People make fun of the owlbear from D&D… But is it really unrealistic? Check this out, scientists (the “mad” kind) have genetically altered goats with spider genes to make spider silk in their milk and haunt my nightmares. Here’s the Cracked article that reduced me to tears, laughter, and screamed obscenities, but it’s not really a joke – here’s the BBC science article on it.
Most of the “template” and “half-whatever” stuff in 3e was kinda lame. But given magic, and a wizard that wants to use it to crossbreed things – the sky’s the limit, as this shows!