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Tym's Monstrous Book


Description

Perhaps "book" is a misnomer, as Tym's Monstrous Book is in actuality a collection of individual folios, each having a different theme, such as "Felines of Faerûn," discussing all manner of cats from domestic to wild, winged to aquatic. Though the individual folios are of slightly different thicknesses, each has pages of parchment linked by a series of five silver rings secured by a fine golden rod. Some pages may be found to have been added after the rings were secured, by cutting the parchment and sewing it together again to fit through the rings. They are each roughly 12 inches wide by 18 inches tall, with covers are panels of laspar wood, golden-yellow in color. The interior sides of these panels are lined with a deep yellow velvet, and the exterior of the each front panel has the name of the individual collection burned into it.


Origin

The original author of this collection was an evoker named Tym, who was born in Cormyr and wandered Faerûn with several bands of adventurers ere he died about a century ago. Tym made a detailed study of the creatures he and his companions encountered and/or slew, noting their strengths, weaknesses, ecology, and other such useful lore. To this day, there are those who still add new material to this "book" in honor of him.


Index to the Book

Here we have an index to the creatures that have been described in the folios, compiled by myself and other scribes with an interest in Tym's great work. Our intent is to save you the reader the tedium of searching each individual folio for the particular beast sought (which could be a life-saving experience for you when faced with several hand counts of monsters at once!). Observant readers will notice that not only the monsters of Faerûn are listed. Some of our colleagues from the lands of Kara-Tur far to the east have graciously provided their own material, and creatures from the newly-discovered land of Maztica are being documented by Amnian explorers (or exploiters, take your pick!) for the benefit of readers in Faerûn (or simply to make a quick coin or two!).

Please note that neither myself nor the other scribes take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information within the folios, as after Tym's death the contributions have not been entirely uniform in style or content. If a particular entry states with confidence that brandishing a sprig of parsley in the face of a dragon will drive it away, do not hold us accountable when the parsley is used as the garnish on a meal of naive adventurer!

Please see the bottom of this rather long page to find news and update information, a link to a hardcopy of the monster index, and the credits. For the whole story of Tym's Monstrous Book, and the entire list of known monster collections, refer to Pages from the Mages Accesory, p.117. ~Randel~

MONSTERREFERENCE(S)
AballinCS
AlaghiMC11
AlguduirMC11
Alhoon (Illithilich)FRB1
Ammonite, GoldenMC11
Animals, PleistoceneMC3
Ahuizotl FMA1
Aratha (Killer Beetle)FRX1
AsabisFR13, VL
AscallionMC3
AsperiiMC3
Automaton, Trobriand’s – FerraganRoU2
Automaton, Trobriand’s – SilversannRoU2
Automaton, Trobriand’s – ThanatarRoU2
Avian, BoobrieMC11
Avian, EblisMC11
Avian, FlightlessMC11
BaelnornFRX1
Bacar FMA2

Bajang

MC6

Bakemono

MC6

Balhiir

VL

Banedead

RoZK

Baneguard

CS

Banelar

DM197

Banelich

RoZK

Bat, Deep – Azmyth

MC11, FOR2

Bat, Deep – Night Hunter

MC11, FOR2

Bat, Deep – Sinister

MC11, FOR2

Bat, Deep – Werebat

MC11, FOR2

Beetle, Deathmirror

Poly93

Beguiler

MC11

Beholder – Doomsphere (Ghost Beholder)

FRX1

Beholder – Elder Orb

RoU

Beholder-kin – Death Kiss

RoU

Beholder-kin – Gauth (Nighteyes)

MC3

Beholder-kin – Spectator

MC3

Belabra (Tangler)

MC3

Berbalang

MC3

Bhaergala

MC3

Bi-Nou

RoU2

Bisan

MC6

Blazing Bones

FRX1

Blood Rider (Blood Warrior)

FR2, VL

Bonebat

CS, FA1

Boogin

Shad

Bunyip

MC3

Burbur

MC3

Burnbones

RoZK

Buso, Tagamaling

MC6

Buso, Tigbanua

MC6

Cat, Change Cat

MC11

Cat, Domestic

MC11

Cat, Elven

MC11

Cat, Flying – Tressym

CS, FRQ1

Cat, Great – Cath Shee (Faerie Cat)

