I found this old sketch from way back while going through some old files. Doing a little Spring cleaning. Anyhow, this little fella got me to thinking about swapping-out one of the usual PC options for spiders. Intelligent, dextrous, expert climbers and trap-makers & finders...natural thieves and adventurers. As a Fighting Spider they'd be able to wield multiple light weapons and use their webbing in combat. As Spell-casters they'd be able to read more than one scroll simultaneously and enchant their webs to form temporary magic items (usually traps...). As Clerics, they'd be more blood-thirsty than a vampire and might even hunt those particular forms of undead down as competitors for the same food-source.
Maybe they're caste-oriented and each segment of their society is served by a particular species/sub-species...which might open the door to intelligent scorpions or other arachnids...maybe they have human slaves that they raise for food and servants, like Eloi perhaps...
Hmmm...still kicking that idea around a bit. We'll see where it leads.
A Paladin in Citadel blog this past February there was a stroll down memory lane with the weapon-wielding Octopi from the old Microquest: Death Test II, and that got me to thinking about the Octopoidal Degenerates from our Cliff Tomb of Vhonj adventure (Jewel Throne?) and the Octoscholar, and a quick search led me to an old post by Michael Curtis over at The Society of Torch, Pole and Rope blog where he has done-up an Octopus Race Class. I really liked the sword-wielding Octopi from Death Test II. Barbarian Molluscs who are cross-planar invaders, with sorcerous ties back to a realm of deep, dark oceans sound like fun.
Octopi with scimitars and
Less Lovecraftian, more Beatles would be more fun.
Unless there are Half-Octopi running around. Ick. That's definitely more Lovecraft-esque. But it could be fun. Sort of. Maybe. Still ick though.
Centaurs might also be interesting to try-out in Jalamere. It's a lot of wide-open spaces, rugged terrain and well-suited to people who have built-in all wheel drive. Most of the time it's a real pain to try and squeeze a centaur down into a dungeon, but with Jalamere, there's plenty of room...until you run up to the edge, the World Rim. Heck, maybe they're gecko-centaurs...that'd be a really good option for exploring all the ruins and such-like all down the jagged cliffs and chasms along the World-Rim. Then winged apes or monkeys might be an even better bet. Or more spiders.
Vertical skirmishes up and down the notched and eroded cliffs below the World Rim between geckotaurs, winged monkeys, octopi and spiders. And velvet-worms. Big, nasty, armored and intelligent velvet-worms who've crawled up from deep below, fighting their way past megapedes, tiger-wasps, and who knows what else all the way up the great cliffs. Now that sounds intriguing.
Mapping the Rim Regions and all those cliffs, niches and cave-pockets is going to be a real pain...unless we do some sort of variation on Dyson's vertical geomorphs...hmmm...that could work. I'll have to try sketching something out over the weekend.