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None so Vile - Disciples of Darkness I: Ravenous of Agramogg $3.75 $1.50
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None so Vile - Disciples of Darkness I: Ravenous of Agramogg
Publisher: Blackdirge Publishing
by Derek K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/31/2006 00:00:00
While "None So Vile: Disciples of Darkness I - The Ravenous of Agramogg" is presented in a way that any player of Dungeons & Dragons could use its material for character development, a Dungeon Master should be leery to allow a PC to access this prestige class. However, for a hideous and frightening non-player character, a DM can find quite a bit of inspiration and guidance in this product.

The ravenous of Agramogg is a 10-level prestige class designed for particularly nasty and villainous characters. The supplement begins with a gorgeous (if ink-heavy) cover, and then writer Aeryn Rudel takes charge with a gloriously deviant piece of game fiction to introduced the class. The prose is a bit clunky in places, but the imagery is solid, but can be a bit difficult to get through. That's not to say there's fault with the text itself; rather, the ravenous of Agramogg is a class built around the eating and consuming of other living, sentient creatures, and the story of a drow negotiator meeting with the only living character to have advanced through all ten levels of this prestige class pulls no punches.

It's inspiring.

After reading this supplement, as a DM, I now have a ready-to-use deviant and cannibalistic cult to insert into my ongoing D&D campaign. The amount of details and effort that writer Rudel has obviously put into this product is to be commended; one does not simply become a ravenous of Agramogg by making sure he or she has the right number of feats or can cast the correct number of certain-leveled spells. Instead, to enter into this prestige class, a character must partake in the Ceremony of Devouring, which just happens to involve the aspiring ravenous eating a living creature . . . over three days' time . . . that is, the victim must be kept alive through the entire process.

Inspiring.

Normally, I don't gush as much in my reviews, but this supplement has left me not just speechless, but also has left me eager to insert this material into my own game.


LIKED: This is an incredible product, and the idea is quite unique. Very well-developed.

DISLIKED: A few comments are made throughout the text referencing the "Citadel of Consumption," a great temple devoted to the vile god Agramogg; some maps of this temple would have been appreciated.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
None so Vile - Disciples of Darkness I: Ravenous of Agramogg
Publisher: Blackdirge Publishing
by Peter I. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/29/2006 00:00:00
None so Vile: Disciples of Darkness I: The Ravenous of Agramogg is a 16 page pdf product providing an extensive write-up of the Ravenous of Agramogg prestige class. This product is the first in the None so Vile line of products, of which Disciples of Darkness is the first series in the line. The Disciples of Darkness series present four devotees of dark and evil deities, the first being the Ravenous of Agramogg, the faithful of the deity Agramogg. This pdf is intended for mature audiences, mainly due to the horror/grotesque nature of the material.

This product comes as a single pdf file containing a limited set of bookmarks (essentially the first and last page are bookmarked). The product comes without a printer friendly version, although given the black-and-white pencil art and the short length of the pdf, this shouldn't really be a problem. Art is very good, particularly the image of the vile ravenous of Agramogg, Isked Doomtongue, by artist Erik Nowak. Editing and layout are very good, although there were one or two minor errors. For example, the stat block for Isked Doomtongue lists as one of its items gauntlets of ogre power which won't stack with the enhancement bonuses gained from the prestige class. Overall, a very good presentation with some good writing.

As mentioned earlier, this pdf contains a detailed write-up of the ravenous of Agramogg prestige class. The concept is that a devotee to the dark god Agramogg gradually transform into a bloated, flesh-eating giant living off the flesh of intelligent creatures. Over the course of the ten levels of the prestige class, the servant of Agramogg grows more disgusting and more powerful. The write-up is detailed and vivid, providing a clear picture of what the prestige class entails, how to play it, how it fits into the world and loads of other information on how the ravenous of Agramogg work together in their 'cult'.

This is a very useful and entertaining concept, and certainly one that will create memorable encounters. The ravenous of Agramogg will be fun to run, give players a few surprises and make for challenging and rewarding encounters. The detail presented allows DMs to know exactly how to interpret and run the class, and it offers a lot of versatility in designing and building encounters that use this prestige class. The class itself looks good, with some solid mechanics and interesting abilities as the ravenous of Agramogg grows in size and hunger.

I enjoyed reading the pdf, although some of the content is not for the squeamish. It's a rich and detailed prestige class that presents a flavorful cult, deity, and prestige class. The pdf provides a sample NPC based off the prestige class, as well as a complete write-up of the deity Agramogg. This is a very useful pdf, and can make for some interesting NPCs that both players and DMs will enjoy. Worth a look at.


LIKED: The pdf provides rich and detailed information on an interesting prestige class for evil creatures. The writing is vivid and imaginative, the prestige class flavorful and interesting, and the pdf gives many ideas for using this material in game. A good pdf containing a prestige class most DMs will want to try.

DISLIKED: One or two editing errors or stat block errors, and the bookmarks aren't great.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
None so Vile - Disciples of Darkness I: Ravenous of Agramogg
Publisher: Blackdirge Publishing
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/27/2006 00:00:00
None So Vile - Disciplines of Darkness I: The Ravenous of Agramogg by Black Dirge Publishing / Skeleton Key Games presents a new D20 Prestige Class, the Ravenous of Agramogg.

The Ravenous of Agramogg are introduced with a page and a half of fiction, showing one of the Ravenous at his worst (or best). Not the greatest piece of game fiction but it gets the point across. The Ravenous of Agramogg is a cleric or cleric/fighter-based prestige class, a servant of a dark power, Agramogg, who draws power from the sacrifice and consumption of victims. The Ravenous of Agramogg must eat sentient being to maintain their strength and as a symbol of their devotion.

The Ravenous of Agramogg gains power from its consumption of flesh, sentient and otherwise, becoming ever more bloated with dark power. They gain additional spell casting at every other level, and their body becomes progressively larger, stronger and protected by layers of fat (providing natural armor), lastly their teeth and jaws become huge and dangerous weapons. A few other minor power round out the class. Although this is a clerical PrC, a jump to d10 HD from d8 might have been justified as well.

Advice of the role of Ravenous of Agramogg in a game world and how they can best be played is provided for a DM. Along with an example Ravenous of Agramogg, Isked Doomtongue, a duregar Cleric/Ravenous of Agramogg is present along with full background and personality. As is the dark power, Agramogg the Devourer, himself.

A well-constructed product, though the Ravenous of Agramogg seem a little two-dimension, there are certainly horrific. The product should be avoided by any who do not wish to incorporate cannibalism (even for villains) into their campaign.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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