Kappa (Dungeons & Dragons)
|First appearance||Oriental Adventures (1985)|
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, most commonly in the Kara-Tur sub-setting of the Forgotten Realms, the kappa is an evil creature based upon the kappa of Japanese mythology.
The common kappa and the vampiric kappa first appeared in the first edition in the original Oriental Adventures (1985). The creature was further developed in Dragon #151 (November 1989).
The common kappa, the vampiric kappa, and the kappa-ti appeared in second edition for the Kara-Tur setting in the Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix (1990).
The kappa appeared in the third edition Oriental Adventures (2001).
A kappa resembles an almost furless, green-skinned, beaked, fiendish monkey, with a cragged depression in its head containing water which acts as its cerebrospinal fluid. The kappa was introduced to D&D in Oriental Adventures. The kappa appeared again in the Kara-Tur Monstrous Compendium Appendix (MC6); appearing are the common kappa, kappa-ti and vampiric kappa.
- Knowles, David R. "The Ecology of the Kappa." Dragon #151 (TSR, 1989)
- Wyatt, James. Oriental Adventures (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
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