These aimless vagabonds are the product of mana from mana springs and ley lines seeping in high concentration into wooded areas. They are known to wander the woods aimlessly and attack anything that ventures too close.
Habitat: Wooded regions along ley lines or near man springs.
Frequency: Common in forests
Characteristics: Generally bi-pedal tree-like beings with knotted limbs sometimes used as bludgeons. Their physical characteristics may vary anywhere from as short and feeble as a gnome to as tall and menacing as a mountain troll. They are known to be hostile on sight, indicative of their seemingly dull intellect. They can be found in groups or as lone wanderers. They don’t seem to show any signs of cooperation or pack mentalities, suggesting they may not even acknowledge one another’s existence. It can be inferred that spotting a group of Arborans is pure coincidence.
Unique Qualities: While Arborans are exceptionally dull, they are also exceptionally resilient. They don’t seem to feel pain or have any real concern for their own well-being. If not completely destroyed by dispelling the mana animating its body, an Arboran will eventually regrow its limbs after a long period and continue wandering until such a time comes.
Weaknesses: Fire proves the surest and most efficient means of destroying an Arboran, as they are made primarily of plant matter. To defeat an Arboran is to simply render it unable to press its attack further. An Arboran can only be completely destroyed by wresting the mana from within its body by means of a nullifying magic.
Difficulty: Very low. Novice adventurers typically hunt these creatures to practice their combat skills or magic.
Andala are massive, lumbering, creatures covered head to toe in ashen hair that drapes over their bodies. They stab about 6 feet and five inches tall and can weigh anywhere between 200 and 250 pounds. They are docile, awkward, and extremely curious creatures who are popular among the bipedal species of Esterin for their helpful nature and adorable antics. They have long arms and short legs as well as a long tail that is highly maneuverable and very strong. They are well-known for their usefulness to traders and travelers as they make fantastic pack animals and entertaining travel companions. Their strong yet gentle nature is regarded as both a blessing and a curse. Despite their size and imposing appearance, Andala are very cowardly and will often cower from enemies or flee taking anything you’ve had them carry along with them. If they do fight it is with their backs to the wall in self defense.
Andala are materially-minded creatures and love to hoard things they find pretty or interesting. Wild Andala usually have dens where they stash their treasures which act as a status symbol and a way to attract mates. Domesticated Andala are constantly on the move, so they mostly wear their treasures in their hair or somewhere on their bodies for all to see and admire.
Habitat: Andala are native to the central mountain ranges of H’Nua and Calinis. They prefer the temperate climates of the mountains and wide selection of large, rocky, cavernous regions to make their dens.
Population: They are quite a common sight in H’Nua, but are somewhat rare in other parts of the world as they’ve only recently started being traded with other cities across Esterin from their native lands in H’Nua. Currently they number at around 400,000.
As far as arachnids go, Arenea-Insignes Visi or Regnisi for short takes the cake as one of if not the most petrifying types of this species to walk the Rift Lands. With surprisingly silent legs averaging over fifteen feet tall, a body at around eleven feet long, and four stolen hands and arms, this creature is among the few living entities in the lands that have the potential to live forever. These are also one of the few creatures that do not desire to kill you straight away. Instead, they opt to use their webs to capture you and slowly over time strip the very organic matter from your body and use it to replace its own decaying tissue and bodily fluids. Over time these creatures have evolved into the perfect stealth machines, able to sit perfectly still with an unmatched patience and wait for when it can scoop up any separated members of your party or lone animals that have lost their way while also being able to swiftly and effortlessly move around the trees without making much noise. It does not possess much in the way of attack power besides surprise attacks and tends to use hit and run tactics that may or may not require perception checks each time it disappears into the shadows.
Habitat: These creatures can be found almost anywhere with adequate food but their nests are usually located in very dense forests of leafless trees.
Combat Skills: +50% from Fire | -50% from Arcane
Level: Veteran Adventurers
The Cavallers are monsters with sturdy humanoid features displayed proudly with their upper bodies. However, all physical aspects are stop right around the monster’s knees and neck, as the appearance of hooves and a horse’s head replace the normal human feet and head, respectively. Although most Cavallers have dark colored hair, there were reports of white Cavallers and legendary types with a singular horn right at their foreheads. Cavallers reach heights greater than 8 feet after reaching adulthood, with their leg lengths making up most of their height. These monsters were said to be a special evolved case of the corrupted companions, where a horse escaped deeper into the frontier and the dark reaches, eventually being corrupted into the being we now know. The Cavallers are known to live in their own colonies, and are notorious for ambushing and stealing from bands of merchants their precious horses, in order to corrupt and build their colony. Famous for their immense speed, they have their impressive leg durability to thank for, as it’s been said to be as strong as top class steel. Thanks to their impressive leg physique as well, they are one of the fastest monsters in the realm, only rivaled by those who could glide through the air and the sea. Due to this, Cavaller hooves and leg skins are prized raw materials for making weapons and armor. Their hair are also fetch quite a price for being top quality wig material in the market, as well as a valuable ingredient due to its magical and medical properties. Unfortunately, they like secluding themselves from the world, and would immediately run from other beings to lure them into their own territory.
