Thursday, August 23, 2018

Classifying Monvesian Creatures: Anachronisms, Doubles, Thoughtforms

Three new creature types were created for Monvesia in order to associate one creature type with each transitive plane as its daemon.  While several creatures were reclassified into these types, several more still need to be created.  In this post I will review the various creatures that can and will fill the ranks of these types.

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NOTE:  Three races from the Eberron campaign setting could find their way into Monvesia through these creature types:  Warforged as mortal modrons or inevitables; changeings as doppleganger descendants; or even kalishtar as embodied thoughtforms.

  Anachronisms

The list below includes creatures from throughout the history of the game--not just those presented for 5th Edition.
  • Clockworks
    • * Anhydrut [anachronism] {construct (inevitable)}
    • * Kolyarut [anachronism] {construct (inevitable)}
    • Marut [anachronism]
    • Modron, Duodrone [anachronism]
    • Modron, Monodrone [anachronism]
    • Modron, Pentadrone [anachronism]
    • Modron, Quadrone [anachronism]
    • Modron, Tridrone [anachronsism]
    • * Modron Hierarch, Decaton [anachronism] {construct} (100)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Nonaton [anachronism] {construct} (81)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Octon [anachronism] {construct} (64)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Septon [anachronism] {construct} (49)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Hexton [anachronism] {construct} (36)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Quinton [anachronism] {construct} (25)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Quarton [anachronism] {construct} (16)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Tertian [anachronism] {construct} (9)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Secundus [anachronism] {construct} (4)
    • * Modron Hierarch, Primus [anachronism] {construct} (1)
    • * Quarut [anachronism] {construct (inevitable)}
    • * Varakhut [anachronism] {construct (inevitable)}
    • Warforged (?)
      • Warforged could be a hybrid of modron tehnology and materials freely available in Monvesia--binding them to the Mortal Plane.  But why would they have been created?
    • * Zelekhut [anachronism] {construct (inevitable)}
  • Others
    • Slaadi (?)
      • I could find a place for the slaadi as another group of anachronisms--nightmares from an alternate past or unrealized future.  Until I find a motivation or use for the species, however, I will not definitively tie them to the Temporal Plane.

In mimicry of the chicken-egg egg quandry is the modron-inevitable quandry:  which one came first?  Some say it was the inevitables who were separated from their home and created the modrons to serve them; others say it was the modrons who created the inevitables.  Two two mehanoid races exist in a rigid, hierarchical structure that recognizes the Primus as its head.  In this hierarchy, the inevitables appear to serve an intermediate role between the modron hierarchs and the base modrons.

These clockwork beings are not the only inhabitants of the Temporal Plane--for every race and creature that could have existed does exist somewhere among the crossing streams of time.  Others must have become trapped in the Temporal Plane.  As the nature of the Timekeepers, archdaemons of the plane, is explored in more detail the other creatures may become apparent.  While the modron Primus is the most powerful of its kind, it is still not counted among the archdaemons.

Doubles

RETCON NOTE:  In earlier posts, this creature type was presented as reflections, with three subtypes (morph, hybrid, and grotesque).  Hybrids have been dropped as a subtype, and the core type merged with the morph subtype.  Earlier posts have been edited with the new name.
  • Bodak [double (grotesque)]
  • Changeling (?)
      • As doppelgangers can mimic any living thing, it is possible that they could mate with other humanoids; the resulting "half-doppelganger" would be a changeling.
  • * Doppelfisch [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • fish, whales
  • * Doppelflieger [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)
      • dragons, sphinxes, pegasi, angels, avariels
  • Doppelganger [double (shapechanger)]
      • humanoids
  • * Doppelkafer [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • insects, crustaceans
  • * Doppelkrake [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • squid, octopi
  • * Doppelspinnen [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • arachnids
  • * Doppeltier [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • quadrupeds
  • * Doppelvogel [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • birds, bats
  • * Doppelwurm [double (shapechanger)] {monstrosity (shapechanger)}
      • snakes, worms, eels
  • Luecrotta [double (grotesque)]
  • Mimic [double (shpechanger)]

The Mirror Plane is teeming with non-specific life, waiting to change its form to resemble who- or whatever may peer into a reflective surface.  This is, in part, a defense mechanism--no one can attack or enslave them if there is no proof that they exist.  Mimics act in opposition to this "rule," however: for they can be noticed whenever an extra item appears in a reflection.

Grotesques are doubles that have been transformed in an attempt to mimic a distorted reflection--the bodak a grotesque form of the doppelganger, and the luecrotta a grotesque doppeltier.  Numerous grotesques could exist for each type of doppel--each created from a different distortion.

Double society mimics mortal society, and there are lords, kings, and emperors among the doubles.  The chief nobles are called the Doppelmeisters, and it is they who serve as the archaemons of the Mirror Plane.

Thoughtforms

  • True Thoughtforms
    • * Egregore [thoughtform] {celestial or aberration}
    • Kalashtar (?)
      • A thoughtform--in particular a tulpa or even an egregor--could possibly come to possesses a mortal in order to experience life (whatever its reasons may be).
    • * Servitor [thoughtform] {construct} "Astral Construct"
    • * Tulpa [thoughtform] {celestial or aberration}
  • Thoughtform-Kin
    • Allip [thoughtform]
    • Astral Dreadnought [thoughtform (titan)]
    • Berbalang [thoughtform]
    • Eidolon [thoughtform]
  • Taintspawn
    • Grey Render [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Oblex Spawn [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Oblex, Adult [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Oblex, Elder [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Sorrowsworn, The Angry [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Sorrowsworn, The Hungry [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Sorrowsworn, The Lonely [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Sorrowsworn, The Lost [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
    • Sorrowsworn, The Wretched [thoughtform (taintspawn)]
The taintspawn are a subset of thoughtform that are not native to the Dreaming. They have been detailed in another post.
As with dragons, a distinction has been drawn between true thoughtforms and thoughtform-kin.  True thoughtforms are conscious manifestations of a mortal's (or group of mortals') will or sense of self.  They are created by the living.  Thought-kin result from the actions and thoughts of the living.  Taintspawn are a class of thoughtform-kin that have arisen from the Taint.

A class of unique and powerful egregores called Muses are the archdaemons of their kind.

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