Places of Power: The Prismatic Tower (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Mike Welham

Atop Starreach Peak, far above the clouds, a tower with stained glass outer walls stands and collects the sun. Here, the Prismatic Guild, led by the sorcerer Atrementous, conducts their experiments with colour, infusing it into their spells. Visitors undertaking the journey to the Prismatic Tower gain access to powerful prismatic and other colour-based magic, provided they have the coin to afford it. However, dark rumours have surfaced regarding the guild, their (some would say) dangerous research and a breach into a strange dimension of prismatic colour.

Places of Power are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a flavoursome locale such as a remote temple, borderland fort or reclusive wizard’s demesne. Ready to be plugged into almost any home campaign, each installment can be used as a waystop on the road to adventure, the home of a powerful NPC or even as a mini-adventure site in its own right.

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.

For a free sample, please visit ragingswan.com

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

The second installment of Raging Swan Press' new Places of Power-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Originally home to a cabal of wizards, the prismatic tower, situated atop Starreach Peak and made from glasslike material, the focus on color-based spellcasting practiced there has recently seen an influx, growing the population of inhabitants to 25. Following the standard established, the first page provides lore the PCs can research on the place, a list of notable folk and a marketplace-section - all at one glance.

As in the first installment, an excellent b/w-map is provided alongside 6 events and rumors and whispers that represent apt and compelling means for the GM to utilize this location in a given campaign - Jade's master, for example, has vanished after pointing out a bizarre coruscation of colors across the sky... And yes, this is probably the point where you pull out all CoC-modules featuring colors ever to convert them...

The center-piece of the prismatic tower would btw. be the great prism, which is utilized in the research of the respective color (or invisibility)-laboratories featured - locations that are btw. detailed rather interestingly, including advice for use of this locale in your campaign and a note on daily life in this delightfully magical and unconventional place.

This is not where the pdf stops, though - from an eccentric gnome sporting a mane of luscious...and invisible hair to the gorgeous half-elven fighter/sorceror-multiclassed Vermillion, the respective NPCs come with Raging Swan Press' trademark level of detail, including unique mannerisms and distinguishing features. Of course, wizards experimenting can unleash strange things - and hence, a unique CR 12 creature, the dread colorvore, is presented , providing dangerous abilities and unique tricks.

Finally, there would also be a new 5th level spell, psychoprsimatic spray, which sprung from the research conducted at the tower, offering a diverse array of debuffs, enhancing the basic notion of prismatic magic in a truly interesting manner I hope to see more of at one point.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, as I've come to expect from Raging Swan Press. Layout adheres to RSP's elegant two-column b/w-standard with awesome original artwork of the two NPCs and great cartography in b/w. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions, with one intended for screen-use and one for print-use.

Mike Welham is one of the authors that deliver time and again - when I saw a second tower in the wings for this series, I was afraid it would offer too much overlap. The opposite proved to be true: The prismatic tower ultimately is an awesome locale I look forward to introduce in my game. Thoroughly distinct in scope and focus from the first installment in the series, while still adhering to the series' paradigms, this little pdf is a great adventure-locale I can't wait to use! My final verdict will clock in at a warm recommendation of 5 stars + seal of approval - at this low price, this pdf is definitely worth a look...or multiple ones!

Endzeitgeist out.


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Now available!

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Huzzah!

Thanks, Liz!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

And you can get a free sample of this rather marvellous locale over at Raging Swan's website!


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

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

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Thank you, Endzeitgeist! I'm very glad you enjoyed the Prismatic Tower.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

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Epic! Thanks for the spiffing review, Endzeitgeist!

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