Habitat: Sightings were reported in the grasslands, the dark forest, and the prism dunes. Appearances increase within the dark reaches, with a suspected colony within the endless bog.
Combat Skills: Perhaps what one should be most wary of is the Cavaller’s immense speed and leg strength. As it is bipedal, the monster is very agile for its size, and even faster in running along one direction. Despite this, the monster prefers to immediately escape from sentient adventurers to lead them into their own traps. However, in the case of a fight, the monsters would prefer toppling down their enemies, and leaping on their legs to break them.
Population: Rare in the wilds, Uncommon in the Dark Reaches
These creatures typically range from 15-20 feet in length, while the Queen typically ranges from 25-30 feet in length. They have sharpened legs that are used as weapons for hunting and defending their territory. Extremely territorial and protective of their homes, the butcher worm can be extremely aggressive and will usually attack anyone within a miles from its entrance. They are carnivorous and will eat any living creature, usually hunting in clews. Their saliva is incredibly toxic, causing flesh and bone to break down due to its acidity.
Habitat: Mainly underground, in caves, or extremely dark places.
Strengths: Good precision with their sword-like legs and very agile.They are smart hunters and often numbers give them an advantage.
Weaknesses: They are very squishy and can be easily dismembered/killed. Their size also gives them a big disadvantage against smaller prey, making them vulnerable.
Special abilities: Immune to illusion magic.
Population: Common, but very rarely encountered, as they are burrowers.
HABITAT: Clippers Exist only in the Wilds. They prefer moist and human climates so their population largely resides in the Steam Forest.
Clippers are usually 6ft with a slim but athletic figure. Their skin is grey and covered in what looks like patches of rot. These patches are actually the way in which these creatures breathe. Clippers are for the most part blind amd rely on their excellent Hearing and smelling to track prey. Their face is covered in fingerlike mandibles, The ones closest to the mouth are pointed as to be used like teeth. They hunt in packs and when prey is caught grasp its face with their mandibles. A long tubelike tongue slithers down the throats of their prey and liquifies the organs to slurp up. Clippers hunt in massive packs of 12 and are warded off by bright lights.
The Clipper’s most horrifying ability is the ability to let out loud howls and screams that aid in echolocation. These shrieks can become so loud they render prey temporarily deaf with only seconds of exposure. This sound can increase to the point it even becomes painful.
Characteristics: Typically looming around 17 feet tall and 30 feet long, the Crystal Tyrant has thick grey hide covered in a variety of sediment, mud, and minerals. Across the back and down the lengthy tail is Dioxite, extremely tough crystals unique to the creatures, and provide both a natural armor and a means to attract mates. With their massive size and extreme weight, even the most absent-minded adventurer knows when the Tyrant begins to charge.
They are territorial, making sure their land is inhabited only by its offspring and wives, and will attack whatever it sees as a threat to its kin, though retreating if satisfied. Juvenile Tyrants help carve out a nest for the family, crushing rocks with their tails and carrying out rubble. If without mate and territory, lone Tyrants will chase and kill whatever it sees to the very end, wanting to train its hunting abilities and prowess enough to conquer its own territory. All in all, though, the majority of Tyrants are rather dim, with the more Dioxite signifying the older and smarter a Tyrant is.
Habitat: Deserts, caverns, and abandoned mine shafts.
Combat Skills: Crystal Tyrants have a long and powerful tail covered in Dioxite, allowing it to crush boulders with the oversized nodule at the end. The creature's back is covered in Dioxite, allowing it incredibly resistant to airborne attacks, cave-ins, as well as other large monsters. While the underside is unarmored, it still is a very thick and durable creature, though vulnerable to water attacks.
Level: Upper Mid tier adventurers should be wary of this creature, fighting at a distance and with a group.
Population: Very Rare
These monsters are the unfortunate side effects of curses not treated. Once sentient civilians, these cursed monsters now live outside cities and within their underbellies, always watching and waiting for warm bodies to feed on. They have no rhyme or reason, and cannot be cured unless they are graced by a Seraphim.
These monstrous creatures live in the northern area of the Dark Reaches. They were former beastkin Yetis that were corrupted by the Old Ones. These creatures are bloodthirsty, often attacking on sight. They live a solitary existence by themselves, usually only ever leaving the area to mate with other Dark Yeti. Babies are often abandoned after 2 years and must fend for themselves.
Standing at over 10 feet tall, the Dark yeti boasts an extremely strong and sturdy body. Razor sharp horns and claws make it a formidable opponent that no adventurer should ever try to tackle alone. It is capable of both standing on its legs and charging on all fours.
Habitat: Dark Reaches, Sometimes straying into the Far North.
