Shadows over Vathak Archive

  • Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur This little bestiary clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a brief introduction of the context of Ina’Oth and the deadly Plague of Shadows that ravages these lands…and the results of the methods to combat the plagues that sweep Ursatur.   The children of vinari healer Anna Schafer still haunt the places, constituting the first critter within, Anna’s Forgotten, a CR 13 undead. Born from the desperate attempts to find a cure from experimentation on children, the canonization of the good Dr as a Saint of […]

    Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur

    Vathak Terrors: Cured of Ursatur This little bestiary clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a brief introduction of the context of Ina’Oth and the deadly Plague of Shadows that ravages these lands…and the results of the methods to combat the plagues that sweep Ursatur.   The children of vinari healer Anna Schafer still haunt the places, constituting the first critter within, Anna’s Forgotten, a CR 13 undead. Born from the desperate attempts to find a cure from experimentation on children, the canonization of the good Dr as a Saint of […]

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  • Faces of Vathak: Survivors This collection of NPCs clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   The NPC statblocks within are, ultimately, NPC-Codex style stats for general themes, with the first page providing an overview of the NPCs by CR. It should be noted, however, that these stats are not exactly standard critters, providing a relatively complex array in some cases. They also come with a brief flavor description each, and the artworks featured are clever, often using public domain art that has been twisted in certain ways – I adore this, as it provides a sense of strange […]

    Faces of Vathak: Survivors

    Faces of Vathak: Survivors This collection of NPCs clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   The NPC statblocks within are, ultimately, NPC-Codex style stats for general themes, with the first page providing an overview of the NPCs by CR. It should be noted, however, that these stats are not exactly standard critters, providing a relatively complex array in some cases. They also come with a brief flavor description each, and the artworks featured are clever, often using public domain art that has been twisted in certain ways – I adore this, as it provides a sense of strange […]

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  • Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash This supplement depicting one of Vathak’s secret organizations clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The huantlings of Vathak that believe that they have been granted their strange state of existence by virtue of fire hold the grimoires The Litany of Ashes in particularly high regards, searching for purpose in the book as well as the fragmented memories of their fire-stained past. Those that follow this creed of fire and ash are known as the People of Ash, and as such, the organization itself mirrors the diverse social […]

    Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash

    Secret Societies of Vathak: The People of Ash This supplement depicting one of Vathak’s secret organizations clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The huantlings of Vathak that believe that they have been granted their strange state of existence by virtue of fire hold the grimoires The Litany of Ashes in particularly high regards, searching for purpose in the book as well as the fragmented memories of their fire-stained past. Those that follow this creed of fire and ash are known as the People of Ash, and as such, the organization itself mirrors the diverse social […]

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  • Vathak Terrors: Denizens of the Silver Tower This little bestiary clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The supplement begins with a brief, one-page run-down of the Silver Tower noted in the title, sketching the environment and noting some sample denizens that can be found within, taking creatures of up to Bestiary 6 into account. While no terrain features or concrete details are provided, this at least provides a nice contextualization for the creatures to come.   The first of these would be the CR 7 Riven, a plant that had me shudder and flash back […]

    Vathak Terrors: Denizens of the Silver Tower

    Vathak Terrors: Denizens of the Silver Tower This little bestiary clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The supplement begins with a brief, one-page run-down of the Silver Tower noted in the title, sketching the environment and noting some sample denizens that can be found within, taking creatures of up to Bestiary 6 into account. While no terrain features or concrete details are provided, this at least provides a nice contextualization for the creatures to come.   The first of these would be the CR 7 Riven, a plant that had me shudder and flash back […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth This GM’s Guide to the region of Ina’oth clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: While this does not require the Player’s Guide to Ina’oth, it is interesting to note that there is no overlap between them per se – the two guides have been crafted to complement each other, which is a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Instead of getting an unredacted version of the Player’s Guide, we get basically a massive amount of new material and a glimpse behind the […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth

