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Okay... I have a beef with Wyverns. Actually, I have a beef with people and their limited perspective on monsters, names, and history. Wyverns have traditionally been portrayed as reptilian creatures able to fly which have four limbs... AND a BARBED TAIL. They may or may not breath fire but they are also associated with a poisonous bite and/or stinging tail. Okay... NOW, a Dragon is a reptilian creature that often can fly, has anywhere between 0-6 limbs, might have any kind breath weapon that you can think of. To be honest, if I draw a tree with a clown nose on it and call it a Dragon... it's a Dragon. That goes for if I call it a goblin, a monkey, a person, or a car... I can call anything that I create anything I want... and the discussion ends there. That goes for anyone. If I call something a Dragon, telling me that it is a Wyvern will get you on my bad side instantly. Dragons have been portrayed with only four limbs for a long time and from an naturalistic and anatomical perspective, it is a more believable arrangement. There are no reptiles, amphibians, birds, or mammals with six limbs. Of the three flying animals in the history of the world, birds, bats and pteranodons all had only 4 limbs. SO, if I draw a reptile with 4 limbs and call it a Dragon, it is a Dragon... if I draw a reptile with 4 limbs and a stinger tail... THEN, and ONLY THEN can we call it a Wyvern. To be honest, I don't see the need to have Wyverns accept to classify a sub species of Dragon. Dragon is a big word and encompasses a lot.
This concluded my third pass through the Monster Manual! I have already begun my fourth pass and will be bringing you that soon! I will be updating all the links below to include all the monsters so far and will have a recap of them all for you next week... RAWR!
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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