Recurring Monsters?

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So i am writing up my first campaign today and I have it so the PC's are in a old abandoned sewer system in one of the major towns. So I thought to myself, "What could make this more of an important goal to get to the boss instead of recovering a buch of the villagers stolen stuff. So I thought of monsters that would be fought over to build up suspence to the final battle.

How would I go about doing that? 
I think it would probably work well, so long as you provide the monsters with a lot of character.

There are precedents in TV series - for example, Doctor Who's Daleks have endured as extremely popular recurring monsters since the 1960's!

I suppose that what would make a recurring monster work well would be many of the same things that would make any other good recurring villain work out: a good motive, a little depth, tragic flaws that drive them to acts of villainy in spite of themselves, even a little humanity - just enough to drive home the fact that the only real difference between the heroes and the villains is that the heroes are willing to try just a little harder to make the typically difficult choice of doing the right thing:  the recurring monsters might serve as slightly darker reflections of the PCs.



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I thought up of the monster. It is going to be a were-rat named moden. He was in the service of the master criminal, holek (the main villian) until he got greedy. He is leading an expidition to kill his former master to take complete control of the criminal underworld. So I think that he would be a great add-on to the story because the adventures will have to compete with the were-rats or risk failing the king. 
Let the players hear the name a couple times over the first 2 or three adventures before they first run into him. Better yet, have their NPC ally/supporter/sidekick/page/erand boy/whatever accidentally provide information on the party to the agents of Moden after the party foils the first of his plots. Maybe they'll even meet Moden while he is undercover as a beggar, testing them out. Have a group of ambushers strike in the middle of the street, and one lone beggar watching, crying for alms. Another is acting as a bookie, taking bets from the bystanders who haven't fled the scene and are in to a little blood sport.
Once the players start to really hate him, then Moden can spring this trap. Then let them go after Moden in his lair. And of course, during the fight, let Moden monologue. Have a couple of notes for choice tidbits he can spray out revealing his actions to the party, how and when he outsmarted them, etc.

You know, a basic class in corny comic book villainy. Or watch THE Incredibles again.