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Foul name-bound demons from the depths of Jigoku. Faceless spirit armies driven only by vengeance. These are only a few of the creatures that stalk the Jade Empire. Creatures of Rokugan is a great resource for Legend of the Five Rings fans or Dungeons and Dragons players looking for something new and unexpected. Fans of Asian fantasy will love this book, which contains dozens of creatures familiar to players of the Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game and role-playing game, updated to the Oriental Adventures rules.
Also contains advanced rules for playing Naga, Nezumi Ratlingskenku, goblins, and other strange races as player characters, as well as new feats and prestige classes for monstrous characters. Rokugan delivered a level of production values, imagination, and rules implementation unseen by that point in third party D20 system publishers. But while it is obvious that they put a lot of effort into the Rokugan D20 book, one wonders if they can keep it up.
To answer that query we must turn our attention to the latest D20 book for L5R. Creatures of Rokugan expands upon the creatures available in the L5R setting from those defined in the Oriental Adventures book.
A First Look Creatures of Rokugan is a perfect-bound softcover book. I was surprised when I did a page count as the book feels rather hefty; the book appears to be printed on rather heavy paper. The book cover has a similar appearance to the Rokugan book, with a beige ricepaper look with symbols of the various L5R clans in the backdrop with a simulated blue binding with a cord along the spine.
The front cover depicts a humanoid creature with horns and tusks wielding a sword a tsuno. The interior is black-and-white. The illustrations are mostly pencil drawings, and most of the creatures described herein are provided with an illustration. The illustrations are good to excellent.
I found the illustration for the mokumokuren especially interesting. The text density in the book is fairly high, similar to WotC supplements. The margins are modest, and the outside margin is filled with a shaded bar and a darker bar with the name of the creature on the page for ease of use.
The section header and creature names are done in a font that appears like calligraphic characters. The creature descriptions are not arranged one per page, but rather are arranged for maximum density similar to WotC’s Monster Manual.
Creatures of Rokugan runs about 22 cents per page, which is a bit high for a book of this size, and similar to the smaller WotC classbooks. However, coupled with the text density and presentation, it delivers a decent value. A Deeper Look Creatures of Rokugan is sorted into a brief introduction, a sizable main section containing all of the creatures, and three appendices.
The introduction has a short story and a variety of new rules that apply to the creatures described herein.
This is primarily concerned with two elements: In Creatures of Rokuganincorporeal creatures can be affected normally by jade and crystal weapons, and creatures classified as a spirits are more difficult to affect with enchantment effects except by other spirits. Other new or adapted types are darkness, oni, shadowlands, and void. The section on jade and crystal weapons introduces a new variant of the damage resistance rule that is used in the book.
If a creature has this sort of descriptor, then you count the weapon bonus needed to bypass the DR as two points lower for that type and one point lower for a weapon of the other type. Creatures of Rokugan introduces over new creatures and 7 templates. Given this, there is a great variety of creatures, but there are a few strong themes.
There are a great deal of undead, principally restless spirits who are unable to find rest, a great many otherworldly oni and other shadowlands creatures.
Enumerating all of these creatures would be beyond the scope of this review, but it may be worth my while to touch on a few: Not technically from Rokugan, but rather from the lands beyond, Ashalan are immortal humanoid creatures covered with tattoos. They are commonly sorcerers, and they have the ability to cloak themselves in shadows and dominate those that they tattoo. The ashalan are possible PC material. Powerful oni that can be summoned – but not controlled – by maho tsukai blood sorcerers.
There is one greater terror and one lesser terror for each of the five L5R elements. The elemental terrors are tainted elemental creatures that serve dreadful beings that dwell in the shadowlands known as dark oracles.
Gaki can take the shapes of insects, and appear in a variety of forms. For example skull tide gaki look like swarms of skulls floating on the waves, that make a maddening chattering sound and try to chew through the hull of ships to get to the crew inside.
They are crow headed winged creatures, known for their mastery of the katana. For some reason, the Rokugan version is listed as a fey creature I would have pegged it as a monstrous humanoid, as OA did with the Tengu, but perhaps the designer felt it important for all creatures from the spirit realm of Sakkaku to be fey.
Yet, in one of the few deviations from the guidelines, it has the wrong hit dice type for a fey. They can spawn duplicates of other characters in order to destroy them.
