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5e: Dire Owl

A classic of the Worlds Oldest Fantasy Roleplaying Game involves giant animals. The origin of these is quite simple, someone trying to convince someone else that their fight with some animal was far more valiant because it was far larger than most. In a fight when the adrenaline is pumping, a fierce creature can seem substantially larger than it actually is. In our roleplaying games, however, these perceived larger creatures are indeed larger. That makes the fight more dangerous and the night more creepy and makes giant-sized creatures perfect for a Halloween game.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)The dire owl you see below originally appeared in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods. Within you will find more giant animals like the bloodboar, the monstrous rat, and the dire lion—trust me, you really don’t want to face this guy. These monsters are perfect fodder for your fifth edition game, whether against the adventurers or for your group’s druid to summon with the conjure spells. Download this awesome book of monsters for your Fifth Edition game today from JonBrazer.com. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore.

Owl, Dire

Medium beast, unaligned
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 19 (3d8 + 6)
Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft.


Str 11 (+0) Dex 15 (+2) Con 14 (+2)
Int 2 (–4) Wis 13 (+1) Cha 5 (–3)


Skills Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Actions


Multiattack. The dire owl makes two talon attacks when flying.
Pellet Vomit (1/Day). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a living creature, it must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or become poisoned until the creature completes a long rest. While the creature is poisoned, all creatures (other than the dire owl) that are within 5 feet of the poisoned creature must succeed on the same saving throw or become poisoned as long as they stay so close to the creature. Creatures with the scent ability gain disadvantage on this saving throw.
Talon. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 5 (2d4) piercing damage.
Screech. An owl can let out a loud screech. All creatures within 10 feet that fail a DC 12 Con save are deafened until the end of the dire owl’s next turn.

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5e: Young Spiderbear

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

With Halloween fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite monsters, the spiderbear. It is our own take on classic D&D mashup monsters like the owlbear. It is creepy and dangerous, terrifying for being both a spider and a bear, and an all around evil creature. 

While this one is a challenge 1/2 monster, the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods has an adult spiderbear of challenge 3, and an elder spiderbear of challenge 7. Download this supplement today at the JBE Shop to get these and other awesome monsters for your game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore and get these and many more awesome monsters now.

Young Spiderbear

Small monstrosity, neutral evil
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 16 (3d6 + 6)
Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.


Str 15 (+2) Dex 16 (+3) Con 14 (+2)
Int 6 (–2) Wis 14 (+2) Cha 4 (–3)


Skills Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Common, Spiderbear
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


Pack Tactics. The young spiderbear gains advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of the spiderbear’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated. Spiders are always considered a spiderbear’s ally.
Spider Climb. The young spiderbear can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
Web Sense. While in contact with a web, the young spiderbear knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.
Web Walker. The young spiderbear ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.

Actions


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or take 3 (1d6) poison damage.

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5e: Enter the Temple of Luminescence

Some Just Want to Watch the World Burn!

When the high priest of the sun goddess brings the planet and the sun closer together to spread his deity’s light to every corner of existence, the world begins to heat up dangerously. All attempts to breach the Temple of Luminescence and halt the magic powering this catastrophe have failed. The adventurers must perform an incantation known as the path of the sun and navigate the temple’s defenses to stop the high priest. But what appalling truths which led to this deadly incident will the adventurers uncover—and can they save the world before it burns?

Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence is an exciting deluxe module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves product line, and is created for the Fifth Edition of the World’s Oldest Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to heartily challenge a party of 15th- through 18th-level PCs and leave them with a memorable heroic tale. Inside these 51 action-packed pages, you’ll find:

  • 8 Fully-Statted New and Variant Monsters and 2 High-Level NPCs—keep your players on their toes by having them face off against an ancient solar dragon, a dwarven high priest, and new golems, elementals, and demons
  • 9 New Traps to keep your PCs on their toes
  • 11 New Hazards and Curses to make the environment unique and interesting as the sun’s power scorches all within the temple
  • 5 New Magic Items ideally suited to high-level characters
  • A New Type of Spell Anyone Can Cast which lets the adventurers pass as one of the temple’s own
  • A Beautiful Map with a GM’s version included in the adventure and a separate PDF that includes player-friendly versions of each map—perfect for play on your favorite VTT!
  • Enough content to get your group of 15th-level PCs to 18th level, or your 18th-level PCs to 20th level

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence today at the JBE Shop. You can also find this adventure at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and coming soon to the Open Gaming Store.  

