Each Sunday I’m publishing a monster illustration I’ve made for use in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder. You can download the files and use them in your own games if you back me on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ChrisABooth
Thanks to the influence of H.P. Lovecraft, Dungeons and Dragons has a lot of tentacled monsters, which I think tap into different creepy aspects of octopus and squid. I’d say that gricks tap into cephalopods’ ability to camouflage themselves in order to ambush their prey. While octopus and squid are adapted for camouflage in an underwater environment, gricks inhabit underground tunnels and they easily blend into stone. Just like aquatic environments, caverns aren’t especially hospitable places for people. If claustrophobia isn’t enough, adding otherworldly, camouflaged, tentacled monsters should keep adventurers on their toes…
This is a grick I drew to use for a short mini-adventure I ran on Sunday:
One of the things I like about D&D is the collaborative nature. Just because I’m the dungeon master running the game doesn’t mean I decide what happens or what everything means. In our game on Sunday one of the players came to the conclusion that the tentacled gricks were sent as a message to him from one of the Elder Gods – bringing us back to H.P. Lovecraft.