Monster – Aarni

”A spirit or dragon, which is believed to be lying atop buried treasure. Aarni is seen cleaning and polishing his mouldy treasures in forests and on hill-slopes; often he is heard clinking his gold crowns when he is favourable to some melancholic worshipper of money. [Aarni’s] temple was a room in an ash-grove, where trees never sprouted leaves…birds did not sing on the branches; only a few ravens built their nests there. In the grove magpies cackled, wolves howled and owls hooted. Shepherds did not bring their flocks there, for the ground was unwholesome. The air was heavy in the grove’s vicinity. At night strange apparitions were seen there.”

– Kristfrid Ganander, Mythologia Fennica (1789 CE)

This comprises my first entry in a series of DCC RPG monsters derived from Finnish folklore: in the Finnish language “aarni” is likely a loan from the Old Norse word ǫrn (Eng. “eagle”) albeit with some confusion as to meaning; likely a griffin or some other nebulous supernatural being is originally intended. But we will not let facts get in the way of fun…

Summa summarum: this immune-to-mundane-attacks entity can be found guarding piles of treasure in e.g. dungeons: Aarni

Cheers,

MM

The Stinkgoblins!

“Yeh, we kept losing kids for a while. They went to take out the slops to the midden, or popped out to the outhouse late at night. We never saw ’em again!

Then, a really weird chap walked into town. ‘E smelled like roses, and spritzed everyone with a good smelling thing.

I think ‘e were one of them elves or summin’, but what do I know… Queer, that’s what ‘e was. Or she. Cannae ever tell from them pointies.

Any’ow, after ‘e sold a buncha that good smellin’ water all over the town, an’ no kids ‘ave gone lost since! Ain’t that weird!”

As I’ve (slowly) worked the editorial through the old articles, I came across a mention of stinkgoblins. Just an off hand remark, in the flavour text of one of the first articles (namely Equipment, improved).

So I figured that they’d be a light enough thing to write up during the review process. It’ll take me a while to get through all of my old stuff, let alone tweak the rest of the blog and process to toot out good content consistently (you can keep an eye on the reviews at Review Week!, I’ll update it as I go along).

Anyhow, read up on the stinkgoblins below.

Cheers,

AMP

Monster stats for stinkgoblins: DCC_Monster_Stinkgoblin_AMP

 

 

Narrimunth, Spawnmother of Rats

“‘Twas awful! The sewers, they were full of ’em! Jus’ like a roiling, furry wave! Claws and snouts, and them little beady eyes!

Me an Johnson, we ran like bats outta hell after opening that door down there. But it were of no use! The swarm jus’ caught up wiv’ us an’ ran us down. Then it turned around, like a tide turns, and carried us deep into the old parts of the sewer, where no one’s been for ages…

I don’ remember much after that. Jus’ many voices speaking to us. Many eyes. Tails knotted… I woke up in that there alley, jus’ a while ago…

Any’ow, how much fer that wheel’o’cheese? Yeah, the ripe one there. You weren’t going to throw it away were ya? The smell brought me ‘ere, sell it to me fer half price will ya? I’ve got a mighty ‘unger fer some smelly cheese, ever since I woke up. Mus’ be me nerves.” Continue reading “Narrimunth, Spawnmother of Rats”