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Monsters of the Orient: Complete Bestiary

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This 170-page bestiary contains lore, flavor, and more than 250 new statblocks - both new and old.

They are all firmly rooted in an exotic world full of adventure, exploration, and intrigue. Most monsters can, however, be used within any setting.

Also included are seven monstrous races: the hsing-sing, kappa, twilight naga, taka-onna, tengu, tsuno, and wang-liang.


Please leave a review after purchase, so I know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help me with future iterations of Monsters of the Orient, as well as any future titles.

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Zachary G July 22, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
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I don't understand the Taint mechanic and why it's relevent. It's very Orient/Shinto but I don't quite know how I'm to put that into game or "taint" player characters or how they might cure that. Like, how tainted does something have to be to make it entirely twisted to evil from what it was? I also was looking for a section eloborating on the Jigoku. Otherwise, I love the art and all the Creatures I've read so far in the book. Ashura & Dokufu being my current favorites.
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Marc A July 22, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
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Hi Zachary,

The Taint mechanic is explained within my other title "Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion". It has everything you need to run an Oriental flavored game.

In regards to Taint, it explains what happens at different levels of Taint exposure. It caps out at 10.
It also explains how Jigoku fits into the multiverse, though I am going to include a more in-depth description of it with the next update.

For games outside of the Orient, a monster's Taint score can simply be ignored.

I'm glad you like the monsters though!
I hope the perfect memory and near-immortality of the ashura make for some fun and memorable gameplay.
The dokufu is one of my favorites as well. I'm hoping the regional effects can help spread a sense of terror and despair among characters.
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Drew D July 20, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
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Just wondering how the ac on the white kitsune was calculated, was it like the red kitsune (charisma to ac) or natural armor or something else?
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Marc A July 20, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
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Hi Drew,

Nice catch. It adds it's Charisma modifier. The AC should be 18.
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John M S July 18, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
I was wondering, what normal animals are in this book? Also, what lycanthropes are in it? I remember an old (possibly) Chinese story about a wereowl, but I was wondering if there were other Asian lycanthropes. Maybe a werefox?
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Marc A July 18, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
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Hi John,

There are quiet a few animals in here. Dogs, foxes, pandas, lemmings, jellyfish, etc.

As for lycanthropes, there are werebadgers, werefoxes, werecrocodiles, wererhinoceroses, and weresharks.
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John M S July 18, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Awesome! I was especially hoping for pandas. Thanks!
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Marc A July 18, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
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Always happy to help!
If you find there's anything missing that you had hoped would be there, just let me know.

Also, should you decide to purchase, I'd very much appreciate a review if you can spare a few moments :)
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John M S July 19, 2017 7:11 pm UTC
Absolutely! My plan is to buy it next week.
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Darron B July 14, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
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Thank you. May the kami favor you this day.
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Marc A July 15, 2017 8:17 am UTC
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I see what you did there :)
And right back at you, Darron!
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Taylre G July 13, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
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THANK YOU!!!!! I've been waiting for this to come out for SO LONG. This is absolutely amazing, and it means I can finally get my medieval japan game off the ground without having to write or reskin so many monsters! If I could give you a million dollars I would!!! I wish I could have hard copies of all your books, actually!
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Marc A July 14, 2017 4:45 am UTC
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Hi Taylre,

I'm absolutely stoked that you are so happy about this :)
And if you could give me a million dollars I'd gladly accept it haha!

I'd love to hear about your adventures in the Orient once you and your group start your epic tale!
Please, if you ever find the time, I'd love to hear any and all feedback - or just fun stories. You can contact me directly at dnd5eoss@gmail.com

Also, I'm hoping Print-on-Demand will become an option for all my titles down the road. Starting with this one!
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Lee R July 12, 2017 2:17 am UTC
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any possibility for this to be added to kobold fight club?
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Marc A July 12, 2017 4:22 am UTC
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Hi Lee,

I absolutely want that to happen :)
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Lee R July 12, 2017 10:34 am UTC
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heres the current 3rd party spreadsheet, could you add your stuff to it and email it to one of the kobold press guys?
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YR8NBDp8BP4Lz-CWChh6-8dOPN7aYV_dRD6g9ZBvNqM/edit

It would really help out with building encounters with your monsters.
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Lee R July 12, 2017 10:44 am UTC
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Also the bookmarks for the pdf seem to be disorganised, with monsters underneath the appendices and out of order.
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Marc A July 12, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
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I'll definetly do that as soon as I'm home from my vacation ;)

As for the bookmarks, can you give me an example?
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Lee R July 14, 2017 10:55 am UTC
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http://imgur.com/a/Q0nY8
Can't wait for the epic level monster compendium
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Jon B July 10, 2017 8:43 am UTC
Any chance you will be releasing all these books (monsters, heroes, epic) in hardcover in the near future?
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Marc A July 12, 2017 4:22 am UTC
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Hi Jon,

I sure hope so!
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Josiah Z July 08, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Hi,
Any chance of this becoming a Fantasy Grounds Module?
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Marc A July 09, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
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Hi Josiah,

That's the plan, yes.
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Allen D July 09, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
+1 to the Fantasy Grounds Module! Would love to see it come to Fantasy Grounds. Always on the lookout for more bestiaries. I've done a fair amount of adventure conversions into FG and proofing for other authors. Would be happy to help proof anything you put into FG! (Not looking for payment, just like assisting others). Hope this is high on your list!