    Shadows over Vathak: Gamemaster’s Guide to Ina’oth This GM’s Guide to the region of Ina’oth clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a massive 58 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First things first: While this does not require the Player’s Guide to Ina’oth, it is interesting to note that there is no overlap between them per se – the two guides have been crafted to complement each other, which is a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Instead of getting an unredacted version of the Player’s Guide, we get basically a massive amount of new material and a glimpse behind the […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide The second enhanced racial guide for the Shadows Over Vathak setting clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, hauntlings are easily one of my favorite races of Shadows Over Vathak, and after a brief introductory text, we get information on the race in general, then regarding races and their take on religion, nomenclature, etc. – in case you did not know, these fellows are basically those touched by spirits. And yes, we get an age, height and weight table. Hauntlings get +2 […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide

    Shadows over Vathak: Hauntlings Enhanced Racial Guide The second enhanced racial guide for the Shadows Over Vathak setting clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, hauntlings are easily one of my favorite races of Shadows Over Vathak, and after a brief introductory text, we get information on the race in general, then regarding races and their take on religion, nomenclature, etc. – in case you did not know, these fellows are basically those touched by spirits. And yes, we get an age, height and weight table. Hauntlings get +2 […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Ina’oth The second Player’s Guide to the disturbing regions of the Shadows over Vathak setting clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After an excerpt from the journal of Yarick Eastermann – which, as another, handout-style piece of parchment elucidates, is not in as happy a state as he should be. After a brief introduction for players, we get to know Ina’oth – situated at the southwestern corner of the continent, is protected by the Black Sky mountains…isolated, one could say. Before madness came upon the Bhriota, […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Ina’oth

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Ina’oth The second Player’s Guide to the disturbing regions of the Shadows over Vathak setting clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After an excerpt from the journal of Yarick Eastermann – which, as another, handout-style piece of parchment elucidates, is not in as happy a state as he should be. After a brief introduction for players, we get to know Ina’oth – situated at the southwestern corner of the continent, is protected by the Black Sky mountains…isolated, one could say. Before madness came upon the Bhriota, […]

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  • Vathak Terrors: Horrors of Halsburg This supplement for Shadows over Vathak clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (which looks a bit sad with only 4 lines – probably would have fitted on the editorial-page), 1 page of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s dive in!   After a brief introduction to the matter at hand, namely monsters: We begin with the CR 1 Poxivum, which has a rather cool description: The tiny plant looks like a grotesque cross between a big onion and a human heart, scurrying around on artery-like appendages. The powerful plant seeks to attack itself to a victim, being surprisingly powerful […]

    Vathak Terrors: Horrors of Halsburg

    Vathak Terrors: Horrors of Halsburg This supplement for Shadows over Vathak clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (which looks a bit sad with only 4 lines – probably would have fitted on the editorial-page), 1 page of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s dive in!   After a brief introduction to the matter at hand, namely monsters: We begin with the CR 1 Poxivum, which has a rather cool description: The tiny plant looks like a grotesque cross between a big onion and a human heart, scurrying around on artery-like appendages. The powerful plant seeks to attack itself to a victim, being surprisingly powerful […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow The first module set in Vathak, this pdf clocks in at a pretty impressive 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But before we do – here’s a warning: This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We begin this module with several key-components: For one, a sidebox on the fragility of 1st level characters explains that more action-oriented groups may want to run this […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow

    Shadows over Vathak: Colonies – Silhouette of a Shadow The first module set in Vathak, this pdf clocks in at a pretty impressive 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 56 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But before we do – here’s a warning: This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players will wish to jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, still here? We begin this module with several key-components: For one, a sidebox on the fragility of 1st level characters explains that more action-oriented groups may want to run this […]

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  • Vathak Hauntings: Red Rose Manor This supplement clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we get a short run-down of the background story of red rose manor – when a grove of dryads bit off more than they could chew, a rather nasty wizard cut down their trees and made them into the very wood that was used to construct red rose manor. If your PCs are wise, they’ll be doing leg-work before entering such a place – if they botch their gathering of information, they may hear a kind of wrong […]

    Vathak Hauntings: Red Rose Manor

    Vathak Hauntings: Red Rose Manor This supplement clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, first of all, we get a short run-down of the background story of red rose manor – when a grove of dryads bit off more than they could chew, a rather nasty wizard cut down their trees and made them into the very wood that was used to construct red rose manor. If your PCs are wise, they’ll be doing leg-work before entering such a place – if they botch their gathering of information, they may hear a kind of wrong […]

