Relic Files: Treasures of the Earth I – Svarduun, the Black Hammer
After the deviation from the formula in the last installment of this series, where we took a look at a power armor, this constitutes a return to the formula of depicting a relic, i.e. with a magic weapon that increases in potency every level. The pdf clocks in at 5 pages, with 1 page SRD/editorial, 1/2 a page front cover, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a closer look!
We begin this item’s entry with a significant and well-crafted section of fluffy introductory text, before getting into the details of the weapon – what, at first level, looks like a masterwork warhammer but may penetrate Dr as though it were magic swiftly improve: 2nd level lets the hammer work as a staff that contains the mending spell at either level 8 or the wielder’s level, whichever is higher. This theme is further expanded, as higher levels provide Craft bonuses and less charges required to activate. On a nitpicky side, the notation of the Craft skills lacks the brackets. Higher levels unlock additional spells to use with the charges of the weapon, with magic weapon being added to the fray and mending being upgraded to make whole.
Beyond that, the weapon also grants scaling fire resistance and higher levels also provide a limited array of additional low-level spell preparation slots. The levels also, obviously, increase the enchantment and adds flame-themed properties, which are powered by charges as well. At the highest levels, wielders can use charges to grant the speed property, with highest levels providing attribute bonuses and counting as adamantine for dwarven wielders. The weapon, at high levels, also provides a new spell, Aspect of the Forgelord, increasing height and weight, providing bonuses and a fire aura that increases in potency at higher levels.
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Rogue Genius Games’ two-column b/w-standard and the pdf sports two solid b/w-artworks. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Andrew Marlowe’s Svarduun is a cool, dwarven-themed relic that provides a cool, fun and mechanically interesting relic. Barring any significant complaints, this pdf receives a final verdict of 5 stars.