the Introduction to
Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn
Wyatt and Robert
come from the depths of the earth, the endless expanse of the lightless
come from the stinking pits of the Abyss, from the infinite maze of the
Spider Queens web, from the Bastion of Hate where the Godson of
are born of ancient curses and bred in magical laboratories, birthed in
obscene rites and formed in magical catastrophes.
are the minions of divine will and the wrecked remnants of divine fury,
rampaging forces of destruction and subtle agents of corruption.
the dark elven city of Menzoberranzan to the haven for rogues, criminals,
and monsters that is subterranean Skullport; from the trade enclaves of
the scheming Red Wizards, makers of magical items, to the unholy temples
of Cyric, Xvim, and Shar; from the pits below Darkhold, western stronghold
of the Zhentarim, to the skies above the Star Mounts . . .
roam lofty mountains, from the Spine of the World to the Thunder Peaks,
and deep forests from Neverwinter Wood to the ancient elven home of Cormanthor.
They hunt the Great Desert Anauroch and the Sea of Fallen Stars. They
threaten the fragile peace of the wild Silver Marches, add to the urban
chaos of Westgate and Waterdeep, and stalk the shadows of the Dalelands
-- even under the watchful eye of Elminster, Chosen of Mystra.
and half-demons, dragons and dragonkin, animated corpses and restless
spirits, wielders of magic and eaters of magic: These are the creatures
of Faerûn, the monsters of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Compendium: Monsters of
descriptions for more than 80 creatures for use in Dungeons & Dragons
adventures. You can use them in any D&D game, but if youre
playing in the Forgotten Realms, you will find extra details that
make these monsters a special part of that setting. Many have particular
ties to certain gods, villains, or locations of Faerûn, the heart of the
Realms. Others simply reflect the nature of the Realms -- a place where
anything can happen, particularly where magic is involved.
introduction explains how to read a creatures write-up, including
summaries of the most common attacks and abilities.
for creatures are presented alphabetically by name. Some creatures, such
as abishai, are ordered from weakest to strongest in the entry.
following the main body of the book explains and describes a group of
creatures that are created by adding a "template" to an existing
creature type. An example of this is a curst, which adds the "curst"
template to a range of eligible creatures.
end of the book, a list of monsters organized by Challenge Rating makes
it easy for the Dungeon Master to tailor encounters to the party level
of the player characters. . . .