This little pdf clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
First things first: The magic items herein are intended as an expansion for the rather cool “In the Company of Genies“, so if you want to get the most out of it, you’ll need that pdf. It should be noted that these items also retain their value for non-genies. I assume in this review that you’re familiar with that book; if you aren’t feel free to read up on it in my review. I’ll be waiting in the meanwhile.
All right, we’re all on the same page now, so let’s begin! The bracers of crystalline stillness can generate silence and, via a sufficient expenditure of earth empathy points, you can also duplicate flesh to stone, though the SP here generates crystal instead of stone…which translates to game over for your foe. OUCH. Thankfully, the item is pretty costly to reflect this power.
The brush of burning desires is a Outsider (water) bane iron brush that can create a major image that manipulates and fascinates the creatures it affects…and if you have fire empathy pool points, you can explosively dismiss the illusion, with penalties to the saves of those enraptured by it. Damn cool!! The cloak of the unbound helps resist binding effects as well as improving AC and saves versus elementals and outsiders. A whole different beast of item would be the element-infused breastplate – beyond being agile, the wearer may spend elemental empathy points to change the “mode” of the breastplate to that of the type of elemental empathy points spent – air increases movement and AC, earth yields DR and CMD bonuses, etc. – cool and flexible. Like it!
The fan of stolen breaths can take away a creature’s ability to speak, with a thankfully non-scaling save to negate. Things become interesting when you expend air empathy points – then you can not only stagger foes by violently ripping forth their breath, you can also fire a violent, concussive burst of air with the stolen breath. Absolutely amazing! The necklace of elemental accumulation can store up to two points of elemental empathy (2 if you have the pool, 1 if you have Latent Elemental Power as a feat) – while points are stored within the necklace, elemental powers are improved, with two points also increasing the damage output. Nice. The pavise of soothing rains is a heavy shield of darkwood that can expand to a less cumbersome tower shield variant, hampering fire spells in a unique manner, mitigating spreads to bursts. Oh, and via empathy expenditure, you can combo-activate an AoE-quench, obscuring mist and heal non-fire-subtype creatures. Damn cool and yes, appropriately priced!
The ring of elemental knack is basically a container for an elemental power of teh racial paragon class, but underleveled characters risk mishaps when trying to unleash the power contained inside. Cool: The formulae for daily use determining ties into the point cost. Elegant. Kudos! The vessel of servitude, finally, can be used to enslave slain janni, exerting serious power over them.
Oh, and guess what? We once again receive one of the amazing, scaling legacy items, which, this time around, would be the mighty Eye of Janni featured on the cover – this powerful gem not only helps when dealing with animals, it also unlocks elemental powers, an animal companion at -5 levels…and at 8th level, allows the janni to temporarily change the dominant element. Woa, now that is damn hardcore…as befitting of such an item! Higher levels yield attribute bonuses in noble form, a 1/day low-level wild-card SP, drawn from pretty much all sorc/wiz and druid spells with an energy-descriptor and an element-based variant evasion that may even restore elemental empathy. As a nitpick – the latter should have a caveat of daily uses or something that prevents cantrips or minor elemental effects to be used to fully recharge the elemental pool. Then again, I am nitpicking here.
Editing and formatting are top-notch on both a formal and rules-language level – Jason Keely did a great job here. Layout adheres to Rite Publishing’s two-column full-color standard and the pdf doesn’t sport detailed bookmarks, but needs none at this length. The pdf sports two nice full-color artworks of items, both of which I have not seen before.
Wendall Roy delivers big time here – the items, with the exception of the slightly less impressive cloak of the unbound, universally are interesting, do mechanically innovative and fun things and often sport amazing, high-concept visuals. Brush, fan and pavise in particular are glorious and warrant the VERY low asking price on their own. In short: This is one nice, well-crafted pdf sporting mostly excellent material, with only one item feeling a bit less interesting and one potential high-level cheese in the legacy item. Summa summarum, we get an amazing little pdf, a must-have option for fans of the superb genie file. My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars.
You can get this awesome collection of items here on OBS!
You can get the no less impressive “In the Company of Genies” here on OBS!