Custom Content Challenge: June 2018: Monsters from Asian Mythology

The theme for this month's challenge: "Monsters from Asian Mythology":

I think what NWN is really lacking so far, despite all of the wonderful Oriental tileset, heads and placeable stuff, are creatures that fit an Oriental setting. We've got the CCP behir that could pass off as a Chinese dragon with some imagination, we've got an ogre magi with naginata and we've got the splendid kappa included in ProjectQ. And that's that. What about onis, tengus, otoroshis, hengeyokais and all kinds of other bakemonos? Real Chinese dragons and ghosts?

This theme was suggested by Olivier Leroux.


  • It must be fully working in game.
  • Use of vanilla NWN or publicly available texture is fine.  Just remember that NWN textures must have dimensions in powers of 2 (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.).
  • Teamwork is welcome.
  • Beginners most welcome. Don't be afraid, just try, you'll be surprised!
  • "Custom Content" includes many sorts of things: models, scripts, prefabs (areas, items, creatures, conversations, quests, etc.), sounds, portraits, or anything else new for the game.
  • All submissions must be finished, working, and emailed to (or a non-Vault link provided) by July 1st, 2018. Sooner than that is perfectly fine too. ;-)

Some things you could include in the download/email that would make packaging everything up easier and faster:

  • 2da lines needed.
  • Screenshot from in game for use on the Vault page. Formats: .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .tga
  • Portraits (if needed) of your new goodie. Placeables and monsters should include a portrait.
  • Inventory icons (if needed) of your new goodie.
  • Any credits you would like listed.
  • If this is your first entry, please tell me what name you would like your work listed under and provide a link to your other NWN content if you want that displayed as well (the link bit is totally optional).

Remember, the Challenge is all about fun, sharing, creativity, and surprise!

This thread is for all sorts of discussion about this month's theme: ideas for things to make, questions/concerns, announcement of what you intend to make, screenshots of work in progress and/or finished projects.  

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We do have kenku, which are native to Kara Tur and are related to tengu.

Just a concept at this point but… I was thinking of using Ragnarok_mr4’s Assassin animation on a nine tails (kitsune) creature… is that allowed? I think I’ve seen the fencing animation used in ccc before (shemsu-heru’s)

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There’s a number of pretty nice east asian-based models on CadNav. Just sayin’. Most are in .max format though, so you may need to use a converter site like yobi3d.

The penanggalan is likely the inspiration for the vargouille.

@kamal Don’t think so. The penanggalan was included in the 1st edition Fiend Folio - see here.



The jiang-shi also known as the hopping chinese vampire/zombie. Creature made from a free model at “”. I have made two versions of the creature, one wiyh a taoist seal in its forehead and other without. A jiang-shi with a taoist seal in its forehead is paralized or under the control of a taoist monk.

The creature uses a mix of zombie/mummy animations with vampire bites, and new hopping animations for walk and run. You can see they working in game in this video:


The 5th Edition Ogre Mage (Oni) is pretty asian and this big, fat monkey ogre too.

Here’s 3 more links.

  1. List of supernatural beings in Chinese folklore (Wikipedia)
  2. Demons, Monsters and Ghosts of the Chinese Folklore (China Underground)
  3. 10 Horrifying Demons and Spirits from Japanese Folklore (Mental Floss)


Original D&D (1974 Greyhawk Supplement)

AD&D (1977 Monster Manual)

D&D (EDIT: 1977 Monster & Treasure Assortment Vol 2)

The Ogre Mage has always been a Japanese Ogre (Oni) from the very beginning.

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Was it from one of the Dragon Mags. I’ve seen this picture a very long time ago. I just can’t remember when or were.

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I want to say it’s from G3.

@meaglyn - It’s not from the original G3 (Hall of the Fire Giant King) – the one with the red cover. But that was my first guess also. Especially with the reference to a 10-headed hydra above the picture. It definitely looks like it’s from a late '70s module.

@Greenman6220 - I remember holding the book(let) in my hand and seeing that picture way back in the day but I cannot recall which module or book it comes from.

I think the one on the right is changing his clothes in the picture.

The hydra reference appears to have the number “100.” before it, potentially indicating It’s encounter 100 in a very large dungeon.

It’s not from the original Oriental adventures or either 1st or second ed OA modules. My guess is it’s either from Dragon, Dungeon or the rpga magazine. Other than that a third party adventure. One thing I can say with confidence is that the drawing style doesn’t match the OA rulebook or modules ('cos I just went through them).


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Yeah, I looked through it after I guessed :slight_smile: Maybe one of the Ds or Q1? There’s an encounter where there are three Ogre magi as guests or something I’m remembering… but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far far … wait… wrong meta.


The artist is DCS (David Sutherland III) who illustrated most of the AD&D Monster Manual and a lot if not most of the AD&D modules from 1978-1980. Not to mention the most of the AD&D Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide.

He’s also the author/illustrator of the Fineous Fingers comic from the early Dragon Magazine days.