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Monsters of Sin 4: Lust (Pathfinder RPG) $2.99
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/22/2012 08:58:28

This pdf is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let's check this mini-bestiary out!

Starting with a discussion of the Sin of Lust and its destructive potential as well as a short run-down of love/lust as well as a CR+1 mini-template, the Lust-slave. After that, we're in the first monster-entry along a sidebar that explains the obvious: We are touchy when it comes to lust and sexuality and the matter should be handled with care in games - some of the subject matter may not be appropriate for younger gamers and making sure that everyone is comfortable with a given level of explicitness should be a given. That being said, in my opinion, this pdf is tame. shrugs Perhaps because I'm a perverted goth. ;P

All right, on to the monsters: -Inbred Orcs: These creatures are stronger than regular orcs, but come with 1d12 beneficial and 1d12 detrimental mutations due to their inbreeding as well as health and mental issues - think mutated "The Hills have Eyes" with orcs. They come as a racial write up with a CR 2 sample statblock.

-Lovelorn: This CR 11 ghost of a being who died of a broken heart can cry blood and emit heart-wrenching moans - rather cool!

-The CR 3 Truffle is a rather weird fey - genderless, these completely innocent fey are fascinated by genders, sexual organs etc. - worse, they are not about using their dominating ability to make people show them their anatomy or do worse. I get a distinctly weird and disturbing vibe from these beings and I'm hard to put out of my comfort zone.

-Finally, we get the CR 21 Embodiment of Sin that can create whole orgies of wild men and women when manifesting and even enslave people to its euphoric touch, making them their obedient lustslaves - disturbing, sick, awesome - though the artwork is PG 13, which somewhat sucks.

The pdf closes with a tale on lust in Midgard and the embodiment of sin type.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a full-color 2-column artwork and the b/w-artworks are awesome. The pdf has no bookmarks, which, while not mandatory at this length, would have been nice to have. Of all the deadly sins, the ones that hit closest to home for me personally are lust and pride and thus, I was really stoked to see this installment of the series. And then I remembered that the PFRPG-license is somewhat restrictive regarding mature content and in this instance, I feel as if that somewhat hurts the subject matter. I'm running a mature game and I would have loved appropriately mature content - and yes, the content here is mature, but I would have wanted these creatures to be slightly more explicit.

Since that's not possible, though, I won't hold that against the pdf. What somewhat irks me, though, is the fact the pdf creates a binary opposition between love in lust, all the while acknowledging how entwined they can be. The deviousness of lust, at least to me, is not the fact how powerful it can be, but rather its entwinement with one of the most driving, positive things we are capable to experience - love. That out of the way, the creatures herein deal primarily with the consequences of misplaced lust, rather than making it a weapon to wield against sinners. In the end, this mini-bestiary is a good addition to the series, but could use a slightly tighter focus on the theme rather than its consequences - thus, I'll settle on a final verdict of 4 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.

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