Umpleby

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Umpleby
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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the umpleby is a type of monster.

Publication history[edit]

The umpleby first appeared in White Dwarf #9 (October 1978). The umpleby appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The umpleby appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (1992),[2] and was reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (1995).[3]

Description[edit]

An umpleby is an eight-foot-tall creature covered in wild, straggly brown hair. The umpleby stores large quantities of static electricity in its body, which is releases by touching its victims.

Reception[edit]

Trenton Webb, in his review of Monstrous Compendium Annual Two for British RPG magazine Arcane, called the shambling umpleby "without a shadow of a doubt" the star of the book: "Effectively a Bigfoot whose wooly hair generates shocking levels of static electricity, these hulking eccentric simpletons will test any parties patience and ability to save against cuteness."[4] Webb also added that even without the umpleby the book "would be a necessary resource for all mainstream refs. With the shaggy-haired one, though, it rapidly approaches the essential."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Williams, Skip, et al. Monstrous Compendium Fiend Folio Appendix (TSR, 1992)
  3. ^ Pickens, Jon, ed. Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (TSR, 1995)
  4. ^ a b Webb, Trenton (April 1996). "Games Reviews". Arcane (Future Publishing) (5): 74.