Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Fomorian: That’s an Ugly Fella, Right There

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

NYAAH!! -This thing, quoting Skeletor, probably

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!

Placement

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!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Bronze Dragons
  14. Brass Dragons
  15. Copper Dragons
  16. Gold Dragons
  17. Chuul
  18. Chimera
  19. Death Knight
  20. Fomorian <—————————–
  21. Bone Devil
  22. Dracolich
  23. Faerie Dragon
  24. Ankheg
  25. Empyrean
  26. Drow (all four of ’em)
  27. Shadow Demon
  28. Marilith
  29. Drider
  30. Aarackockra
  31. Azer
  32. Demilich
  33. Spectator
  34. Cambion
  35. Animated Armor
  36. Banshee
  37. Basilisk
  38. Yochlol
  39. Bulette
  40. Cloaker
  41. Darkmantle
  42. Doppelganger
  43. Ettin
  44. Pit Fiend
  45. Erinyes
  46. Chain Devil
  47. Bearded Devil
  48. Barbed Devil
  49. Spined Devil
  50. Ice Devil
  51. Nalfeshnee
  52. Glabrezu
  53. Chasme
  54. Barlgura
  55. Horned Devil
  56. Balor
  57. Shadow Dragon
  58. Vrock
  59. Dretch
  60. Goristro
  61. Hezrou
  62. Manes
  63. Duergar
  64. Quasit
  65. Dryad
  66. Flumph
  67. Planetar
  68. Imp
  69. Flameskull
  70. Displacer Beast
  71. Carrion Crawler
  72. Rug of Smothering
  73. Bugbear Chief
  74. Bugbear
  75. Vine Blight
  76. Twig Blight
  77. Needle Blight
  78. Bullywug
  79. Ettercap
  80. Cockatrice
  81. Lemure
  82. Solar
  83. Deva
  84. Cyclops
  85. Centaur
  86. Fire Elemental
  87. Water Elemental
  88. Air Elemental
  89. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  90. Earth Elemental
  91. Flying Sword
  92. Crawling Claw

3 thoughts on “Fomorian: That’s an Ugly Fella, Right There”

  1. 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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