Psionic and Occult monsters I'd recommend

To be honest, thanks to the use of psionic powers many monsters from both of these sources slot right into Dark Sun. There is, HOWEVER, a major sticking point I have with the site’s own monstrous bestiary. Yes, I’m going to pick a fight over this!

Psionic Bestiary (Dreamscarred Press)

It’s almost easier to list the ones that don’t fit.

Automatons and phrenic hegemony- These are extra planar invaders. Aside from the constant controversy over how planar isolated Athas is, why would anyone want to invade Athas? You’d be squeezing blood out of a very spikey nasty stone. I am sure you can find a reason, but there is plenty to Athas specific that’s well worth exploring, without importing something that out there!

Remnants of the Cleansing Wars- Many psionic beasts and constructs could easily come from this. Psion-killer golems come to mind. However, I want to highlight the Ural and the Unbodied in particular. The latter are psionic minds that have gone “Gamesters of Triskelion.” Disembodied psionic minds. What if they did that to escape Cleansing? And the Urals are another result of powerful psions attempting to survive a catastrophe, but in their case they have powerful physical bodies, but are reduced to gibbering idiots.

Verizal- I like these guys as a good replacement for mind flayers. Mind flayers feel too generic to me.

Occult Bestiary

Once again, many work. Some highlights follow.

Cerebric Cyst- A buffed brain ooze.
Chyzaedu- I’ll admit, I have a hard time finding stacks for psurlons. I would use these guys instead.
Combusted- Psionic, undead and on fire? Sounds Athasian to me!
Echohusk- Psionic version of zombies
Egophage- Buffed up, evovled version of the intellect devourer.
Hive Mind Beetle Swarm- fascinating and weird combination of psionics and swarming insects. The possibilites are endless.

Those are just some of favorites that occur to me. To be honest, there is a lot of standard monsters in there but with psionic powers or a psionic variant. Whether you like that or find it useful is up to you.

So here is the fight I said I would pick. The Terrors of Athas on this (honestly awesome site) list “blue” under the allowable monsters. The Blue are a variant version of goblins. The goblins are extinct. How can this BE? HOW? HOOOOW?

Thanks for your time


I haven’t gone through as much Pathfinder content as I should. I slowed down on 3.5 in favor of 2e around the time Pathfinder really got popular. But I have used a lot of Pathfinder’s monsters and ideas and stuck them in my games. The Occult Bestiary is one I haven’t looked into, but I do remember it had a lot of psionic content. So if I were to add spooky psionic critters to my Dark Sun, how would I do it?

I would likely make them examples of mutated creatures brought about by the Pristine Tower that inhabit distant corners of the setting. A way to give my players curve balls for when they explore underground ruins or travel to the lands beyond the core region. The other fun possibility is if I were to stick with a pulp sci-fi/horror theme is to have these creatures be native to the moons of Ral or Guthay, hinting at alien worlds akin to what the Elder Things, Mi-Go, or Yith dwelt on.

As for the confusion regarding Blue Goblins, my guess is someone made a mistake in adding them. If you want to have fun with it though, maybe Blues are what’s left of the surviving goblin population. I doubt Athasian elves were such fine desert runners before the cleansing wars. The Red and Brown Ages changed a lot of Athasian races.

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