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  • Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat The second Vathak Grimoire clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page blank, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Echoes of the Final Heartbeat, firstly, would be a new, dread grimoire – and one that has a more evocative and distinct (and more detailed) fluff-introduction than the first installment of the series, with the grimoire’s grim origin story providing a first and rather interesting hint at the things to come – written in blood to the point of complete self-destruction, this tome indeed is the dread testament of its creator. So, can […]

    Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat

    Vathak Grimoires: Echoes of the Final Heartbeat The second Vathak Grimoire clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page blank, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Echoes of the Final Heartbeat, firstly, would be a new, dread grimoire – and one that has a more evocative and distinct (and more detailed) fluff-introduction than the first installment of the series, with the grimoire’s grim origin story providing a first and rather interesting hint at the things to come – written in blood to the point of complete self-destruction, this tome indeed is the dread testament of its creator. So, can […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies GM’s Guide This GM’s Guide clock in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Analogue to the Player’s Guide, the DM’s Guide begins with hand-out-level detailed parchments providing an aptly-written in-character introduction to the matter at hand and provide a solid example of the threat suffusing the setting – and then, we dive into the respective local material. From the get-go, one realizes one thing – the crew of Fat Goblin Games obviously realized what ought to be in the GM’s guide – where the player’s guide sported […]

    Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies GM’s Guide

    Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies GM’s Guide This GM’s Guide clock in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Analogue to the Player’s Guide, the DM’s Guide begins with hand-out-level detailed parchments providing an aptly-written in-character introduction to the matter at hand and provide a solid example of the threat suffusing the setting – and then, we dive into the respective local material. From the get-go, one realizes one thing – the crew of Fat Goblin Games obviously realized what ought to be in the GM’s guide – where the player’s guide sported […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies Player’s Guide This massive player’s guide clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Withered parchment, with half-concealed pencil drawings in the back, a small splotch of blood at the bottom right corner of the page – there’s a reason layout designer and artist Rick Hershey is as prolific and well-regarded as he is. From the very get-go, you’ll realize one thing – this book is beautiful. I own all Ravenloft supplements ever released and have a vast collection of horror-themed books beyond that. This ranks […]

    Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies Player’s Guide

    Shadows over Vathak: The Colonies Player’s Guide This massive player’s guide clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Withered parchment, with half-concealed pencil drawings in the back, a small splotch of blood at the bottom right corner of the page – there’s a reason layout designer and artist Rick Hershey is as prolific and well-regarded as he is. From the very get-go, you’ll realize one thing – this book is beautiful. I own all Ravenloft supplements ever released and have a vast collection of horror-themed books beyond that. This ranks […]

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  • Enhanced Racial Guide: Bhriota This massive racial guide for the Bhriota clocks in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with an impressive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Bhriota are a human ethnicity and as such, I feel I should mention one fact – I’m a huge fan of human “races” – chalk it up to my extensive reading of Sword & Sorcery literature, but I’d rather have different stats for different ethnicities than x pseudo-humanoid races with almost human cultures and outlooks. It’s a matter of taste and thus, I am rather in […]

    Enhanced Racial Guide: Bhriota

    Enhanced Racial Guide: Bhriota This massive racial guide for the Bhriota clocks in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with an impressive 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The Bhriota are a human ethnicity and as such, I feel I should mention one fact – I’m a huge fan of human “races” – chalk it up to my extensive reading of Sword & Sorcery literature, but I’d rather have different stats for different ethnicities than x pseudo-humanoid races with almost human cultures and outlooks. It’s a matter of taste and thus, I am rather in […]

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  • It’d time to take a look at one of the darker settings out there:   Shadows over Vathak This campaign setting is 258 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 250 pages of content, so let’s take a look! Kicking off with a general introduction, we are introduced to the central topics of Vathak – the land of the native Bhriota-humans has been conquered by the monotheist forces of the Vindari, who have established a rather xenophobic colonialism that has been met with a response truly dreadful – from the bowels of the earth of Vathak, the Old Ones are awakening, […]

    Shadows over Vathak

    It’d time to take a look at one of the darker settings out there:   Shadows over Vathak This campaign setting is 258 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 250 pages of content, so let’s take a look! Kicking off with a general introduction, we are introduced to the central topics of Vathak – the land of the native Bhriota-humans has been conquered by the monotheist forces of the Vindari, who have established a rather xenophobic colonialism that has been met with a response truly dreadful – from the bowels of the earth of Vathak, the Old Ones are awakening, […]

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