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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.

Overview of all monsters, sorted by CR:

Monsters by CR

Titles in the Epic Campaigns Series

Epic Characters  Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell

Titles in the Oriental Adventures Series

Heroes of the Orient  Monsters of the Orient: Complete Bestiary  Heroes of the Orient: Unearthed Kensai

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Henrik N October 28, 2018 7:08 am UTC
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Hi, Awesome bestiary, love the concepts in it, I have one problem though, cant find the special spell "conjure major elemental vortex" from the Maho-Tsukai cultists, anyone knows where to find it?
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October 25, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
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Hello, I don't know if this matters or not but after purchasing the hard cover book I found that the after it could not stay standing up on my bookshelf getting a closer look that the binding of the book to a bit off, or maybe it's the cover but the book is crooked.
I don't know if this counts as a damaged book but I thought I should type this out anyway.
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clive S October 04, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
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Hi Marc,

I have purchased the PDF and the hard cover.

Will you ever have Monsters of the Orient and Heroes of the Orient also available on Fantasy Grounds.

By the way. Excellent products.

regards
Clive Stewart
South Africa
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Kyle Z September 27, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
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Hello, I am unable to find Genbu's stat block, I saw the entry about it alongside the Kirin, but there are no stat block, is this intended?
I am using the hardcover paperback version.
Thank you.
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Marc A September 28, 2018 4:00 am UTC
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Hi Kyle,

First of all, thank you for your purchase. I hope you are happy with it.

Genbu is mentioned there because he is one of the Shijin. He doesn't have a statblock though as he is much too large.
Fighting a continent isn't really feasible. Use him as a storytelling device instead.
Maybe a group of maho-tsukai have buried deep into the earth, planning to crack Genbu's shell and siphon his blood for some horrible ritual?
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Jay P September 11, 2018 2:23 am UTC
I saw that you had mentioned a Version 3 in the comment section, Is this version the 3rd, or is that still in the works?
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Marc A September 25, 2018 7:38 am UTC
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Hi Jay,

The discussion about version 3 was for Heroes of the Orient, not Monsters of the Orient :)
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Kaine O July 30, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
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I’m incredibly excited to finally own a hard copy of this! As a note, I just noticed in my pdf that the Ikiryo is marked as CR 1, But is worth 1,800xp (CR 5 worth). Is this a misprint? Is the creature meant to be CR 5?
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Marc A August 02, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
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Hi Kaine,

I'm so happy to hear you like the print-on-demand option!

Also, nice catch! Thank you.
It should indeed be CR 5.
Its low AC and low damage output might make it look as a CR 1 at first glance. That's probably why I didn't spot the mistake either.
Its flying speed, immunities, incorporeal movement, and ability to frighten is what pushes it that high. Played right, it can be an absolute menace.
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Maxi B July 25, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
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Very excited about getting a hardcover copy of this, I've been patiently waiting for this chance! Dare I hope to see a Print-on-Demand option for Heroes of the Orient before the end of this year?
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Marc A July 25, 2018 10:00 pm UTC
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Hi Maxi,

I hope you'll find the printed book to your liking!

As for HotO, I do plan on making it PoD as well.
It's a big change to make it work for printing though.
In order for it to make sense, I'm thinking it will be part of v. 3.0 which should add some new content and expand on some of the existing stuff.
I've got a few things in mind, but I can't promise it'll be before the end of the year. I just have so many projects in the pipeline that all need attention.

For now, my focus is on Ulraunt's Guide which expands on my Epic series.
After that, I'll focus on finishing touches for a HotO adventure and then back to HotO.
That's the plan for now at least.
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Ryan M August 15, 2018 1:15 pm UTC
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At the risk of sounding presumptuous, might I suggest, post-Ulraunt, a focus on v3.0 of HotO and then the adventure? Would not more options from the "core" HotO available for the adventure make more sense? Preferable even?