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5e: Scroll of Blinding Ash

So I was leafing through the DMG the other day and I realized that there is a real shortage of awesome common and uncommon magic items. So I decided to start writing some. Magic items, especially low level items, make for an excellent and rewarding experience for players. They can separate an average game from a memorable game. Expect to see this and many other like it in an upcoming PDF release from JBE when we have completed enough to make for an awesome release.

Scroll of Blinding Ash

Scroll, uncommon
Upon activating this scroll, it turns to ash. The ash flies into the eyes of a creature within 30 feet and the creature takes 1d6 fire damage. On a failed DC 13 Constitution save, the creature is also blinded for the round.

You know what else makes adventures memorable? A unique adventure your characters never played before. Download Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for your Fifth Edition game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store. Prefer it in print? Order your copy at JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, or Amazon today.

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13th Age: Happy Friday the 13th Age Sale

Deadly Delves Reign of Ruin (13th Age)

Happy Friday the 13th! May your black cat cross the path of a broken mirror walking under a ladder that threw salt over its shoulder. And to help you with your luck, there’s a Friday the 13th Age Sale going on right now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, and the Open Gaming Store.

Grab these 13th Age deals today while this Friday the 13th Sale lasts. It is for this weekend only so download today.

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5 Questions Every Fighter Should Be Able To Answer

It doesn’t matter which fantasy game you play: Pathfinder, D&D of any edition, 13th Age, Swords and Wizardry, or any other variation on the game, they all have someone that is easy to for a new person to play that generally involves swinging a sword. Some move onto more complex classes; others stay with their tried and true favorite. No matter how long you have been playing the classic fighter class. Just because the mechanics are not terribly complex does not mean that role playing such a character should be stunted. Fighters can be just as involved and complex characters as any other on the board. To help you get into your character and see the world through their eyes, here are five simple questions that can help you immerse yourself into your character even more.

1) Why Did You Start Fighting?

You didn’t pick up the sword yesterday. You have trained for this. You fought against something and you emerged victorious. What was it? Why did you fight? Did you grow up on the family farm and a spider the size of a dog start spitting its venom at your family nearby and you attacked it with your garden hoe? Did the king conscript you into some battle and you happened to survive? Where you sold into slavery and thrown into a pit with another slave and were told to kill the other before the other slave killed you while the crowd took bets on who survived? No matter how you answer that question it will provide you with a solid foundation for your character.

2) Why Do You Fight Now?

Sure, fighting may not have been your choice before, but why do you do it now? You could be sitting in a tavern drinking, in a mine swinging a pick axe, a local guard, someone in the regular military, someone that loads the cargo docks, or one of a hundred other jobs that will probably see you having a longer life expectancy than walking into a dark cave looking for trouble. Are you on the run from someone more powerful? Perhaps you are trying to avenge the death of someone you held dear. Maybe you already killed the person that murdered your loved one and are now just trying to earn enough money to have the dead person resurrected. Did you return home from the war having seen so much that no one you love wants to be around you anymore? Have you been fighting for so long that you no longer know who you are until you are wearing the armor and swinging your weapon? This will help you find out who this character is on a day to day basis.

3) When Will You Not Fight?

“When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like the nail,” is an apt expression for the fighter. “Something is coming!” “I STAB IT!” Fighters are frequently accursed of being from the “Stab first, ask questions never,” school of thinking. But even they will sheath their swords if the right thing is put in front of them. The question is, what is it for your character. Is it an old war buddy that had your back? An old commander, mentor, teacher, or family member that helped you become what you are today? Perhaps it is a wounded bunny rabbit, even if it is sitting on top of a suspicious-looking tree stump with what could be a weird grin on its front? How about instead of it being something that obvious, you will stay your hand for something less expected, like when a member of a religious order appears, even if you do not appear religious at any other time. Perhaps you will not fight on the anniversary of your parent’s death, and you just won’t tell anyone why you are spending the day in a bar. This question is important because it introduces a source of internal conflict in your character, helping them go from an idea to a person.

