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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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Chuyee Y December 05, 2017 3:11 am UTC
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Question. For the oriental monster book. The spell casting has a d6 next to the spells. Can you explain how that works? Does it mean I roll that many d6 and they have that many uses of spell slot.
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Robert T December 05, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
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I assume you're talking about the Maho casting of spells? If so, how they cast spells is described above where the spells are listed
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Marc A December 07, 2017 2:48 am UTC
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Hi Chuyee,

Just writing to confirm that Robert's answer is absolutely correct.
Thanks for chiming in Robert!
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YOOJIN H November 25, 2017 5:50 am UTC
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Hi, Marc. Love your work and got all the oriental books and the epic character guide. Just wanted to point something out in the Shijin Section. The Kirin is not considered a shijin. The white tiger is, yes. However the Kirin is not the white tiger. The White Tiger's name (as you seem to be going by their japanese name) is Byakko. Kirin would be more equivalent to a celestial/draconic deer.
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YOOJIN H November 25, 2017 5:53 am UTC
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Also the directions seem to be wrong. Genbu is the guardian of the north, Byakko the west, Seiryu (Or just ryu in your bestiary) the east, and Suzaku the south.
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Marc A December 07, 2017 2:42 am UTC
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Hi Yoojin,

Thank you for your kind words :)

Regarding the Shijin, you are absolutely correct.
I made some changes to their real-world counterparts. There are several reasons for this.

Firstly, I wanted to differentiate a little, so it wasn't simply copy/paste of real world mythology. It needed to fit within the existing world I had created with Heroes of the Orient.
The mythology simply served as inspiration.
The Ki-Rin (celestial deer type creatures) are actually listed as minions of Kirin and named after him. Their statblock is in Volo's Guide to Monsters.

Secondly, I wanted their directions to correspond with the land itself.
The Phoenix Clan are to the north which is why Suzaku is Guardian of the North (in terms of history, it is the other way around though).
The same with Genbu, the thematically most defense heavy Shijin is Guardian of the East - where the Crawdad clan is.

Now, whether or not the changes are...See more
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Amanda G October 05, 2017 7:23 am UTC
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Hello! Loving the book, but I've noticed a big typo/format error on the Celestial Dragon. There seems to be two sets of stats (Saving throws, Languages, Challenge rating, etc) in the box for the Celestial Dragon. Which one is correct? There's quite a few differences and I'd like to be sure I have the right information ^^ Love the artwork and I'm looking forward to trying these things out!
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Marc A October 06, 2017 12:15 pm UTC
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Hi Amanda,

Thank you for your kind words!

I noticed that error and am currently working on a rather large update with tons of fixes where that will also be taken care of.
In the meantime, here's a link where you can find the correct Celestial Dragon: https://imgur.com/a/CbaE9
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Amanda G October 08, 2017 5:22 am UTC
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Awesome :D thanks for getting back to me so quickly! And thanks for the awesome updated pic ^^ I'll put it to good use :3
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Antonio B September 26, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
before buying question: are there any monster whom could make up a whole chain of command, sort of like how the uruks did in the game "shadow of mordor"? i had an idea for an oriental campaign with something like this...
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Ryan M September 26, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
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The Oni can easily fill that role. Many Oni are depraved and hedonistic, but in an Oriental-inspired setting, a strict heirarchical structure (similar to the social and military social structures of many feudal Asian societies) could just as easily occur.

Indeed, in my own Oriental campaign, a large sect of Oni comprise the officer ranks of a large force of evil humanoids (hobgoblins being basically non-commissioned officers, and weaker goblinoids comprising the foot soldiers...i.e. bakemono and the like).

While the Oni presented here might seem ill-suited (given their more monstrous nature), Oni can also be viewed as a title as well as a defined set of stats. Ogre Magi are Oni (or at least, have been considered such in past editions of D&D). I always use them as such. There are plenty of nasties in here though that can fit what you're looking for.
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Marc A September 30, 2017 5:43 am UTC
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Thanks for chiming in Ryan.
Couldn't have answered that better myself.
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Alexander J September 22, 2017 4:24 am UTC
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I dig the work, but I'm consistently getting download errors when I try to view the 'pages' or 'spreads' pdf, with the file failing to load.
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Marc A September 22, 2017 6:27 am UTC
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Hi Alexander,

I'm glad you like it!

I'm sorry the downloading isn't working properly for you though. Have you tried notifying support about it?

I purchased a new title myself just yesterday and the "preparing your download" wait time was well over 5 minutes.
Sometimes the servers have a hiccup, so waiting a little might solve it.

Otherwise I'd suggest trying with a different browser.
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Alexander J September 30, 2017 5:22 am UTC
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Yeah worked like a dream, just needed a different browser. Cheers mate!
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Marc A September 30, 2017 5:42 am UTC
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I'm glad it worked out :)
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Victor V September 04, 2017 8:10 am UTC
How many of the monsters have artwork for them?<br>
And about how long will it take for a printed version to release?
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Marc A September 04, 2017 9:08 am UTC
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Hi Victor,

Thank you for your interest!

Most of the monsters have artwork.
There are 90+ illustrations in total.

I'm not sure about Print-on-Demand yet.
I'm still trying to make that happen.
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Pearce S August 23, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Excuse me, I'm new to Dm's guild, how did you get your title font?
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Marc A August 25, 2017 9:19 am UTC
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Hi Pearce,

Welcome to the guild!

