Monster Mania: Flumph


The Flumph. A being of unequivocal beauty and grace and it demands respect! Their wonderfully proportioned football shaped core is accented with an array of slender and utilitarian tendrils and two tall stalks ending in a pair of vibrantly colored eyes. This little bundle of cuteness was first introduced in the Fiend Folio for 1st edition D&D. Then reappeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the Monstrous Compendium Annual II. It’s obvious why adventurers traditionally underestimate the Flumph. It’s unassuming appearance lulls others into either a sense of adoration or confusion. Normally this would be where I’d say they are conniving, sinister devils that wish nothing but the destruction of everyone around them, but they are actually entirely kind and often helpful creatures.

Flumphs survive off of the psionic energy that is given off by other inhabitants of the Underdark such as Mind Flayers and Gith, but due to the negligible amount that is leeched they are typically ignored. Flumphs can be surprisingly helpful allies when delving into the Underdark. When they absorb the psychic energy from evil beings they will typically seek out good intentioned individuals in an effort to stop those who would do harm. What I find to be the most interesting aspect of Flumph is their society. Each member of a Flumph society, referred to as cloisters, has a specific job to contribute to the collective.

Although a Flumph is especially weak when compared to other monsters, they have a variety of simple defenses from telepathic protection to their stench spray. Rather than seek out combat they will attempt find an ally that is better suited for protection. In the end they are extremely cute and far more kind and just than most would assume, and personally I would love to have one as a pet.

Thanks for reading Dungeoneers, till next time.

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