Fey Day – EZG reviews More Faeries!
This installment of Abandoned Arts’ More Monster-series is 8 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
Not wasting any space, we kick off with the CR 2 Asrais, benevolent fey at home both in the air and in the water, who, depending on whether in contact with earth or water, may pass traceless through terrain or turn greater invisible. Rather cool: When flying by, the hypnotic hum of an asrai’s wings may fascinate foes or send them into a deep slumber.
The CR 1 frostjacks benefit constantly from slipstream and icewalking as well as with a breath weapon they may alternatively use to create items (or weapons) from ice or to cover the area around them in ice – rather cool, versatile uses of breath weapons. Nice!
CR 1/2 Grogochs look essentially like whiskered, smelly fey bums who make for excellent housekeepers (via e.g. Improved Familiar) – if you can bear their terrible stench aura. Special mention deserve the whiskers – they net the fey +8 initiative – but only as long as there’s no too powerful breeze blowing. Haven’t seen that caveat before – neat! Also rather cool – the fey come with a severe antipathy towards all things divine.
At CR 2, the butterfly-winged, voluptuous Leanhuan are tricky things – they charm enemies, then task them with impossible tasks as per geas/quest – but only if they succeed in convincing the target. On a failed attempt, the Leanhaun has to serve the crafty individual as muse for a year as a muse – with significant benefits, especially for craftsmen… Oh, and when they succumb to the wiles of the truly powerful, these fey may change alignments and become truly loyal servants of said master – these Leanhuan are essentially a variant with some significant oomph added for CR+2.
The CR 1 Sheoque come not only with a nice rhyme, but are also guardians of the fey’s sacred places – as such, they may hallow areas – to the point where the undergrowth actually attacks intruders! Neat!
The final page provides a list of the fey herein by CR, combat and skill role and also reprints the slipstream and vanish spells for your convenience.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to Abandoned Arts’ no-frills two-column standard and the artworks by Katie Brandley and Carlos Torreblanca are originals and their b/w-awesomeness is not something you’d normally expect to see at this price-point. The pdf has no bookmarks, but doesn’t necessarily need one at this length.
Author Daron Woodson has once again created a collection of well-crafted monsters for your perusal, all with their respective signature attacks – but in contrast to the installment on Gremlins, this one feels a tad bit weaker. Only marginally so, though, and thus I feel justified in rating this neat collection of monsters 5 stars – no complaints and a definite recommendation.