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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…

Seán seriously you do not need to apologize.

There was no way you would’ve had enough time to be able to make enough videos to cover the whole tour with The Grumps and that’s fine. Please don’t make yourself feel bad or guilty over that, you tried your best and that seriously is enough! Like I keep telling you over and over again, you’re a person before you are a Youtuber and not a video making machine. I seriously care about you Seán and I just want to see you be happy, I don’t want to see you stress yourself out over this because you need and deserve this break. 
So please, go have an absolute blast on this tour and let yourself enjoy your break. Go out there and make those new memories and experiences for yourself my friend! :D 
We’ll all be here when you come back, I’ll be here when you come back and I’ll be cheering you on while you’re gone too. :) 

Have fun traveling Arin and Danny you silly green haired potato! ;D 

-Vannessa 

anonymous asked:

Non cat related but how do you compliment somebody's art and convince them that their art is great?

Ah, complimenting an artist–one of the most difficult tasks there is! 

I find there are two parts to an effective compliment: the giving, and the receiving. Both play a critical part in the transaction. Let’s break them down: 

1) The giving

So you want to compliment an artist. That’s great!!! Art is really challenging and artists LOVE hearing that their work is appreciated. Here are a few tips and pointers: 

Do: Be enthusiastic! If you’re online, try using exclamation points and capslocks. I adore when someone keymashes or says ‘heck’ but everyone has their preferences. 

Do: Be sincere! Honesty will shine through even through text. 

Do: Be specific! Point out details that really moved you, even if they seem small or silly. You’d be surprised how much thought goes into every detail, or how many artists want these tiny details to be noticed!!

There are some pitfalls to giving compliments, too–things it’s really better to avoid. Let’s talk about those really quick: 

Don’t: Use a compliment to immediately disparage your own work. Example: “I could never draw like this, my art is crap next to yours!” This forces the artist to comfort you instead of accepting your praise. 

Instead: Tell the artist they inspire you! 

Don’t: Say you are going to ‘quit drawing forever’ now because this art is ‘too good.’ That makes the artist feel guilty! 

Instead: See if the artist is willing to tell you about their process and the time they’ve spent learning their craft. Many artists are happy to share! (Not all, though, so please ask before you start bombarding them with questions.)

Don’t: Follow your compliment with an immediate demand for more art. Art takes time and energy, and it can be exhausting and disheartening for an artist to hear “MORE!” when they’ve just finished something they’ve put a lot of work into. 

Instead: Tell them you’re always excited to see their work and you love what they do. That way they’ll know their future work will be warmly received, too! 


Now, artists, let’s talk about receiving a compliment: 

2. The Receiving

Do: Be appreciative! Someone took the time to tell you what they thought of your work. A thank you goes a long way!

Do: Accept the compliment! Trust the giver, and trust that they wouldn’t have complimented you if they didn’t believe what they were saying. 

Do: Try to see the work through their eyes! Sometimes they’ll see things that you didn’t even realize you’d done, and it can be fun to discover you’ve created something without even really consciously meaning to. 

And some pitfalls to avoid: 

Don’t: Deny the compliment or say “No, no, it’s total crap!” this makes the complimenting person feel they have to sit there and argue with you, and can also look like you are fishing for compliments. 

Instead: Tell them you appreciate hearing that, because this piece was difficult for you, or you are still struggling with certain parts of the drawing process, so their compliment really bolsters your confidence! By doing so, you let them know they are an important part of the creative process!

While we’re at it…

Don’t: Fish for compliments. Receiving compliments is nice, yes, but downplaying or insulting your work just so people will flatter and praise you is kind of tacky. And you’re unlikely to receive sincere praise, anyway. 

Instead: Request feedback outright. You can post your drawing and say, “This took me a long time, and I’m fairly pleased with the results! I’d love to hear what you guys think!” or “This one was difficult for me. Does anyone have any suggestions or constructive critiques?” Be upfront about what you want–feedback or praise–because there is no shame in wanting either. 

Don’t: Put all of your insecurities on the person complimenting you. 

This is a big one, and I see it all the time. It is not up to the people complimenting you to rid you of your insecurities or convince you that your art is good. You have to have that faith in yourself, either that you have already done good work, or that you are learning and trying to do good work, or that you are trying to do better work. We all have room for improvement. All of us. All. Of. Us. But that doesn’t mean we should put the pressure of our own self-esteem on someone else’s shoulders. 

