My friend Tommie Johnson is a big fan of the more obscure monsters from Dungeons & Dragon history. Some of those such as the vegepygmy, garbug, and froghemoth have been brought back from obscurity and reintroduced in D&D Gamma World with new 4th-edition compatible stats.
Plucked from the pages of the original Fiend Folio, I now present Tommie’s version of the kamadan, a strange spotted cat with snake tentacles on its shoulders. There’s even a bonus version that’s an elite monster instead of a normal one, which can be used as a boss or miniboss in a campaign.
Originating from the many, many Aztec-dominated timelines, the Kamadan is a jaguar with around four to seven snakes surrounding its face. It was intended to be a tribute to reconciliation between the warring religions of Quetzalcouatl and Texacatlipoca, showing a balance between the Jaguar and the Plumed Serpent. The “breathing sleep gas” part was just added because it looked cool.
Of course, things went awry, and now they’re stuck in Gamma Terra. They have an intense magnetism that can serve them well in trying to rebuild the lost empire that they so yearn for, taking ruins from their dominant worldline and rebuilding them into grand temples, or else just repurposing existing structures for their own purposes (Rumor has it the head of the Mafia at the Luxor is one). Their favored Cryptic Alliance is the Restorationists.