With the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane PDF going on sale next week, we’re spending this week showcasing the monsters in the book. First up is the Unquiet Giant. We’re starting with this one because it is one of our favorites. Click on the image to the left to see the full preview page. First thing you should notice is that this is a CR 13 monster. That’s big because 22 of the over 50 monsters in this book are CR 10 or higher, with the top being 21.
The next thing we want to draw your attention to is the Feats section of the stat block. We placed the relevant penalty/modifier next to Power Attack. I know when I am GMing a game, I have enough numbers flying around in my head that I don’t need to figure out what the appropriate penalty/modifier for the Power Attack is. Hero Lab is our inspiration for that addition. So I’d like to say a “Thanks guys,” to the crew at Lone Wolf Development for that. We did the same for Combat Expertise as well.
Lastly, I want to call your attention to the quote between the stat block and its descriptive text. As we mentioned in our last preview, the quote gives a bit of inworld perspective of the monster either from the monster itself or from others. The unquiet giant’s text in particular is a reference to Andre the Giant’s character in the Princess Bride. When I decided to put in game quotes into the monster book, that movie was one of the first references I thought of and wanted to make sure it went in there. I am glad it is a reference to one of my favorite scenes.
Follow along all week to get more insights and spoilers from new Book of Beasts. Pre-order this book today at your local game store or at your favorite gaming website and get the PDF for free when you do.