EXPERIMENTS IN UPCYCLING
Just because a creature has died doesn’t mean its usefulness has ended. For those with vision and the will to push boundaries beyond society’s prudish fears, new and better things can be created from the discarded bits of the deceased. That giant cave spider those heroes were hired to vanquish? Sure, their wizard or rogue probably harvested its poison sacs. But what of its legs? Its eyes? Could they be grafted to that trespassing orc you’ve been holding in your dungeon? Granted, it would need a different brain, something easier to control than an orc. Simple enough to dominate, but complex enough to learn the intricacies of your hybrid experiment. A challenge to be sure, but that’s all part of the fun for a crypto-reanimator.
Within these pages is your introduction to mad experiments assembled in unnatural ways. Unholy recipes that bring together unexpected ingredients to make something inspired. Or toxic. Often you don’t really know until its finished cooking. But such surprises and unpredictability are half the fun in this brave new branch of alchemy.
* See five all-new, highly researched and studied amalgamations from creative geniuses across the realms. These entries don’t merely give you the basics and send you on your way. They explain the nightmares that inspired their makers, explore their strengths, weaknesses, and best uses, and provide illustrations of their special abilities and attacks.
Go beyond simple stats and a brief description, and learn how these creatures can truly terrorize players.
* Discover a sampling of tools of the trade, weapons harvested from the dead, and more!
* Uncover theories of the origins behind the way of the crypto-reanimators and creaturegrafters. While the truth is lost to time and madness, scholars of the field have uncovered interesting papers and treatises dating back into ancient history.
* Consider the philosophies and debates regarding the morality and ethics of utilizing salvaged deceased resources, both animal and sentient.
* And so much more!