By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Total Party Kill Games is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 6 pages of content for Ichor Humansbane, so who is he?
The latest addition to the Infamous adversary-line, Ichor Humansbane, clocks in at CR 9 and is a surprisingly cunning troll ranger 5. The full-colour one-page artwork by Michael Fall of the dread troll is distinctive in its style and does its best to make the creature creepy and indeed, he is. What could have been a boring brute can actually be considered a nigh-unstoppable one-man army at low-to mid levels, easily lending himself to being a dread guerrilla-menace who slasher-flick style, could make for a dread foe for a whole party of PCs, even without allies. His knowledge of the terrain he inhabits alongside the very smart combination of magical items he employs make it easy to picture some rather interesting tactics for the troll. Have I mentioned his cape of weeping faces, which he took from his victims – his signature magic item?
It should also be noted that each magic item, his spells, special qualities etc. are all linked to d20pfsrd, making this file very easy to use. On the final page, the whole statblock of Ichor is repeated in a printer-friendly way sans grey-background – very cool and nice to have.
Formatting and editing are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. The layout adheres to the 2-column standard and the artwork is stunning and not something I would have expected at this price point. The new magic item and basic concept of Ichor are very cool and his stats are rock-solid. One the one hand, I REALLY love this character, the artwork, his unique signature item, the d20pfsrd-support etc. On the other hand, though, Ichor provides not as much content as e.g. the Faces of the tarnished Souk series. A special companion animal or similar allies, with stats, would have made this a perfect 5-star offering. As written, though, he falls a bit short on the content-side for my tastes. My final verdict for Ichor will be a close 4 stars – I almost went 3.5, but he simply deserves the 4 for the smart item combinations and cool artwork.
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