There are several places online where you can find royalty free fonts that emulate the fonts that WotC uses.
It just takes a little google-fu ;)
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Pearce S October 25, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Thanks
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Pieter V August 16, 2017 10:34 am UTC
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Dear Marc,

Great product, really well put together and very useful overall!

However, I stumbled on a few inconsistencies in the work, and would like to give feedback to improve it.
Is this the best platform to do so?
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Marc A August 16, 2017 10:46 am UTC
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Hi Pieter,

Thank you very much for your kind words!

I've been hard at work ironing out a few kinks in the past few weeks, getting ready for v.1.1 and I'd love to hear your input as well.
Please, feel free to email me at dnd5eoss@gmail.com

Your help is very much appreciated!
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Dylan C August 12, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
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On the giant ice toad it says use 7(2d6) cold damage
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Marc A August 12, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
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Hi Dylan,

That is as intended.
What do you feel should be done differently?

Oh, and thank you for your very kind review!
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Dylan C August 13, 2017 2:09 am UTC
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its ok but when will the epic monsters come out?
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Marc A August 14, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
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It's still in the early stages.
Can't give a date with any certainty at this point.
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Robert B August 11, 2017 11:26 pm UTC
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Question about the Zaiaku. Why is it's stats so low? Other creatures in it's CR have multiple 20's in stats and great HP. The Zaiaku has 13's and 10's, very little hp, and barely hits with any sort of damage.
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Marc A August 12, 2017 12:08 am UTC
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Hi Robert,

Nice catch! Thanks for mentioning it.
No idea what happened there though.

Its ability scores are intended to look like this:
Str 20 (+5) Dex 18 (+4) Con 17 (+3) Int 10 (+0) Wis 13 (+1) Cha 18 (+4)

Other than that, there are only two more changes.
Firstly, it has resistance to all bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage (not just from non-magical weapons).
Secondly, it ignores temporary hit points with its attacks.

The rest of its statistics are as intended, however.
It has very good saves, is fast, has control (with charge and the katana poison effect), utility (gas cloud), and can dish out quite a lot of damage (103 DPR average).
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Kenneth S August 06, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
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Artwork is fantastic. In general the whole product is very solid. I have just two quibbles. First, there are lots of Legends of 5 Rings/Shadowlands monsters. I was never crazy about that setting so I'm not sure how much I'll use some of those creatures. People buying the book should just be aware of this.

Second, a pet peeve of mine is the term "lung dragon." The word lung (which should be long in the modern pinyin=龍) just means dragon. So this is like calling them dragon dragons. Why not just call them Asian/Oriental dragons or just use the term long, like is done for many other monsters herein? Is it just to follow 1st/2nd edition? Doesn't affect game play, but just a bit annoying for someone in the know. But this fills a much needed void in the game. I'm currently playing Castles & Crusades but adapting monsters from here since my home brew world has some Asian inspired regions.
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Marc A August 08, 2017 9:53 am UTC
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Hi Kenneth,

Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot!

I tried to make the whole Shadowlands/Taint thing as minimal as possible. It is mostly reflected in a Taint Score, though a few monsters also have abilities that increase the Taint Score in PCs.
You can, however, simply ignore a monster's Taint Score and Taint increasing effects if you don't enjoy the mechanic. Then it's just a matter of rooting the monster in your world. At least that's the intention.

Lung dragons have been called that in earlier editions of D&D.
I'll research it a bit based on your comments.

Thanks for chiming in!
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Sam E August 04, 2017 10:53 am UTC
Good day,

I know this has been iterated elsewhere but I just wanted to add in that I would love to have a printed copy of this book! I am one of those who cannot read from screens for prolonged periods, so it's frustrating when I see something of this quality and I can't use it!

If you are able to offer a print at any point be sure to let us know!

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Marc A August 08, 2017 9:46 am UTC
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Hi Sam,

Good day to you too!

I'll make sure to announce it when/if that happens.
Rest assured, I'll be trying my best to make it happen.
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Michael H July 27, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
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Am I correct in reading that the Maho-Tsukai do not use spell slots to cast their spells (Or rather, that they take damage to create a spell slot of the appropriate level)?
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Marc A July 29, 2017 8:53 am UTC
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Hi Michael,

You are absolutely correct.
Maho-tsukai are blood mages. They deal damage to themselves (and those around them) in order to cast spells.
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John B August 14, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Hello, do you happen to have any Maho-Tsukai character options in any of your books? One of the people I play with loves the theme of blood magic.
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Marc A August 14, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
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Hi John,


Absolutely!
Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion has a maho-tsukai villainous class option for the wizard.
It has three different paths: blood mage, blood magus, and blood necromancer.
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John B August 14, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Thank you very much, I'll check it out!
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Jared O July 26, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
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Hello, Marc, Jared O. here, and I have greatly enjoyed using your Monster of the Orient. I have taken Your lycanthropes and are making them a big part of my Orient campaign. Turns out, they are the best and most odious recurring villains!! Can't wait for the Epic Monster Manual! Good luck with it and happy content creating. Oh, yeah, my Epic group is coming up on Level24!!
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Marc A July 29, 2017 9:18 am UTC
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Hi Jared,

So glad to hear it!
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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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