4) What Are You Afraid Of?

Everyone is afraid of something. Some won’t admit it, but even they are. Are you a sensible person and are afraid of spiders? Did you see your dead buddies on a battle field being raised before your eyes and now have a terrifying fear of dead bodies just lying around? Is the sound of war drums or the way the ground shakes when cavalry is charging right at you? Is it the musty odor of a dungeon or the putrid smell of rotting corpses? Even worse, is the screams you hear every night as you try to fall asleep that can only be quieted by massive amounts of alcohol? Like the last question, having a fear is a source of internal conflict that provides depth to the character, but it also gives the person a way to grow. By standing up the fears, you can make a character that fights not only the demons on the battlefield but also the demons raging inside.

5) Why Do You Trust The Rest Of The Party?

Please note, I didn’t ask “do you trust the rest of the party?” The answer to that question must be a resounding “Yes.” As someone that has played his fair share of games that involved the rest of the party not trusting each other, it can go bad. Like ending friendships bad. Yes, I am speaking from experience on this. Many campaigns start with the group coming together and that is fine, but after a while you all need to have a talk where everyone finds reasons to trust each other beyond “they fought beside me.” Consider having a session where everyone stays in character the whole time around the fire and everyone gets to know the other characters. You’d be amazed at just how bonding that can be to a group.

What Other Questions Should A Fighter Be Able to Answer? Leave Your thoughts in the comments below.

Darlanrea, the elven fighter, is featured on the cover of our adventure Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin. Download this adventure today for Fifth Edition, Pathfinder RPG, 13th Age, and Swords and Wizardry.

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Traveller: Giant Ants

Every Wednesday, we have a new monster here at JonBrazer.com, and we are making sure that at least one of these creatures every month is for the Traveller Roleplaying Game. Last month we had the paskrin, a creature that chews on the power cables of a ship, which everyone just LOVES!!!! Today we are taking a look at giant ants.

So many times in science fiction, we encounter creatures that are familiar and either harmless or mostly harmless that are scaled up to gigantic sizes. Suddenly those harmless creatures are anything but and it is your job to deal with them. One that just about everyone has seen before is a giant ant. Today we stat it up for you.

So exactly how big and dangerous is this this thing? With a trait of Large (+5), it is larger than an elephant but smaller than the largest whales. Think of a dinosaur. Come to think of it, these stats would be great for a dinosaur as well since it has an exoskeleton similar to those great lizards’ thick hide. So yea, building (and ship) damage is hardly out of the question for these creatures. With a nice radiation contamination, an entire colony of these gigantic creatures insects could make short work of a city, no matter what tech level.

Animal Hits Speed
Giant Ant 110 9 m
Skills Athletics (strength) 4, Melee (bite) 3, Recon 1, Survival 2
Attacks Bite (6D)
Traits Armour (+3), Large (+5)
Behaviour Omnivore, Eater

If you want more creatures in your Traveller game, download Prelude to War: State of Chaos at DriveThruRPG or RPGNow today. This adventure has 10 new creatures ready to be used in your game.

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Pathfinder: Summon Monster IX Unchained

Today we made it to the end of the this series. I hope you enjoyed it thus far. If this is the first in the Summon Monster Unchained series, please check out I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII.

This is the pinnacle, the highest level summon monster spell there is. What you summon here should be freaking awesome. This should demonstrate you prowess and power as a spellcaster. You should be summoning creatures that not only are perfect for the situation but also make you look cook at the same time. This spell is as powerful as miracle and wish. Only the most elite and dedicated spellcasters make it this far and this list of creatures should be suitably impressive.

So how many creatures can a good caster summon with the base list? Three. Yea, that’s why this is necessary. That is why we have been doing this.

