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Converting the 3rd edition OA monsters as there are a many new monsters in this book that were not in 1e.  Though this little guy first appeared in Forbidden City and the art of him riding a giant wasp is still evocative to this day. Caused plenty of trouble to my PCs back in the day with their hit-and-run attacks.

Converting them here.  



Small but vicious jungle-dwellers, tasloi clamber through the trees with ease, ambushing unwary travelers.

Tasloi are long-legged, flat-headed humanoids. They walk in a crouching posture,  couching their knuckles to the ground from time to time. Their skins are a lustrous green and are thinly covered with coarse black hair. Their catlike eyes shine a bright gold colour.

Tasloi are hardly the most fearsome dangers of the juntered in numbers. They know the lairs of more powerful monsters, and often set up obvious escape routes from such place, hoping to lure weakened opponents into ambushes while they flee from a losing battle.

They are quick to flee when outmatched, but usually return to harry their enemies, hoping to wear them down through repeated attacks. If they manage to take an enemy down, they try to abscond with the body if at all possible, for they eat humanoid flesh.

They are skilled at taming giant wasps which they use in battle.


Medium humanoid (goblinoid), chaotic evil
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 19 (3d8 + 6)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
STR      DEX     CON     INT   WIS     CHA
16 (+3) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 6 (-2) 12 (+1) 7 (-2)
Skills Athletics +5, Perception +3, Stealth +6
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages Common
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the tasloi has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.
Nimble Escape. The tasloi can take the Disengage or Hide action as a bonus action on each of its turns.

Multiattack. The tasloi makes two half-spear attacks.

Half-Spear. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.

Rock. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 25/50 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage.


Banner Credit: “Tasloi Cavalry!” from Dwellers of the Forbidden City (uncredited).

Posted in 5e, Dungeons & Dragons, Monstrous Compendium, Oriental Adventures

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