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Relic Files: Treasures of Camelot I
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/23/2015 06:53:41

An review

This pdf clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page SRD, 1 page introduction on the first page, leaving us with two pages for the relic, so let's take a look!

So what are relics? well, relics were introduced in the Genius Guides to Relics of the Godlings I + II and they essentially are Rogue Genius Games' take on magic items that increase in power with your character - and if you know anything about my stance on that topic, then you won't be surprised by me really liking this take. Now unlike Rite Publishing's Legacy Items and Purple Duck Games' Legendary Items, most Relics are inspired by real life mythology, for better or for worse, and increase in power every level.

Got that? Great, so what does the scabbard do? Well, first of all, the wielder becomes more adept at healing as well as the option to bind a sword to the scabbard, thus increasing its potency over the levels - by e.g. increasing its hardness and hp, temporarily applying the keen property etc. What about repairing the weapon? At what CL? At the wielders' character level. The same holds true for the limited healing capacities the wielder receives over the levels. Bonuses to constitution can also be found herein alongside increasing fortification effects. What slot does a scabbard use? belt, of course.


Editing and formatting are good, I noticed no truly significant glitches, though e.g. a sentence lacks a verb. Layout adheres to a printer-friendly 2-column standard with a neat full-color artwork of the relic. The pdf does not have any bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

Author Andrew Marlowe delivers an uncommon relic - magical scabbards are a thoroughly neglected item-class and I really like what he has done here. On their own, the abilities may not be too impressive, but combined, they gel well. I really enjoyed this item and while it did not completely blow me away, its fair price-point and nice design make me settle on a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded down by a slight margin.

Endzeitgeist out.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Relic Files: Treasures of Camelot I
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/15/2014 09:32:56

If it is mythic treasures that you are after, few come with more legends attached than the Arthurian ones!

The first such treasure is Arthur's Scabbard. Whilst most popular attention is focussed on Excalibur, the sword he kept in it, the scabbard itself had magical properties, chiefly the provision of protection against bleeding to whoever is wearing it. If you earn your living fighting with swords, that's a significant advantage.

The version presented here has scaled effects that grow as the wearer gains levels. At low levels, the effects mainly refer to the sword within: bonding to it, altering size to suit, and repairing damage to the sword. Even at first level, though, the wearer gains +1 to his Heal skill. As the wearer gains levels, a more traditional healing effect kicks in, with open wounds closing and bleeding halted. At higher levels the scabbard gives a chance to avoid the effects of critical hits or sneak attacks, as well as improving Heal skills even further. Naturally, you have to be wearing the scabbard on your belt for the effects to be activated.

It's all very neatly put together. Even if 'King Arthur' does not exist in your campaign world, you no doubt have (or can invent) a suitable legendary figure to have once owned this artefact, along with associated tales that your party can research either as a prelude to searching for the scabbard or once they have found it. Remember that Arthur himself tended to disregard its importance, focussing more on his sword: the same may be true for whichever brave fighter picks it up in your world. Will he learn of its importance before it is too late?

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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