||***Disclaimer: This product was given to me free by the publisher for the purposes of a fair and honest review.***
Blight Elves: Architects of Despair is a True20 supplement for the Blood Throne setting by Reality Deviants. I do not own the Blood Throne setting, so I have to take this product as a concept all of it's own - and it works pretty well. I was pleased to see much fluff as well as necessary crunch in defining a dark elf style race. If you're looking to replace the stock Drow, then Blight Elves should get you started.
Blight Elves are described in detail including a full history of the Blight Elf society, including the magic region in Blood Throne which serves as the main home of the Blight Elves. This location should be easily placed in many campaign worlds with little adjustment. Blight Elves are divided into a number of guilds, which are similar to family houses. There are 5 major guilds as described in the book, but it does state that there are many more, leaving a lot of options open to a good Narrator to create guilds more suited to their needs.
The 5 guilds each have a specialty of dark powers (control of undead, monster summoning, disease, etc) that form the basis of the guild. Each guild is described in much detail with things like guild secrets, and customs of each guild. I think the best part of the product is right here. Each of these guilds could be completely ripped out of Blight Elves and used for any sort of society. I also found my new favorite RPG word: Plaguewrights - those who create new diseases.
This product will likely not get the attention it deserves because it's a setting book, and an elf book, but really, any of this could be ripped out of Blood Throne and put into any fantasy world.
I like Blight Elves, but at some points in the book, they start to sound like whiney Emo kids. If you like the whole Emo scene, then this book is probably going to tickle you pink (if in fact people into Emo actually liked being tickled, which they do not). It isn't that much of a distraction, but it was worth noting, as I needed SOMETHING to fit into "The Bad" category, right?
I'm happy I got this free, because I would never have bought it on my own and never would have discovered the very cool world which RDP has created. This is going to entice me into more Blood Throne material just because of the quality of the product.
[5 of 5 Stars!]