On the Monsters that Were: Curst


This monster by Ed Greenwood shows up again in a book called Mythic Races as open content with some changes.

It's interesting, because they are very much a race of Mary/Marty Sues.

Mostly immune to magic, having whatever class levels the DM wishes, 85% magic resistance, immune to mental attacks, fire, cold, and life drain, and effectively immune to death.

You see, they are cursed.

Yes, there is a stipulation that they will act despondently and strangely 1 in 20 rounds. But mostly they are immortal killing machines. Sometimes immortal killing machines infested with rot grubs.

That said, the idea of a deathless opponent, one who you can communicate with, one that you cannot destroy has interest. Especially since they can be created from extant creatures in your campaign with a bestow curse and a wish.

Hack & Slash


  1. Maybe created to punish annoying characters who breezed through most monsters too easily? Or just old school DM player hate? It does certainly have it's place if used properly.

  2. I remember the Cusrt version from Mythic Races. I actually adored some of the ideas in that book, even though I hated the "EL" system in 3rd edition with a fiery, burning passion.

    If I still have a copy, it might be worth trying to scale them back to B/X.

  3. So Elminster's actually a curst? That would explain it.


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