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[Megalist] 108 Obscure European Monsters + Adventure Seeds, Setting Ideas, etc.
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[Megalist] 108 Obscure European Monsters + Adventure Seeds, Setting Ideas, etc.

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This is exactly what it says on the tin: a list of 108 little-known monsters from European mythology, along with adventure seeds, setting ideas, and other commentary for each one. 

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  • Araleze: Armenian winged dog that lives in the sky or on mountains. Like valkyries, they visit dead and dying heroes, but they lick the heroes’ wounds in order to heal or resurrect them. Corpses have occasionally been brought left at mountaintops or on towers so that the aralezes (or aralezner) would visit and revive them. There are not enough heroes anymore, but the heroic blood that the araleze licks up is what sustains them, so now the aralezes have started to tutor heroes. Remember, however, that “heroism,” in the original sense, is about being legendary, not about being good. Also, consider giving them a vulture aesthetic, since the tradition involving them is reminiscent of Zoroastrian sky burials.
  • Paasselkä Devil: Finnish monster that, like the will-o-wisp, takes the form of a ball of light and appears in swamps and forests (specifically, around Lake Paasselkä). It will chase fishermen and can move very quickly, and may appear in groups. If they resemble the will-o’-wisp then they must be ghosts of some sort, so what if they’re the ghosts of fish? Imagine a whole group of Paasselkä devils “swimming” through the air and gathered close together as a school. It isn’t hard to guess why they might have it out for fishermen. Glub glub.
  • Vampire fruit: Romani monster with a peculiar origin. It was believed that vampirism is a condition which can befall all manner of things, including fruit (and most commonly pumpkins and watermelons). Such vampiric fruits are usually not dangerous to humans, but they can still be troublesome and, if need be, can be killed by dousing them in boiling water. If even a vampire watermelons are possible, then vampirism seems less like a disease, even a supernatural one, than some kind of distortion of the world itself. There are legends of statutes that bleed, so can a rock be vampiric? What do you do when you enter a village only to find that the village itself, not just the people and their animals but the buildings, the land, the very name of the village, have become vampires as well?

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