February 13, 2010 by deadorcs
If the subject matter presented in the title of this post seems familiar, it should. I first tackled this subject in an older post. I was a fresher, younger blogger then, and only had Asmor’s Brave Monster Creator to mess with.
While the tool served me pretty well, I’ve been playing with Wizard’s Adventure Tools® and using their Monster Creator as of late. As my original foray into this subject was incomplete, I’m now better prepared.
Modrons first appeared on the scene during the heady days of the 1st Edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. They were tucked in behind the Magmen of the Monster Manual II and presented an entertaining planar alternative to the over used Demons and Devils. I’m not sure what their immediate appeal was. Perhaps it was their regimented organization, or the neat (if not a little uneven) power progression. Personally, I liked the idea of the “rogue” Modron. In fact, I even designed an adventure regarding a rogue Modron (and its subordinates) hunting for an artifact in a dwarven mine.
Yeah, I like me some Modrons.
Well, I’ve cracked open the Adventure Tools and dipped into the energy pool on Nirvana to create some excellent Modrons. Before I dive into those, I thought I’d give you some general information about Modrons and how they’re organized.
Modrons are a highly organized and regimented society on Nirvana, a now nearly forgotten plane on the Astral Sea. Modrons are unaligned, but have been called “lawful” for lack of a better word to describe them. The caste like society of the Modrons works well for them. Each Modron has a specific task and does that task as efficiently as possible. Strangers to the Modron home plane get the feeling that the society is working towards some arcane goal, but even scholars are at a loss to explain that goal.
Modrons follow orders from their superiors without question. Occasionally, though, a Modron will “break down” and “go rogue”. Most of these “rogue units” are quickly found and returned to the energy pool central to Nirvana, but occasionally the smarter ones escape the plane and bring their underlings to pursue strange and often dangerous tasks.
Rogue Modrons make a great foil for adventurers, and the great bureaucracy of Modron society makes for a great role-playing opportunity for adventurers visiting the plane. In this series of blog posts, I’ll be covering my 4th Edition take on the long neglected Modrons. Each post will cover a couple of different types of Modrons.
One additional note. With the introduction of “Minion” type creatures in the 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons, I decided to create the lower types of Modrons (the Base Modrons) in two different forms. You’ll see a “Minion” type and a “Standard” type. So without further ado…let’s get on with…
The March of the Modrons.
DM Note: Monodrone Infantry Units are ideal for throwing waves of strange creatures at adventuring groups. They are almost the perfect Minion.
One in twelve Monodrones lack the usual spindly legs and fly using a small set of leathery wings. Such creatures are used as messengers within the Greater Modron Hierarchy. A Monodrone Messenger can understand and relay perfectly a message of up to 48 words. The Monodrone Messenger has a simple bite attack, but will not use it unless defending itself or commanded to do so by a superior Modron. If for some reason a Monodrone Messenger cannot relay its message, it will hover quietly nearby until command to do otherwise.
DM Note: Duodrone Skirmish Units work in excellent conjunction with Monodrone Infantry Units for coordinated Minion attacks.
Appearing as strange walking rectangles (think a domino tile on legs), Duodrones serve a dual purpose as skirmishers and shock troopers within the Greater Modron Hierarchy. A Duodrone Shock Trooper can command up to 12 Monodrone Infantry Units. The Duodrone Shock Trooper obeys its superior Modron commander without question. If for some reason a Duodrone Shock Trooper cannot perform its task, it is capable of coming up with at least one alternative task that will help it complete the first task.
Until next time…
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