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How about an Aboleth? These aberrations are distinctly inhuman (to the point that they can be terrible to behold for the unprepared), vastly powerful - both physically and mystically; and they are aquatic, usually residing in deep oceans - which allows you to introduce either a single creature or a whole city of these horrors into your campaign without too ...


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Behold the Beholder Classic fantasy based, preferably Western culture originating. The Beholder is a staple of Western fantasy gaming, one of the few creatures Wizards of the Coast and its predecessors have almost always considered to be Product Identity. They can't be a standard biped race, humans and elves are so last millennium. Oh, the beholder is ...


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Sphinxes. You've got an imposing physical form combined with a mind suited to riddles and stratagems. Everyone knows that if you can't outsmart a sphinx, you're as good as meat. They are prone to discussion and monologue, so they can be negotiated with. They're even good spellcasters, some of them. Originates in Western culture, and though they may have ...


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Phoenix Though considered primarily in modern context as large birds of prey and not denoted to a particular level of intelligence, in ancient societies they were a symbol of prosperity and good rule, only appearing for good and virtuous leaders. Its immortality makes it a special point, as reasoning may be the only way to deal with it. In the Eastern ...


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A living, lonely, extremely powerful creature that can be reasoned with. Well, you have plenty of options. I will suppose that Outsiders (angels, demons and their kind) and Undead are out-of-bounds. If they are not, you have almost unlimited options, so leave a comment and I will expand this answer. Mind Flayers -> Those aberrations grapple your head and ...


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A World/Leviathan Turtle Classic fantasy based, preferably Western culture originating. Oh heck, yes. They can't be a standard biped race. Check. Not a dragon or a dragon clone. Nope. Living. Breathing. Consuming... just imagine how much it would take to feed such a thing. Lone being. Almost by definition. An intelligent being that can be reasoned ...


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Angel Angels are badass. They are always appearing to cause trouble and no one knows why. Angels don't have to be emissaries of God. They are alternatively represented as Half-bird/half-human things or occasionally as thinly-disguised demons. http://media.animevice.com/uploads/3/37524/677068-safer_sephiroth.jpg Classic fantasy based, preferably Western ...


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Any sort of Chimaera, really, which I mean as an adaptation of the genetic sense (beings made from the parts of many creatures). In fact, this is essentially what the "dragons" in many cultures are. Classic fantasy based, preferably Western culture originating. There are a ton of examples from greek mythology. They can't be a standard biped race Even if ...



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