They lurk within the crevices of these lands, emerging to howl at moons that do not exist, stringing up the guts of heroes foolish enough to hunt them, devouring entire villages due to ceaseless hunger. They carve swathes through histories. Travelers swap tales of death given teeth and claws, and the stories become stranger with every telling. The tales are all true, in the very worst of ways.
You find this creature
It is feeling
Long ago, this creature
YOU FIND THIS CREATURE
1 hidden in a ravine, licking its wounds.
2 perched above an unsuspecting traveler, about to ambush.
3 being trained by a DISREPUTABLE WASTELAND WIZARD.
4 being hunted by RAMBUNCTIOUS APOCALYPTIC OUTLAWS.
5 fighting another BEAST.
6 fighting a DERELICT DESERTED DREADNOUGHT.
7 terrorizing a small settlement.
8 marking its territory by lining it with human guts.
9 trying to reach a hapless traveler who has hidden in a tiny crevice.
10 howling at the sky, mourning its dead mate.
11 mortally wounded, looking for one last thing to take its anger out upon.
12 molting its skin.
13 mutating into an even more hideous form.
14 seriously ill, vomiting black tar.
15 covering itself in entrails.
16 talking to itself.
17 starving and searching for its next meal.
18 growing in size.
19 treed, surrounded by advanced military forces sent to eradicate it for good.
20 on the cusp of evolving into a mind-bending eldritch horror.
IT IS FEELING
10 unsure of itself.
1 a massive black wasp
2 a writhing pale worm
3 a terribly thin, stringy ape
4 a massive, musclebound elephantine biped
5 a serpent with no beginning or end
6 a giant amoeba
7 a tardegrade the size of an actual bear
8 a gestalt swarm of chipmunks or other such small woodland rodents
9 a giant maw on comically small legs
10 a blur of hair, teeth, and claws
11 a giant monkey twisted into a spider shape.
12 a tangled mess of varied limbs.
13 an abhorrent mass of tentacles with beautiful moth wings.
14 an ever-changing mass of chaotic genes.
15 a knot of writhing muscle sinews.
16 a liquefied blog of sinew and muscle.
17 a twisted, scarred humanoid.
18 a shapeless amalgam of hundreds of mouths.
19 a massive cloud of tiny insects..
20 a shapeshifter that copies anyone it sees.
1 a detachable floating face
2 thousands of tiny insectile legs
3 contagious genes (lycanthropy)
4 a symbiotic relationship with a hive of bees (obscured by bee cloud)
5 a psionic membrane that magic rolls off of like water
6 highly toxic blood
7 a mane of blue flame
8 eyes that glow like red stars
9 saliva that prevents wounds from closing
10 a roar that triggers specific panic responses in sentient beings’ brains
11 a hidden stinger that instantly kills both it and the victim if it stings something.
12 countless quills that it can fire like bolts.
13 an ever-changing fractal form.
14 the ever present stench of thousands of rotten corpses.
15 seven prehensile squid tentacles.
16 magnificent, speartip-sharp antlers.
17 chitinous insectile plates.
18 spider legs growing from its orifices.
19 grasshopper legs able to jump dozens of times its length.
20 a charming, genteel voice and a fondness for intellectual conversation (before it kills you).
1 spew forth clouds of burning ash.
2 emit hyper-allergic dust.
3 emit blinding flashes of light from hidden photopores.
4 eat anything organic.
5 spit forth a tiny clone of itself upon death that tries to escape.
6 keep a victim paralyzed if it can hold their gaze.
7 constantly chant psionic nonsense poetry that confuses sentient prey.
8 become a blind spot in sentient creatures' vision for short periods of time.
9 climb on walls and ceilings.
10 fit itself into impossibly small spaces.
11 can wreathe itself in mist and become nearly invisible.
12 instantly incorporate eaten flesh and bone into itself.
13 spit acid.
14 spew forth magma.
15 emit hallucinogenic gas.
16 shapeshift into your loved ones.
17 bleed small insects.
18 alter local gravity.
19 turn metal into sand.
20 hover eerily.
LONG AGO, THIS CREATURE
1 destroyed an entire ecosystem with its ceaseless hunger.
2 outwitted a famous band of beast hunters and left their corpses for all to see.
3 devoured a spirit and digested its essence and powers.
4 was a tiny normal animal that fell into a Mutation Vat.
5 was a tormented lab experiment that managed to escape.
6 became a target of a sentient mutagen virus that wanted to morph it into the perfect host.
7 was worshipped as a guardian of a tribe that lived in its territory.
8 systematically eradicated an entire civilization.
9 was a tiny normal animal that was bombarded by intense radiation.
10 was released from captivity by a human who later became its friend.
11 bonded with a human, who betrayed it. It will never make the same mistake again.
12 accidentally saved an important human leader, after which they became friends.
13 was Summoned by a foolish wizard who it immediately devoured.
14 crossed into our world across a bridge between dimensions.
15 escaped the slumbering mind of a dreaming God.
16 emerged, fully formed, from a pile of unstable radioactive mutagenic ooze.
17 served as the symbol for a warlike nation who respected its power and deadliness.
18 was a wizard whose experiment went horribly, horribly wrong.
19 was engineered as a biological war machine by a long-lost civilization.
20 Was exiled from its own dimension
1 an ever-beating heart
2 a gallstone that serves as panacea
3 bones stronger than steel
4 teeth sharper than blades
5 a petrified fetal twin
6 guts that writhe like snakes
7 an eye filled with timeless pain
8 highly explosive bile
9 a tiny budded copy of itself
10 hide stronger than steel plate
11 venom that is so deadly it can kill ideas
12 brains with high thaumic potential
13 a densely encoded genetic cipher
14 an advanced weapon from a devoured beast hunter
15 a priceless relic from a long dead civilization
16 a liver holding the accumulated toxins of hundreds of years of indiscriminate devouring
17 regenerative but addictive blood
18 tallow that burns for centuries
19 cancerous tumors that induce mutations when eaten
20 a key to a long forgotten treasure
CAN BE HARVESTED FROM ITS CORPSE.
This table was made with assistance from the excellent Goat Wizard from the OSR Discord!