M is for Morkoth

None of the “M” D&D creatures I saw really jumped out at me this week, so I decided I’d select the most abjectly ridiculous creature I could find instead. While I settled on the Morkoth from the original Monster Manual, the Mongrelman from the Fiend Folio was a close runner-up. Mongrelman is one of those dopey “mash up” creatures that has one limb from a different creature:

Throughout the AlphaBeasts project, I vowed not to redesign any of the creatures, but if I’d allowed my self to modify the Mongrelman and give him a celery stalk arm and Patrick Duffy for a leg, like Scuzzlebutt, I’d have drawn the Mongrelman instead. Anyway, I settled on the Morkoth. I’m clearly not the only person to find this creature design pretty silly.

M is for Morkoth

The original art for this is for sale here.


For reference, here’s the original Morkoth from the Monster Manual:

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  1. Isaac says:

    As goofy as your version looks, he’s substantially more badass looking than the “chicken little” original…

  2. Ben says:

    @Isaac – It’d be hard to make him look any less badass! I gave him “angry eyes” I guess–instead of the ones in the original illo where he looks like he’s about to bust out cryin’.

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