None So Vile - Disciplines of Darkness III: Tortured Savant by Black Dirge Publishing / Skeleton Key Games presents a new D20 Prestige Class for dark campaigns, the Tortured Savant. The product is 17 pages long (14 after covers and OGL), clearly laid out with good and thematic black and white artwork.
Like the other products in this series, The Tortured Savant is introduced with just over a page and a half of fiction, showing the work Tortured Savant first hand. The Tortured Savant is a creature of pain, suffering it and inflicting it, the class requires divine spellcasting as part of its requirement so it is best suited for a cleric or a very unusual druid (or, perhaps, a blackguard). The Tortured Savant must permanently mar themselves is a hideous and painful way to gain access to this class and its abilities which are focuses on the infliction of pain. As the Tortured Savant gains levels they gain new way to share pain with others (aura of pain, inflicting pain by touch, sharing pain inflicted upon the Tortured Savant) and resisting the effects of pain (Damage Reduction). The class looks balanced and frightening to encounter.
Advice of the role of the Tortured Savant in a world and how they can best be played is provided for a DM. Along with an example Tortured Savant, Yushalka, an Annis (hag) Rogue/ Cleric/ Tortured Savant is presented complete with full background and personality. As is the dark god Ixeth, the World Flayer, the First God of Pain, the Agony Domain and three new spells.
A well put together product, but vile torture is a major component of the role of these villain which may not be suiting to all campaigns or styles of play. However, if you like your villains dark and twisted, the Tortured Savant should find a place in your campaign.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>
[4 of 5 Stars!]