By Thilo Graf
This pdf for the Pathfinder Roleplaying System from Demiurge Press is 9 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial and ToC and 1 page SRD, leaving 6 pages for the monsters, one per page, so let’s dive in!
You actually get two versions of the book, one beautiful full-colour version and one printer-friendly b/w-version. Nice.
The monsters are:
- Daemon, Ungudaemon (CR 5): A disturbing, almost cthulhoid-looking creature that tries to make serial killers out of regular people.
- Devil, Feathered (CR 7): Bureaucrats of hell, they also serve as bankers and get cool rune-like abilities.
- Div, Khorkhore (CR 13): Gluttony and famine-associated creature that can cause people to consume everything due to lethal hunger. I didn’t like the artwork, though.
- Kyton, Baboulas (CR 8): Also known as Scissormen, these nobles of Kytons absolutely rock – they use deadly, mutilating scissors and are the consummate sadists. I love them.
- Hanakada Oni (CR10): Deadly Oni that taught the Tengu their swordmastery. Can use their fans to create hurricane-level winds. Another very cool monster.
- Piasa (CR 17): An incarnation of the Abyss’s fury, these beasts might not be too bright, but they have tremendous destructive potential.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, the artworks by Heather Frazier are beautiful, especially for the low price. While I didn’t notice any mistakes, I found the fact that the Baboulas-artwork separates the text in the middle, which made it a bit harder to read, but that’s nitpicking. More importantly, I didn’t notice any mistakes with regards to statblocks and all the monsters felt somehow iconic and as-of-yet unseen rather than redundant. The pdfs don’t feature bookmarks, but at such a short length, I won’t detract a star for it. What’s my final verdict, then? Due to there being two files, one full-color and one printer-friendly, the high quality of the monster write-ups, the very well editing job etc., I’ll ignore my minor points of criticism (the formatting decision and the one artwork I didn’t enjoy): My final verdict is 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.
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