A while back, in the olden days of 2008, Master Jeff o' the Gameblog re-posted this wandering monster chart, originally brought to the attention of the Internets by a member of Dragonsfoot:
One can only speculate as to the nature of those monsters scrawled in by the DM who once owned this copy of Holmes Basic. Sure, we can (probably) safely assume that the "guinea pig (1-4)" was literally a few guinea pigs -- perhaps slightly oversized to suit the dungeon environment. Did they magically charm PCs with their sheer cuddliness?
But what of the unfamiliar beasts? What of the "map devoerer" [sic]? What of the "purple pig"?
It would be cool to stat up this beastie and give him a proper niche in the dungeon ecosystem. Questions that come to mind:
- Is the purple pig a sub-variety of the standard surface-world pig?
- If so, what caused its change in coloration? (Perhaps it eats the spoor of the purple worm?)
- Do goblins like 'em? Do they eat 'em? Ride 'em? Mate with 'em?
- If pigs can be trained to sniff out valuable shrooms, what kinda stuff can purple pigs find?