Dungeons and Dragons: The Leprechaun

The Leprechaun,

is a mischievous addition to the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual I.  Pulled from Irish folklore, D&D lore kept faithful to the stories we see and hear too much on cartoons.

“… will attempt to mislead its captor into believing he is giving over his treasure while he actually is duping the captor.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Wight

The Wight,

is an enigmatic entry from the tome of Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual I.  A loathsome creature of the undead, its a step up from the zombie or the underappreciated skeleton.  With powers that could drain the life of a hero and the take the life of the party at the table.

“… are most evil and hateful, seeking to destroy any life form they encounter.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Gargoyle

DD_GargoyleThe Gargoyle,

takes a page from medieval architecture.  It’s name is synonymous for the demons that protect buildings made from stone.  However, in the world of Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I, it is evil creature that preys on the living.

“… are ferocious predators of a magical nature … amidst ruins or dwelling in underground caverns.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Mimic

Mimic The Mimic,

is yet another silly, monster-in-disguise entry from the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I.

It inhabits underground where the sun does not reach taking form familiar to its prey.  But be aware there are both nice and naughty varieties of the Mimic.

“excretes a glue which holds fast whatever member the creature touched the mimic with.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Intellect Devourer

IntellectDevourer The Intellect Devourer,

is one of the most ludicrous beasts you will find in Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I.  Imagine a giant brain with four sets of claws.  Silent as a thief, it looks forward to “ego whip” you!  We take another look at a forgotten, yet silly monster from the golden age of D&D.

“… is one of the most feared of monsters.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Gelatinous Cube

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The Gelatinous Cube,

is an underground horror that shouldn’t be taken lightly.   An nearly invisible monster, it lives to eat and eats to live.  Another silly, underground horror we’ll cover from Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I comes “The Cube”.  Jello, anyone?

“The ‘cube then surrounds the victim, secretes digestive fluids, and digests a meal.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Black Pudding

Black Pudding,

is one of several underground hazards in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.  From Monster Manual I, this first edition entry could be found underground looking to eat.  Able to dissolve wood and metal, it was a creature not to be laughed at.

“It is a scavenger/hunter found only in underground areas normally.  … have color variation, grey, brown, and white being not uncommon.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Goblin

The Goblin

Featured in Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s films, is an entry from Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual I, the goblin.  Not as large as their hobgoblin cousin or as well known as the orc, the goblin was a race of fierce troublemakers and scavengers.

“Goblins range from yellow through dull-orange to brick red in skin color.  Their eyes are reddish to lemon yellow.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Purple Worm

The Purple Worm,

was an infamous creature striking fear in any hero.  From Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual I, is a monster so terrifying, only the most brave dared exploring deep underground.

“… will digest its meal in 12 turns … totally gone and connot be raised from the dead.”

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