This installment of the Psionic Items of Legend-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/explanation of what Legendary Items are, 1 page SRD, leaving us with about 2 1/2 pages of content – since the last page contains some blank space.
So what is the Heartstaff all about? In a word, it’s about loneliness – the psioncist who created the staff made it a tool for his psicrystal to develop sentience and keep him company – unfortunately, not even fragments of his own personality could stand his personality, abandoning him. Ever since, the psicrystals are hunting the staff as a means to reproduce. Rules-wise, the heartstaff is a psicrystal staff that increases in prowess and adds multiple awareness and mobility-increasing properties to the psicrystals used in conjunction with the staff – but at the cost of the chance of the psicrystals abandoning their master over their 10 levels of item progression. The pdf also includes the stats of the greater psicrystal staff.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. The artwork of the staff is nice, albeit a bit pink for my tastes. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
The Heartstaff is a nice item and one unconventional type combined with a neat story – but honestly, the chance to lose your psicrystal is imho not offset by the item’s powers – a slightly more unique array of powers or more powerful abilities would have increased the staff’s appeal. Hence, I’ll settle for a final verdict of a solid 4 stars.
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