Population: Very Rare
Characteristics: Strange nocturnal beast that live in the trees. Once fully grown they are between 4-5feet. Their skin is mimic the texture and appearance of leaves and the top of their head is like that of moth wings. These features make it difficult to spot them between greenery.
They are entirely carnivorous and feast upon prey smaller than themselves. Once their maw opens it is clear to see that these creatures do not have teeth….they devour their prey whole and, once inside mouth, they begin to dissolve as acidic saliva breaks them down for easy feasting. If the prey is too large they use curled claws to dig out chunks of its body before plopping it into mouth.
Habitat: Steam Jungle, Brier Forest, Swamps, and very rarely grasslands.
Skills: Acidic saliva that can burn through even iron tier two armor materials. They can spit this up to three feet.
Items: Their skin can be peeled to reveal thick translucent green tissue that can be used as a gel for health potions, salves, oils, gels, antioxidants, and is good for burns when applied directly.
HABITAT: Any still water. Very prolific in the bog and taiga.
CHARACTERISTICS: A dark shadow that freely swims throughout stagnant bodies of water. It will drown any that come near it. These monsters are helpers to the Branded and Old Ones.
UNIQUE POWERS: Minor possession.
A massive, terrifying creature that is the result of a spirit run among in the Wilds. Fiends apparate on rare occasions to attack adventurers and caravans, but many prefer to remain secluded in their dens. Many Fiends have a token that if possessed by someone other than themselves, can allow them to be freed or used as a familiar. Additionally, it is possible to charm fiends for a short time to help you.
Frequency: Very rare
These creatures have an incredible range of characteristics. Some efreets are hulking in appearance and floating in mid-air like a genie, while others take the form of humanoids with legs. Although their physical appearances differ individually, they do have some similarities. Mainly, all efreets are ghostly in nature. They can choose to appear, disappear, remain tangible or not, if they so wish. These creatures are also quite elemental in nature, ranging from light, air, fire, water, earth, steel, lightning, sound, and shadow as their most common forms. These creatures are known to be incredibly loyal familiars, fighting to the bitter end for their masters. However, the Efreet has the innate skill to gauge the power of their masters. They are known to never choose the stronger master, and to serve the weak and deserving of their power, such as the childlike, damaged, and civilian. Thus, they use their ghostly features to hide within their master’s soul, and come out once they deem it necessary for the safety of their master, or if their master demands it. As such, legends tell they are distant relatives of elementals, although some argue of them as the more ancient forms of them and the natural enemy of the shades, while others consider them as another group that had made a pact to prevent themselves from overpowering other races. Their gentle characteristic is mostly evident with their passive states in the wilds. They are also known to be able to grow in stats, serving as a substitute for their masters.
Habitat: They are mostly seen around leylines, such as the mana spring and the mana lake. They also appear in the wilds, and light types are mostly observed around the Dark Reaches, serving as sentinels in the darkness.
An odd creature created from bursts of wild magic and raw mana, Ersatz usually take the form of common objects: chests, barrels, books, clothing, furniture, etc. They prefer to hide places where humanoids live, preying on them by mimicking usually inanimate objects. They are incredibly intelligent, wiggling their way into dungeons, cities, shops, or even inside of people's homes. When they remain still, Ersatz are almost indistinguishable from whatever it is they are attempting to mimic. It would take a very trained eye to see the difference. At will, these creatures can make their surfaces incredibly sticky, forcing something that touches it to make a DC12 strength check to unstick their hand from the surface. If they fail, they are grappled by the creature, and it gets advantage on attacking who they have grappled. Their bites are acidic, dealing an extra 1d6 acid damage on top of their physical bite attack.
Habitat: Populated cities, dungeons, caves, anywhere they could coax someone into touching them.
Population: Very Rare
The monster is a humanoid who was lost in the Dark Reaches for many years. They eventually succumb to the corruption if they don’t die from other means and will become a Forsaken Adventurer. It is said that they finally turn when they completely lose hope of surviving but the true turning point is unknown. They make no attempt to corrupt other but instead they try to kill any living thing that lives without the corruption in them. These creatures stand on their hind legs but when they sprint, they run on all fours. They are incredibly skinny with black leathery skin that can easily be cut through. They can sometimes adopt the features of the people they used to be (i.e feathers or scales). Their face is only empty eye sockets and an impossibly wide smile. When they become aggressive towards something their head can turn up to 180 degrees towards the person or thing they intend to kill. Their fingers end in short, yet sharp, claws. They spend most of their time wandering the Dark Reaches and weeping into the palms of their hands. No tears are produced by the creature. The smile is still on their face but is usually covered completely by their hands. They are aggressive to all living things that are not corrupted. They usually travel alone but have been seen traveling in packs of up to 4. This will obviously make them much harder to fight.
