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March 1, 2006, 2:03 am

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Gar-Monkey look like small chimpanzees with long (nearly prehensile) tails and two feathery wings. They have become pests in most human habitats. However, most people do not know their real reason for being.

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This “species” was created when a wizard (one Sherizan by name)  attempted to create Gargoyle like creatures to be his minion. The Gar-Monkeys were the natural creature that became stepping stone of Sherizan’s GarGronds (Huge Flying Stone Gorillas)

During an “unfortunate event” at his lair, a few breeding pairs of Gar-Monkeys were released. A few centuries later, they have flourished and spread across the Lands. In some areas they have replaced crows and pigons as the nuisance flying creatures.

Gar-Monkey look like small chimpanzees with long (nearly prehensile) tails and two feathery wings. They are nearly as strong and durable as a human male, though they are a little more than 1/3 the size. Gar-Monkeys are as smart as chimps as well, so they will occasionally use things they pick up. They are also “trainable”, so they are used to carry messages and as entertainment.

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note: Many people have captured large numbers of Gar-Monkeys to experiment on them, all in an attempt to make GarGronds of their own.

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Voted Mourngrymn
November 5, 2005, 13:54
This is a perfect simple creature to throw at any unsuspecting troupe who think they know everything there is to know about the world.

The Gar-monkeys are simple yet an annoyance at the same time. I can only imagine what a small flock of these could do to farmlands. This is a nice touch to add a non-combative creature into a world.
November 5, 2005, 14:51
The fun part is... they might actually be hired to capture a bunch of these things. ... pest controlers, but required to take them mostly alive. So they do it.

Then they meet the Evil Bad Guy later, find out it was the guy who hired them for "prest control". Imagine the feeling when they are facing down Gar-Gronds or partially mutated Gar-Monkeys that they got for the EBG.
Voted Zylithan
November 18, 2005, 16:57
I like the idea, but would like more information about them. For example, are they fleshy or stone-like? based on the description I'd go with the first, and I know constructs don't have to be hard (for ex. flesh golems) but I shouldn't assume. And they seem to be very smart for constructs. I guess as described these don't sound like a construct to me, but I'm not going to dock points for a categorization.

I'd like to know how they behave, what they eat, whether they are social. I like the idea, but it's not quite enough for me (and a little too wizard of oz ;-p)
November 18, 2005, 18:11
They are flesh like. In fact, they are very much like the critters from WoOz. GarGrond, after mutating, are more "Thing-Like". I would picture them Igo-esk (Herculoids), personally, but to each their own.

If you want their behavior pattern, watch any Chimp special on PBS or such. Yes, they are winged monkeys because they have tails. Yes, they waunder around in troops. They normally eat fruit and nuts from trees, but in urban environments they can scavange anything. Flying and grasping, with a little group cooperation, oh yes, they can be a real pest able to get many things.

They are simply magically mutated real animals which have the "matrix" that allows them to be mutated further, into GarGronds. Unfortunate for the world, they breed true.
March 1, 2006, 2:03
Updated: More spelling updates
Voted Scrasamax
March 29, 2006, 14:02
Ah, the unexpected consequence of animal transmutation. For some reason, I can see some peoples, especially the more poor sort having recipes for catching and eating gar-monkey. I like the imagry, but I also love the flying monkies from the Wizard of Oz.
January 22, 2008, 12:06
Hmmmm.... Gar Monkey recipes. A Dash of Salt, here I come.
Voted Pieh
July 31, 2010, 1:20
I like these. The iconic flying monkey image with a suitable backstory and potential evolution. GarGronds sound pretty damn scary, but their name is deceptively non-threatening.
Voted valadaar
March 3, 2016, 11:54
These critters are cool. Maybe there are even spider-monkey sized ones that take the place of many birds in an area.

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Which way is he going?

       By: Murometz

Molk Peruda is encountered by the PCs on the second day of their journey west from the salt-choked port of Quyn, as they prepare to explore the jungle.

He appears a gaunt, wolfish man, with matted, dark hair that sprouts from his head in dreadlocks, contrasting with his well-oiled, blue-black, conical beard. His eyes are hidden ebon shards beneath thick arching brows, his nose, crooked, long, and reminiscent of a snout. His mouth is a thin, dark line, his teeth unseen even when he parts his lips to speak.

His skin is the color of tallow, surprising perhaps for a renowned jungle guide, yet his natural helm of dreads and the jungle's canopy keeps the sun from bronzing his originally pale flesh. On his back are tattooed three women from the waist up, side-by-side, each resembling the other but of different ages. This is a tattoo of Molk's mother, sister, and daughter. His wife (don't bring her up to him!) was killed by marauding Qullan years ago, and appears as her own tattoo on his broad but sunken chest.

His feet shockingly are turned around 180 degrees at the ankle, facing towards his back! A curse from a pernicious shaman. Molk walks feet backwards (he's used to it) and walks backwards, forwards. This can be very disconcerting and outright creepy to the PCs as he guides them through the rainforest.

Slung from his back is an archer's quarrel of treated wood carved to resemble a stalking leopard, in his hand a re-curved composite bow of horn and sinew, with a pair of vivid, red eyes, each one painted on the opposite side of the hand-grip. In a leather sheath at his belt, hangs a falchion, its pommel adorned with a curved bird's head and beak.

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