Neh-Thalggu - Huge Aberration (CR 25)

Continuing my run lately of converting stupidly potent monsters to 5e, I present the "Brain Collector"; a warped nightmare that has actually been around since D&D was in boxes. The version I converted was the 3.0 Epic Level Handbook's one - partly because the art is so good in that one, and partly because its potency is sick. 

In my games, these things are referred to by the few that know of them as the "Handmaiden's of Xix", an allusion to their distorted and insane form. In fact, the God of madness rarely makes use of these things, as he finds them too strong willed and hard to control. 

Anyway, if your group have really pissed you off, here is the monster to let them know. Combining Brains (not its own) and brawn - the Neh-Thalggu!

Why don't you find me attractive? Is it my lazy eye? It is isn't it. It's my lazy eye...


  1. I appreciate the amount of effort it takes to make a creature worth a CR 25, but too much on this monster is resistances, immunities and other "gotchas" that detract from it's central premise; that of brain-stealing scavenger from another world. The strength of 5e is that monsters don't feel so overwritten as in 3rd, and this version just has too many things that add to its complexity without much payoff.

  2. Hi! Thanks for your comment!

    I'm not sure how the resistances and immunities detract from the central theme? The monster is a trans-dimensional nightmare that rips the sentient brains from victims in order to fuel its own magics, and that happens regardless of what it can and cannot be harmed by. I'm currently running a game that has reached level 22, and the characters have many ways to deal with threats like this, making them fun and deadly opponents, but not horrible, boring bags of hit points or cruel tricks.

    We also use houserules such as Bane damage (which you can find on here), and it is not rare by these levels for characters to have a few cool epic boons, unique items or other blags that let them deal with vicoous, alien horrors like this.

    Ultimately, it comes down to what you like in your games. These guys work for me and mine. Thanks for reading though. I hope some of the other stuff on here is more your cup of tea :D


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