Subterranean Enclave: Dilath's Hold (PFRPG) PDF

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The centre of the slave trade in the region, Dilath’s Hold is an aberration. Founded by a renegade drow nobleman, within its precincts drow and duergar live (relatively) peacefully. However, all is not well in Dilath’s Hold. Among its folk, racial tensions simmer, and the lust for wealth and power corrupt those already perverted by the flesh trade. For now, the ancient treaty binding the two races remains intact, but there are many living in Dilath’s Hold that dream of re-writing the compact…in blood.

Subterranean Enclaves are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a single subterranean settlement ready to insert into almost any home campaign. Perfect for use as a waystop on the road to adventure or as an adventure site themselves, Subterranean Enclaves present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.

This product is a Dual Format PDF. The downloadable ZIP file contains two versions, one optimised for printing and use on a normal computer and one optimised for use on a mobile device such as an iPad.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

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This installment of Raging Swan Press' Subterranean Enclave-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

As mentioned before, you can essentially consider this a pdf that depicts a settlement of the storied underdark, wherein the less than pleasant races roam. In this case, most people who come to the place do not want to be here. Why? Well, founded by an exiled drow noble, Dilath's Hold is not a nice place - it is a slave hub. That being said, the danger rate of 10 the village's statblock provides should net you a good idea that this is NOT a place to take shelter in. The marketplace's offerings do mirror the theme of the locale and, as always, we not only receive a beautiful pencil-drawn cartography, but also DCs of the village's lore and short notes on the nomenclature of the dominant cultures in the enclave, here that being drow and duergar.

It should be noted, though, that this is NOT simply a slaver's village with a hack filing off of the serial numbers - from houses of gigantic snail shells to labyrinths of caverns and webs, this place breathes the wonder that should, nay, must suffuse subterranean settlements. Have I mentioned the nasty druid (fully statted!) with an unhealthy obsession of experimentation with fungi etc.? Finally, as always, some rumors which may or may not be true and sample events add a certain amount of local color to the place.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to raging Swan Press' two-column b/w--standard, with superb cartography in b/w. As always, you can download player-friendly high-res maps via Raging Swan Press' patreon. The pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one optimized for the printer, with both being fully bookmarked.

Brian Wiborg Mønster's subterranean enclave could have very well been bland - when I read the premise of this one, I was less than excited about it - how many times have I seen the like? Well, I'm happy to report that, while I'm not 100% blown away by the concept, it is in the small details and power-dealings, in the unique sense of wonder conveyed, that this settlement manages to surpass what otherwise would have been a common premise and become something unique and worthwhile. Capturing the wonder of the underdark exceedingly well, the pdf does this component rather well. Then again, as a slaver's town, particularly as one so unique, I was missing the added spice - the unique drug used to ensure slave-compliance, the secret uprising in the making - some additional material would have definitely helped here. Now I am aware I am complaining at a very high level here, but still. In the end, my final verdict will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.


A TriangularRoom Review

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This Subterranean Enclave feature's Dilath's Hold, a small underground village on the edge of a poisonous fungi forest. This rather unwelcoming location is mainly inhabited by drow and duergar, who are barely tolerant of each other.

As with Village Backdrops, this product provides an overview of the settlement, including its origins and demographics and a half-page map. Everything a game master needs to drop the settlement into a session is provided: important inhabitants, locations and even a list of the items available at the marketplace.

Also provided is a handy list of village lore, as well as what the average villager looks like, and a few names in case anyone asks what a random NPC is called. There are more detailed descriptions of the main locations shown on the village map, from an enormous snail shell that houses the flavourfully-named Grumtusk the Vile, to the Cavern of Delight and Pain, the name of which is pretty self-explanatory. Finally, there is a list of events that could happen during the PCs' visit, and a couple of stat-blocks of potential opponents.

Dilath's Hold is an interesting little village whose main trade in slaves and poisonous fungi, as well as the tensions between its drow and duergar inhabitants, could lead to numerous encounters and adventures for heroes willing to risk a visit. Notable NPCs range from level 3 to 8, making this a good location for heroes around levels 5 to 7.


Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

You can grab a free sample of Subterranean Enclave: Dilath's Hold here! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and gMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks very much for the reviews, chaps. They are much appreciated! I'm glad you both enjoyed the book, and I hope it finds a place in your campaigns.

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