Deadly Gardens: Mulch Stalker

Deadly Gardens: Mulch Stalker

This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page SRD/editorial, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

 

The pdf begins with two magic items made from natural items – the first of these being the manticore tail flail, which is amazing and can fire a limited array of spikes each day. The second one would be a frog’s eye ioun stone, which helps avoid being surprised.

 

The critter herein, the mulch stalker, would btw. clock in at CR 3 – these critters consist of broad, overlapping leaves, with segmented, taloned branches jutting forth. Mulch Stalkers are small, but VERY fast – 50 ft, and may climb and leaf glide – they are, in short, very deadly in that regard. they have bites and talons. Speaking of which: These cause a form of rot that does not heal naturally. Ouch. Oh, and they can full attack when using a gliding charge. And they sneak attack. Oh yes, really nasty and cool critter…and they have Pack Attack! Yep, they are awesome and pretty much represent what I expect from the series, creativity/coolness-wise!

 

As always, we close the pdf with several natural items – including rust monster antennae, mulch rot powder or a medusa’s head – which may also petrify the careless wielder, though there are some hiccups in that one’s rules-language “or be turned to permanently.” can be read, for example. Similarly, size-reducing intellect devourer jelly is neat, but the spell it references is not italicized and neither does it feature a CL-entry. Hydra blood is problematic in an in-game aspect – for 250 gp, it nets fast healing 5 for 1d4 + 4 rounds – not too bad and harvesting requires dead creatures, but still – one could argue that drawing blood could make an industry of the stuff. I’s strongly suggest making them heart’s blood or something like that/ the flavor more explicit. But then again, that is fluff-based. So yeah, not the strongest array from a formal perspective.

 

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are per se pretty good, though I noticed some easily avoidable glitches. Layout adheres to a nice two-column full-color standard and the b/w-artwork provided is amazing. The pdf also comes fully bookmarked, which is nice.

 

Stephen Stack and Russ Brown deliver an amazing critter – though this time around, the supplemental items could have used a slightly tighter editing. That being said, If you’re looking for a great and deadly critter, then the stalkers deliver. My final verdict will hence clock in at 4.5 stars, though I can’t round up for this one.

 

You can get this cool critter here on OBS!
Endzeitgeist out.

 

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