Table 9: Summon Monster IX

9th Level Subtype
Astral Deva (angel) Good
Ghaele azata Chaotic, Good
Glabrezu (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Ice devil Evil, Lawful
Nalfeshnee (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Trumpet archon Good, Lawful
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 2
Thanadaemon (daemon) Evil
Handmaiden devil (gylou) Evil, Lawful
Augnagar (qlippoth) Chaotic, Evil
Giant white whale*
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3
Shipwrecker crab*
Tarry demodand Chaotic, Evil
Sepid (div) Evil
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4
Morrigna (psychopomp)
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 5
Rishi Manu (manasaputra) Good, Lawful
Bestiary 6
Temerdaemon (daemon) Evil
Oolioddroo (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Giganotosaurus (dinosaur)*
Titanoboa (megafauna)*
Oshageros (protean) Chaotic
Behimiron (qlippoth) Chaotic, Evil

Thank you for joining us as we did this series. Help us to do more Pathfinder articles like this by download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet today from the Jon Brazer Enterprises Shop.

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Pathfinder: Summon Monster VIII Unchained

Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes (PFRPG)

Considering that Halloween was earlier this week, it really has been the perfect time to discuss monsters that you can bring out of nowhere to do your bidding. If this is the first in the Summon Monster Unchained series, please check out I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII.

An elder elemental. What about it? Well according to the list of monsters that is the only thing a good spellcaster can summon with the core Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Frankly, with all the thousands of other Pathfinder Compatible supplements released to date, I am highly surprised that this issue was not addressed years ago. This one list alone literally screams that it needs addressing a compatible publisher to come along and do something about it. You get a demon, a devil, and an elder elemental. No giant animals or dinosaurs to add a template. No other outsiders without a type or just an element. All you get is a more powerful chunk of rock, ocean wave, bonefire, or tornado. The previous spell has almost three times as many creatures on it. This one, is just sad.

Which is why we are here, to add more monsters to that list for you. Who wants a Valkyrie or an aerial servant? You want a celestial dinosaur, you gone one! A lion-headed agathion? There’s one on this list! This is a list worthy of a serious spellcaster, and one that you should use in your game.

Table 8: Summon Monster VIII

8th Level Subtype
Barbed devil Evil, Lawful
Elemental (elder) Elemental
Hezrou (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 2
Akhana (aeon)
Leonal (agathion) Good
Monadic deva (angel) Good
Derghodaemon (daemon) Evil
Meladaemon (daemon) Evil
Omax (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Kolyarut (inevitable) Lawful
Chernobue (qlippoth) Chaotic, Evil
Shining child Chaotic, Evil
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3
Aghasura (asura) Evil, Lawful
Baregara Evil, Chaotic
Doloxus (demon) Chaotic, Evil
Spinosaurus (dinosaur)*
Shira (div) Evil
Sapphire jellyfish*
Interlocutor (kyton) Evil, Lawful
Basilosaurus (megafauna)*
Valkyrie Chaotic
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4
Diplodocus (dinosaur)*
Dorvae Evil
Giant emperor scorpion*
Goliath spider*
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 5
Aerial servant Air
Exscinder (archon) Good, Lawful
Cameroceras*
Heresy devil (ayngavhaul) Evil, Lawful
Manu (manasaputra) Good, Lawful
Blue whale*
Bestiary 6
Erodaemon (daemon) Evil
Spiny eurypterid*
Gongorinan (qlippoth) Chaotic, Evil
Razormouth (solifugid)*

When you run a high level game, you need lots of high level monsters, and most monster books do not have that many. The Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes consists only of monsters from CR 15 to 25. This is the monster book you need for your high level game. Download it today at the JBE Shop.

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Swords and Wizardry: Unleash the Reign of Ruin

Beware The Blackener Of Bright Waters, For She Is Come Again
Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Reign Of Ruin is the exciting inaugural adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves product line and is designed for the Swords and Wizardry Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to heartily challenge a party of 6th-level PCs and leave them with a memorable heroic tale. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 11 New or Modified Monsters for your campaign, including lizardmen warpriests, mud zombies, and befouled spirits
  • 2 New Magic Items waiting to be discovered, including the glorious rainbow sceptre
  • Full-color maps of a Crannogtown village, as well as five floors of a terrifying temple dungeon
  • Specialized advice on playing a cunning black dragon against a group of PCs in a dangerous game of cat and mouse
  • Enough content for five 6th-level PCs to gain nearly two levels, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the temple

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for your Swords and Wizardry game at the Jon Brazer Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, and the Open Gaming Store. This adventure is also available for Pathfinder, Fifth Edition, and 13th Age.