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Another 1st Edition Classic Returns

Apparently the catoblepas, always a bit of a silly monster IMO, is back in Monster Manual 3. From the WotC site:

With their heads low to the ground, catoblepas roam the lands, leaving death in their wake. Catoblepas are rare creatures made of shadows and death; their gazes wither the living. They plod between worlds, surfacing unexpectedly. So strong is the creature’s association with death that the beasts sometimes accompany the Raven Queen and her entourage.

From its art order:

The catoblepas is a MAHOGANY-COLORED creature resembling an EXAGGERATED WILDEBEEST with a LONG NECK and a LARGE, SHAGGY-MANED, HORNED HEAD with a TUSKED UNDERBITE, bowed LOW TO THE GROUND as if grazing, but LOOKING OUTWARD. It stands 12 feet tall at the shoulders. The FACE of the creature looks like a cross between a WILDEBEEST and a GREEK TRAGEDY MASK with twisted hollow eyes and mouth, perhaps with small, deep-set, glowing red pupils. It stands amid thick, wilting vegetation with subtle, ghostly forms (the remnants of humanoids it has killed) blended into the background.



At least this time it seems to get something of a cool backstory to explain why it exists!

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ninthcouncil
Mar. 21st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
The catoblepas is a port from mediaeval bestiaries, though it's drifted quite a way from the original, which was probably a poorly understood wildebesest.

The Wikipedia entry for the D&D monster is hilarious, not because of its actual content, but because some anal-retentive twit with too much time on his hands has actually put "citation needed" tags against random, unimportant items of the description. Some people really need to step away from the keyboard and get out more.

Oh yes, and "death cheese"!
richgreen01
Mar. 21st, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about the death cheese - LOL! I think that was in Aurora's Whole Realms Catalog.
richgreen01
Mar. 22nd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Meant to say, I will be very upset if the ixitxachitl is overlooked again!
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