My Spanish book on Bosch identified this kind of creature as a Gryllus, etymology unknown - is it from the Latin for "cricket" or a reference to the crewman of the Odyssey who begged Circe not to change him back from pig to man? Anyway, the Gryllus appears all over in medieval iconography, whenever a manuscript-doodling monk or a cathedral carver got tired of doing torsos:
|No-body on the right, no-head on the left.|
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As a bonus, here's a partially revised version of the gryllus, with improved (?) color illustrations, new stats, and a spiffy two-column layout - forecasting 2nd edition D&D in 1983! - that I never got around to finishing.
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Knight Gryllus: HD 3, AC 3 , MV 6, atk: bite d3 (wounds only heal from rest), spiked headbutt d6; def: non-magical weapons do half damage round down, mind: low, size: 0 (small), xp: 3 HD + 2 minor abilities.
(Visor down: AC 1  but no bite)
Mage/Monk Gryllus: HD 2+2, AC 6 , MV 3, atk: bite d3 (wounds only heal from rest), spells as 4th level wizard/cleric, def: non-magical weapons do half damage round down, mind: high, size: 0 (small), xp: 2+2 hd + 1 major and 2 minor abilities.
I've been living a sheltered life! Haha. Yikes.ReplyDelete
What a great monster. We're big fans of Bosch and medieval manuscript doodling so these guys were a lot of fun to see all statted-up and ready to go. Fun stuff. Nice to see the game archaeology as well. Very cool!ReplyDelete
That is one weird monster - which makes it a most excellent choice for the blogfest. :)ReplyDelete
Another new monster to learn about.ReplyDelete
Gryllus -- thanks for sharing!
I love Bosch's paintings. So surreal. excellent choices here!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for joining my bloghop, I really appreciate it.
With the whole month of these posts, and today especially, it's been made pretty clear there are plenty of monsters out there, and even quite a few types that don't get seen too often. But if we are looking for new themes, or maybe a new way of seeing monsters, iconography is a good place to start.ReplyDelete
I agree on the archeology as well - thanks for sharing that.
Sadly looks like the medieval iconography link is now broken. Guess they pulled the text.ReplyDelete