It is very common for the monsters to attempt to try and rebuild their lives after the transformation but in abandoned cities. For example, a person who was a merchant before the transformation might find old abandoned building and make things to sell. The things they attempt to sell are usually things like totems make from sticks, dried blood, and bones. Other occupations they might go back to may include mercenary, servant, noble, construction worker, and teacher. They can take on any job that they might have had before but will only interact with other Forsaken Adventurers in a non-aggressive way. When two Forsaken Adventurers interact they will both lower their hands to look at each other. They speak in a series of grunts and moans that have no patterns however, they will always act like they understand each other. They have low intelligence and most of the things they do are based on instincts. They have no known language or government. Although many of them may go back to being a government official, they have little to no power over the other Forsaken Adventurers.
Habitat: Dark Reaches
Combat Skills: When on all fours they can move incredibly quickly. Faster than most humanoid creatures can run. They are not only fast but they do quite a lot of damage due to their sharp claws. They have low health due to their weak skin and flesh. Their bones are weak so it is not difficult to remove limbs and even cut them in half. It usually will only take a few hits to kill one. Their special ability is that their mournful cries will lure people and animals to them. This can easily be resisted if the person knows about the creatures or with a mental resilience check.
An Afflicted that has succumb entirely to their curse. Now depraved with self hatred, envy of non afflicted, and general bloodlust, these creatures will feed on travelers and unaware adventurers until they are hunted and killed.
HABITAT: Forests and plains, often near civilization or settlements.
FREQUENCY: Very Rare.
A scavenger-like predatory creature with a likeness resembling a Jackal, this creature spans up to a height of 30-55cm and can weigh upwards of 7-15kg depending on size. Its special features denote it from any other canine-like animal, those being its crazed red eyes with green pupils. Two rows of crooked sharp teeth, and tails that amount from 1-7, which also dictate their position in a pack. That also tells a hunter more about its value. The more tails it has, the bigger the price!
HABITAT: Frontier, Desert
Contrary to the name they share with a particular predator, the Gale lynx is, in contrast, a herbivore. With soft fur covering the animal, it has a head with vulpine features, with rounded pupils ranging from colors of soft blue to a sharp yellow. Along with that, they have large fuzzy ears and antlers that sprout from their head. They typically range from sizes 60-90cm for both males and females. Also, seeing as how all members of this species have effeminate features, there’s only one defining feature to distinguish gender.
POPULATION: Uncommon due to their numbers diminishing from poaching.
Gnashing glowing teeth is often the first and last thing seen of these nefarious creatures, and thus they were named. With shadowy hide and terrible claws, these beasts stalk the darkness in packs, digging and tunneling to create elaborate dens in order to set ambushes for the unwary. Hunting with their acute sense of hearing and smell, more than one unwary travelers have found themselves falling through the ground where the Granshers quickly pounce. Typically the size of large dogs, Gnashers will often retreat if they feel outmatched, falling back to their dens to lick their wounds.
Combat Skills: Their front paws are sharp and strong, capable of tearing both dirt and flesh apart, and have a powerful, poisonous bite. They are vulnerable to fire magic, however, and will flee if enough of them are killed.
Habitat: Frontier and Unstable Biomes
General Description: The Giggler is an enormous creature with dark violet skin and glowing green highlights for the tails of its spikes, two tentacle “tusks” and fingernails. What’s, perhaps, the most distinct features of the creature are its irregularly shaped teeth as well as a multi-faceted yellow crystal eye, with a ruby pentagonal iris. The creature drags itself with two slim arms that end with slender, narrow fingers, as the rest of its body comprises of a caterpillar-like body with several spikes on its top.
This shadowy creature often shows itself to the wanderers of the Unstable Biomes, demanding for food which would satisfy him. If the adventurers choose to sacrifice the food, it will spare their lives. However, if the command is rejected, the cyclops will break into a maniacal fit of laughter before attacking his targets in an attempt to eat them instead. Usually, the creature can be heard nearby by the dragging sound of its body, the gnashing and biting sound from its teeth, and the glowing eye that it harbors.
Habitat: Esmere, Unstable Biomes, especially in the steam jungle and endless bog.
Combat Skills: The Giggler has a tough skin and spikes. However, its greatest disadvantages are its sensitive underbelly and its giant crystal eye. As it is fairly massive as well, the Giggler fights with its belly laid low and its arms free to defend attacks against its opponents. Its arms, tentacle tusks, and fingertips are laced with poison, dealing 2 DOT if it hits its target. The best way to defeat the Giggler is to chip away at its crystal eye until it breaks. It’s fairly stupid as well, so it can be outsmarted.
Level: The Giggler should be very difficult to attack with close ranged attacks. As such, it might require a team to take it down. However, distant attacks should work well in defeating it, if it doesn’t manage to close the distance.
