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Bees emerge as blind worms from the flesh of rotting cows. The cockatrice is hatched from the eggs of black hens that have been corrupted by sorcerers. Kittens born in the month of May should be killed immediately since they will surely bring misfortune to the household. The caladarius bird dwells in the palaces of the great and by its gaze reveals whether an invalid will live or die. The Bestiary of Sundry Creatures sets out pre-modern people’s beliefs about many of the creatures that populated their world and their imagination. In addition to providing OSR (and Mork Borg) compatible statistics for these animals, it includes scholarly opinions and rustic folklore about the temperament, behaviour and medicinal and magical qualities of these creatures. GMs can use this material to make their medieval and early modern fantasy worlds richer, weirder and more immersive.

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shawn B December 01, 2021 6:53 pm UTC
absolutely desperate for a pod edition of this.
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Neil C December 01, 2021 7:00 pm UTC
Shawn, if you go to and check out their RPG catalogue, you can find the book and there is a link to get a PoD copy from Lulu.
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Jon G November 03, 2021 9:15 pm UTC
Any chance you could include the table of contents in the preview?
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Neil C November 26, 2021 12:15 pm UTC

From the Introduction.

"Although it does include some traditional ‘monsters’, this volume’s focus is not on creatures as cannon fodder or bundles of experience points to be put on a conveyor belt of carnage (though combat statistics are provided). Nor does it deal at all with strictly supernatural entities such as ghosts, demons, devils and the like that pre-modern people certainly believed existed but considered to be part of the spiritual world. Instead, it is concerned with what those people believed about the natural realm and how GMs can use those beliefs to add depth to their worlds. Every culture evolves theories about the form and behaviour of animals, the ways in which they interact with each other and with people. Yet, in most pre-modern fantasy settings, what should be a field of knowledge with its own distinct assumptions, logic and rules is all too often simply ‘painted on’ with an unstated presumption that creatures are understood in a very modern...See more
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