Monday, March 16, 2020

Hodgepocalypse - Australia - Part 3 - Monsters of Note

Writer's note:  I have some ideas for more original creatures, but sticking with monsters already fleshed out for 5e for this blog:


From the OGL


These ancient primal beings are found along the continental shelf of Australia and are often become cult leaders of the surface populations.


The land has been ravished and some of the plant life has become openly hostile.

Spooky tree in a mist.   Nerijus Navickas.  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


These creatures have adapted well to the forbidden zone and are believed to have been domesticated by the Gene Raiders.


This bat mutation has taken over entire cave complexes where it rules with an iron, but distracted fist.


These mutant chickens roam the wasteland but can be semi-domesticated.
Oliver Herford (1863-1935) 1912.  Public Domain


There is rumor of entire frontier towns that have been replaced with duplicates.


They are more common in Australia, than anywhere else in the world.  They often pop out through dimensional gateways and ravish the countryside.


The Queen’s Forest has a bounty on these creatures, but that does little to diminish their numbers.

Flame Skulls

Sometimes the skulls of the dead are placed at doorways and crossroads to judge those crossing its path.  If it finds them wanting, it animates and attacks.


Some fungi have been mutated to be actively hostile to its inhabitants.

Galeb Duhr

These oracles of the desert are often approached for their wisdom.


Ghouls and Ghasts are common in the ruins of the past world.

Gibbering Mouther

These commonly spawn from the forbidden Zone and adjoining areas.  They are often kept as pets by the Gene Raiders.

Helmed Horror

Automated defenses from the old world are often awakened by would be adventurers.  The main change is they often use modern weapons.              


These are common inhabitants of the burning Mountain.


Much of the industrial waste has achieved a degree of life and now seeks to consume.

Purple Worm

The Giant Gippsland Earthworm has been mutated to outrageous size and now roams all of Australia looking for prey.

Rust Monster

These are a common pests and are usually shot on site.


These underground inhabitants are a danger to people diving into Australia’s caves.

Will o’ the Wisp

The Min Min light is a terror of the dark.

Miscellaneous Creatures: 
Axebeak (Giant Emu or Cassowary), Badger (Wombat), Boar, Cat, Constrictor Snake (Boas), Crab, Crocodile, Eagle (Wedge-tailed eagle), Flying Snake (Chrysopelea), Frog, Giant Bat, Giant Boar, Giant Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea), Giant Bat, Giant Badger, Giant Constrictor Snake, Giant Crab, Giant Crocodile, Giant Eagle, Giant Frog, Giant Goat, Giant Lizard (Monitor Lizard), Giant Octopus, Giant Owl (Ninox strenua), Giant Poisonous Snake, Giant Rat, Giant Raven, Giant Scorpion (Flinders Ranges scorpion), Giant Sea Horse, Giant Shark, Giant Spider, Giant Toad, Giant Vulture, Giant Wasp, Giant Wolf Spider, Goat, Hawk, Hunter Shark, Jackel (Dingo), Lizard, Mule, Octopus, Owl, Phase Spider, Poisonous Snake, Pony, Quipper, Rat, Raven, Reef Shark, Riding Horse, Scorpion, Sea Horse, Spider, Swarm of Bats, Swarm of Insects, Swarm of Poisonous Snakes, Swarm of Quippers, Swarm of Rats, Swarm of Ravens, Vulture.
Gene Raiders

The following are the most common Gene Raiders to Encounter:

The Blimps

Description:  These balloons of doom are the common transport
Uses:  Corpseman-Bloat Corpse (See Book of Danger)


1943 Source Official US Navy photo transferred from en.wikipedia, source [1]. Public Domain

The Brain Splicers

Description: These weird monstrosities seem to have a knack and are responsible for mixing and matching DNA.
Uses: Grell

The Burners

Description:  Sulphuric life bred to burn the wasteland.
Uses: Salamanders

The Cavalry

Description:  These automated genetic chariots will run down all before them.
Uses:  Corpseman-Skull at arms (See Book of Danger)

The Grand Ones

Description:  The leaders of this genetic horde, they are born to lead.
Uses: Oni

The Horde

Description:  These are the rampaging mob that you are most likely to encounter.
Uses: Orc

The Masses

Description: There are those that are created for day to day tasks so nobody else must do them.
Uses: Zombie

The Petty.

Description: Some of the mutants grow to amazing size, at the expense of massive deformities.
Uses: Formorian

The Stompers

Description:  These large mutants are often used as a brute squad by the Gene Raiders
Uses: Ettin, Hill Giant, Ogre.

From the Book of Danger

Art Aberration

Believe released from the depths of the dreamtime during the Times of Revelations, this killer art is commonly found in the ruins of Sydney. 

Big Bad Maw

A variety of this surprisingly stealthy monstrous hermit crab-like creature dwells in the desert.

Bouncy Ball

These are attracted by action and will bounce your way to terror.

Buttercup Nymph

Common in the Queen’s Forest and available as pets.

Damnation Eater

The Queen of the Queen’s forest has sprouted many a child that can found just about anywhere.


Ghosts and spirits are common on the continent.

Fierce Ficus

The Bush Strikes back with these aggressive plants.

 Ficus elastica., 2019.,  H. Zell.,  GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

Flagellated Protozoa

These gargantuan former microorganisms are often a side effect of pollution.


Some of the Relic Roadshows are this and while not always hostile, they often take issue with being used for ritual purposes.


Those that use technology beware as these techno-phobic critters often plague settlements.

Gremlins are floor greasers! Watch your step! Back up our battleskies!  between circa 1942 and circa 1943 Still Picture Records Section, 
Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S)

Gunship Dragonfly

A version of this insectoid predator is found along the northern coast.

Hogweed Goliath

This truly is an invasive species as these monsters cover their prey with poisonous sap.

Hoosegow Haunt

Some of these ghosts that haunt prisons have become celebrities of sort and often frequent historical sites.

Hunter Rose

Be wary what you pluck for the hunter rose may choose to pluck you.


This is yet another mutant created by the Gene Raiders of the Forbidden Zone.

Ooze, Moody

These cute blobs are kept as pets by some.

Ooze- Tar

Originally an incredibly slow experiment involving pitch, the massive Tar Ooze has achieved sentience and mass and is now haunting the remains of Brisbane Australia

Pistol Shrimp

Be wary of the waters around Australia as these shrimps will consider you delicious.
13 November 2009 CSIRO Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


There is one recorded sighting of this creature in Australia and it left nothing but devastation in its wake.

Quick Slime

Often used as guard animals of sort by the Gene Raiders when they set up camp.

RC Racer’s of Doom

Nobody is quite sure whose manufacturing these, but these small robot cars are highly aggressive.
 Lego - RC Tracked Racer - 2017-04-08. Bretwa. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Serpents-Great Horned

The Rainbow Serpent might be a myth, but these Great Horned serpents aren’t. 

Sewer Worms

Yet another danger of diving into the depths of the ruins of the past.

Sick Slug. 

Mount Kaputar is home to these bizarre and disgusting creatures. A local mutation is that they are pink instead of yellow.

Terminator Hog

These represent various hogs and pigs that have been mutated to outrageous sizes.

Reconstruction of a pair of the Early Oligocene entelodont, Archaeotherium mortoni, fighting.  Stanton F. Fink / Apokryltaros at en.wikipedia  GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

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