EoE

Cat, Great – Crag

VGttN

Cat, Great – Sand

MC11

Cat, Great – Snow Tiger

Spel

Cat, Luck Eater

MC11

Cat, Wild

MC11

Chosen One

Spel, VL

Chu-u

MC6

Claw, Crawling

MC3

Cloaker

MC3

Cloaker Lord

FRB1

Cantobele

MC11

Centaur, Nomadic

TH

Chitine

MC11

Cildabrin

MC11

Colossus, Stone

FR10

Con-tinh

MC6

Crustaid

Poly132

Curst

CoS

Darkenbeast

MC3, SoS, VL

Darktentacles

RoUM

Death, Crimson

MC3

Deepspawn

CS, FR11

Denizen

FRE3

Dimensional Warper

MC11

Dinosaur [various]

MC3

Disenchanter

PftM

Doc cu’o’c

MC6

Dog, Silver

MC11

Doppleganger, Greater

CoS

Dracimera

CotD

Dracohydra

FOR1, CotD

Dracolich

CS, MC3, CotD

Dragger

CoRB

Dragon, Brown

FR13

Dragon, Deep

MC11, FOR2

Dragon, Electrum

MC11

Dragon, Faerie

MC3

Dragon, Fang

MC11

Dragon, Ghost

CotD

Dragon, Lesser Undead – Skeleton

CotD

Dragon, Lesser Undead – Zombie

CotD

Dragon, Maztican (Tlalocoatl, Rain Dragon) FMA1

Dragon, Mercury

FOR1

Dragon, Oriental – Chiang Lung (River Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Li Lung (Earth Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Lung Wang (Sea Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Pan Lung (Coiled Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Shen Lung (Spirit Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – T’ien Lung (Celestial Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Tun Mi Lung (Typhoon Dragon)

MC3

Dragon, Oriental – Yu Lung (Carp Dargon)

MC3

Dragon, Steel

FOR1

Dragon, Yellow

FOR1

Dragon-kin – Cult of the Dragon

CotD

Dragon-kin – Tribal

CotD

Dread

FRX1

Dread Warrior

Spel, FR6, VL

Duhlarkin

CoS

Duruch’i-lin

MC6

Dwarf, Arctic (Inugaakalaurit)

FR14

Dwarf, Wild

FR11

Elemental, Fire-kin (Tome Guardian)

FR4, PftM

Elemental, Nature

RoZK

Elf, Aquatic

MC11

Fachan

MC11

Feeblestar

WT

Feyr

MC11

Feyr, Great

MC11

Feystag (Calygraunt)

