This installment of the Psionic Items of Legend-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/introduction,1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages , so let’s take a look!
What is this item? Well, as you probably know by now, legendary items come with a set of prerequisites and improve over the levels. So what is Dissonance – first of all, the weapon is a meteorite hammer – a cool weapon type that hasn’t been covered. Story-wise, this weapon crafted from an amethyst meteorite, was created to make concentration for foes almost impossible, thus allowing the first wielders to throw off the shackles of the dreaded intellect devourers.
Over the levels, Dissonance starts emitting Psychic Static and with each hit, the static’s penalty increases and later is expanded to regular spellcasters and disarm creatures failing concentration checks – the concept is great. Additionally, we get the new whistling quality that staggers and dazes foes – but is tied to a static DC of 15, limiting its usefulness. A dynamic, scaling DC would have been the more prudent way to go.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to a printer-friendly 2-column b/w-standard with a gorgeous full color artwork for the weapon. I love this weapon, its iconic imagery and the weapon type – but the static DC of the quality is a major detriment in my book – hence my final verdict will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.
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