Deadly Penguins and Pacifist Wolves: The Mundane Animals of D&D

Monstrous Manual

I’ve talked a lot about demon lords and magic in Dungeons & Dragons, but I’ve overlooked the mundane critters that populate the world. As it so happens, the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Monstrous Manual, which is in my opinion the best and most comprehensive monster book in fantasy gaming, is available as a PDF from Wizards of the Coast. I was originally going to go through some of the more interesting critters therein, but I got sidetracked when I noticed the surprising amount of detail put into real-world (and real-world-ish) animals. So instead, let’s see what sort of information D&D has about birds, cats, and wolves.

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