[Runequest] Stupid monsters...

David Cake dave at difference.com.au
Sat May 18 04:28:42 EST 2013

I think you missed nasobeme, which might be the most ridiculous Gloranthan creature of all. Though I don't recall anyone, ever, writing anything about/using them since their publication (I think in Elder Secrets?)

The Grotarons worship a mammoth spirit that no one else has ever seen. I've always maintained that this is clearly Mr Snuffleupagus. 


On 16/05/2013, at 11:54 PM, lev at rpgreview.net wrote:

> I imagine that most of us are familiar with the classic Head Injury
> article on D&D and 30 Years of Stupid Monsters. If not you're in for a
> treat:
> http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article73.htm
> http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article95.htm
> I am so tempted to stat-up the Flumph for RuneQuest.
> So, in that spirit, what are the stupid monsters of RuneQuest (and by
> association, Glorantha)?
> Sure, I don't think there as many, because RQ never produced Monster
> Manual I - XIV. But surely there's a few?
> Or is it that RQ/Glorantha critters are so deeply embedded in a consistent
> paradigm that even the bad ones make sense?
> Ducks? Whether of the durulz or keet variety, whether humans cursed with
> web-feet, or ducks cursed with intelligence, are ducks stupid?
> Dark Elves? For some unknown reason I happily accept the walking trees of
> the Aldryami, but the group consciousness bipedal mushroom people? Yeah,
> it still makes sense dammit.
> Jack O'Bear? Giant scarecrows with pumpkin heads that fire paralysing
> bolts? That's a challenge even for D&D's psychotic underwear to top.
> Grotaron? I don't even want to think of how their digestive system works.
> Owl Lion? An giant owl-puma crossbreed that hates and hunts both parents.
> I would to. "What the hell are you doing? I'm not even remotely the same
> species, you pervert!"
> Actually the "Tom, Dick, and Harry" triple headed chaos monster annoys me
> too..
> Others?
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