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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/17/2020 16:46:09

The first city supplement for the Scarred Lands, this book was a shot off the bow of most d20 fantasy games, which had cleaved extremely closely to standard D&D in hopes of capturing a larger portion of the market. Instead, Hollowfaust makes a bold statement about necromatic magic, which the players must navigate not necessarily to survive (it's a city - city environments, by their definition, are hospitable to many different kinds of people), but to thrive in the way that D&D pushes its characters to thrive. You won't just feel like you're in Fantasy Canada (the Forgotten Realms - a setting I love) when you come to Hollowfaust. You will feel the pressure of magic and possiblity on the world in unusual and eye-opening ways. GMs will find that Hollowfaust lets them talk about how ancestors and memory both empower and are exploited by the present.

If I had to name something to improve about Hollowfaust, it is that the city is a fantasy city first and a D&D city second, perhaps the only area where it doesn't excel. There are many areas of pressure to explore which D&D heroes will have no means of fully interacting with. In a way, it's more of a fantastic experience than D&D, with its romantic and escapist nature, can ever embrace.

It's perhaps the best fantasy citybook of the d20 era, and well worth your time.



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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Leonard O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/19/2017 13:08:31

I've had this book for years, and it's still one of the best third party supplements of it's kind- highly recommended both for The Scarred Lands, or just to drop into your own homebrew game.



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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Dave H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/13/2008 08:41:25

Buy this book. The Scarred Lands, which is now comatose, is a great backdrop for any RPG. I have been using it for 7 years as the setting for my Rolemaster campaign and there is still lots of room to grow. White Wolf has almost all of the Scarred Lands books on sale and the production values are generally very high.

The Hollowfaust book is great. The setting turns the whole undead and evil necromancer bit on it's head. The Necromancers are benevolent tyrants with some really interesting quirks. The first time that your party goes to Hollowfaust and 'gets' what is really going on will be a session you will always remember.

There are great villians and super background material but Hollowfaust shines as the center of a campaign whether the characters are tied to the necromancers or not. Buy this book.



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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Troy T.
Date Added: 08/23/2006 20:43:07

If you are using SCARN this is a must have! If you are running other worlds, this would be a great inspiration book. Would work as extra material for Eberron’s Karrnath.



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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by adrian s.
Date Added: 06/02/2006 12:48:25

i also own the paper version of this book and it is an excellent base for a series of adventures with a dark fantasy/horror spin. get it now a its free!!!



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Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Dale C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/02/2006 05:42:29

Ive had the dead tree edition of this supliment for some time and I hartliy recocmend picking it up now that its a freebie watermarked PDF.

This is a very good (and different) urban setting, one where the preconcived ideas of Necromancers and the Undead are turned on their heads. Though written for the (now defunct) Scarred Lands setting it could happily be dropped into and other fantasy world (in fact I used it in a stormbringer game).

A must for anyone who is interested in having a slightly "different" city with its own internal logic to play in. Download now.



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