MC11

Firenewt

MC3

Firestar

MC3, SotD

Firetail

MC11

Fish – Bloatfish

FR14

Fish – Black Burner

FR14

Fish – Cobra Trout

EE

Fish – Crystal Nipper

FR14

Fish – Giant Carp

MC6

Fish – Gray Flatfish

EE

Fish – Icetail

FR14

Fish – Spiny Sleeper

FR14

Fish, Subterranean – Iridescent Plecos

RoU2

Fish, Subterranean – Lemon

RoU2

Fish, Subterranean – Wattley

RoU2

Flameskull

DM197

Flareater

RoU2

Foo Creature – Dog

MC6

Foo Creature – Lion

MC6

Foulwing

FRB1

Frost

MC11

Gaki, Jiki-ketsu-gaki

MC6

Gaki, Jiki-niku-gaki

MC6

Gaki, Shikki-gaki

MC6

Gaki, Shinen-gaki

MC6

Gambado

CS

Gargantua, Humanoid

MC6

Gargantua, Insectoid

MC6

Gargantua, Reptilian

MC6

Gargoyle, Guardgoyle

RoZK

Gaund

MC11

Ghaunadan

CoS

Ghost, Lesser REF5

Giant, Mountain

MC11

Gibbering Mouther

CS

Gibberling

CS

Gloomwing – Flying Serpent

MC11

Gloomwing – Moth

MC11

Golem, Brain

DM193

Golem, Gemstone – Diamond

Spel

Golem, Gemstone – Emerald

Spel

Golem, Gemstone – Ruby

Spel

Golem, Hammer

DM193

Golem, Lightning

MC11

Golem, Magic

RoZK

Golem, Spiderstone

DM193

Golem, Vault Guardian

RoZK

Groundling

Poly93

Guardian, Mithral

U:LL

Gulguthydra

CoS

Hag, Bheur

Spel

Hai Nu

MC6

Hakeasher

CoS, FR10

Hamadryad

MC11

Hannya

MC6

Harrier

MC11

Harrla

MC11

Haun

MC11

Haundar

MC11

Helmed Horror

CS, FA1

Hendar

MC11

Hengeyokai

MC6

Horse, Moon-horse (Teu’kelytha)

EoE

Horse, Nars

TH

Horse, Raurin

TH

Horse, Semphari

TH

Horse, Sosser

TH

Horse, Steppe

TH

Hsing-sing

MC6

Hu Hsien

MC6

Hybsil

RoZK

Ibrandlin

RoU

Ikiryo

MC6

Inquisitor

MC11

Jishin Mushi

MC6

Kala, Cave

MC6

Kala, Earth

MC6

Kalmari

FRC2, VL

Kaluk

MC6

Kamigoroshi (Lesser Spirit)

DM198

Kappa, Common

MC6

Kappa, Kappa-Ti

MC6

Kappa, Vampiric

MC6

Katanga, Caiman

Poly?

Katanga, Hedgehog

Poly129

Katanga, Impala

Poly129

Katanga, Monkey

Poly?

Katanga, Pangolin

Poly?

Katanga, Snake

Poly?

Katanga, Tiger

Poly?

Kholiathra

EoE

Korobokuru, Common

MC6

Korobokuru, Ishikorobokuru

MC6

Korobokuru, Malatran

Poly?

Krakentua

MC6

Krotter

FOR6

Kuei

MC6

Kupuk

FR14

Lacerial, Bladeback

Poly129

Lacerial, Finhead

Poly129

Lacerial, Flyer

Poly129

Lacerial, Hornhead

Poly129

Laerti [Laerti, Stingtail]

FR13

Laraken

FR16

Leucrotta, Greater

CoS

Lhiannan Shee

MC11

Lich, Pseudo- REF5

Lichling [Mature, Young]

FA2, EE

Lizard, Subterranean

FRB1

Lock Lurker

CS, FRQ1

Loxo

MC11

Lungfish, Giant (Bichir)

MC3

Lycanthrope, Lythari

EoE

Lycanthrope, Werecrocodile

FR10

Lycanthrope, Wereshark

CoS

Lythlyx

FRX1

Maedar [Maedar, Glyptar]

MC3

Magebane

FRX1

Magedoom

RoZK

Manni

MC11

Mantidrake

CotD

Mara (Great Walker)

MC11

Meazel

MC3

Memedi, Common

MC6

Memedi, Gendruwo

MC6

Men, Frost Barbarian

MC6

Men, Wako

MC6

Men-shen

MC6

Metalmaster (Sword Slug)

FRX1

Mimic, Greater

RoU2

Minions, Divine

FR10

Mist, Scarlet Dancer

RoZK

Mold, Death

RoU2

Mold, Deep

RoU2

Mold, Gray

RoU2

Morin

MC11

Mouse, FarrowdaleEE
Mummy, Greater REF5
Myrlochar (Soul Spider)FOR2

Naga, Bone

FRX1

Naga, Dark

CS, MC11, FR13

Nat, Einsaung

MC6

Nat, Hkum Yeng

MC6

Nat, Lu

MC6

Neo-Orog [Black, Red]