Allen (Gwydion on the Fantasy Grounds forums)
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Leah D July 07, 2017 10:44 pm UTC
Hi, I'm looking for more monsters to fit a reptiles/dinosaurs theme, or perhaps birds. Will I find much of that in here? What sorts of creatures are in here?
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Marc A July 08, 2017 4:43 am UTC
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Hi Leah,

There aren't really any dinosaurs, no.
There are a few things that are bird-ish.

There are phoenixes and tiny undead birds but that's about it.

I'll add a list of all included monsters once I get to a computer.
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Daniel S July 07, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
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You know, between this and the other Oriental works you have and the Tome of Beasts from Kobold Press I can't decide if I want to run an Oriental, Egyptian, or Nordic campaign next. So much good stuff.
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Marc A July 08, 2017 4:37 am UTC
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Hi Daniel,

I'm honored to be competing with ToB.

If you want to do a little bit of all, you could choose one of the three and have monsters from the other regions arrive by boat. Maybe the ship's crew are all dead and several exotic monsters have escaped? Maybe they're being displayed or auctioned to the rich?

Or maybe the campaign requires your players to visit all three regions to uncover the truth behind a powerful artifact?
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Cameron G July 08, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
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What I'm doing currently is a classic Medieval European setting being invaded by an Oriental-themed Empire from across the sea, bringing with them many of their monstrous creatures as war beasts or stowaways. Many of the more Nordic-Themed creatures already exist in my world, as a result of it taking a degree of inspiration from both the Witcher and Middle-Earth, so it's managed to include both, though desert-themed creatures are sadly right out.
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July 06, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Would it be possible to offer print options ?
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Marc A July 08, 2017 4:28 am UTC
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Hi there,

I hope it'll be a possibility in the near future.
The book is made with that in mind.
Fingers crossed!
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Nicolas T July 06, 2017 5:00 am UTC
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Amazing, now all we need is a hardcover book for this bestiary and one for epic monsters too.
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Marc A July 06, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
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Fingers crossed :)
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Thomas W July 05, 2017 6:44 am UTC
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Overall this is very good. My only complain is the focus on L5R monsters while leaving out monsters from 1e and 3e Oriental Adventures book. I would love to see stats for the hopping vampire as well as more creatures from Japanese yōkai stories.
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Marc A July 06, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
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Hi Thomas,

I tried to include monsters from all editions as well as from various Asian myths. There are also a few that are spawned from my own imagination.
While MotO is certainly inspired by earlier editions, I also attempted to make it more than a revival of those books. I see it more as a re-imagining.

As for yokai stories: I have many more statblocks than the ones included herein.
Some of them are just very specific and not fit for a bestiary in my opinion. They fit better into adventures that are centered around them ;)
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July 04, 2017 11:58 pm UTC
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The Celestial Dragon has its saving throws, skills, and others double printed with another creature's. Also are you planning on adding creatures in the future like the archetypes you added to the core rule book? Love your work and would love to play test the Epic Monster Manual to speed its release. Keep up the good work!(Love Ebanus's scaling taint mechanic if he is encountered while trying to sneak past detect taint and other magic!)
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Marc A July 05, 2017 6:34 am UTC
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Hi there,

Thank you for your kind words!

I'll check out the celestial dragon. Thank you for mentioning it! If you have any other findings, please inform me via dnd5eoss@gmail.com - we can also discuss playtesting there :)

I don't plan on adding more monsters at the moment. I'll likely add more descriptive texts and refine statblocks, however.

I'm glad you like Ebanus. He's a meanie! And a master of Taint. He should be quite challenging to defeat if played properly.
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Victor S July 04, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
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This is a very good purchase, I don't regret it at all. The art quality is great, the monster entries make a lot of sense. I'm going to use it a lot in my games! I loved the monstrous characters section at the end, I didn't expected it! Now all I need is a sheet with tokens for my VTT needs! Great work!
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Marc A July 05, 2017 6:12 am UTC
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Hi Victor,

I'm glad you're happy with your purchase!
I'll look into adding VTT tokens.
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Tyler B July 04, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
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Will there be a conversion to FG?
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Marc A July 05, 2017 6:10 am UTC
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Hi Tyler,

I can't make any promises but I'll look into it.
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