hoard Scarab came back, they also added another parasite for draconic hordes, grotesque stomachlike wormy-tongued parasites the size of a dwarf. They come in multi-headed versions called Swarmtongue Hydras and are implied to be either relatives of Carrion Crawlers or the result of what happens when the parasites feeding on a dead dragon’s body get bathed in energy from the Cthulhu dimension [Draconomicon: Chromatic]

Dragonclaw Swarms- An “advanced” version of the Crawling Claw enemy that is literally hundreds of severed dragon feet coming to attack you. D&D is silly sometimes [Open Grave]

Quom- Bald-headed two-faced people who were pretty chill until their goddess got exploded by the God/Primordial war. Now they’re searching for all the shards of their Goddess, which is a problem given how many of those have wormed their way into magic weapons or sometimes even people. [The PlaneAbove]

Flesh Cults- One of the coolest new ideas that got only one entry, they’re basically a cult not dedicated to immortality like most undead cults but rather to ˆephemerality, being in the here and the now and that everything ends eventually, with their rituals giving themselves regeneration that makes too much flesh, with it being described as a “perpetual cascade of flesh and organs,” which they then use as weapons and reanimate as temporary quickly-decaying undead servants. Because waste not want not I suppose [Open Grave]

Oubliviae- A new demon lord who looks bland at first, basically a pretty lady with an HR Geiger-armor-body, but her backstory is fascinating. Basically she is the lord of the end of all civilizations; with her layer made from a platonic “perfect” city that she ruined to turn into a reflection of the ruins of every civilization there ever was or will be; and she’s implied to come directly from the Shard of Evil at the heart of the Abyss rather than just being mutated Primordials/other creatures like the rest of the Demon Lords [Demonomicon]

Solkara- One of the few Primordials statted up that isn’t an Elder Elemental Evil with a new coat of paint, she’s suitably honked-up looking; given she’s a humanoid eel-monster with amongst other things three arms attached to two torsos connected at the shoulder and hips, which have two necks that connect to a singular four-eyestalked head. She’s stuck in an iceberg and really, really wants out. [The Plane Below]

This probably isn’t near all of them, so if I missed some, please tell me!

Man I ‘d love to see @bogleech do an article on some of these…

Sleepy Hollow (film) sentence starters

87 starters
feel free to change gender pronouns
content warning: violence

  • “Help here! Lend a hand here!”
  • “Burn it.”
  • “Just a moment, if I may. We do not yet know the cause of death.”
  • “I stand up for sense and justice.”
  • “It is a place called Sleepy Hollow. Have you heard of it?”
  • “Three persons have been murdered there, all within a fortnight. Each one found with the head lopped off.”
  • “Remember, it is you, _____, who is now put to the test.”
  • “And who are you, friend? We have not heard your name yet.”
  • “You need some manners!”
  • “It is only to raise spirits during this dark time that I and my dear wife are giving this little party.”
  • “Thank God you’re here.”
  • “Their heads were not found severed. Their heads were not found at all.”
  • “Perhaps you had better sit down.”
  • “They chopped off his head with his own sword. Even today, the western woods is a haunted place where brave men will not venture, for what was planted in the ground that day was a seed of evil.”
  • “Are you saying—is that what you believe?”
  • “Seeing is believing.”
  • “Murder needs no ghost to come from the grave.”
  • “Come out, devil.”
  • “If you need any help, you call my name.”
  • “Now don’t you worry about a thing. Everything’s going to be just fine.”
  • “Murder! The horseman’s killed again!”
  • “You must never move the body!”
  • “I’m sorry for your loss, young _____.”
  • “Something you should know. _____ was not the fourth victim, but the fifth.”
  • “I hope you have a strong stomach.”
  • “To what is your purpose is the question.”
  • “Thank you very, very much, _____.”
  • “My concentration suffers greatly when I’m observed.”
  • “What, in the name of God, have you done to her?”
  • “We are dealing with a madman.”
  • “What did you find out, _____?”
  • “Oh. Pardon my intrusion. I saw a light.”
  • “I come here to read when I am wakeful.”
  • “My father believes tales of romance cause the brain fever that killed my mother.”
  • “I owe my happiness to him.”
  • “Take this. It is my gift for you.”
  • “Are you so certain of everything?”
  • “Keep it close to your heart. It is sure protection against harm.”
  • “I used to play by this hearth as a child.”
  • “A cardinal. My favorite. I’d love to have a tame one, but I wouldn’t have the heart to cage him.”
  • “You can do magic. Teach me.”
  • “It is no magic. It is what we call optics.”
  • “What are you running from, _____?”
  • “It was a headless horseman!”
  • “I hear nothing.”
  • “No birds. No crickets. It’s all gone so quiet.”
  • “You seek knowledge of the netherworld? I can show you.”
  • “Halt and turn. I have a pistol aimed.”
  • “I think you’d better come and look at this.”
  • “This tree is a gateway. A gateway between two worlds.”
  • “The skull is gone. Taken.”
  • “Come on. Let’s get ready for bed.”
  • “Wait! He’s not after you.”
  • “We cannot win this.”
  • “Remarkable. A wound like this should’ve killed him.”
  • “You must be still. The fever is on you.”
  • “Shh. Drink this down. It’ll make you sleep.”
  • “Tell me what you dreamt.”
  • “What do you believe in?”
  • “I should not have come to this place where my rational mind has been so controverted by the spirit world.”
  • “I have shed my tears for _____. And yet my heart is not broken.”
  • “Do you think me wicked?”
  • “You slept like the dead.”
  • “You’re too kind to me.”
  • “Well, I’m fit to face another day, I think. Fit enough to face a mortal adversary.”
  • “We must proceed by a process of elimination.”
  • “I feel we’re getting very close.”
  • “_____? Why are you in my room?”
  • “There’s something under here…”
  • “The evil eye! It is someone casting spells against you.”
  • “_____, you took the evidence and burned it.”
  • “I accuse no one. But if there is guilt, I cannot alter it no matter how much it grieves me.”
  • “I think you have no heart. And I had a mind once to give you mine.”
  • “If you are wise, you will leave this place.”
  • “You’ll kill us all! You’re the one the horseman wants!”
  • “Why should we die for you?”
  • “We have to save ourselves!”
  • “There is a conspiracy here, and I will shake it out!”
  • “It wan evil spirit possessed you. I pray God it is satisfied now, and that you find peace.”
  • “Villainy wears many masks. None so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”
  • “You look as if you’d seen a ghost.”
  • “Awake at last. Did you think it was all a nasty dream?”
  • “No one in this godforsaken town would take us in because my mother was accused of witchcraft.”
  • “I get everything in the event of your death!”
  • “You’re just in time to have your head cut off.”
  • “Tonight, the horseman comes, and he comes for you!”
  • “Is he dead?”