Spel

Nightrider

FRE3

Nightshade

FRQ3

Ningyo

MC6

Nishruu

CS, FA1

Nyth

CoS, FA1

Odonti

RoZK

Ogre, Ice Spire

FOR6, VL

Oni, Common

MC6

Oni, Go-Zu-Oni

MC6

Oni, Me-Zu-Oni

MC6

Opossum, Copper

EE

Ormyrr

FRX1

Orpsu

MC11, FR13

Oscray

Poly129

P’oh

MC6

P’oh, Gohei

MC6

Palimpsest

CoS

Pedipalp, Giant

FOR2

Pedipalp, Huge

FOR2

Pedipalp, Large

FOR2

Peltast

CoS, FA1

Peltast, Greater

FA1

Peryton

MC11

Phaerimm

RoMD, FR13, N:EoM, VL

Phantom

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Black Willow

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Retch Plant

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Snapper-Saw

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Thornslinger

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Viper Vine

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Whipweed

MC11

Plant, Carnivorous – Witherweed

MC11

Protein Polymorph

DA14, DoD

Pteramen

FRM1, VL

Pudding, Subterranean – Dense

RoU2

Pudding, Subterranean – Gray

RoU2

Pudding, Subterranean – Stone

RoU2

Quaggoth

CS

Quelzarn

FRE2, WT

Raggamoffyn, Common

CoS

Raggamoffyn, Gutterspite

CoS

Raggamoffyn, Shrapnyl

CoS

Raggamoffyn, Tatterdemanimal

CoS

Rat, Goblin

MC6

Rat, Zhentish Sewer

RoZK

Raven, Greater

CoRB

Render

RoZK

Revenant

MC3

Reverend Ones

EoE

Reviler

DA71

Rhaumbusun

MC3

Ring-worm

MC11

Rohch, Dark

MC11

Rohch, Killer

MC11

Rohch, Swamp

MC11

Rohch, Wood

MC11

Rothe, Deep

FOR2

Sacaanti

RoZK

Saru

Poly?

Saurial, Bladebacks

MC11

Saurial, Finheads

MC11

Saurial, Flyers

MC11

Saurial, Hornheads

MC11

Scaladar

RoU

Scaladar, Enhanced

RoU2

Scalamagdrion

PftM

Sea Hag, Greater

CoRB

Sha’az

MC11

Shadevar

VL, Poly93

Shadow, Arch- [Arch-Shadow, Demi-Shade]

SoS

Shadow Lurker

RoU2

Shadowhounds

FOR6

Shadowmaster (Malaugrym)

VL

Shadowrath [Greater, Lesser]

CoS

Shadowstaff

SotM

Shalarin

WT

Shan Sao

MC6

Sharn

RoU

Shatjan

TH

Shee

FA1

Shirokinukatsukami

MC6

Shu

Poly?

Silver Dog

MC11

Simpathetic

MC11

Skeleton, Dinosaur REF5

Skriaxit

FR10

Skum

CS

Skuz

MC11

Slithering Hoard

WT

Slithermorph

RoU

Snake, Flying – Deathfang

RoU

Snake, Flying – Flying Fang

RoU

Snake, Glacier

VGttN

Snake, Messenger

RoZK

Snake, Moonsea Ride Spirit Constrictor

EE

Snake, Sewerm

CoS

Solifugid, Giant

FOR2

Solifugid, Huge

FOR2

Solifugid, Large

FOR2

Spectral Harpist

FOR4

Sphinx, Draco-

FR10

Spider, Goblin

MC6

Spider, Monkey

MC11

Spider, Subterranean – Hairy

FOR2

Spider, Subterranean – Hunting

FOR2

Spider, Subterranean – Sword

FOR2

Spider, Subterranean – Watch

CoS, FOR2

Spider, Wrath-

RoU2

Spirit, Centipede – Greater

MC6

Spirit, Centipede – Least

MC6

Spirit, Centipede – Lesser

MC6

Spirit, Flame – Greater

MC6

Spirit, Flame – Least

MC6

Spirit, Flame – Lesser

MC6

Spirit, Forest

Spel

Spirit, Greater – Manggus

TH

Spirit, Greater – Monkey

TH

Spirit, Greater – Shimnus

TH

Spirit, Ice

Spel

Spirit, Nature – Greater

MC6

Spirit, Nature – Least

MC6

Spirit, Nature – Lesser

MC6

Spirit, Rock

Spel

Spirit, Stone – Greater

MC6

Spirit, Stone – Least

MC6

Spirit, Stone – Lesser

MC6

Spirit Folk, Bamboo

MC6

Spirit Folk, River

MC6

Spirit Folk, Sea

MC6

Spitting Crawler

FOR2

Sprite, Seelie

Spel

Sprite, Unseelie

Spel

Spirit, ZentarimRoZK

Statue That Walks

FR6

Steel Shadow

RoU

Strider, Giant

MC3

Sull

MC3

Svirfneblin (Deep Gnome)

MC3
Tabaxi

FMA1

Tako, Female

MC6

Tako, Male

MC6

Talisman Servant, Caravan

DM242

Talisman Servant, Gladiator

DM242

Talisman Servant, Mystran

DM242

Tam’hi

Poly?

