This installment of Everyman Gaming’s minis-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Okay, so first things first: This is an occult ritual. I assume that you have Occult Adventures on hand (If not…why?? It’s literally one of the best books Paizo has ever made!) and thus know how occult rituals work.
All righty, so, the ritual herein would be a level 8 and represents an evil polymorph effect. As befitting of a proper ritual, the materials required are delightfully exotic: Living steel buttons? hag’s hair twine and boiled calamus root, licorice and lilacs? A sewing needle made from keketar bones? HECK YES, this breathes flavor in the components/focus line – big time. So, backlash is deadly – the ritual causes the hapless caster’s skin to slough off…oh, and if you botch it, you may well be transformed by the 4d6 Cha drain into a doppelgänger. The primary caster also develops a delusion, fugue and mania pertaining the ritual’s target…so risky, yes.
The main draw here and what makes this AMAZING, though, would be the in-depth description of the ritual itself – basically, you sew the buttons on the target…and then things get icky…you see, you transform the target, LITERALLY into a skinsuit you can wear. Yes, dear readers – that actually means that we get a potentially more concise version of the ritual employed in Second Darkness back in the day…and we actually get a polymorph effect that lasts longer than a combat…oh, but one word of warning for the potential evil-doers out there – one button amiss…and your disguise falls.
Still, seriously, if you’re a GM and can’t weave a glorious plot from this, then I don’t know how to help you. This is seriously amazing and inspiring.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to Everyman gaming’s two-column full-color standard and the pdf comes with a nice piece of art by maestro Blackmon. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas delivers big time here: This ritual is amazing, flavorful and inspiring – even if you do not play PFRPG and e.g. prefer OSR or DCC, the pdf provides some seriously delightfully twisted inspiration. I love this. It’s a perfect example of how amazing a ritual can be – 5 stars + seal of approval. Get this asap!
You can get this cool pdf here on OBS!