I’ve don’t think I ever noticed before… Dangers (as in fronts) have an impulse. Monsters (e.g. goblins) have an instinct.
Both are written as “to
Both describe the general behavior of the thing. An danger’s impulse is “its crucial motivation,” and “what pushes it to fulfill it’s impending doom.” A monster’s instinct “describe its goals at a high level” describe “what does it want that causes problems for others.” They seem pretty similar to me, at most just a difference in scale.
Given that it’s pretty common for dangers to also be monsters… it seems redundant to use two different terms.
What about you? Do the two terms mean something different to you?
For things that are both dangers and monsters (e.g. a dragon, a lich, a demon lord)… have you gotten value from having a separate impulse and instinct?