This installment of the Treasures of NeoExodus-series is 5 pages long, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
When a great warrior and his best druid friend were stranded on an island and the foolishness of said warrior cost the life of said friend, the legend of grasscutter was born – a blade of wood, by now infused with the intelligence of a guardian spirit that has since become a legend. Rules-wise, the blade is a +1 club – unless wielded by a fighter, in which case it turns into a +2 impervious keen longsword of speed that compels its wielder to never use another weapon again. Rather cool: If you happen to belong to the great swordsman’s bloodline, you may call upon the blade’s guardian spirit that functions like a summoner’s eidolon.
Full stats for said guardian spirit are provided as well, though sans a CR. The pdf also features item-cards.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches this time around. Layout adheres to LPJr Design’s drop-dead-gorgeous full-colour two-column standard and the pdf comes with a second, more printer-friendly version. The artwork for the weapon is, as always in the series, beautiful. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Coming with a compelling, yet not brilliant story and solid rules, Grasscutter is a great blade that is further enhanced by the guardian spirit and his stats – the one thing I would have loved to see how this item and it’s eidolon influence the CR of NPCs. Apart from this – nothing to complain about. Final verdict: 5 stars, just slightly short of the seal of approval.
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