Legendary items are those that are picked up by the untested adventurers who eventually become heroes of the ages. Unlike traditional magical items, legendary items grow with the wielder, becoming more advanced as new abilities are unlocked over time. In this installment of the Psionic Items of Legend series is Moldev, the Secret Strike, a ring designed to augment the mind blade abilities of a soulknife, but which grants subduing powers instead of lethal abilities.
Within this short book you will find the history of Moldev, the requirements to attune a character to it, and the abilities of it. In addition, the rules of legendary items are detailed.
Psionic Items of Legend is based upon the Legendary Treasures series of products by Purple Duck Games.
The latest installment in DSP's Psionic Items of Legend-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page editorial, 1 page introduction to the legendary item-rules and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 1/2 pages of content, so let's take a look!
This ring was born from a betrayal that saw one soulknife highway-man killing his kind-hearted brother and thus, this ring allows the wearer to create a potentially non-lethal mind blade, enhance it and knock out foes 3/day if they fail a scaling save. The other abilities include dispel psionics, hamper movement (and especially alternate modes of movement) and finally, render a foe helpless 1/day on a successful touch attack.
As many non-weapon items of legend, the ring only gets 5 levels of power-progression and the final page, which contains the knockout weapon quality, is almost empty. Also, the knockout weapon quality introduced by the pdf has not been properly revised to the updated pdf, featuring still a fixed save DC that should have been replaced with a scaling one.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to a 2-column b/w-standard and the full-color artwork of the ring is awesome. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
The revised take on the ring is vastly superior to its first iteration, with 3 issues that rendered the item problematic at best resolved – unfortunately, though, without revising the new weapon quality. Furthermore, what somehow irks me is the fact that no support for soulknives using the ring is given – the abilities duplicate a serious amount of soulknife-powers, but the item does not sport unique benefits for soulknives – a wasted chance, at least in my opinion. Hence, I’ll settle for a final verdict of 4 stars.