Instead: Thank them sincerely for their kind words and do your best to take them to heart. Art is a learning process and you’ll never be ‘done’–and that’s okay. Create what you love and let others love what you create! <3 

Okay. LJ, out. <3 

More baby dragon by myself @handm3downs and @dva-bell

Hanzo x reader and Dragons x reader


You wake at exactly 2:34 you know cause the red numbers in on the clock on the bedside table seem to burn into your soul. Something is wrong you know something isn’t right, you shouldn’t be feeling anything right not until 16 to 25 weeks, at least that’s what the books said. Something was wrong you knew it, it felt like a flock of wild birds trapped in your stomach.

You sit up slow and its still happening part of you says your being ridiculous if anything was wrong the dragons would be waking Hanzo but instead there in their master sleeping. You look at him sleeping so peacefully you’re questioning whether or not to wake him. If you do and its nothing you’d feel silly if it is something and you don’t you’ll never forgive yourself.

You move as quite as you can you making your way to the bathroom but not quite enough it seems you hear a soft sigh from the bed as you turn on the light ‘Y/N’ a voice rough from sleep calls out in the darkness you freeze.

‘two minutes’ you call back he mumbled something.

You find yourself checking you pj’s shorts for blood saying a little praying under your breath as you saw nothing. As you slide back into bed beside Hanzo’s you feel his strong arms pull you against him. The feelings getting stronger and your fear is getting the better of you. As he kisses the back of your head you blurt it out into the darkness.

‘something’s wrong’ as soon as its out there its suddenly real.

‘what do you mean?’ he asked as you turn in his arms so your face to face you can feel a tear escape you didn’t know you’d even been holding them in.

‘I don’t know’ you press your forehead against his chest the feel was fading but still there ‘it woke me it feels like a hundred wild birds inside me trying to break out’. He kisses your head and chuckles.

He god damn chuckles moving so he can place a finger under your chin lifting your face to his. Carefully he wipes your eyes. ‘nothing is wrong’ he’s so sure about it you don’t want to question him but you do . He’s not feeling it you are and it doesn’t feel right.

‘no it’s not right the book Genji brought you says I won’t feel anything until after 16 weeks, and its 14 weeks’ you said sniffing back tears

‘you read that?’ he sound’s almost shocked you’d bothered with the book Genji had given him along side L plates for a car, the learner plates you knew were a joke as he knew Hanzo had no idea how to act around children, but you got the feeling the book was from Zenyetta more the his partner. Zenyetta was taking a great interest in the pregnancy. The idea of being involved in a small life was beautiful to him. ‘it’s the dragon its restless that is all it want’s to roam’

‘I want to see Angela in the morning’ you say through more tears and as suddenly as it started it stopped. You could feel it anymore everything felt normal as it had wgen you’d fallen to sleep.

‘better now?’ he asked as if he’d known it’s stopped.

‘it’s stopped’ you feel his hand slid under your pajama top and under the elastic of your shorts ‘what happened’

‘Minamikaze told it to stop’ you put your hand on his ‘ Kitakkaze told it you were scared it was the baby’ you kiss him its harder than you planned and its full of relief and thanks. You feel his hand slid lower you pull away ‘you don’t want to?’ he questions you do oh you really do but you sit up and turn on the bedside light he looks so confused,

You sit up crossed legged against the pillow and look down at your tiny bump on one can see but you and Hanzo who knows your body better then anyone ever has. ‘Kitakkaze can you ask it to move if it can hear me’ it took a minute but the feelings started you laugh a few minutes ago you were crying now you were laughing ‘okay tell it I need to sleep next time I won’t be scared’ again it stopped

‘am I now just a interpreter? If that’s all I am I will go back to sleep’ after all this time you can see and hear the subtle sarcasm or humour in his voice that 99 percent of people missed.

‘don’t sulk it doesn’t suit you’ with reflexes he’d be proud of you throw the pajama pants across the room and straddle him ‘now tell them to close their eyes or something’ you smile bend down to kiss him softly.

Richie and Stan notice Eddie checking out their project and try and impress him

Richie in one of his voices: Yes, I believe it was Tolstoy who said…. ooh it seems we have a visitor. I’m sorry, myself and Stanley were just engaged in quite a serious discussion about books and such and didn’t hear you come in.

