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.
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.