Tarsardar

SotM

Tempest

MC11

Tengu, Crow

MC6

Tengu, Humanoid

MC6

Thaalud (Tomb Tapper)

FR13, N:EoM

Thessalmonster, Thessalgorgon

MC3

Thessalmonster, Thessalhydra

MC3

Thessalmonster, Thessalmera

MC3

Thessalmonster, Thessaltrice

MC3

Thri-kreen (Mantis Warrior)

MC3

Thylacine

MC3

Tirichik

FR14

Tlincalli

MC11

Treant, Undead

EE

Tree, Dark

FR16

Tren

MC11

Tressym

CS, FRQ1

Unicorn, Black

Spel

Ur-Histachii (Undead)

CotD

Uthraki

Spel

Vampire, Greater REF5

Vine, Serpent

RoU2

Vulture, Common

MC3

Vulture, Condor

MC3

Vulture, Giant

MC3

Vurgens (Giant gulper eel)

MC3

Wang-Liang

MC6

Watchghost

RoU

Web, Living

MC3

Wemic

MC3

Weredragon

FA1

Whipsting

DM197

Wight, Great REF5
Wight, Half- REF5

Windghost

FRX1

Wingless Wonder

FRB1, SotM

Wizshade

VGtATM

Wraith, Desert

FR10

Wyvern Drake

CotD

Xantravar (Stinging Horror)

FRX1

Xaver

FRX1

Yochlol

FOR2, VL

Yuan-Ti, Histachii

MC6

Yuki-on-na

MC6

Zombie, Living REF5
Zombie, NethereseHtMAF


Unique Beings, Creatures, & Monsters

More than just "typical" monsters have been given entries in this work, if any monster can truly be called typical. Here are those that were considered "unique" - some good, some bad, and some in between.

NAMEREFERENCE(S)
Eltab (tanar’ri abyssal lord)Spel
Eormennoth (bronze dragon)CoRB
Errtu (balor tanar’ri)VL
H'Calos ("alien" centipede) FMA2
Iyachtu XvimFR6
Kamerynn (unicorn)FR2
Kazgaroth (servant of Bhaal)FR2, VL
Leader of the Pack (wolf)FR2
Leviathan (whale)FR2
Marble (ghost)CastS
Mistinarperadnacles Hai Draco (venerable red dragon)VL
Render (a big, hairy eating machine)RoZK
Tyranthraxus (possessing spirit)FRC2, VL
Vreesar (gelugon baatezu)VL
White Stag, The (hart)EoE


Reference Material

In the table below, you will find a list of tomes that put the contents of Tym's Monstrous Book into what Elminster would describe as "game terms" for you folk of Earth.

CODEREFERENCE
CSForgotten Realms Campaign Setting Boxed Set
CastSCastle Spulzeer
CoRBThe City of Raven’s Bluff
CoSCity of Splendors Boxed Set
DM#Dragon Magazine #
DA#DUNGEON Adventures #
DoDDungeons of Despair
EEElminster’s Ecologies
EoEElves of Evermeet
FA1Halls of the High King
FA2Nightmare Keep
FMA1 Fires of Zatal
FMA2 Endless Armies

