I’ve discussed a lot of nasty monsters. But this one? This guy takes the cake.
The Fomorian is a diamond in the rough. At first glance, it’s a big bruiser. Nothing new. But when you look into its lore, you’ll find a monster that’s surprisingly unique, interesting, and even menacing! It’s a surprisingly good monster that I really want to put to use in a campaign!
If for no other reason than to do Skeletor voices. I don’t know why but that’s all I can hear out of these things.
Lore: Beauty and the Beast… without beauty. And Beast is kinda a huge asshole.
Fomorians were once among the most handsome races of all, hard as it may be to believe. Their magical abilities and minds were nigh unparalleled. Unfortunately, and predictably, their hearts were anything but pure. Blinded by greed, they tried to conquer the Feywild and take the power there for themselves.
Guess how they ended up like this. But hey! Now they’ve got a lifetime of vengeance to plan!
These giants reside in the Underdark, using slaves to help them keep fed. Should those slaves fail to deliver the food, they themselves will fill the role. Such depravity is the basis of Fomorian society. This even goes so far as the markings of their territory, which is defined by lines of their enemy’s corpses.
While Fomorians are willing to make alliances to achieve their goals, they are never trustworthy. They may not even wait for their goals to be achieved. Should they feel like it, they would betray their allies on a mere whim.
Worst of all: a Fomorian has the ability to share its suffering with others. With the Curse of the Evil Eye, it can twist and deform a victim’s body to look just like its own. While this curse isn’t permanent, it’s a good way to look into the twisted agony these monsters suffer through daily.
Design: Ugly Mothafucka
You know? I kinda want to see what they used to look like. Give me a baseline to compare to! Come on, Wizards of the Coast, give us pure Fomorians!
This is a super fun design. It does a great job of communicating just how distorted and disgusting a Fomorian body is. You can tell just looking at this boy that it is not happy to look the way it does.
Plus, it’s freaky looking! This dude is the last thing I’d want to see in a dark place! Or smell, for that matter; he looks like how an alcoholic father smells.
If there’s a problem, it’s that it doesn’t go far enough. Compared to some of the other unique beasts of D&D, gnarled and disgusting giant isn’t the most interesting thing it’s got. There are plenty of other monsters that are even more grotesque than this guy. Wizards could’ve gone much further with displacing this thing’s features and making it nasty. It’s decent, but not incredible.
Though I still love it. It looks like it’d be fun to voice.
Stats: I’LL GIVE YOU THE STINK EYE!!
No joke, dude, that Evil Eye ability saves this monster from being the most boring thing in the entire book. That one ability makes it one of the coolest.
At first glance, this thing is pretty simple. A beefy boy with a low AC, high HP, and lots of hitting power.
But then you get the Evil Eye. Two flavors of it, in fact!
Evil Eye itself forces a DC 14 Charisma saving throw. Fail that and you’re taking 27(6d8) psychic damage, half that if you succeed.
And you’d better hope you succeed. That thing about sharing its curse we talked about in the lore? Yeah, that wasn’t just flavor text. This thing can actually do that. And guess what? You only get to repeat the saving throw after a long rest. You know! Once a day!
Which means that this guy has an instant ‘remove player from party’ button. Better hope your group is rolling well!
I was not expecting to like this monster as much as I did! I thought this would be the kind of entry that wouldn’t do anything to impress. Yet, here we are with a monster well deserving of a spot in the upper tiers!
With all that in mind, let’s put the Fomorian on the Best of the Bestiary!
- Death Tyrant
- Dragon Turtle
- Green Dragons
- Red Dragons
- Blue Dragons
- Black Dragons
- White Dragons
- Silver Dragons
- Bronze Dragons
- Brass Dragons
- Copper Dragons
- Gold Dragons
- Death Knight
- Fomorian <—————————–
- Bone Devil
- Faerie Dragon
- Drow (all four of ’em)
- Shadow Demon
- Animated Armor
- Pit Fiend
- Chain Devil
- Bearded Devil
- Barbed Devil
- Spined Devil
- Ice Devil
- Horned Devil
- Shadow Dragon
- Displacer Beast
- Carrion Crawler
- Rug of Smothering
- Bugbear Chief
- Vine Blight
- Twig Blight
- Needle Blight
- Fire Elemental
- Water Elemental
- Air Elemental
- Dinosaurs (All six of them)
- Earth Elemental
- Flying Sword
- Crawling Claw
3 responses to “Fomorian: That’s an Ugly Fella, Right There”
I did not like 4th edition, which I don’t think is a controversial statement. But I did like their treatment of fomorians. They went from Hill Giant 2 – the Sequel to freaky fey giants with all kinds of eyeball powers.
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Never let it be said that 4E didn’t do some cool stuff.
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