The Roving Mauler
The Roving Mauler

I’m sorry I didn’t get this blog post up sooner, since I’m sure the sketch left a lot of people scratching their heads. However, I was on the road last night and only just got home.

This strange, sorry beast is one of the strangest things in the Monster Manual for D&D. This is a Roving Mauler, which is essentially a lion with a bajillion legs attached at random to it’s head/body. Yes, you read that correctly. How the heck is that supposed to be terrifying, again? The thing barely looks like it can function, let alone roll around mauling things, as it’s name implies.

What I’ve drawn is a baby Mauler, without the lovely mane of the older monsters, but with the addition of terrifying amounts of fluff. It’s still as improbable and sad as the older creatures, but I suspect it gets by because people feed it and give it love and hugs.

Next week, I’m going to take a crack and redesigning this train wreck to make it actually move!!

News: Posted June 1st, 2012 by Alina

^ 8 Comments to “The Roving Mauler”

  1. Ceallo Says:

    I want one! That is so cute! I mean, as a guard pet. With it’s terrifying…amount of fluff. Whatever, I want one =)

    Posted June 1st, 2012 at 4:55 pm
  2. OldGeekGal Says:

    That is truly adorable, and yet so disturbing. It would make a fabulous T-shirt design. “ZOOM!”

    Posted June 1st, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  3. Nespin Says:

    Fun fact – D&D didn’t invent this one. Oh, they USED it (It was in Tome of Magic in 3.5), but that’s a traditional demon from the Lesser Key of Solomon.

    Look up Buer from the Ars Goetia if you don’t believe me.

    Posted June 1st, 2012 at 5:28 pm
  4. FSilvermane Says:

    The adult version is quite scary for one reason ,… multiple clawed paws [remember a lion has 4 feet and can shred someone with them] that hit multiple times and sharp fangs to shred you. That being said the baby one is quite cute and adorable,…..

    Posted June 2nd, 2012 at 1:30 am
  5. KenderBryant Says:

    I LOVE your current storyline. I remember reading similar events in Moosehead Stew. I keep laughing like crazy.

    Posted June 4th, 2012 at 12:29 am
  6. Alondro Says:

    If the legs could spin rapidly around the center, like those Japanese wheel demons, then the claws would be excellent for slashing enemies to ribbons!

    Posted June 5th, 2012 at 1:40 pm
  7. Mell Says:

    But how would it stay up? If all the legs spun around it”s center, it sounds like it would either roll, or it’s body/head would just spin…Unless it could float. Hmm, it might actually be more dangerous if it got close to it’s prey and fell over-It’d be like a living chainsaw. Which sounds kinda cool.

    Posted June 8th, 2012 at 12:33 am
  8. Xero Says:

    if i remember right the roving mauler moves by rotating it’s body like a wheel and is constantly in motion hopping from one leg to the next

    Posted June 9th, 2012 at 2:38 am