81730[1]By Thilo Graf 

This pdf from Open Design is 8 pages, 1/2 page is taken up by SRD.

The pdf kicks off with 5 new spells:

  • Cold Snap (Drd 3, Sor/Wiz 3): Damage enemy with cold, Con- damage, staggered
  • Desiccate (Drd 2, Sor/Wiz 2): Damage enemies, especially aquatic ones and fatigue them for a short time.
  • Protean Return (Sor/Wiz 9): Temporarily transform enemies into primal goo.
  • Stone Strike (Sor/Wiz 2): Use burned out Ioun stones for ranged attacks.
  • Wave of Mutilation (Clr 6, Drd 6, Sor/Wiz 6): Deal damage and Cha-damage.
  • We also get 5 new magic items:
  • Clarifying Goggles: Help see under water
  • Eight-Finger’s Ink: Tatoo that helps you grapple and increases your unarmed grapple damage
  • Radiant Nimbus: Actually 3 different items, these flames contain lost knowledge
  • Satchel of Seawalking: Use magical salt to harden water
  • Sharkskin Vest: Makes you shark-like

Then, we get more lost technology of Ankeshel! YES! Sorry. I just loved the original ones to death.

  • Ankeshelian Arciary: Verbally record information. Gold as a story-telling device for GMs.
  • Thalassos Box: Ankeshelian First-aid kit.
  • Velourian Psychograph: Helps you determine whether one lies, can be used as a lie detector with the option of punishing lies.
  • Then, we get special underwater attacks to use in place of standard attacks:
  • Asphyxiate (Self-explanatory)
  • Breaching Charge (Jump from the waves like a Dolphin and attack)
  • Kickback (Self-explanatory)
  • Share Breath (Save allies who drown)
  • Spin (spin opponents not securely standing)
  • Turbulent Charge (Use your mass to make the water turbulent while charging)

We also get a new critter, the Faege (complete with its very own b/w artwork), a CR 4 aquatic fey that might be mistaken for a cloaker or a stingray. They also get a CR 4 variant.

Conclusion:

Patrons got this file for free, so I’m not entitled to complain about the price. Formatting is good and kept in the 3-column horizontal style. The B/w artworks are nice, as is editing – I didn’t notice any mistakes.

The spells, apart from Protean return, didn’t impress me that much, though, and while I love the equipment, the Faege as a creature is nothing I’d use in my home-game. For what it is, it is a good, cheap file, though. I’ll settle for a solid 4 stars.