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Publication history[edit | edit source]
The goristro was introduced to the D&D game in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit | edit source]
The goristro (major demon) first appeared in Dragon #91 (November 1984); the article's author, Gary Gygax, explained that he had intended to put the creature into Monster Manual II along with the other demons.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit | edit source]
The goristro greater tanar'ri appears again in Monstrous Compendium Annual Three (1996).
Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002)[edit | edit source]
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit | edit source]
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–)[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
Goristros are described as huge demons resembling a man with the head of a bison. Goristros are depicted as rude and violent enemies, often employed on the battlefield by demon lords as siege engines. Because of their limited intelligence, Goristros are seldom described as weaving intrigues and to plot against other demons, and authors instead apply them as elite shock troops of the demon lords of the in-game Abyss.
References[edit | edit source]
- Smith, Lester W., and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Chaos (TSR, 1994)
- Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
- Grubb, Jeff, David Noonan, and Bruce Cordell. Manual of the Planes (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
- Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
- Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)