Growing up Dungeons & Dragons was regarded at best a curse & at worst an activity that outsiders did. The renagade status suited myself & my friends. And lately with recent activities on Twitter events have gone in that direction once again. And so let's pick it up right from here on the blog. Looking over & speaking with my players as well friends Zothique was once again brought up. Rodney Mathews artwork was brought up again. And this British artist's artwork screams Zothique to people.
Rodney Mathews artwork used without permission. No copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
So looking over the various Castles & Crusades books in my collection the Castles & Crusades Classic Monsters book immediately jumps out at me. There are several reasons for this including the fact that Classic Monsters has a legacy of OGL Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Fiend Folio monsters within her covers.
Monsters such as the Babbler, the blood worm, and a myriad of others fit the Sword & Sorcery asthetic of our version of Zothique. Perhaps no story really hits the ironic & deadly horrid nature of Zothique's shores such as 'The Isle of the Torturers'. Here an alien cosmic cycle comes to an end & a brand new one begins.
And this speaks volumes of the nature of the CAS setting itself. The ground littered with the remains of a once great empire in wreckage to forces of the universe indifferent to the pleas of mankind.