By Thilo Graf
This installment of the Treasures of NeoExodus-line is 4 pages long, 1 page SRD/editorial, 1 page item-cards, leaving us two pages for the weapon, so what do we get?
The Aegis of Makash is a trident that, story-wise, may yet prove to be the instrument of destruction for the particular and vile threat the quickslavers are in the NeoExodus-setting. The trident’s story is nice, though not as catching as some others in the line. Mechanics-wise, the trident is a +2 ooze-bane trident that, as a full-round action, allows the wearer to make a touch-attack to expel a quickslaver from the body of one of its victims, turning the tell-tale remaining spots that remain from the infection golden and rendering the recipient immune against renewed quickslaver infection. The weapon also provides a +2 resistance bonus to saves versus diseases.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to the beautiful 2-column full-color standard of the line and the artwork provided for the weapon is gorgeous indeed. the pdf has no bookmarks but needs none at this length and comes with a second, more printer-friendly version, which is also in full color.
This weapon is interesting in its foreshadowing of a hopefully soon upcoming book on the quickslaver-threat, but also makes it hard to judge if the weapon properly works. As a bane to quickslavers as a very specific enemy-type, as a kind of hope, it seems to do its job, though the lack of a restriction on the quickslaver exorcism, either per day or by allowing a save, feels quite powerful – especially if mass-production of these as per the plan outlined in the fluff-text, could work. I hope this doesn’t make the quickslaver-threat too weak and also hope, that the gold spots could hint at a nefarious undermining of the item’s noble purpose. That being said, all in all this is a solid addition to the series and deserves a final rating of 4 stars.
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