Population within the realm: Moderately Uncommon
Omnivorous beasts that live in groups consisting of 1-4 males and 1-6 females. They are a patriarchal group that stay in clusters of nests, with the oldest and strongest male being considered what is the “alpha” in the pack and is entrusted with protection and leadership. Aggressive towards any challenge (though not necessarily territorial), they are undeniably a force not to be trifled with due to their powerful limbs, ferocity, and a surprising amount of wit that both make them easier to communicate with, but formidable and hard to hunt. Once an alpha dies, they are known to flee.
HABITAT: Caves, Dense foliage
Lacerta-Singula Hominus or Lacertus for short are very ravenous beasts, born from a once shapeless amalgamation of plants and animals that naturally came to form together. They possess incredibly sharp teeth and a long forked tongue that averages about 1 meter. They have no eyes and therefore no sight but have an incredible sense of smell and hearing that rivals that of demi-gods. They bipedally stand at over 6 feet tall, covered in a layer of very thick and dark skin. Their claws aren’t as pronounced as their teeth and they mainly only use them to chase down and catch prey. They are slightly more intelligent than your average monster, knowing how to use its hide for camouflage and possessing some impressive stealth ability. One would advise against facing these creatures alone unless you possess the ability to produce loud sounds to scare them off.
Habitat: These creatures resides in most reaches of the Rift Lands accept the deepest.
Combat Skills: +50% from Arcane, Any deafening spell deal +15% of Lacertus’ total HP | -50% from Combat Ability attacks (i.e. swords, fists…)
Level: Experienced Adventurer
If a tree was grown from the deepest depths of hell, this would be it. Lignum Stantus or Ligstantum is a very unique species that’s grown from the amalgamation of long dead men, women, and animals alike- shaped by the volatile mix of their nightmares and desires with very long limbs and spiky protrusions across its back. Standing at well over ten feet tall hunched over, this creature feeds by encapsulating its prey into its chest and feeding off of it in a parasitical manner. Very slowly it eats away at your memories until even your basic instincts are no more and your brain forgets how to regulate the basic needs of the body, leading to a potentially very painful death. Many scholars have tried to understand its behavior but since it seems to follow after the desires of the last person its consumed, its labeled as very dangerous due to its unpredictable nature. Some may be thrown into a fit of rage, attacking everything in sight, while another may just mope about, watching eerily with cold eyes until it becomes hungry again. It does not possess any stealth abilities (thank the gods) and tends to walk around always looking for other dead tree limbs or decaying animals to reinforce its brittle body. Fire is a huge counter to its dry figure and electricity attacks automatically stun the creature. Do not shoot it with any earth or dark magic as it will absorb it and gain HP back!
Habitat: These creatures resides in all reaches of the Rift Lands and since they’re nomadic, have no set home.
Combat Skills: +75% from Fire and Electricity | -150% from Dark and Earth Magic
The Lorakaryn Drake, a creature of tribute to the grace, beauty, and elegance of Surna. Just like the sun, these majestic creatures emit a strange warmth from their fiery manes. Like the world once bathed in its glow, the beast’s draconic visage speaks of its otherworldly appearance, and its pure white, silken fur speaks volumes about its grace. Supposedly scholars have said that their horns are of pure crystalline mana, which tells why they have been spotted generally around Leylines. Quadrupedal, they are usually no larger than a full adult horse and can easily match one’s best speeds if not outright match it and even if usually peaceful, legends have told of its capability to breath whitefire.
HABITAT: Few have been spotted near leylines, mana lakes, and on some occasion along the frontier.
POPULATION: Since the disappearance of the sun, the species has dwindled substantially to no more than a handful.
Golems that have gone awry, either in cities or outside of them. If a golem’s creator dies without renewing the golem’s creation glyphs, or if it somehow becomes influenced by an outside force, the golem will malfunction and forsake its duty. This can result in malfunctioning golems attacking civilians, ruining buildings, or blocking the road.
General Description: The Moon Eater is a sea serpent of massive proportions. This creature generally looks like a massive, long fish with fang-like teeth, incredibly long, crimson tongue, sunken orb eyes, long whip-like barbels, steel-like Pelvic, Pectoral, and Anal fins, and an elongated, shorter caudal fin at the tip of its tail. It’s fins are a translucent white, while its scales are a dull turquoise when within the ocean’s depths, while a shimmering silver above the surface of the waters. Shortest length from snout to Caudal fin would be 50 feet. Longest possible length still unknown.
Legends tell of the sea serpent’s origins being that of a humanoid woman and a curse bestowed by the divine themselves, long before Esterin had been plunged into indefinite darkness. For unknown reason, it’s said that Elseldir had cursed the woman for her actions, whatever it may have been, and sent her into the abyss for her and her offspring to suffer. The woman initially took form of a siren, whose appearance seemed to be even more sporadic than her fellow monstrosities. Eventually, with such rage and hatred directed at the moon god himself, she slowly evolved to a more monstrous appearance, a Queen of the sea monsters of Esterin, preying remorselessly on those she deems weaker than her. To this day, her fury at the moon god remains, and every once in a while, you can see on the horizon, her and her descendants leaping up into the sky and trying to consume the moon in one leap, thus earning the ire of the fishermen and travelers of the seas.
