Village Backdrop: Ossoko Draconsha (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM's Resource by John Bennett

Deep within the swamp lies the lizardfolk village of Ossoko Draconsha, founded to honour the defeat of an ancient black dragon who terrorized the area long ago. Starting out as a neutral ground between warring lizardfolk tribes, the village has prospered in recent generations thanks to rumours of its magical, restorative pool. Merchants now arrive regularly at Ossoko Draconsha to trade for exotic and hard to get animal skins, herbs and plants from the swamp. However, recently the sacred skull which symbolizes the village’s neutrality disappeared and something or someone seems to be interfering with the lizardfolk contacting their guardian spirit. If these issues are not resolved, the village could see itself swallowed up by the denizens of the swamp, or worse, taken over by a greedy merchant consortium.

Village Backdrops are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a single village ready to insert into almost any home campaign. Perfect for use as a waystop on the road to adventure, as an adventure site themselves or as a PC’s home, Village Backdrop present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

*****

This installment of RSP's Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 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 at the settlement

Ossoko Draconsha, literally "Dragon's Defeat" in the tongue of lizardfolk, may well be the conceptually most unique settlement in the whole series of village backdrops - if the name and dominant lizardfolk population you can glean from the settlement statblock are not clear enough: This is a lizardfolk village, but one unlike those you'd know from various modules: Ossoko Draconsha's existence is ultimately thanks to the noble sacrifice of one woman, the paladin Kellesta, who united the lizardfolk to overthrow a particularly nasty black dragon. Mortally wounded, she fell in the battle, but the slain dragon's skull remained as the creature's body dissolved in acid.
Sensing the work of powerful spirits at work, the lizardfolk took it upon themselves to consecrate the place and declare it neutral territory, soon figuring out that the sanctified skull can be used to conjure forth Kellesta's spirit in times of need, turning the acidic pool temporarily into a clear water of healing properties. Sporting thus an amount of non-lizardfolk settler, the place has prospered, though the uncommon demographics of the village necessarily put a refreshingly unique spin on the local color provided - from industry to rumors and nomenclature, the novel suffuses this book.

Beyond the obligatory whispers and rumors as well as the potentially adventure-inciting events, Ossoko Draconsha also sports no less than 3 fully detailed statblocks - a CR 6 lizardfolk barbarian, a CR 4 halfling rogue and a CR 6 elven conjuror. I applaud the number of these sample NPCs, though I frankly wished the builds themselves were slightly more complex. As a bonus, though, the paladin's spirit, codified as a sacred coterie loci spirit (yes, that mean Occult Adventures-support, though you do not need the book!) does offset this otherwise extremely nitpicky complaint.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's smooth, printer-friendly two-column standard and the pdf comes with full bookmarks as well as a gorgeous map, of which you can, as always, download high-res jpegs if you join RSP's patreon. The pdf comes in two versions, with one being optimized for screen-use and one to be printed out.

John Bennett is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated freelancers currently out there: There are not that many authors out there that have his talent for weaving atmospheric, compelling yarns that sport their hooks on their own, that manage to make a place or module run by mere virtue of PC-insertion. Ossoko Draconsha may have an odd name, but it is all awesome and, from the get-go, does feature truly intriguing and captivating adventuring options; due to its unique nature and location, it makes for a great haven or neutral ground in extended swamp-sojourns and e.g. would allow for PCs to easily learn more about the background of a given locale sans risking their immediate lives - this one begs to be asked in conjunction with unique offerings like TPK Games "The Fen of the Five-Fold Maw" and similar modules, while the loci makes for a feasible reason to make this the end-point of a quest with a plethora of potential complications.

This village is unique, cool and exceedingly well-written while also sporting cool visuals - and what more can you ask of such a book? My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Some love for lizardfolk fans

*****

Village Backdrop: Ossoko Draconsha (VA:OD) is the latest installment in Raging Swan's Village Backdrop Series. It is my first issue though, so I can't compare with former installments, but if this one is indication for the backdrops' overall quality, I may have to start collecting soon.

VA:OD comes as a 10-page, fully bookmarked pdf with 5-and-a-half pages of actual content (the rest is front and back cover, some legal stuff, OGL and an advertisment for Raging Swan's own Patreon campaign). The 2-column layout is clear, well-structured and easy to read. There is one half-page black and white map of the location, so the actual text is 5 pages long.

It starts with „Ossoko Draconsha at a Glance“, a 2-page long description of the history of the village (which is basically a lizardfolk village built around a holy site and serving as a trading hub with other people), some of the events happening there (there's something wrong with the holy site), the village's demographics, important NPCs and notable locations. Add some Knowledge check results and some rumors and you've already quite some information to work with.

Notable Locations get expanded on on the next two pages. Short descriptions including the people living there offer some roleplay opportunities and add information about the mystery surrounding the village. There are also two stat blocks for NPCs important for the action behind the scenes.

The last content page explains a bit about what life's like in Ossoka Dragonsha especially with regards to Trade and Industry as well as Law and Order. A d6 random table offers events, that can happen while the PCs are around and also can serve to draw the PCs into the events soon to unfold. Here's also the stat block for Xrakka, one of the two lizardfolk leaders.

It's hard to write about this product without spoiling too much. Personally I really like the story that can be told with the information contained in this product. In fact, there is more than one story to tell. The way Ossoka Draconsha (which is Draconic for Dragon's Defeat) origined could easily translate into its own adventure. Then there are several NPCs not directly tied into the main story, whose background suggests adventure possibilities. That is something I really value in a product, if it succeeds in inspiring ideas with only a few words. And in this respect, VB:OD really delivers.

Ossoka Draconsha is an unusual location generic enough to be put into any fantasy setting (and if you're not using lizardfolk, it's easy enough to change the demographics according to your preferences). It's short and compact and still contains a lot of ideas to peruse four your own campaign. It's an instant hit for me deserving of five stars.


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This one was a lot of fun to write. I got to use some of the material I wrote for Occult Adventures in it. There's some interesting mysterious and problems for players to interact with in this village.

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And the fun shows. Great Work, John.

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WormysQueue wrote:
And the fun shows. Great Work, John.

Thanks for the review and I'm glad you enjoyed it! As you mentioned in your review, I definitely strive to not only make the village interesting and flavorful but also to provide the GM with enough seeds/plot hooks to easily expand into full adventures.

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WormysQueue wrote:
And the fun shows. Great Work, John.

I'll chime in and add my thanks for the review! I hope Ossoko Draconsha finds a place in your campaign soon!

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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
WormysQueue wrote:
And the fun shows. Great Work, John.
I'll chime in and add my thanks for the review! I hope Ossoko Draconsha finds a place in your campaign soon!

Most definitely. I'm planning sort of a Kingmaker-style campaign to introduce my players into a new campaign world and part of the starting region is a vast swamp. I already had thought about lizardfolk as it's main inhabitants and I never liked their characterisation as mere cannon fodder. My first contact with one of the scaly folks was in a novel about two friends, one of them being a member of such a race thought to be brainless barbarians but in fact being surprisingly civilized. So it's good to see lizardfolk as more than just an opponent to bash skulls in.

I'm also fond of Paladins as a character class, so should opportunity arise, I really might use the founding story of Ossoko Draconsha as a premise for the PCs first encounter with the lizardfolk (and use the actual storyline for a later return to the village).


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

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

Thanks again, Endzeitgeist! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks to Creighton for setting this project up.

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Epic! Thanks for the super review, Endzeitgeist! Much appreciated as always.

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