Inspired by both Japanese mythology and the Nioh version.  Though in nioh its more of an ooze I went with an incorporeal undead type. “A Yokai which emerged from thrown away needles“ The Harinobo is a Yokai formed by worn-out needles and broken blades. People in Japan believed that objects used for long periods of […]

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Nue and Nue Familiar

The Japanese chimera with an option for wizards to turn it into a familiar (also appropriate to the lore of Japan).  Most of the inspiration came from Nioh as opposed to mythology as such. Possesses a monkey’s face, a tiger’s torso, and snake for a tail, Nue is a fearsome creature of lightning. In addition […]

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After finishing Nioh recently I was surprised that the Japanese essentially have a Tiamat of their own.  I couldn’t miss the opportunity to convert my Tiamat into Yamata-no-Orochi. Yamata-No-Orochi is the legendary japanese mystical creature, it’s said to have eight heads and eight tails, the name Orochi is a reference to the ancient reading in Kanji which […]

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Spirit Centipede

More Oriental Adventure Monsters – inspired by Nioh and Japanese Mythology. DESCRIPTION The spirit centipede ( a giant centipede with the yokai template) is a poisonous shapeshifter that frequently administers punishments on behalf of the Celestial Bureaucracy. The creature resembles an enormous centipede about 4 feet long, complete with a segmented body, multiple legs, and two […]

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Pronounced “OOH-me BOW-zoo”. A large and very strange looking Yokai that inhabits ocean waters. Also known as “Umi-Nyudo” and “Umi-Hoshi.” A famed Yokai of many legends; it takes its name, which literally means “sea-monk”, from its round, bald head. Its appearances inevitably herald violent storms. The Umi-bozu are Yokai with rounded heads, resembling a giant […]

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