Habitat: All of Esterin’s oceans and seas
Combat: Has the ability Siren’s Call, incapacitating all within vicinity. Takes 50% more damage from Moon’s Glow followers. The creature likes to shipwreck its victims, using its extremely durable fins to strike a ship port or starboard, and with its whip-like barbels and tail, which seem like they have a mind of their own, they can attack adventurers at closer range.
Level: Requires Party to be defeated. Exalted level at least.
Population: Juveniles and Adults are Rare. The Moon Eater Queen is Legendary.
A sentient and highly intelligent cousins to orcs, Mountain Trolls opted to never intermingle with society after the Darkness descended. Instead, they made settlements within the Frontier and Dark Reaches. Continuous exposure to the corrupting influences of the Old Ones made them large and monstrous; many eat manflesh and will cannibalize weaker members of their clan.
Trolls are exceptionally smart but have no magic affinity. If given the chance, they will capture female adventurers to use as breeding mates and play things.
Habitat: Frontier, Dark Reaches
Nauta Somnum Exterreri or Naomu are among the few aquatic creatures that traverse the Rift Plane’s remaining rivers and streams. Standing at a relatively measly 5 feet, this creature is very meek and possesses a very high amount of weaknesses but it is in fact one of the most intelligent and deceptive horrors. While not having much in the way of attack or defense, its greatest strength lies in its vocal chords evolved from prolonged exposure to the Rift Lands. It produces a very high pitch that most species besides constructs can’t hear. It messes with the frequency of your brain waves and causes your interpretation of the creature’s physical appearance to change. It is able to mimic the look of any demi-human it has seen and mimic the voice of any creature it has come across. Once it’s gained your trust, it pounces from behind, sinking its razor teeth into your body and begins swiftly siphoning the crimson ichor from your very veins except without the subtlety, numbness, or patience of its vampire counterpart. If you can manage to see through its deception, it’s a remarkably easy creature to kill.
Habitat: These creatures resides in more oceanic parts of the Rift Lands, occasionally leaving to hunt for its prey.
Combat Skills: +50% from all attacks.
Terrifying, semi-intelligent creatures that fly and hunt in packs. They have a vaguely bipedal shape, but most walk and run on all fours. They have a fleshy wing sail that allows them to glide if they have high enough altitude. Night Terrors are known by their terrifying, chittering calls.
HABITAT: Dark Forest, Dark Reaches. Anywhere the Moon’s Light does not show.
Characteristics: Quillback are thought to be related to Beastkin, though that does not stop them from pillaging and raiding unprotected settlements across Esterin. They are typically 5’ tall with goat-like features, with the exception being lengthy quills and curved horns arching from their head. Trophies such as coins and jewelry hang from their necks, with a ceremonial mask ever present upon their faces.
A Quillback is almost never seen without their infamous crossbow, and frequently add alchemical reagents to them to increase their deadliness. If not a crossbow, spears and axes will finish the job. They have a rich culture centered around worthiness and the survival of the strong, with Quillbacks seen as chosen by the Spirits. Their kind is above all others. While they had been far more numerous at the end of the Golden Age, as time went on Quillback villages to be hidden or kept out of reach. Despite them hating non-Quillbacks, it is possible to negotiate peace, given if one learns the language and has enough gold on hand. Villages and towns, as well as banditss, have been known to negotiate alliances with them in the past.
Habitat: Dense forests, mountains, or cliffs. Typically near a town or trade route.
Combat Skills: Quillbacks are known for their ability to shoot a bow, though their physical strength and durability is somewhat lacking. They can navigate difficult or extreme terrain with relative ease, their small stature allowing them to move swiftly.
Level: A singular Quillback will typically lose to a low-level adventurer, though Quillbacks are rarely alone.
Disturbing creatures that live in the Rift Lands. It is unclear if at one point they were humans or some type of bipedal creature. They are relatively docile, and will only attack if they are aggressed upon. It is unclear how many Fiends live within the Rift Lands, but most adventurers avoid them.
Typically these creatures are seen stitching some type of cloth or weaving a magical tapestry. It is unclear how sentient they are, as they do not possess mouths on which to speak. If one manages to steal a cloth or weaving they can sell the item for a small fortune. However, many report that in doing so, they felt as if they were constantly watched from the shadows and in their dreams.
Habitat: Rift Lands
FREQUENCY: Very rare
General Description: Ranging from the size of a hand at birth to the volume of a large grizzly bear at full adult age, the Royal Quatl is a snake like creature with rainbow coloured wings and multicoloured shiny, almost feather-like scales. Whilst the creature is in fact quite long even at birth, even in flight they coil extensively becoming almost like an array of colors kept tight like a waving flag. These creatures are as light as feathers and appertain the strange ability to seemingly shrink for short bursts, reveling in hiding in small spots.
