Star Log.EM: Therianthropes (SFRPG)
This installment of the Star Log.EM-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Okay, so if you don’t have the Occult Skill Guide: Classic Corruptions (WHY? That book is AWESOME!), the pdf does reprint the therianthrope template graft for your convenience. Therianthropes are btw. sapient creatures that have been corrupted with bestial instinct and rage, and the rules presented within do cover the wolf-like, most famous therianthropes, the werewolves, and more – two sample statblocks are provided, the first of which would depict a skittermander weremonoux operative (CR 3), and yes, before you ask, the grafts have been properly applied. Did I mention that I love skittermanders? 😀
Of course, a classic werewolf can also be found – this build (CR 7) uses a human soldier as a baseline, with blitz fighting style and, much to my pleasant surprise, gear boosts noted as well. Cleave as a feat choice makes sense for the build, and the natural attacks as well as the melee focus of this fellow tie the build together well. Oh, and there is a new armor upgrade, the magical level 1 nanite reshaper that makes the armor automatically adjust to the shapechanging of wearers. The pdf also includes a new feat, Aspect of the Beast, which nets a vesk’s natural weapons racial trait, only that it’s MORE precise than it – it does properly specify damage type!! Oh, and at higher levels, the attack starts counting as magical and is treated as progressively better special materials – yep, including adamantine at 19th level. And if you already have natural weapons, you get these enhancements sooner. Kudos!
Finally, the supplement covers the one thing I had already structured as a “I’ll complain for a paragraph about this”-section when I opened this pdf – the supplement actually specifies how therianthropy works, at least to a degree. In a science-fantasy game such as Starfinder, having this flavorful elaboration of how moonlight triggers the transformation is rather cool indeed. Kudos for the extra mile regarding flavor here!
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches on a formal or rules-language level. Layout adheres to the series’ two-column full-color standard, and the pdf has a nice artwork. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas delivers here – the therianthropes in this supplements are well-presented, and while personally, I prefer unique bloodlines for each type of therianthrope, the catch-all template-graft does an admirable job at providing one graft, but making it possible for the graft to provide a wide variety of different builds, courtesy of synergy with the polymorph-engine presented by Starfinder. All in all, a great little supplement, well worth its asking price. My final verdict will be 5 stars.
You can get this cool little supplement here on OBS!
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