|That dude on the ground?|
The original Wat Tyler.
|more cool pics here|
Another thing I did was try to merge the dungeon background with the campaign background. So the ex-monastery was looted and destroyed by rowdy Norman knights during the tumultuous period immediately following the conquest. And the villainous NPC in the dungeon became the grandson of one of those knights, a bastard with no inheritance of his own trying to enrich himself by following up on grandpa's tall tale of a lost treasure still lurking in the cellars below monastery ruins. I also changed the villain's stats quite a bit, since he's written as a cleric and I don't use that class in this campaign.
I also changed one of the monsters Jamie Mal uses in more than one encounter, but I can't reveal more because the altered baddies remain unused and some of my players read this blog. Hi, guys! I also added a monster my daughter created while in one of her "Must Draw The Crap Out Of A Whole Sketchbook In One Sitting" fugues. I'd love to post the pic, but she has forbidden me from sharing it. I don't think she likes the way it turned out, but the concept is totally useable. Again, I can't tell you any more because the party hasn't encountered it yet.
*"Pseudo-historical", "alt-historical" and even "faux historical" just seem way too serious for a term to describe to what I am trying to do, so today I made up my own. But then I go and have no problem with straight-facedly deploying the word "milieu" in the same sentence. Like I told my players at one point last night, I have no problem with shamelessly contradicting myself.