Behavior: Somewhat intelligent with moral behavior, these creatures are fey of good, and whilst they preserve the natural order of hunting for prey, they are generally helpful towards others, attaining an incredible sense of empathy which allows it to therapeutically understand individuals without the need for language. It does not hunt children or the sick.
Habitat: Light as a feather these creatures can either reside in heavy clouds when of massive scale, or within any containment, such as hollow trees, an abandoned house or even when tiny, in pouches or small animal carcasses. The creature is shy against intense heat. From an evolutionary standpoint their array of colors seem only to be an intent for mating due to their light-based abilities - as in the eternal darkness their flamboyant physiques are somewhat ‘wasted’.
Combat Skills: Quatls are equipped with a powerful beak and a poison gland below their nose-holes. Whilst the poison is deadly to creatures much smaller than them, it is a neurotoxin that applies serious hallucinogenic effects. This paired with the ability to cause flashes of intense light as well as creating waves of light through their scales, they can become immensely intimidating to those affected. The creatures are dart-like fast and enjoy playing with their foes, but generally resort to fleeing when not hungry. Despite all this, their skin is very frail and their blood is 90% water, making them bleed profusely from a cut, making them very shy fighters.
Level: Ranging from a simple critter when born, these creatures are relatively easy to slay, even as adults if one is defensive. A careless adventurer best beware of their speed and poison. A full adult Royal can be a somewhat deadly encounter to the average adventurer.
The real question is why one would slay such a beautiful and kind hearted creature.
Characteristics: Rusted Trappers are creatures created by the Darkened Leyline and the Old One that resides there. They typically stand around 8’ tall, though individual features and appendages vary widely between each model. These Trappers will relentlessly pursue its targets, seeking to subdue and return it to the machine depths of the Darkened Leyline-- Never to be seen again.
Aside from key components such as the wiring and pauldrons, the Trapper is made of a biological material that only appear to be synthetic. It appears to be a seamless melding between science and flesh, aided and sculpted by an Old One.
Habitat: Darkened Ley Line, though have been found throughout the Leylands.
Combat Skills: Rusted Trappers all have the same extending limbs, allowing for attacking from multiple angles at a distance. They are also surprisingly flexible, fitting into spaces that would ordinarily unreachable. While intelligent enough to set ambushes and traps for the unwary, Trappers do not use any additional weaponry. They have a strong resistance to magic, but are weak against flames and divine-based magic.
Level: In an open fight, mid-tier Adventurers should win a fight with a Rusted Trapper.
HABITAT: The Frontier
ITEMS: Scrivener Spines
CHARACTERISTICS: Scriveners are spiny humanoids with barely more than animalistic intelligence. They are driven purely by their instincts and have a craving for the flesh of any humanoids, even others of their own kind. This leads Scriveners to lead solitary lives. They only tolerate the company of others to mate, which often also has a high risk of conflict. They gain their name from their odd compulsion to draw and write odd symbols with the blood of their victims, although whether these glyphs have any meaning cannot be determined. It is also common practice for them to take the skins of humanoids they kill, draping them over their spines before eating their flesh. Scriveners are eerily agile and can climb many surfaces using their clawed hands and feet.
Shrill Cry: Scriveners can emit a piercing screech that temporarily deafens those near
HABITAT: Sirens live both within the Luminescent Bay and active bodies of water.
CHARACTERISTICS: Sirens can appear as beautiful males or females of a given race, typically human or elf, with minor secondary sexual characteristics. The species reproduces asexually and only eat meat.
UNIQUE POWERS: Charming voice
General Description: The Sky squids are the natural prey for the Sky Whales. Basically, they are massive creatures capable of levitating into the skies and, legend says, beyond. It i rumored that Sky squids are Aasira’s own creations, tasked on creating the stars in the heavens above. With twin tentacles and eight arms, the behemoths “swim” through the atmosphere while releasing strange clouds of glittering particles, each almost as luminescent as the natural stars, albeit having the color of the squid itself. Though they are naturally high above, on occasion, they go down to a lower altitude to either mate, hunt, or lay eggs. Though its body is too rubbery to be a delicacy, its ink and eggs are prized materials for both cooking and alchemy. Being the prey of skywhales, it can be said that Sky squids are only a few magnitudes smaller than their predator.
Habitat: High above in Esterin’s skies.
Population: With the dwindling population of the Skywhales, Skysquids have become less rare than their predators, although still rare.
