My Favorite Monsters is a showcase of some of the beautiful artwork Turbine has provided so that we have interesting things to kill.
I love/hate the Rakshasa. Killer damage resistance, spells, lots of hit points, AND spell resistance on top of all that … a nasty combination.
But they have such an interesting look to them. A tiger-headed humanoid with backwards hands … what’s not to love?
Sometimes when I am fighting one it will appear to lean over and bite me, and then shake its head side-to-side as if trying to tear out a chunk of meat… creepy, but interesting.
Which really when you think about it, kind of sums up the whole monster.
But I digress.
Check out Theris’ Rakshasa Monster Minute for an interesting and well-written discussion of the actual Earth version of rakshasa mythology (and much more, it is an excellent article. Read it now!).
This is the version of the rakshasa from the original Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. Note the elegant smoking jacket and cravat: rakshasas may be evil but they are nattily attired.
That easy elegance shaped my mental picture of the monster to this day. Add in their vast arsenal of powers (they are shapeshifters too!) and they become most excellent bosses in PnP campaigns. How surprising to find them in DDO huddled in caves and ruins wearing tatty chainmail. 🙂
On the plus side, even in DDO they are most often used as bosses or mini-bosses, or at least as the standout monster of the encounter group. And they look marvelous.
I’m still waiting for the smoking jacket though.
🙂 😀 🙂