This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
As always, we begin with two new magic items, the first would be the garland of sweet scents decreases nauseated as a condition to sickened by virtue of sweet bulbs erupting, taking the brunt of the smell/effect. As a move action, the garland’s user can cause all bulbs to bloom, which ends the usual protection, but for 1 minute negates sickened and nauseated penalties of the wearer and all creatures within 10 ft. Cool! Pungent Onions are sickening and smelly – when consumed, the user emits an even worse, horrid smell for some time. Nice!
The pdf also contains also 7 new natural items: Adherer tendrils can make the manufacture of sovereign glue easier. The great cyclops eye can increase the CL, act as a focus or as a means to lower the cost of making a crystal ball. (It also has a cosmetic typo: “a lso”) Giant slug tongue can make a more nasty masterwork longspear with a crit-range of 19-20/x3. Hieracosphinx dewclaws can be used as variant daggers and hippogriff feathers can be fashioned into a talisman that enhances Fly. Hungry pit nectar doubles as a sticky acid and the stats for the hungry pit’s toxin are also provided – it renders unconscious, btw.
Speaking of which – what exactly does the creature do? At CR 6, the hungry pit does not move- it is an ambush predator that looks like a plant with leafy fronds that is well-camouflaged. It uses feeder tentacles to grab those nearby and draw them into its insides. It also has a nasty stinger that can render those hit unconscious…oh, and inside it has acid. OUCH. Cool ambush-predator, illustrated rather well by Jeremy Corff.
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to the two-column full-color standard and is still rather printer-friendly. The pdf comes fully bookmarked in spite of its brevity. The b/w-artwork of the creature is pretty cool as well.
Russ Brown, Kim Frandsen and Joe Kondrak provide one of the better installments of the series. Granted, the ambush predator angle is not necessarily new, but the execution here is pretty cool and well done. Oh, and the pdf is more than inexpensive – less than a buck is truly fair. My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars – well worth getting!
You can get this inexpensive critter here on OBS!