By Thilo Graf
This installment of Raging Swan’s Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
White Moon Cove is essentially a moderately wealthy coastal town governed by a council and features a list of 9 notable NPCs, settlement stats and a list of 8 notable locations as well as a “So what’s for sale, anyways”-style entry of the items available in the marketplace. The town features an ex-paladin drunkard knowledgeable about Sahuagin, a brothel hidden behind a fishmonger (imagine the smell – ew!) and information on general villager-dress and mannerisms. The whispers and rumors-section this time around is a bit on the short side, with only 4 entries.
The 2 pages of notable locations offset that, though, going into exquisite details on e.g. the amorous advances of a local trader to a notorious female captain – who might make for a good candidate for a lesbian relationship, which is implied in the subtext via her first mate. Tavern, chapel and fishmonger/brothel make for more places to check out, as does the local lighthouse.
The final page covers trade, law & order, 4 sample events, stats for fishermen and more information on another interesting local character.
It should be noted that high-res jpegs of the map can be downloaded on Raging Swan’s HP, which I suggest you do when using this village.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s 2-column b/w-standard and the cartography is excellent. The pdf is fully and extensively bookmarked and the pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one optimized for the printer.
This village is interesting – in contrast to other installments, White Moon Cove is not interesting due to some cultural peculiarities, but due to something different: Author Marc Radle has crafted a village that is interesting and captivating not via its location or culture – for there’s honestly not that much here – but via its inhabitants, via its set-up- and the fact that there’s a long-anticipated adventure coming that will perfectly link with this one – Marc Radle’s Sunken Pyramid. White Moon Cove may not be the most captivating of villages, but its characters offer a nice web of interactions and potential hooks that will make setting up the village even before Sunken Pyramid. As a fisher village with some nice potential for adventures and further support coming up, I can easily recommend this pdf for its low price at a final verdict of 5 stars.
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