All right, you know the drill – 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look at these weapon qualities!
First of all, let me say that I’m not happy with Paizo’s nomenclature for Mythic magic weapons – Purple Duck Games had been using the term “Legendary” for years to denote their awesome items that improve with your character’s levels. That out of the way, these qualities here refer to the Mythic Weapons, so what do they do?
-Shining: Weapon glows in intensity ranging from daylight to a candle’s flicker. Effect counts as light equal to your mythic tier. So…does the brightness of daylight intensity counts as daylight regarding light-sensitive adversaries or creatures susceptible to exposure from daylight? I assume no, since it is treated like light, but I’m not sure. Overall, not particularly impressive.
-Enormous: Oversized items of 1 size category larger than the wielder, but sans the penalty. Different effects based on the slot they occupy; Eyes halves penalties to “site-based” [sic!] perception-checks and may add their surge to knowledge-checks. Shields can increase their AC-bonus by the “Item’s surge die” – does that mean the maximized die? or simply rolling the surge die and adding the result? I’m honestly not sure.
-Forceful: The item counts as force effects – armors working analogue to mage armor or shield, whereas weapons e.g. count as force effects, spells-in-a-can effects get the [force]-descriptor.
-Orichalcum: Weapon attunes to DRs of foes – adamantine and similar DRs help but for one hit, after that, the weapon temporarily attunes to the DR and ignores it.
-Signature: Item only works for one individual. Okay, but a bit lame.
-Warning: Spend a point of legendary power to get a move or swift action in a surprise round where you can’t act or a partial action in a round where you can act.
Editing and formatting are good, though not perfect. Layout adheres to a potrait-3-column standard -not a big fan here – in my not so humble opinion, 3-column layouts work in landscape, but in portrait always seem cluttered. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none.
I’m honestly a bit underwhelmed by this pdf – while there is nothing excessively wrong with these qualities, they also didn’t blow me away. Add to that minor ambiguities and we arrive at a final verdict of 3 stars – an okay array of weapon qualities, but by far not the best work Owen K.C. Stephens has done.