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The true apex predator is man. Use something very dissimilar from a dragon. Dragons are huge, strong, and mystically powerful, and if the players are used to encountering them as a threat they will be tremendously unsettled by encountering a small, physically unimposing leader that is nigh-untouchable. My suggestion: a member of a normal "uncivilized" race ...


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Jörmungandr Sea serpent from Norse mythology, son of Loki Why? By definition, there could be only one Apex predator in one given environment. Jörmungandr is a marine creature. Problem solved. Classic fantasy based, preferably Western culture originating. That's Norse mythology. Unlike Leviatan that is Hebraic. They can't be a standard biped race, humans ...


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I know that you specified another rpg in your post but I think that it wouldn't be too difficult to modify one of the paragon enemies in dnd for your purposes. Although it mostly comes up in relation to star warlocks, there is the evil planet/star, allabar. Allabar is intelligent, malevolent, gargantuan and manipulative. As far as breathing goes that's up ...


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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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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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Mewtwo (from Pokémon The First Movie) = overwhelming power (psychic), but unfocused (amoral?). In the process of seeking worthiness, instead decides to leave upon witnessing selfless sacrifice. (The 1979 Star Trek movie with V'ger also comes to mind.) Probably want a different embodiment (less cute), but could be a source of inspiration.


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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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How about some kind of parasite creature similar to Star Gate's Goa'uld, Star Trek's Trill or Heinlein's Slugs from the Puppet Masters. One of these parasite creatures could take over any host body and confront the players. They would likely be quite confused to keep running into the same personality in different bodies. I am not sure if that meets your ...


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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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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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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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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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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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System Unknown Armies by Atlas Games Brutal Your max HP is (generally) equal to your Body attribute (for a Street-level campaign on a character with all attributes equal, that would be 55 at character creation). Hand-to-hand weapons deal 2d10+X damage, where X is 0, 3, 6, or 9 depending on the characteristics of the weapon in question: 'piercing', ...


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Game system: My own game, BRUTAL: Big Bad Ball Busting Bloody Battles. Free: The game rules, supporting documents and adventures are all available as free PDF downloads. Fast-paced: Attacks, defenses, damage, etc. are all added together as a pair of opposing dice rolls. Highest Roll wins. Damages the difference between the two rules. Simple and quick. ...



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