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MC11 Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix (2e)

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Here it is-the second Monstrous Compendium Appendix for the Forgotten Realms campaign world!

In these pages you will meet the strikingly beautiful Inhiannan shee, the fingernail-sized monkey spider, and the nightmarish feyr. These and other brand-new, custom-made monsters (and a few updated favorites) lurk within this booklet, waiting for you to unleash them into your own campaign. As always, the pages are 5-hole punched for easy insertion into your own ring binder.

Product History

MC11: "Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix" (1991) is the eleventh monster manual for AD&D 2e. It was published in December 1991.

About the Title. This second "Forgotten Realms Appendix" was the first Monstrous Compendium to officially use its module code. It's "MC11".

About the Dividers. The four full-color dividers are all drawn from Forgotten Realms publications. One was the cover to the novel Song of the Saurials (1991). The others are covers to Realms adventures and supplements, FR10: "Old Empires" (1990), FA2: "Nightmare Keep" (1991), and FR13: "Anauroch" (1991).

Origins: Binders of Monsters. This "Forgotten Realms Appendix" was the third monster book for the Forgotten Realms, counting FR3: "Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix" (1989) and FR6: "Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix" (1990). This made it the most popular setting for the Compendiums, though there would eventually be three Appendices for the Planescape and Ravenloft lines as well.

Monsters of Note: Realms Monsters. The first "Forgotten Realms Appendix" largely focused on monsters created by Ed Greenwood for Dragon magazine. This second Appendix returns to that well with bats, the beguiler, the cantobele, the dark naga, the firetail, the gaund, the hamadryad, and the orpsu all created by Greenwood for "The Dragon's Bestiary", various "Creature Collections", or even his extensive article on "Bats that Do More than Bite" for Dragon #90 (October 1984). However, the most authentic Realms monsters in this collection may be the manni, morin, and sand cat by David "Zeb" Cook that debuted in an article called "A Hoard for the Horde" in Dragon #163 (November 1990).

Surprisingly, other Forgotten Realms books didn't tend to contribute their monsters to this Appendix — except in a few cases when an Ed Greenwood Dragon beastie made a jump to another supplement before appearing here. One of the few exceptions was the deep dragon from FOR2: Drow of the Underdark (1991).

Monsters of Note: Non-Realms Monsters. Just as many monsters in this new Appendix weren't really associated with the setting. There were still a few refugees from AD&D's original monster books, such as the long-missing aquatic elf and peryton, from the Monster Manual (1977), the mountain giant from the Fiend Folio (1981), and the boobrie, the elfin cat, the gloomwing, the luck eater, the phantom, the retch plant, and the snapper-saw plant from Monster Manual II (1983), but this sort of classic monster was pretty thin on the ground by this point. There were also a few 1e monsters that had never been collected, such as the eblis from EX2: "Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" (1983) and the changecat from Greyhawk Adventures (1988)

Because TSR was by now going further afar to look for new monsters, they also incorporated Dragon monsters created by others. The fachan, the frost, the golden ammonite, and the lhiannan shee were all designed by Roger Moore for Dragon. The rest of the monsters in this second "Forgotten Realms Appendix" are brand-new, again showing TSR's need for new critters eleven volumes in; several have never been seen since. The saurials, drawn from the Finder's Stone Trilogy (1988-1991), are one of the few new monsters that feel important to the Realms.

Future History. In Germany, MC3: "Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix" and MC11: "Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix" were combined by TSR UK into Monsterkompendium II (1992). Amigo later reprinted that as Monster der Reiche (1999).

There has been one more Realms specific monster manual, Monsters of Faerûn (2001) for D&D 3e (2000).

About the Creators. The credits for this "Forgotten Realms Appendix" list a huge number of designers. David "Zeb" Cook coordinated work by Tim Beach, Tim Brown, William W. Connors, Dale Donovan, Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb, Bruce Heard, Slade Henson, Rob King, Colin McComb, Roger E. Moore, Bruce Nesmith, Jon Pickens, Jean Rabe, Dori Watry, and Skip Williams. Karen S. Boomgarden then coordinated editing with Anne McCready. Whew.

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This is the quality that the Monstrous Manual should have had. Very good contrast, every creature has its own bookmark. The pictures of the creatures are in black and white, but this is no doubt true to the original hard copy. Even the colored fullpage [...]
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