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#60 "Grell"

13th Sep 2013, 1:18 AM
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#60 "Grell"
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ranger_brianna_new 13th Sep 2013, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
My, my. Whyever would it have singled out the elf? ;)
Songgu Kwon 13th Sep 2013, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
It's going for the tastiest bit first?
cattservant 13th Sep 2013, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Vivocateur 13th Sep 2013, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
I love grells :D
Centcomm 13th Sep 2013, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
oh my lord.. a GRELL! i havent seen one of them in ANY story or comic! WOW and holy crap you made it look impressive as hell :D

Dodom 13th Sep 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
There was one in YAFGC monday!

Erador 13th Sep 2013, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
THAT is a lot of calamari fritti. :-)
Draginbeard 13th Sep 2013, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
Ooooo now THATS a monster!

This is a far better rendition than pictured in the Fiend Folio. In there it looks more like a detached Owl-bear brain. Blech.
Songgu Kwon 13th Sep 2013, 3:58 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks, grell fans! This monster has been brought to you at the request of "name that thingy" contest winner, Craig Lomita!

dpat57 13th Sep 2013, 4:29 AM edit delete reply

Clarence! No! What are you doing?! And Durgovaar, really, no, you can't possibly be thinking--

A Grell, is that what it is? Didn't I just see one of those fellahs the other day in...? <covers mouth>
Songgu Kwon 13th Sep 2013, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yes, Durgovaar is thinking that calamari is good but brain pudding... now that's a rare treat!
Craig Lomita 13th Sep 2013, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Ahhhh! That looks AWESOME! I love the way it just towers over everyone.
Songgu Kwon 13th Sep 2013, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
This grell is considerably bigger than the standard one. :)
Dean Clark 13th Sep 2013, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Blackfeather and friends will feast on tacos de sesos tonight!

I had almost forgotten about the Grell, surely one of the least functional looking monsters of all myth. It vaguely resembles a disembodied CNS (central nervous system), which would no doubt be scary to see levitate. It did rank as one of Cracked's 15 Most Retarded D&D Monsters. Quote:

'So the D&D world really uses the whole "floating" thing as a crutch to make ridiculous looking monsters that would never be able to travel on land unless they were strapped into a car seat in the back of a Chevy Malibu.

Also, while the Grell is undoubtedly suited for the task of scaring nine-year-olds, we don't feel it would pose a serious challenge to a seven-foot tall barbarian warrior that drinks the blood of the fallen. That head has the look of something he could fuck up by poking it really hard with his finger.'

Songgu Kwon 13th Sep 2013, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Oh, they are sooo wrong. Grell's got hundreds of poisonous pokey things coming out of their tentacles that'll make most 7' tall blood guzzling barbarians cry for their mommies. :p

Here's another fun list:
Boy Phaff 13th Sep 2013, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Boy Phaff
Not being even slightly familiar with the d&d stuff you people are on about, not even knowing for certain what d&d stands for (wot? dungeons and dragons? why the fuck?), this is one weird and incoherent world your protagonists inhabit. Still the best damn comic I've seen around here though..
Songgu Kwon 14th Sep 2013, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Great praise indeed, coming from an excellent artist such as yourself, BP. ;)
Dean Clark 13th Sep 2013, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
There are monsters in the headinjury article so retarded they could only be done justice in an Elf Christmas Special. I was just kidding last week about a flying vampire squid. Turns out D&D had a groundsquid at one time. And a killer pillow, and vampiric manpurse. The authors of the Cracked article are guilty of half-hearted research.

Regarding the last panel, the grell must have just said, "So sue me." I don't see how a butt butt is going to do much good against a levitating creature.

If this is indeed a Blink Grell, as per the Name That Thingy contest, it will be very hard to hit. Impossible 50% of the time. And some Philosopher Grells have 0 AC.
Songgu Kwon 14th Sep 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I agree, they didn't dig deep enough. Some of the monsters on that list are actually quite sensible compared to the great parade of weirdos in the books.

The last panel implies that the elf has very quickly formulated a course of action for dealing with the latest problem. Either that or she's scared and wants to cuddle her fuzzy wombat pal.
Guest 14th Sep 2013, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Whoever had the job of creating monsters in D&D had the best job in the world. And whoever created the Grell, was surely under the influence of some killer bud. Also, great job drawing him, you really made him look menacing. Which a floating brain with tenatacles and a beak should be.
gibberish 14th Sep 2013, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Ooops I signed in as a guest.
Songgu Kwon 14th Sep 2013, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I wonder if they got paid by the monster?
dougwarner59 14th Sep 2013, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
okay, I got to admit that's pretty impressive.
biffboff 14th Sep 2013, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
a Grell ain't nothin' but a Flumph on steroids. Ya wanna go all Fiend Folio, ya gots ta go with the Eye of Fear and Flame. Or a Slaad.
Songgu Kwon 16th Sep 2013, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
So many good monsters in the ol' FF. I like the penanggalan. I had no idea it's from Southeast Asian myths.


Guest 16th Sep 2013, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
The Slaadi were pretty bad-ass. The FF also brought us the Githyanki...goddamn. motherfuckin' - Githyanki.
Songgu Kwon 19th Sep 2013, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Githyanki... the poster boy of the FF. Those guys are way tough. Too tough for any of my players back in the day.
LEMullin 21st Sep 2013, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Pardon my ignorance, but what's a Grell? "a Flumph on steroids" is a great definition, but I wonder if there exists a more formal one.
Songgu Kwon 22nd Sep 2013, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
It is a creature that lurks in deep, dark places to ambush D&D player characters, causing them to shit their pants and cry should they be unfortunate enough to be under 5th level-ish.

I am not aware if it is based on some mythological creature. It was apparently created by fantasy author, Ian Livingstone.

LEMullin 23rd Sep 2013, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
What a lovable creature!
Oliver 1st Oct 2013, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
A relation of The Brain from Planet Arous?
Guesticus 2nd Dec 2013, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Durgovaar is too honourable (and stupid) to let Ms Elf fight alone

And so, the prophesy Durgo tried to avert still comes about, not in spite of his mamipulations, but _because_ of them (someone is going to get tentaraped, and it's not going to be the Elf...)