Archetypes of the Jade Oath by Rite Publishing
This product is 20 pages long. It starts with a cover and credits. (2 pages)
Archetypes of the Jade Oath (12 ½ pages)
This section has new archetypes for classes for the campaign setting Jade Oath by Rite Publishing. It is a Asian based setting so the archetypes are suitable for other settings as well, if one keeps that in mind.
Barbarian – They get 20 new rage powers. Some of the powers come in totem sets of three powers. The totem sets are Centipede, Elephant, Horse, Mantis, Monkey and Tiger. The final two powers lets the barbarians rage effect any animal companions they might have. The Totem Pact Master is a new archetype that gives the Barbarian a animal companion similar to that of a druid, but from the totems listed in a the rage powers.
Cavalier – They get two new orders, Order of the Ancestor and Order of the Creed. The new Samurai class can also take these as well.
Monk – Kensai archetype, this archetype is of a monk who focuses on a single weapon type. A more combative version of the monk class. The replace weapon and armor with all simple, one fighter weapon group and light armor. Monk AC bonus works with Light armor. Flurry of Blows can be done with their single weapon of choose or unarmed. Living Ki Weapon begins with a masterwork weapon and may use ki to enhance this weapon. Living Ki weapon dmg, bonus dmg with weapon. Ki strike allows weapon to by pass DR. Martial Training, allows the monk to take fighter feats. Weapon of the Golden Soul cool cap stone power. For all this they give up stunning fist, slow fall, monk only weapons, less unarmed dmg, some bonus feats, and perfect self.
Witch – The get four new patrons, dragon, five elements, ghost and jade. They gain 16 new hexes, four from each new patron. 16 new major hexes as well, and 4 new grand hexes, one of each type. One of the differences with these hexes is the more of the same type of hexes a witch learns the more powerful the hexes become. Such as Cloud Rider, lets a witch summon and ride on a cloud, each five element hex the witch knows allows it to go 5ft higher and adds 1 minute of use to the hex per day. The rest of the hexes are done similar.
New Feats (2 ½ pages)
There is 14 new feats in this section. The feats all work with something called a arcane pool. I will admit to be slightly confused by the arcane pool. I am not positive where a arcane pool comes from or exactly how one gets it. Perhaps I am miss reading it but I reread it and wasn't able to figure that out. My guess is that it is from another book and they just forgot to mention where the arcane pool is from.
It ends with a OGL and 2 ads. (3 pages)
Closing thoughts. The artwork is color and ranges from ok to very good. Layout and editing is good. The name of the book is a little misleading there is actually only two archetypes in the book. I was a bit disappointed by that. Now most of the stuff in the book is very good, the new rage powers where pretty cool, the new orders interesting as was the witch patrons and hexes. Just not many archetypes, I think a better name would have been Characters options of the Jade Oath or something along those lines instead. So what's my rating? Well other than what I feel is a slightly misleading name and the confusion on the arcane pool I am going to give this a 4 star review. What I liked I really liked, but I felt it needed a bit more work.
Trust me, I'm a Succubus.
[4 of 5 Stars!]