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Some monster ideas for Brazen.

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1) Some larger skeletal monster that has smaller skeletons inside. The smaller ones do break to bits but they are indestructible. Careful team management of the lowly monsters lets you focus on the main monster. Maybe the main one can be rooted to the spot or it moves very slowly and it uses its minions to distract and occupy the players. The Larger Skeletons from Castlevania 64 could be one idea and make them humanoid, or just have some skeletal creature like a porcupine or something similar.

2) In Ray Harryhausen style, some kind of Troglodyte monster would be ideal. To mix it up a bit, make the encounter be based around two of them with different attacks and supportive abilities. That might be a caster type and a warrior type, so the team would need to figure out which one they need to focus around first. Would also look awesome with stop-motion animation. :D

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3) Centaur. Classic mythical beast which could be an interesting battle. Attacking its legs to make it drop and then being able to attack it. Centaur's are classical bow and arrow uses, so having a more ranged focused enemy, replete with traps for the team etc could make for an interesting battle that would require a bit more thought and not just straight hack and slash.

4) The Hydra. Also a classic monster. Fairly slow moving but the multiple heads are always going to cause issues for many. You could make it a mobile version and have it slowly moving around, or you could have it locked in a static place in water and use the heads to mix in close combat and some ranged attacks.

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It really depends if Brazen is going to stick to the classic Harryhausen style monsters, or if they will open it up to some other creatures that are done in the same style. Maybe taking cues from Japanese mythology

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Thanks for the ideas!

I really want to stay away from the classical mythical beasts - I think it roots us a bit too closely to the source material or things that have been done before. We're going to have our own mythology for the world and our own Creatures.

But! We're definitely going to make Creatures that are inspired by the classics! We'll definitely have a multi-headed Hydra-esque beast, but it'll have a different twist to make it feel like its ours and could only be in the world of BRAZEN! :D!

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Interesting thoughts!

So you really want to create your own universe of monsters, with just the thematic nods to the Harryhausen stuff? Sounds like it could be very interesting.

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They will definitely be nods, I just want them to feel more original than a straight Troglodyte or a straight Centaur! :D!

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Ahhh...so you want a Troglodyte with a Top-hat on then!

Are you planning on having a few ambient monsters roaming about or is it mainly boss focused?

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I'd like to see something like a Kraken creature. Perhaps we could fight it from the deck of a ship on the way to this mysterious island. Chop-offable tentacles would be cool.

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