Sky Rays are massive creatures that drift through both the skies and the seas of Esterin. They have broad, flat backs with usually different patterns, some almost reminiscent of butterflies and moths, though many have plain and spotted dark blue backs. These creatures have tough cartilaginous bodies that they flap in order to glide through the skies and the seas. These creatures usually act as a group, with the largest being their alpha, leading the entire party of Rays. These creatures have an affinity to electricity, and, as such, use lightning storms to prevent being eaten by their predators. Sky Rays are known for being great sources for alchemical crafts. Particularly, their electric affinity comes in very useful for both alchemy and engineering as conductors, while their long whip-like tails and extremely venomous barbs (separate from the tail) can be used as material for swords and whips. Sky Rays are usually born underwater, and stay underwater a few years into their juvenile to adolescent states. Once reaching maturity, after reaching the 8 feet threshold, they begin to learn to “swim” through the skies as well as the seas. They keep growing from there, until they’re killed.
Habitat: Lower atmosphere of Esterin, oceans of Esterin
Population: Smaller ones, with wing spans of 8 feet or less, are uncommon in seas. Larger ones, beyond 8 feet, are rare.
HABITAT: Anywhere there is an abundance of mana. They will often float around high or above magic users, and frequent natural mana locations. They particularly enjoy craftsmen that use mana within their work.
COMMONLY USED IN: Sprites are difficult to catch. If one manages to do that, they can be ground into a highly potent mana tincture.
UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS: Sprites travel in packs and can range from a few dozen to hundreds. They seem to have a small bit of intelligence in the sense they will try to preserve their own lives. If they take a liking to a magic user, they will stick around that person until either the user dies or all of the sprites get their fill of mana.
With skin like stone and teeth like shattered crystals, Stormbringers wander endlessly in search of a new meal. They are completely blind, navigating and hunting by sensing concentrations of mana. They typically feed off mana crystals and raw mana from leylines, but will hunt other concentrations of magic if the opportunity arises, even if it is one of their own kind or a nearby mage. Though usually standing around 12 feet tall, the older and better fed a Stormbringer is, the larger and deadlier it becomes. On a side note, their bodies are composed of an incredibly dense and magic resistant material.
Habitat: Leylines, but will occasionally wander.
Combat Skills: Their signature ability is creating a dense ball of pure magic that releases into an immense arcane beam. It utilizes lightning via the spines across its body acting as conduits. Said spines double as melee weapons. It is very vulnerable to Void magic.
Population: Very Rare
A disgusting monster that is the unfortunate result of a familiar neglected by its summoner or an animal companion left to die. Representing wrath and deceit, these creatures will manifest around high mana sources if an adventurer or traveler looks like their old, trusted master. Toadstool Monsters are low intelligence.
HABITAT: Mana springs, lakes, leylines.
FREQUENCY: Very rare.
Like Dust Fiends, Tundra Fiends are spirits influenced by the physical world. Unlike their counterparts, Tundra Fiends are spirits that consciously took on a physical manifestation of the environment around them. These fiends have exceptionally high resistance to charm and magic, whilst wielding no magic of their own.
Common in dens, these are solitary creatures that will attack unwary travelers.
Habitat: Ice Fields, Endless Bog, Taiga
A terror truly befitting of the realm’s darkness, the Varkolyn hind stalks the dark recesses of the forests of the frontier to the murky shadows of the dark reaches, hunting unsuspecting prey and adventurers astray. These hulking creatures, even on all fours still stand at an approximation of 10 feet. If they stood on two legs.. Who knows how much they would tower over a simple human. It has an outward appearance someone similar to that of a deer, however from massive branching antlers, bulky appendages to ethereal luminous eyes it has little left of resemblance. They are massively territorial and are relentless. Some say they terrify even owlbears. Thankfully, they aren’t very intelligent creatures - so one can find solace in outsmarting it.. If one could even hope to outmatch its speed, ferocity, and strength with cleverness.
HABITAT: Frontier, Dark reaches
It is unclear when the first Wendigo emerged. All that is known about these mysterious, often nefarious creatures, is that they do not answer to anyone, no god or ruler can control them. They exist in an odd half state with the Realm and In-Between. Their motivations are unclear, and they appear to possess intelligence but rarely, if ever, speak with the living. Sometimes used as messengers and guides, Wendigo will appear to those who have undergone some extreme trial or tribulation in their life.
Additionally, if children become lost in the Wilds, Wendigo will adopt them and make them one of their own. It is unclear if these creatures are living or dead.
Cannibalistic, barely-sentient, annoying. These creatures have rightfully earned their reputation as the little shits scourges of the numerous lakes, bays, and rivers littering the lands of Tenebris. With webbed feet and hands, gills and surprisingly powerful limbs, they both make proficient swimmers and dangerous predators. Their movements are sporadic, which makes them harder to target. They also sport a set of dangerous razor-sharp teeth that can rip a neck off a cow if they ever got a good bite in. Thankfully, however, they are absolutely stupid and can be easily diverted by light. Bless your soul if you’d dare venture without a lamp out into a lake..
HABITAT: They normally burrow into reclusive alcoves or fairly shallow areas along the bays and banks of a lake or river. That being said, they absolutely abhor light. So thankfully that means they’ve distanced themselves from any nearby populated area.
POPULATION: Abundant. They breed fast