Monday, March 9, 2020

OSE Encounter Activities - Gnoll

Dunsian Gnoles almost seem like they slot better as Bugbears, so I often use Gnoll statistics as a stand in for a variety of different Beast Men, sometimes even mixing-and-matching groups of theriocephallic foes in the same encounter. For the activities in the table below I’ve cleaved closer to the traditional Hyena-folk. Using them this way gives me a chance to practice unsettling laughter, and I like to draw from nature wherever possible, so I usually make their nomadic societies matriarchal.

I never was quite sure what to make of the whole Gnome/Troll magical mixture rumors, but it does smack of the kind of unreliable information one might stumble across in a tome recording the second-hand observations of an unreliable Sage. More monsters might benefit from these kinds of speculative nonsensical origins. Maybe it’s a classification built out of some odd loophole convenience or incomplete observation, like the Barnacle Goose.

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