The illustration of this creature is extremely intriguing. The ghost appears as a swarm of eyes, and it is an d220 nasty little creature. Naga come in five varieties, asp, chameleon cobra, constrictor, and greensnake.
Each type has different attributes and capabilities. I found it odd that some of the naga, classified as large creatures, only have 1 hit dice. But as is implied in the Rokugan book, many naga have character levels. Ninja Shapeshifters have alternate form and spell like abilities that they use to sow confusion. The oni creatufes are described, but not statted, as they are said to be beyond the power of normal mortals to harm.
They spread a nasty disease that, if it kills the victim, causes the victim to rise as a plague zombie. They have the unfortunately nasty attribute of being incorporeal, yet their spirit weapons and armor work fine for them. Their blades bypass armor and inflict negative energy damage. Ubume cannot be killed in combat; to deal with them, one must seek to resolve the rrokugan for its mourning.
There are different varieties, such as tosekiki, which are catapults constructed of animate bone and with a literal arm for the arm of the catapult. Goryo are not considered incorporeal to their killer. Like Ubume, Goryo cannot be permanently destroyed through combat. They must be exorcized, their killer destroyed or brought to justice, or be convinced that their quest for vengeance is misguided. Mortals that have been corrupted by the lying darkness eventually loose their own identity and become darkness spawn.
Darkness spawn appear like the base creature albeit with less distinct features, but gain some spell like abilities including a fearsome shadow boltimprove abilities and stealth skills, and spell rokkgan and damage reduction that is bypassed by crystal. They exhibit some vestiges of honorable behavior, but are nonetheless very dangerous. Unlike most undead in this book or most others d20 system books, for that mattershiryo are not evil. Rather, they are the benign spirits of blessed ancestors.
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The first appendix addresses characters. Level equivalents are provided for playing many of these creatures like ashalan and naga.
However, the section refers you to the Dungeon Master’s Guide section on the topic, despite the fact that there is a much better method for handling this sort of thing described in the Oriental Adventures book, which they have license to refer to. In addition, appendix one contains five new prestige classes, two for naga characters naga slayer and shahadet’s legionnairetwo for nezumi nezumi chuk’tekk “chieftan general” and nezumi remembererand the shadow-walker a pawn of the lying darkness.
Finally, the first appendix goes into greater detail about tainted characters, and defines a number of shadowlands powers that tainted characters may acquire. Appendix two discusses the spirit realms, which may help spread some light on some of your creature explanations.
Also, the appendix introduces a few new items such as the aforementioned jade and crystal weapons and further defines their effects. Appendix three leads off with stock character types for Rokugan character classes courtier, inkyo, ninja, samurai, and shugenja from levelsin the same fashion that the DMG had samples for basic d20 system character classes. This is very convenient for running games off the cuff.
Appendix three provides some guidance as to how to best use creatures as encounters in Rokugan, and advice for adapting creatures from other d20 system products in Rokugan.
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Finally, Creatures of Rokugan has a list of creatures by CR. Conclusion This is a nice selection of creatures. Most of these are primarily useful in Rokugan or another Oriental Adventures campaigns. The thought of using animated bone catapults for that army of undead your necromancer summoned or recasting the shadow samurai as a shadow warrior is rather intriguing.
One thing I appreciated a lot about these creatures is that many of them strongly suggest or even demand a solution other than combat.
The book is brimming with great creature ideas, and great adventure idea to go with them. Needless to say, I was rather pleased that AEG is maintaining a high level of quality and imagination in their follow-on books to Rokugan.
I eagerly await the next one! Join Date Jan Posts Not the best of bargains, at first glance, it seems.
But then again, AEG has produced some outstanding supplements for L5R so it might be worth its price. Following on the heels of Rokugan, CoR has a similar extrerior, albeit being not a hard cover, with a vivid image fo superior quality depicting a ferocious monster.
The illustrations frequently fail to convey the spirit, size and even attitude of the creature depicted. As many of the creatures are probably entirely unknown to the reader, this represents a serious handicap. Oni and elemental Terrors. Added are some huge beastiessome unique, many r20 rare, with exceedingly high CRs. There are usually 2 monsters per page, and with accompanying illustrations roughly two-thirds things become cluttered fast. Also many creatures are unique, limited to a specific area such as the whole array of shadowland parasites, f20 and inhabitants.