Favorite “animal/vermin” monster

This question is another one that is probably more meaningful to 3e/4e players than old school D&D pleyers.  I’m not sure if the question means “which animal do you like best as a monster” or “which animalish monster” — I mean, is a chimera an animal?  All the parts are basically animal… by that standard I probably like owl bears the most.  I know they are kind of a stupid idea — what exactly about an owl makes a bear more dangerous or scary, really?  Especially a non-flying owl.

On the other hand they do look awesome and the beak may be an improvement over teeth.  Especially the toothy beak you see in some illustrations.

Dave Sutherland’s owlbear is kind of a sad sack, at least compared to the comic-booky illustrations you see these days, but there is also something really creepy about those almond-shaped eyes (more human than owl) and the hunched back.

As far as “vermin” go, I can’t say I have a favorite.  I think the choices are probably giant rats, giant centipedes, and bats?  Those are all good.

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  1. That Sutherland illustration always looked like some critter from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”

  2. I never used the owlbear too often. I have been a fan of the dire wolf or dire bear, hands down. Monstrous spiders are definitely my favorite vermin.

  3. The owl bear is silly, as you say, yet somehow iconic. It’s perhaps the quintessential “created by a mad wizard” creature. Those mad wizards have a lot to answer for. Surely someone in authority ought to shut down their labs, on health and safety grounds if nothing else.

    • Hah! Instead of an Adventurer’s Guild or whatever, the party is a team of environmental inspectors; perhaps the kobolds file a complaint about unsafe conditions and the party’s job is to check it out and shut the whole dungeon down!

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