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[Let's Read] AD&D 2e Monstrous Manual [Part III, Ki~?]

Of the following monsters from the first half of the MM, which do you like best?

  • Ankheg

    Votes: 18 8.9%
  • Beholder

    Votes: 58 28.6%
  • Carrion Crawler

    Votes: 22 10.8%
  • Dwarf

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • Elf

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • Feyr

    Votes: 4 2.0%
  • Gnoll

    Votes: 37 18.2%
  • Hobgolin

    Votes: 19 9.4%
  • Imp

    Votes: 9 4.4%
  • Jackalwere

    Votes: 8 3.9%
  • Kenku

    Votes: 18 8.9%

  • Total voters
    203
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noisms

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Just wanted to say, here, that I missed alllll ove rthe old threadstuff and have been just recently reading and jotting ideas like a crazy person. These threads are *gold* and I'm thrilled to finally be in on the ground floor of one. (Just past the Carrion Crawler, currently.) ... Long, LONG pile of reading yet to go, but, you'll have my nutburger self contributing from here on out.
Welcome aboard. I have promised to pdf-ize the whole thing once it's done, so hopefully that'll make things easier to catch up on.
 

HaplessVictim

Retired User
I voted beholder out of respect. Ain't nothing more old school and deadly than a huge, magical, flying eyeball that eats you.
 

demiurge1138

Registered User
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Many really animals with backward-pointing horns can gore people. It just requires that the animal can get its head down far enough.
Yeah... but can they snap their heads down far enough to gore and then snap them back up to bite within... oh, six seconds? If the kirre got a special charging attack with its horns and had the rest of its natural weapons on a normal attack, it'd be fine, but attacking with both backwards horns and a bite in the same round has it whipping around like it was headbanging.
 

Inyssius

thermonuclear catsplosion
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I don't know how psionics work in Dark Sun, but the kirre might need less food than you might expect. If it's capable of sustaining itself mostly via its own psychic powers (like mind flayers), that would make it a pretty excellent animal to hunt--you get more food out of it than you put in.
 

Ithaeur

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Yeah... but can they snap their heads down far enough to gore and then snap them back up to bite within... oh, six seconds? If the kirre got a special charging attack with its horns and had the rest of its natural weapons on a normal attack, it'd be fine, but attacking with both backwards horns and a bite in the same round has it whipping around like it was headbanging.
2e melee rounds were 1 minute in length (and every attack was assumed to involve several feints, blows and such), so this isn't really a problem.
 

noisms

Booze Hound
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I don't know how psionics work in Dark Sun, but the kirre might need less food than you might expect. If it's capable of sustaining itself mostly via its own psychic powers (like mind flayers), that would make it a pretty excellent animal to hunt--you get more food out of it than you put in.
The solution to the world's hunger problems: Kirre.

Actually the only psionic powers they have are of the psychokinetic and telepathic variety. I think the food creation powers are in the psychometabolic school.
 
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