By Thilo Graf
This installment of Tattlebox from Zombie Sky Press is more focused than usual, centering on one idea. The pdf is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1/3 of a page editorial, 1/2 of a page SRD, leaving us with 4 1/6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The Jann are forever caught in an internal war between the conflicting elements that compose them and with the dawn of the material plane, one unyielding Jann named Taranushi sought to become one with the mortal sphere and become whole. Unfortunately for the multiverse, he succeeded, turning utterly and completely mad in the process and ever since spreading his ideology of transformation. The resulting beings are the Shaitan as introduced in this pdf.
But wait, you say – there already are Shaitan in PFRPG! Yes, and you can use these new ones as wishbreakes sans name changes or just take the suggestion of an extensive boxed text to realign the names and elements. But back to the wishbreakers: At CR 15, these insane fey…WAIT! Fey? Yes, So completely have they rejected their former beings that these Jann have turned into fey of the prime material, antagonists not only in spirit, but also in creature type.
Mechanically, these fey are CR 15 adversaries with several interesting signature abilities: Their destabilizing touch (15d6 – ouch!) being one. The other is the fact that they can bring one of their component elements to the forefront, gaining benefits like immunities, additional damage, spell-like abilities etc. They may also change shape, speak limited wishes making them formidable foes worthy of their CR.
Adventure-hooks, folklore and other inspirations and ideas for advancement are also part of this well-written, concise ecology.
Editing and formatting are good, though not perfect – the first line on the third page lacks blank spaces between the words. Layout adheres to ZSP’s landscape 3-column presentation and the piece of artwork depicting the Shaitan is twisted, full-color and not something I would have expected to see at this low price-point. The pdf has no bookmarks, which, due to its brevity, can be excused.
Mastermind of ZSP and designer Scott Gable has created a twisted, cool djinn that makes for a inscrutable, dangerous antagonist that should challenge both the preconceptions of your players and their PCs alike – to their very limits! This is a great ecology at a ridiculously low price point, which is also the reason I’ll let the glitch slip and still award this neat offering my full 5 stars.
Tattlebox: Wishbreaker, a Tale of the Shaitan is available from: