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    FFFFForewordorewordorewordorewordorewordThe devil is in the details, someone once said.

    While its unlikely that the person who said it played 3.5, they might as well have. After all, as any 3.5Game Master will tell you, its a system thats all about the details, and nowhere is this more true than withthe games monsters. Just pick any monster in the SRD and take a look: from skill ranks to save bonuses, eventhe simplest of creatures has an impressive arrangement of interrelated stats, all carefully crafted to faultless-ness right?

    Well, as it turns out, no. Looking through the Monsters section of the SRD with a close eye will turn upnumerous errors throughout the various creature entries. While none of them are game-breaking, it is dis-tressing to know that incorrect material could affect the course of your game. Even the official errata doesnthelp much. After all, its burdensome to consult a separate collection of fixes, just to be safe, every time youuse a monster. Even worse, the errata overlooks a significant number of errors. What is needed is a completeoverhaul of all the monsters in the SRD, deconstructing and examining each and every single stat block,fixing any errors found along the way. But who, you ask, would ever undertake such a herculean effort?

    Enter John Cooper.Having made a name for himself reviewing various third-party products and inexorably ferreting out

    errors in their stat blocks, John has turned his unflinching gaze to the core monsters of the SRD. The series ofwhich this book is a part is the result. Here, you will find the monsters you have been playing with all thistime, meticulously combed over and, where necessary, corrected. Some of the changes are small (just whatis the correct Survival bonus for an allip?). Others are large (the retriever demon has way too many hitpoints!). Some have been incorporated from the official errata (mariliths cant polymorph). And others arefixed here for the first time (the hound archon heros CR). Even if you think many of these fixes are nothingmore than minute, superfluous details, now you will have them on hand for that unexpected instance whenyou need them. After all, an athachs Jump skill bonus doesnt seem very important until you have oneleap out at your player characters!

    The SRD has been reprinted and reproduced many times since its inception, but only in Coopers Com-pendium of Corrected Creatures will you find its monsters checked and corrected to perfection. After all, thedevil may be in the details, but now John Cooper has fixed the details in the devils and demons, aboleths,couatls, and more.

    Shane OConnorShane OConnorShane OConnorShane OConnorShane OConnor, July 2009, July 2009, July 2009, July 2009, July 2009

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    IntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroductionIntroductionFor the benefit of those who have not yet heard of me, my name is John Cooper, and I am an EN World staffreviewer. Each of the staff reviewers brings his own perspective when looking at RPG products; one of myparticular strengths has been an eye for detail when it comes to the correct application of the 3.5 SRD rulesto creature stat blocks. Over the years, Ive made something of a name for myself as the nit-picky stat blockguy, and in fact I usually include an unofficial errata section to my reviews of those products that havestats included in them, including my suggestions on how to correct the stat blocks so as to conform to the 3.5rules. Ive always believed that one of the many strengths of the 3.5 rules set is the standardized way the statblock components all work together, and it has always irritated me to no end when the rules are overlookedand a stat block gets published riddled with errors.

    Unfortunately, not all products with incorrect SRD creature stats are necessarily the fault of the publisherof that work, as the SRD itself is riddled with errors. Publishers use the SRD in good faith, never suspectingthat in many cases they are just promulgating the same errors over and over again.

    Well, lets try to put an end to that, shall we?T