Medical procedures aren't always for the best, as shown as shown by this latest release in the Psionic Bestiary product line. The deranged trepanner offers a psionic construct intent on brain surgery.
Perhaps once used to perform life-saving procedures, deranged trepanners now seek to drill into the skulls of any intelligent creature it finds, seeking to relieve suffering, even to the point of death.
In 2011, Dreamscarred Press held a contest for a psionic bestiary. The monsters from that contest are being released in a series of releases and will ultimately be compiled into a single psionic bestiary book.
Written by Jim Hunnicutt, with artwork by Rick Hershey.
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This installment of the psionic bestiary-series is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages, so let's take a look!
Jim Hunnicutt's CR 6 Deranged Trepanner is a construct can cloak itself as a column and absorb a third of the overchannel feat's damage to the construct and may deal int-damage and power point-loss versus foes it manages to grab - ouch!
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn't notice any significant glitches. The pdf comes sans bookmarks, but needs none at this length. The full color layout adheres to the 2-column standard and is drop-dead gorgeous - as is the cool artwork, which drives well home the concept that these beings were once supposed to be healers, somehow driven mad by a virus or some other havoc. Two thumbs up for both artwork and layout - and creature design, for these beings are disturbing and cool and have neat signature abilities - BUT: Where is the craft construct information? It's a construct and even if by fluff the means of making them are lost, as a DM I would have enjoyed this information be included. Its lack is the only true gripe I can muster, resulting hence in a verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.