Spectator (Dungeons & Dragons)
|First appearance||The Secret of Bone Hill (1981)|
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)
The spectator first appeared in the adventure module The Secret of Bone Hill (1981), and then appeared in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983). The spectator was further detailed, along with the searechter (marine spectator) in Dragon #139 (November 1988).
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)
The spectator appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for the Forgotten Realms setting under the "beholder-kin" entry in Monstrous Compendium Volume Three: Forgotten Realms Appendix (1989), and reprinted under the "beholder" entry in the Monstrous Manual (1993). The spectator also appeared in I, Tyrant (1996).
Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002) and Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)
The spectator appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms under the "beholderkin" entry in Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (2001). The spectator also appeared under the "beholderkin" entry in Lords of Madness (2005).
Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition (2014–)
A spectator appears in the final section of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, included in the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set. The spectator also appears in the 5th edition Monster Manual.
A spectator is an extraplanar relative of the beholder with four eyestalks. Somewhat mild and even-tempered, spectators have even been known to form friendships with other creatures, a trait that no other beholderkin or true beholder ever displays.
- Lakofka, Lenard. The Secret of Bone Hill (TSR, 1981)
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
- Demokopoliss, Dougal. "The Ecology of the Spectator." Dragon #139 (TSR, 1988)
- Connors, William, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Three: Forgotten Realms Appendix (TSR, 1989)
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
- Allston, Aaron. I, Tyrant (TSR, 1996)
- Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
- Baker, Rich, James Jacobs, and Steve Winter. Lords of Madness (Wizards of the Coast, 2005)
- Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014)