The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts
Within these pages lie the stories of 13 madmen and their singular creations. Some are flesh and blood, others glass or wax, even metal or mist. Whatever their makeup, each has the will to live - and sometimes that means needing to kill. They are more than just golems. They are the Created. And they are ready to make your acquaintance.
Among those lurking inside:
The Chaperone, a bestial companion with grave defects.
Automatic Man, a corroded "butler" entombed in rubble, eager to serve up terror anew.
Angelique, a perfect beauty with an imperfect past, terrified by the "killer within."
Dr. Bollenbach, a surgeon who know the many faces of death - and who would like you to meet them.
Children of the Night: The Created is the fourth volume in a series that celebrates the horrors detailed in the best-selling Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendiums. Each of the creatures in this book is introduced through a complete story describing its origin, powers, and personality, as well as a short adventure.
While these monsters are designed for the RAVENLOFT campaign setting, they can be unleashed in any AD&D game world. Each mini-adventure can serve as a diversion from regular play, a special "evening of terror," or become part of your ongoing horror campaign.
For all character levels.
"Children of the Night: The Created" (1999), by Peter Adkinson, Steven "Stan!" Brown, William W. Connors, Dave Gross, Miranda Horner, Harold Johnson, John W. Mangrum, Steve Miller, Thomas M. Reid, Cindi Rice, Lucien Soulban, Ed Stark, and David Wise, is the fourth and final Children of the Night supplement for Ravenloft. It was published in May 1999.
About the Cover. The cover shows the new style for Ravenloft books that debuted in Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium, Volume One (1999). The art is somewhat abstractly horrific and appears in monochromatic colors. It represents a big change from the four-color covers of the earlier '90s.
The cover is also notable for its placement of the generic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons logo at the top of the cover. Ravenloft appears much smaller as part of a phrase that reads "For use in Ravenloft or any other AD&D campaign setting."
Origins (I): The End of Ravenloft. When the first Monster Hunter's Compendium appeared, with its deemphasized Ravenloft logo, it wasn't obvious what was going on. After all, that was a new series, reprinting old Ravenloft supplements, so perhaps Wizards was trying to deliver it to a new, larger audience.
However, with "Children of the Night: The Created" (1999) the other shoe dropped. This was a continuation of an existing Ravenloft series, but again Wizards was suggesting that the supplement could be used with any setting. It was part of Wizards' rapid-fire cancellation of the numerous lines that TSR had created for AD&D 2e (1989-2000), which may have been a factor in TSR's bankruptcy. Just a few more Ravenloft publications would dribble out, before the line gots its finale in Die Vecna Die! (2000), a Greyhawk/Planescape/Ravenloft crossover.
Origins (II): The Last Children. The "Children of the Night" supplements got their start with "Children of the Night: Vampires" (1996). They were a series of monstrous NPC books, each associated with a particular Van Richten Guide. This one is obviously linked to Van Richten's Guide to the Created (1994). Like the second book in the series, "Children of the Night: Ghosts" (1997), "The Created" is credited to "The Kargat".
Monsters of Note. Though there were lots of weird golems in MC10: "Monstrous Compendium Ravenloft Appendix" (1991), the flesh golems are the ones that got the most attention in Ravenloft, due to their connection to Frankenstein's Monster. That trope repeats here, with four different flesh golems making their appearance.
However, "The Created" goes far beyond this — and far beyond what was covered in Van Richten's Guide to the Created. It features a number of unique golems including a coin golem, a mechanical golem, a spell-rune golem, a stained glass golem, a transient golem, a wax golem, a "super-golem", and the weird "mini-kins". (Of them, the transient golem is the only one that's not presented as a unique NPC, and thus the only one that's relatively easy to translate into a whole monstrous race.)
Future History. "The Created" had an associated Adventurer's Guild release: "Deepening Shadows" (1999) by James Wyatt.
About the Creators. "Children of the Night: The Created" was written by a who's who of D&D designers, from Wizards of the Coast president Peter Adkinson on down. The Kargat referred to in the credits was the group of designers who guided the Ravenloft line … but this group of designers was much larger.
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