FOR1

Draconomicon

FOR2

The Drow of the Underdark

FOR4

Code of the Harpers

FOR6

Giantcraft

FR2

Moonshae

FR4

The Magister

FR10

Old Empires

FR13

Anauroch

FR16

The Shining South

FRB1

Menzoberranzan Boxed Set

FRC2

Curse of the Azure Bonds

FRE2

Tantras

FRE3

Waterdeep

FRM1

The Jungles of Chult

FRQ3

Doom of Daggerdale

FRX1

Ruins of Myth Drannor Boxed Set

HtMAF

How the Mighty Are Fallen

MC3

Forgotten Realms Monstrous Compendium Appendix I

MC6

Kara-Tur Monstrous Compendium Appendix

MC11

Forgotten Realms Monstrous Compendium Appendix II

N:EoM

Netheril: Empire of Magic Boxed Set

Poly#

Polyhedron Magazine #

REF5 Lords of Darkness

RoU

Ruins of Undermountain Boxed Set

RoU2

Ruins of Undermountain 2 Boxed Set

RoZK

Ruins of Zhentil Keep Boxed Set

Shad

Shadowdale booklet from the Campaign Setting Boxed Set

SoS

The Secret of Spiderhaunt

SotD

The Sword of the Dales

SotM

Secrets of the Magister

Spel

Spellbound Boxed Set

TH

The Horde Boxed Set

U:LL

Undermountain: The Lost Level Boxed Set

VGtATM

Volo’s Guide to All Things Magical

VGttN

Volo’s Guide to the North

VL

Villains’ Lorebook

WT

Wyrmskull Throne


News and Updates

17 Jun 00 Nothing major added, as I'm still compiling more data. I have added a counter to give me an idea of just how much traffic this page gets, since I would like to know that someone is getting some use out of this work other than me! 8) BTW, if anyone has difficulty reading the text with the color scheme I have chosen, please let me know. This page is no good if you can't read it.

16 Jun 00 Quite a few changes. I have edited the text of the introductory passages, and added a few Maztican monsters and their references. Other monster additions are the new varieties of undead from REF5 Lords of Darkness. You will notice newly-added monsters by the icon next to each, which I will continue to use for your convenience. Please note that the hardcopy index does note have the new Maztican or REF5 monsters added yet, and I am still working on the Monstrous Manual and the Monstrous Compendium Annual references for each creature.


Notes from the Scribe

Inspiration

I have patterned this information to appear as if it were the compilation Tym's Monstrous Book, a volume of monster lore detailed in the Pages from the Mages Accessory (TSR #9491), just to make it more colorful. Some of the text above is taken from that product and paraphrased, with the rest being original work.

Purposes

I put this list together to serve two purposes:

  1. To support my efforts in compiling a 'Monstrous Manual' of Realmsian creatures, since I would like to have a copy of all of them in one big binder for easy reference
  2. To support the FR3E Conversion Proup that has recently convened, allowing the group to prioritize the creatures converted and keep track of the progress

Regarding the FR3E conversion Project, you can join by typing the e-mail address that you wish to have the list messages sent to in the input box below. Martyn Quick is coordinating the group's efforts, and you can visit the Forgotten Realms 3rd Edition Conversion Project web site for more information.

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Hardcopy of the Index

Download a hardcopy of the index (a ZIP archive containing an RTF document). Please note that this is Version 1.0 of the document and that there are bound to be some errors. Version 2.0 will have several more references added, to include the Monstrous Manual hardbound and the four Monstrous Compendium Annuals. More than a few monsters that were originally created for the Realms have made their way into the Monstrous Manual and the Annuals, so you may not have to scramble for an OOP product to access a monster that you really want to read about.

Request for Additional Information

If anyone knows the Polyhedron issue #s for the monsters in the list that have "Poly?" shown as the reference, please send them my way and your generosity will be immortalized here for all the world to see. Likewise, any additional monsters and their reference(s) would great.

Humor?

Finally, does anyone but me see the Pythonian humor in an evoker named Tym who knows a lot about monsters? Think Quest for the Holy Grail-->The Mighty Tim-->The Rabbit. I would bet that this is probably what Ed had in mind...

~Randel~


Credits

Many people from the REALMS-L aided in the preparation of this material by providing valuable reference information, and they have my heartfelt thanks. They are, in no particular order:


Comments & Corrections

Want to make a comment on this material? Did you find a blatant error? Did I forget to credit you? Contact the lowly scribe ~Randel~ (who seems to be slaving at the pen for every self-important sage in Faerûn of late!)



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