This time let’s delve into the Bugbear pantheon with the most prominent member outside of Hruggek himself: Grankhul the Hunter. He embodies the goblinoid ideals of the huntsman, taking great pride in stalking and tracking foes, and immense pleasure in making a kill. To a degree, his priests function as anti-rangers, with a focus on hunting and stealth. As always, comments are welcome!
Gnolls have always been one of my favorite races, so it was very interesting to work on Yeenoghu, although I’m a bigger fan of Gorellik. I drew upon a lot of sources for this, including Dragon #63, so I’ve updated the Shoosuva to 2nd Edition. I’ll have to make a Monstrous Compendium sheet for it at some point.
Giantcraft, while fairly poorly designed, actually has a wealth of good information on giantish culture. I found it quite handy for this part of my project, and am looking forward to working on more of the deities, particularly Hiatea. Hopefully, what I’ve written here on Grolantor will inspire people to make some more interesting adventures involving hill giants, mountain giants, or ettins.
Sadly, I could not think of any Spelljammer references to make for him or his priests.
One of my favorite tactics as a DM is to surprise players with creatures that are normally weak and pretty much push-overs, like kobolds, by tossing in some that have classes or skills the PCs aren’t used to seeing. However, you can only use kobolds so many times before the PCs begin to expect it. So you need to mix it up, and this latest entry to my Monster Mythology update project allows just that, with bullywugs. I had a lot of fun creating the spells for Ramenos’s priests, and it gave me an opportunity to cite one of my favorite monsters. If anyone uses the specialty priest in this write-up, let me know! I’d like to hear about the PCs’ reaction. :D
It’s a lot of fun dropping in Spelljammer references and adventure hooks, too.