Monday’s Monster Mash is a weekly series where monsters are selected from the three Monster Manuals and put together as an encounter group. A situation is discussed where these monsters would have been together and how their powers or status effects work together against the players.
This particular Monday's Monster Mash, and the next few, will be a little different than normal. Today's was written by Scott Boehmer for the January Contest: Monster Mash Mania. He can also be found on twitter under @glimmthegnome.
The remote villages scattered throughout the southern Oakwood have faced a harsh winter. Not only have the days been unusually cold, but a tribe of yetis from the Gray Spires have begun to launch raids into the lowland forests. The marauding yetis have attacked several villages, stealing food stores and dragging off townsfolk. Unbeknownst to the villagers, a beholder gauth has subjugated the yeti tribes and is using them to gather sacrifices and valuables to fuel dark and alien rituals deep within a glacial ice cave.
The guath (MM2, 24) stays out of reach during combat while using its eye rays to slow any intruders and blast them with flames. The yetis (MM3, 210-211) meanwhile form a frontline and savage any victims of the gauth’s immobilizing central eye. The ice caves where the yeti tribe dwells is filled with slick patches and pits concealed by thin ice making it quite hazardous to anyone foolish enough to confront them in their own home. Thanks to the yetis icewalk and the guath’s ability to hover, the difficult terrain doesn’t hinder them in any serious way.