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Ecology of the Rust MonsterD&D Insider Article
by Shawn Merwin

Sages the world over have many theories regarding the origins of the rust monster; however, none of them can say with any genuine certainty where the creatures came from or what the sources of their strange and destructive powers are. Doomsday cultists claim the creatures are harbingers of the end of civilization, while more exotic theories exist -- such as the one stating that the creatures were a mad wizard's invention to ward himself against the impending attack of the chain devils known as kyton. Each belief about the genesis of the rust monster is as wild and speculative as the next -- and you won't find a better source than this article!

I've told you about the deadliest of demons and the most nightmarish creatures from worlds beyond our own. I've heard tales of the bravest of warriors and most cunning of rogues, men and women brave enough to stand before villains so hideous that the very sight of them could kill a normal person. But listen closely, young ones, and I will tell you of a creature that even the boldest of heroes flees from!

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    About the Author

    Shawn Merwin is a freelance writer, editor, and writing teacher. His latest work in the gaming industry includes the Dungeon Magazine adventure "Massacre at Fort Dolor" and P3: Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress. Shawn is currently the Global Administrator for the Western Hemisphere (North) in the RPGA's Living Forgotten Realms campaign. He lives in western New York, near the shores of Lake Erie, with his wife and daughter.

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