By Thilo Graf
The latest installment of Total Party Kill Games‘ Infamous Adversary-line of NPCs is 17 pages long: 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving 13 pages of content for the Undying.
Temerlyth is the first of TPK Games’ adversaries that fulfils my complexity criteria with regards to NPC-supplements, i.e. creating him would take some time, as he is an elven lich alchemist 6/wizard (enchanter)6/loremaster 3 and thus cannot be considered an easy statblock to create. What is up with this guy, then? Well, once upon a time an elven nation relocated to another forest, only said forest was already home to savage were-wolves. In a twist of their colonial arrogance and endeavours, the elves actually found themselves on the losing side of a battle they started themselves. Consumed by an ever-growing obsession of wanting to eradicate lycanthropy once and for all and save his people, the elven noble Temerlyth gradually descended down a slippery slope of evil and corruption. To the extent that his wife wanted to run off with a human woodworker. Finding out about her plans of abandoning him proved to be the final straw to break the by now fragile grasp the elf still had on his sanity. In a fit of vilest rage, he slew her and her lover as well as his children, reanimating them as his undead slaves. These minions all get their individual stats as well.
While his nation has crumbled to ruins, his people long-since forgotten, Temerlyth still roams the world, twisted into an undead monstrosity, forever seeking a way to eradicate lycanthropy once and for all and thinning the ranks of the shapechangers while conducting his amoral experiments in his dread laboratory SIlvermote. A new spell, Silvermist, is also included in the pdf to reflect the innovations of Temerlyth. The spell is a combination of concealment and damage against lycanthropes. Neat!
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to TPK Games easy-to-read two-column standard and while I have already seen the b/w-artworks apart from the cover in e.g. Kingdom of Graves, I liked them.TPK games have hyperlinked just about any component that could confuse you in the statblocks to the Pathfinder-SRD, making looking up particular rules very easy. It should also be noted that Temerlyth comes with a special second 6-page version in b/w that is particularly printer-friendly. I already commented on how I liked that this adversary is complex, but I think I should also mention that his allies, i.e. his undead family and their stats do a lot to enhance the value of this pdf. Aptly written by author Richard Hunt, professionally presented, complex and somewhat relatable character with more than one dimension, the driven, sophisticated lich gets a final verdict of 5 stars!
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