||Bane Ledger, Volume 1, is a monster source for D&D/D20 and part of Bloodstone Press? Primal Legends line. It draws upon real world mythology for its monsters, drawing from African, Australian, American and Polynesian legends for this collection.
The collection includes 24 monsters and 3 animals, ranging in CR from ? to 32[!], my count differs from the 25 listed as some of the monsters have sub-variants (mammoths, for example, comes in steppe, woolly and dwarf variants). There are animals, fey, monestrous humanoids, undead and even some outsiders, a good mix of types and power levels.
The creatures are interesting including such as: the Impundulu, a necromantic creature (from Africa) that is beautiful for a few hours after it feeds then it reverts to its visibly undead state. A useful creature to act as a companion for a villainous necromancer. (Though it may have been better served by a template.) A take on the Wendigo that is unusual, as a powerful and good protector of holy places. Along with two new dragon types, of the nature type, storm and summer.
However, the creatures descriptions are limited many have minimal descriptions. ?An angiaks is about the size of a newborn infant. Since it is incorporeal, it is weightless.? is an example of one of the worse offenders. Further, most of the creature have only a minimal context of where they fit into the ?mythic ecology? of the culture they come from or suggestion on what sort of scenario they might be used in.
The mechanics are solid, though nothing innovative. The layout is acceptable, though keeping it to one creature to page would have made printing and referencing just what was needed for an adventure easier.
Overall, a solid product for those who would like some unusual monsters for their campaign.
LIKED: Fascinating creatures drawn from all around the world.
DISLIKED: The lack of adventure seeds makes it slightly less useful then it could be.
QUALITY: Very Good
[4 of 5 Stars!]