Ultimately it's your work to do in whatever order you please. Regardless of whatever order it happens in though, you'll have a customer in me. :)
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kyle S July 15, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
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Hey Marc love your work, I've bought it all! I was wondering if you plan on making any more Orient books, like some adventures or a campaign specifically. Thanks!
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Marc A July 25, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
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Hi Kyle,

Thank you for your kind words. I'm so happy you like my material :)

There'll be an adventure for HotO/MotO for sure!
It's in the works but I can't say for certain when it will be ready.
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A.j. P July 09, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
I got to see a friends copy of the book and overall I like it. A lot of the creatures are misnamed (which may be due to 2e & 3.5e's Oriental Adventure Books). Such as Kirin the Oriental version of the Unicorn being called The White Tiger which should be Byakko, and Genbu being the turtle on which the "orients are built on" rather than one of the 4 (or 5 if your going with the non Buddhist mythos) Holy Beasts. I'm a stickler for cultural accuracy and relevance which most people aren't. Either way its a simple in game fix and looks like a solid addition to a Far East Campaign.
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Marc A July 09, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
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Hi A.J.,

Thank you very much for your kind words.
In this fantasy setting, nothing is intended to represent the real world. There's a lot of inspiration that comes from various Asian cultures but I've taken plenty of creative liberties with it. That is completely on purpose.
If you look at several of the Forgotten Realms deities, they are also inspired by gods from various cultures in the real world without being exact copies of them. That's sort of what I went for here.
That said, you could easily change things to be more like the real world if you wanted to.
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Matthew B April 23, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
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Do you have any thoughts on exporting this to roll20? Doing so would allow online DMs such as myself a much easier time using the product.
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Marc A July 09, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
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Hi Matthew,

There are no plans to add a roll20 module. Perhaps Fantasy Grounds at some point.
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Trevor A March 23, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
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Hey Marc,
Any interest into having this converted into a Fantasy Grounds module for resale on the DMs Guild? If so, hit me up on discord. Maybe we can work out a deal and I can do this conversion for you (Grimlore#6565).
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Marc A July 09, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
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Hi Trevor,

You can get in touch with me via dnd5eoss@gmail.com
I've wouldn't know where to start with Discord :)
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loic C March 18, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
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Would you ever consider making a physical copy of this or your other books available? If so, I would absolutely buy that!
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Marc A March 21, 2018 8:06 am UTC
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Hi Ioic,

I would absolutely consider that.
As a matter of fact, I've been working on exactly that for quite some time.
Stay tuned - it shouldn't be much longer now!
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Jason C June 01, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Is there any update on this? I would love access to a physical copy!
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Micah T June 13, 2018 1:18 am UTC
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I'm interested in a physical copy as well.
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K. David L June 16, 2018 2:19 am UTC
Add me to the 'want a physical copy' bandwagon.
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Kevin A July 12, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
I'm interested as well.
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Tommy M March 09, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
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Just Purchased, it look really nice. I think the bookmark could have been better but still nice. I would like to speak to the owner, Ive make a few token from your book for my personnal use. Are u interest in having those token ? (im french, so it might be hard to read a little.)
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Marc A March 21, 2018 8:05 am UTC
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Hi Tommy,

Thank you very much for your kind words.
The bookmarks are a result of an interactive table of contents in the front as well as interactive lists in the back (like "Monsters by CR" and similar lists).

I'd love to see the tokens you've made.
Feel free to contact me via dnd5eoss@gmail.com and we can have a chat about it.
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Daniel R March 01, 2018 3:24 am UTC
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Out of curiosity, how would you classify the oni from the monster manual in your setting? Like, all the different oni have cool Japanese names. What would you suggest we call the one in the Monster Manual? Also, would it be weird for your setting if I said Jigoku was a level of hell and made the oni Lawful Evil instead of Chaotic Evil?
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Marc A March 01, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
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Hi Daniel,

The nosloc no oni is intended to replace it as a "simple" shock troop type oni.
I'm not sure what you mean by how I would classify the MM oni though.
If you wish to include it, I'd suggest a Taint score of 3. Regarding a name, I'd suggest "shiraga no oni".

It wouldn't be weird at all if you changed oni alignment or placed Jigoku in hell. At your table, it's YOUR setting, not mine :)
I simply tried to provide a framework that you can use as-is, adapt, or nitpick from.
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Kerry D February 09, 2018 8:26 am UTC
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Really great monsters in this book. I love the flavour and style!
Just one minor thing, there's just a small mistake under "White Fox" where it states that the "red fox can use a bonus action..." ect. I understand the abilities are probably meant to be the same but I thought I should let you know
And if you do ever get a print version made, it would be nice if you could post an update here referencing that if possible ^.^
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Marc A February 22, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
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Hi Kerry,

Thank you for your kind words!
And thank you for highlighting that typo, I'll get right on that!
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