This scene broke my heart.
Rumpelsiltskin relies on having a mask to protect him. He can’t let people see his weakness especially the Evil Queen.

But throughout their conversation, his mask slowly drops.

“So, she needs a home?”

His voice cracked and the mask fell away.

The Dark One - who most probably hadn’t shed a tear in centuries- cried.

His true love was dead and he was alone once more.

.. {He almost certainly blames himself for sending her away.}

anonymous asked:

What was your inspiration for Cas's true form in CODB?

OH BOY HOWDY i’ve been waitin for somebody to ask me this. here’s the passage:

“I have eight wings of various sizes and shapes. They are all translucent, except for a milky film over the pair that’s made from my dead skin cells instead of feathers.”

“Dead skin cells? Angels have dead skin cells?”

“I shed every so often, yes. My skin is like that of a snake, but tougher. I have two heads, one facing left and the other right. They are both phoenixes. One has six eyes, and the other has seven. My limbs are…difficult to describe in human terms. I suppose they are more like tree branches than arms and legs, random and varying with my body as the trunk. My ‘roots’ sink and burrow to allow me to ‘walk.’”

“What color are you?”

“My skin? Blue, like my eyes.”

“You mean like your vessel’s eyes?”

“No, this is my color. Jimmy’s eyes were brown before his body was permanently etched with my grace.”

  1. eight wings: so cas is a seraph, and traditionally seraphim have six wings. i gave cas eight honestly because of naomi’s line about him having a “crack in [his] chassis.” i like to think that cas is different even in a physical sense.
  2. translucent wings: so the definition of translucent is “not completely clear or transparent but clear enough to allow light to pass through,” which i feel like is pretty self-explanatory when talking about cas. canonically, a lot of cas’ identity is in his wings. cas has many times toed the line between good and bad, soldier and rebel, angel or human. it is not completely clear (see what i did there) what exactly cas is or isn’t, but there is enough clarity for his heart to shine through. oh my god that was the cheesiest thing i’ve ever written.
  3. wings made from dead skin cells instead of feathers: honestly this doesn’t really have a deeper meaning, i just like the idea that angel wings aren’t all just feathers and that they could have wings based on insects instead of birds.
  4. snake skin: i wanted a visual representation of cas’ resilience, of his ability to withstand anything and shed the “dead” parts of himself before moving on. also, deanlovestaylorswift (my beta, btw) pointed out to me that snakes, especially in christian tradition, are seen as evil, and often the devil is described as a serpent. so on the one hand, cas is really tough. on the other hand, cas is dangerous. 
  5. two heads facing left and right: i purposely didn’t give him a face facing forward because i like to think that cas is constantly torn (see #2) and that he never /quite/ knows exactly where he’s supposed to be going or what he’s supposed to be doing. 
  6. phoenixes: rising from the ashes and all that, i think this is self-explanatory. just read harry potter or watch x-men 2.
  7. six eyes on one face, seven on the other: in the bible, six is traditionally an imperfect or unholy number–like 666 being the mark of the beast. whereas seven is typically a perfect or holy number–like God creating the world in seven days. again, this was to show the crack in cas’ chassis–one face is perfect and the other is imperfect. one sees holiness and righteousness while the other sees hopelessness and destruction.
  8. tree branch limbs: trees are sturdy, immoveable, powerful, useful. hell, Jesus died on a tree and it later became one of the main symbols of christianity. the fact that the parts of cas that are tree-like are also the parts of him that help him to move and navigate is contradictory to what trees actually are. and once again, we return to the dichotomy of castiel. 
  9. blue: i wanted SOMETHING of cas’ vessel to be inherently /his/ and not jimmy’s, and i thought what better than misha’s most striking feature?

clearly not all of this is biblical, and i know i didn’t really stick to how wings function in nature, but i DON’T CARE I JUST LOVE CAS OK

Anti-septiceye as handsome Jack. I got the idea while watching @therealjacksepticeye play the last episode of tales from the borderlands. Man was that a hell of an emotional ride. So many tears were shed, and apparently there is going to be a “second season” that will be possibly be coming out later this year, so I guess that’s something to look forward to since there were a few things that did exactly make sense in the end. And yes I did cry when “dead” handsome Jack finally disappeared. Yes he was evil, and tried to kill Rhys, but I just have always had a soft spot for him since he’s my favorite character-next to loader bot of course-.

Anyhow, I absolutely adored jacks play though of the game, it was very funny and really kept me interested the whole way through.
Whelp I think this is where I stop talking before I ramble on for to long.
So, I hope you enjoy my attempt at interpreting an Idea I had in my brain into drawing form.
Bye for now