Friday, February 15, 2013

Fresh from the drawing table... Ochre Jelly!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a OCHRE JELLY! Finding myself again at "O" I happy to see a lot of monsters still to pick from. From the iconic Orc, the wily Otyugh, or even an Octopus (GIANT) I am not without plenty to choose from. In the end I went with a monster type I have not yet tackled with this project, the ooze. The Ochre Jelly is at least to me a VERY iconic ooze so it seemed like a perfect choice this time around. I present to you my version of a Ochre Jelly…     

 Ochre Jelly
© 2013 Christopher Burdett

The Ochre Jelly has always been described as a large amoeba-like ooze that is... um, OCHRE in color. I really like the idea of it being some horrifically huge amoeba that is... wait for it, OCHRE is color. But what if it has some translucency to it? Like it was some terrible ravenous aspic oozing through dungeons ready to pounce and devour on anything that it came accross. Oozes are cool and scary in and of themselves, but if you could see their workings, if they were something more complex then a slick of goo... now you got yourself a thinking (at primitive levels) monster/animal that is unpredictable and must have some purpose in the ecosystem.

Come to think about it... the ecosystem of D&D is a horrifying thing. No wonder groups of 'heroes' are running around the countryside killing anything that moves. If there were giant amoebas in every dark subterranean place you would get a little jumpy and fast to act with your sword...

My first 100 original Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesigns (A - Z): Aerial Servant, Ankheg, Ant (Giant), Ape (Carnivorous), Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak, Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Badger, Barracuda, Basilisk, Baluchitherium, Bear (Black), Bear (Brown), Bear (Cave), Beaver (Giant), Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier, Beetle (Giant) - Boring, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Beetle (Giant) - Rhinoceros, Beetle (Giant) - Stag, Beetle (Giant) - Water, Beholder, Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar (Giant), Boar (Warthog), Boar (Wild), Brain Mole, Brownie, Bugbear, Buffalo, Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Catoblepas, Cerebral Parasite, Chimera, Cockatrice, Coutal, Crab (Giant), Demon Type III (Glabrezu), Demon (Juiblex), Demon (Manes), Devil (Ice), Dragon (Red), Elemental (Earth), Ettin, Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Frog (Giant), Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Goblin, Golem (Flesh), Hobgoblin, Homunculus, Hydra, Imp, Intellect Devourer, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Jacklewere, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Kobold, Lich, Lizard (Giant), Lizardman, Manticore, Mind Flayer, Minotaur, Naga, Neo-Otygugh, Nixie, Ochre Jelly, Ogre, Owlbear, Peryton, Pixie, Purple Worm, Quasit, Ram (Giant), Roper, Rust Monster, Sahuagin, Salamander, Shambling Mound, Treant, Troglodyte, Troll, Umber Hulk, Unicorn, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Wight, Wyvern, Xorn, Yeti, and Zombie.      

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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