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    Treasures of NeoExodus: Scepter of Perpetual Sacrifice (PFRPG) $1.39
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    Treasures of NeoExodus: Scepter of Perpetual Sacrifice (PFRPG)
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    Treasures of NeoExodus: Scepter of Perpetual Sacrifice (PFRPG)
    Publisher: LPJ Design
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/21/2013 03:59:52

    An Endzeitgeist.com

    This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    The Scepter of Perpetual Sacrifice is a dread item and one of the first relics that sprang from the worship of the dread god Khayne - the signature weapon of one deadly warlord of Khayne, the scepter's incantation was completed by an act of mutual destruction, with the fanatic meeting his end when facing one of the legendary sorceror-kings.

    Rules-wise, the item is a +2 keen flaming burst spear. Where the item gets interesting is with its critical hits - upon critical hits, the spear deals 2 points of constitution damage to both wielder and victim of the crit. The wielder, though, gets a +2 profane bonus to Str, Dex, Int, Wis and Cha and DR 3/- for damage divided by 4 rounds, minimum 1. Additional crits lengthen the duration and subsequent bonuses are reduced to +1, whereas the DR remains at 3. Since this weapon is definitely evil, good wielders are quite heavily penalized by wielding this weapon and for every week that goes by without the wielder slaying an intelligent, the wielder gets -1 to all skill-checks based on mental attributes. Against foes sans blood, the weapon is less efficient, working only as a regular +2 keen flaming burst spear.

    The pdf also comes with item-cards for the weapon.


    Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful 2-column full-color standard and the pdf comes with a second more printer-friendly version. The artwork, as always, is awesome and beautiful - though honestly, I have a minor issue with it - the weapon works as a spear, when the artwork simply makes the weapon look more like a bludgeoning weapon - I don't get how this is supposed to impale anything. Yes, the blood-draining spikes are there, but still - a slight disjunction here.

    Another issue is that the scepter's bonuses don't work as written - the bonuses are supposed to be profane and profane bonuses DON'T STACK. Yeah, it's nitpicky, but it detracts from the item's appeal nevertheless.

    Due to the image/text disjunction and the bonus-issue, I'll settle for a final verdict of 3 stars since the issues are admittedly not significant, but still detract from the overall appeal.

    Endzeitgeist out.

    [3 of 5 Stars!]
    Treasures of NeoExodus: Scepter of Perpetual Sacrifice (PFRPG)
    Publisher: LPJ Design
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 05/07/2013 09:10:59

    What a refreshing change! Not, I hasten to add, a bloodthirsty and cannabalistic cult that produced this treasure; but the statement that "No true minister of the dark god’s teachings considers his own blood too sacred to spill" - it is good, if that's the appropriate word, to hear that the priests are as ready to mutilate themselves for their god as they are to spill other people's... there are far too many such that will sit back and expect others to do all the bleeding and dying for them!

    Herein there are all the materials you need to create and run an entire nasty cult worshipping a deity called Kahyne, who demands blood - plenty of it - from followers and enemies alike, as well as a powerful artefact created by a devoted preacher of the cult. Acting as a +2 keen flaming burst spear, this sceptre lusts for blood to the extent that if its owner does not use it to spill the blood of an intelligent creature at least once a week they suffer mounting impairment to intelligence, wisdom and charisma until they either kill something or manage to get rid of the thing.

    Perhaps your characters will have to face cultists led by a blood-crazed cleric wielding the sceptre, or they may find it lurking innocently in some treasure hoard and discover its dark secrets the hard way. A neat (and nasty) thing to have around, enjoy!

    [4 of 5 Stars!]
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