Review – Monsters of Feyland

Monsters of Feyland is a supplement by Cawood Publishing.

This supplement contains a collection of creatures that inhabit the world of the Fey. It stands at 112 pages and features 100 new monsters that have a connection with the Fey.

I say they have a connection with the Fey because not all of them are Fey. Flavor wise they have a reason to be in this supplement, for example by living in the realm of the Fey. Here’s a quick rundown of what kinds of monsters you will find:

  • 8 Beasts
  • 5 Dragons
  • 65 Fey
  • 6 Giants
  • 3 Goblinoids
  • 3 Humanoids
  • 1 Monstrosity
  • 3 Plants
  • 6 Undead

Introduction

At the beginning of the supplement we get some lore about the Feyland and tips for GMs about Fey and how they interact with others.

We also get a quick review on how the two Fey courts are divided. We have the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court. While you can say the first one is good and the second one evil, you can find members questioning the morality of their Court or their place in it.

The Monsters

The monsters are presented in the same manner they are in the Monster Manual. Apart from the stat block, there is a piece of art for each monster (more on that later), and a few paragraphs that describe it, its habits, or its combat tactics.

It’s important to mention that one of these paragraphs in almost every monster can be easily used as a hook for an adventure. In some cases, for example the leaders of the Courts, these hooks can pretty much spark a whole campaign around them. If you are into political intrigue campaigns, you may enjoy these hooks even more.

The difficulty of the monsters ranges from CR 1/8 to CR 25. It’s important to realize, however, that some of these monsters shouldn’t be used in the form of throwing them in the face of the characters and telling your players to roll initiative. For example, there are some monsters that should be used in combination with the environment, in order to create a threat.

The Art

As I mentioned, each monster gets a piece of art. I believe the art style matches compliments the supplement really well. The phrase I’d use for the art style would be “fairy tale”.

Also, I really liked how not every evil creature is portrayed in dark, moody colors. That enhances the flavor of the Fey, since they rarely show their true colors.

Extras

There is a list of the monsters in CR order, which I consider a must for any monster supplement. In that list the monsters are also divided by monster type. There is also a D100 encounter table.

Another interesting thing you will find in this supplement is flora of the Feyland. These come in the form of little notes that can be found all over the supplement. Each one contains a quick description of a piece of flora and the results of consuming it. My only complaint is that there is no index for them so you have to flip through the book (or scroll down the PDF) to find these entries.

Final Words

Monsters of Feyland is a really good monster supplement if you are planning on running an adventure that will include a lot of Fey creatures, or a campaign set in the realm of the Fey. It provides creatures for all sorts of encounters, from various types of combat encounters, to social and environmental ones.

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