This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of White Moon Cove, so let’s take a look!
White Moon Cove is essentially a moderately wealthy coastal town governed by a council and features a list of 9 notable NPCs, settlement stats and a list of 8 notable locations. The town features an ex-paladin drunkard knowledgeable about Sahuagin, a brothel hidden behind a fishmonger (imagine the smell – ew!) and information on general villager-dress and mannerisms. The whispers and rumors-section this time around is a bit on the short side, with only 4 entries -these can be unearthed, as always, with a DC 10 Charisma check. Similarly, lore can be unearthed via Intelligence checks, though the highest DC at 20 is pretty steep for my tastes – it nets the information pertaining the fishmonger/brothel and could imho benefit from being lower for certain classes or backgrounds.
The pdf features 2 pages of notable locations, though, and they are going into exquisite details on e.g. the amorous advances of a local trader to a notorious female captain – who might make for a good candidate for a lesbian relationship, which is implied in the subtext via her first mate. Tavern, chapel and fishmonger/brothel make for more places to check out, as does the local lighthouse.
The final page covers trade, law & order, 4 sample events, stats for fishermen and more information on another interesting local character.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s 2-column b/w-standard and the cartography is excellent. Artworks are nice b/w-pieces. The pdf is fully and extensively bookmarked and the pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one optimized for the printer.
This village is interesting – in contrast to other installments, White Moon Cove is not interesting due to some cultural peculiarities, but due to something different: Author Marc Radle has crafted a village that is captivating not via its location or culture – for there’s honestly not that much here – but via its inhabitants, via its set-up. As a fisher village with some nice potential for adventures and further support coming up, I can easily recommend this pdf for its low price at a final verdict of 5 stars. One more thing: Raging Swan Press has this criminally underrated aquatic module wherein the PCs embark from White Moon Cove to explore a Sunken Pyramid, infested with sahuagin and their unique culture. This module ranks as the best take on them since the Monstrous Arcana trilogy in the AD&D days of old – if this sells well, we might actually get the module for 5e…so yeah, another good reason to get this.
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