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D&D Monsters of Neverwinter, Part 1: The Staples

Posted Wed, Feb 27, 2013 by gunky

D&D Monsters of Neverwinter, Part 1: The Staples

Dungeons & Dragons was drawn from a lot of different sources, from medieval European folklore to  sword-and-sorcery fantasy stories by Howard, Tolkien, Vance, Anderson, Lieber and many others. From its genesis, it has included a core set of monsters that have appeared in just about every iteration in one form or another. These are the staples of D&D, and the chances are excellent that we will see all of them in Neverwinter. Some have already been confirmed by recent press releases, some have been encountered in-game during the last beta weekend, and some are educated guesstimates.

Note: The images in this article are taken from the 4th Edition Monster Manuals published by Wizards of the Coast. These are not official Neverwinter art.

Orcs and Other Goblinkind

Staple D&D Monsters of Neverwinter - Goblins

Goblinkind are the nemeses of the low-level adventuring group: tribes of vicious monster-men bent on war, domination, chaos and destruction that are just tough enough to succeed under the right circumstances, but who are still fairly easy to kill by nearly anyone with a sword. They are usually encountered in a progression from the weakest to the toughest: goblins, then orcs, then bugbears, then hobgoblins. Orcs in particular  are convincing enemies for a wide spectrum of adventuring levels, as they are often the foot soldiers of a powerful villain and they are just clever enough to take class levels, making them competitive with the more civilized races.

Goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears and kobolds have been around for a very long time in European folklore, usually as diminutive rustic troublemakers who often performed mischievous deeds while nearby farmers were asleep. Orcs are lifted right out of the works of Tolkien, who borrowed the word from either a translation of a word meaning "ogre" or an unrelated mythological evil spirit that may have lived in underwater caves.

Staple D&D Monsters of Neverwinter - Orcs

Orcs are definitely a part of Neverwinter's bestiary, and have even starred in their own game trailer. They are encountered fairly early on in the Tower District, seeking to control that region.

Orcs, then BUGBEARS, then hobgoblins? Have you even ever PLAYED D&D? There's no way hobgoblins are more powerful foes for adventurers than BUGBEARS. -10 points!

And what about Beholders? Dragons are all well and good, but a beholder is a giant floating maw with ten tentacle eyes, each of which has the ability to obliterate you. In a D&D game, I know which one is more likely to cause me to soil myself, and it's not the one with the wings.

Definitely want to see Minotaur, Manticore,Chimera,Gryphon and Hydra's in this.

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