(I never did like how tall I made that Arch of the Warrior Maidens picture, so I went back and shrunk it to fit the screen better.)
Beowulf sails for Heorot Hall. (Roger Raupp from “Three cheers for Beowulf, Different portraits of the legendary hero”, Dragon magazine No. 85, May 1984.)
The minotaur of the Caves of Chaos with his mail coat and spear. (Erol Otus from the early printings of D&D module B2: The Keep on the Borderlands, TSR, 1980.) This was replaced in later printings with Bill Willingham’s version and the text was changed to update his stats, reduce his # of attacks and increase his spear damage.
this is the box of dice I have to sort
So sparkly …I kind of want to dive into this box the way most people want to lay on a bed of money.
Queen Hildeburh challenges a Valkyrie to combat. (Lora Louise Freeland, from “Valkyrie Settlement” by Susan Shwartz, story inspired by a character referenced in Beowulf, Dragon magazine No. 85, May 1984.)
"The Big Stash" by Keith Parkinson features a group of dwarves led by a cleric of Thor. (Dragon magazine No. 129, January 1988.)
Thumbs-up for the Arch of the Warrior Maidens. (Jim Holloway, from D&D module B4: The Lost City, written by Tom Moldvay, TSR, 1982.)
When new followers go back many pages liking or reblogging every post.
Animated skeletons often lurk near graveyards, dungeons, or other deserted places. (From the Moldvay D&D Basic Rulebook, TSR, 1981.)
"Most communities view poisoning and poisons as highly undesirable…" (Probably by Dave Trampier, from AD&D Players Handbook, written by Gary Gygax, TSR, 1978.)
"Ixitxachitl are a race of intelligent rays which dwell in shallow tropical seas." Ixitxachitl society includes evil clerics of up to level 8 ability, giving them access to level 4 clerical spells. With a ray’s ability to swim undetected in very shallow water, under small boats or just below the surf at the edge of a beach, they can interfere with human coastal settlements and even have limited access to nearby locations on land they flood with raise water (reverse of lower water spell). They can animate dead to send skeletons and zombies marching out of the sea, limited only by the number of shipwrecks in the area. (Illustration by Dave Trampier, I believe, AD&D Monster Manual, TSR, 1977.)
syringesin replied to your post“I spent years saying O-tee-ugg with 3 syllables. Changing is hard….”Exactly like it’s spelled. They are average to high intelligence so you can try to speak to one in Nahuatl, but keep your atlatl ready because they are chaotic evil.AH-TEE-yug is how I pronounce it. But how do you (or anyone) pronounce “Ixitxachitl”?(Mentzer says “ik-ZIT-za-chit-ul”.)
The [x] in Nahuatl transcription represents the sound most English speakers make when they see [sh]. The [ch] represents the sound that starts words like children and chipper. The [tl] represents a sound not present in English, the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative, which most English speakers reproduce pretty much like it looks on the page.
Those vowels are from a Spanish transcription, so pronounce them like Spanish or Latin vowels. Also, Wikipedia says Nahuatl usually stresses the second-to-last vowel of a word keeping in mind that the [tl] is not a vowel sound, the stress would go on the SHACH.
An American English transcription of the pronunciation would look like:
This sounds right to me, though my practical Nahuatl is mostly limited to saying atlatl a lot.
How the hell would an atlatl help?
Exactly like it’s spelled. They are average to high intelligence so you can try to speak to one in Nahuatl, but keep your atlatl ready because they are chaotic evil.AH-TEE-yug is how I pronounce it. But how do you (or anyone) pronounce “Ixitxachitl”?
I spent years saying O-tee-ugg with 3 syllables. Changing is hard. There’s probably an argument to be made that words like ‘otyugh' would be pronounced differently in different languages and dialects anyway. Most people would lucky to have time to say “There's something moving under all this trash” before they got pulled under, leaving no time for thorough study and naming of the beast. Which reminds me —
Because the otyugh’s stats first appeared in the Monster Manual in December of 1977, and because it is said to lurk with only its sensory organ protruding above a pile of offal, ready to attack with tentacles, it seems possible that it might have been inspired by the Star Wars trash compactor monster (dianoga).