Stan: Wait a second, you said it was Tolstoy who said what?

Richie: Ah, never mind that now Stanley.

Stan: When have you read Tolstoy?

Richie: Shut up Stan.

Stan: Why are you speaking in that weird voice. When did.. I don’t remember this conversation at all.

Eddie: Don’t let me disturb you, I just wanted to come see…

Richie: Oh, don’t be silly you’d never disturb us.. (leans on the desk and falls over) uhh… many people come to see us!

Stan: What are you talking about. What people? Why are you giving me the secret signal to shut up?

anonymous asked:

Hey Q? I have three questions that are silly but nagging me: 1. What would you do if LL ends up with someone else, be it one of the other skeletons or a human? 2. If LL got pregnant and the father of her child just up and left because he didn't want the responsibility of fatherhood, what would you do for both her and the child, and the bum once you tracked him down? 3. If LL and you were to end up in a relationship and she wanted kids, how would you respond?

* kid, if these are what you call silly questions, i’d hate to hear what you consider serious. i’ll give it a go, regardless.

* if she wound up with someone else… i don’t know, kid, that would be… hard. real hard. i wouldn’t stop talking to her or cut her out of my life; i don’t think i’d even be able to at this point.

* it’s probably petty of me, but who she chose would probably affect how easy it was for me to move on, if i’m being honest.

* as for if the father of her child left… hell, that kind of depends on what she even wanted me to do. of course i’d help her out if she asked. i’m not about to abandon her because she wound up with a dirtbag.

* as for the guy, well, lets just say i’d be real sure he never missed any of his child support payments.

* u-us with kids though…

* i’ve never really thought about it before, i guess, but if it was with her sometime down the line… yeah, that would be… nice. real nice.

* granted, that still requires me figuring out the whole how of that here in my world… well, no rest for the wicked, i guess!

Sylas:  “You guess?  Get up.”

Shauna:  “What?  Why?”

Sylas:  “Because we’re going to work on fighting, I want to make sure you can still kick butt if you need to….”

Shauna:  “That’s silly, I’m not going to do that.”

Sylas:  “Oh really?  Sorry, kid, but you don’t have any say in this.  Let’s go.”

Shauna as he starts to pull her up:  “What?  Stop, this is silly!”

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anonymous asked:

Instead of talking about sofwald and how much you hate it, reblogging shit and looking through the tags to mock people who ship it, why don't you just... not? it's literally such a waste of time to be such a bully. How can you function in proper society being such a bitter/angry/hateful person? If you spend your online time ranting about a ship, you have severe problems. seriously? I don't even ship it, and I don't get the dedication to hating it ya'll have.

my first anon hate! i kneeew it was gonna be one of you silly sofiawalds. ;D

1. anti-sofwald posts are like 0.001% of my blog
2. it’s a homophobic ship
3. there’s literally a post in the tag wishing death on anti-sofwalds
4. thou art an unstoppable hate machine, sayeth the anon sending faceless hate
5. just block me my dude

anonymous asked:

i'm all for getting high with bill like fuck. just getting really stoned and making out in his lap and he keeps breaking the kiss to laugh about some silly thing you'd talked about earlier before pulling you back in like bye

that would be Amazing

Secret

One day looking in your eyes I slipped my heart inside your pocket

You never knew that it was there but you’d had it for so long

And one day you found yourself fearing you had lost it

You thought that that was silly because you’d never called it you’re own

But one night as I was sleeping you reached for it in my chest

You didn’t see it in your pocket, but finding my heart missing, you left

You didn’t know it was in pocket so you still had it when you left

@purpledragonfollower I present to you a really complicated dream I had once about a year ago that I talked about here once:

Basically the theme seemed to be around the time a steven bomb was airing, and it was a website that ran for a month where you could send virtual gemstones to the virtual versions of the SU characters to get silly reactions. Because they were all out camping. And that means everyone. It was a daily thing, so everyday you could log in and do it. But the one I apparently did was send a ruby to the Rubies. Because I found it funny? I dunno….lol. But it had to be a different character each day xD

You could also ‘kidnap’ a random character for whatever reason. Which resulted is even more silly reactions. You’d eventually let them go back to camping, of course.