Deadly Gardens: Faerie Circle Stalker (PFRPG) PDF

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Deadly Gardens is a series of short PDF documents that each feature a brand new plant monster to use in your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or OGL campaigns. In addition to a new monster, each volume will also feature supplemental material based around the natural wilderness theme.

In this volume:

  • Faerie Circle Stalker CR 14

  • 2 New Magic Items: Stranglewhip, Vest of the Seasons

  • 7 Natural Item: Couatl Headdress, Dragonfly Wing, Mandragora Essence Tea, Owlbear Beak, Peryton Shadowpelt, Quickwood Root Stake, Shocker Horn Trap

Authors: Jacob W. Michaels, Isaac Volynskiy, and Mike Welham
Artist: Becca Bean
Pages: 5

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This installment of the Deadly Gardens-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page of SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

All right, as almost always in the series, we begin with new magic items - this time around, the first would be the stranglewhip, a whip made from assassin vine, with the wielder using his character level as base for the CMB of the grappling and the option to release the vine whip and have it continue strangling the target. Vests of the seasons are amazing - they require a bit of sunlight unless in winter and changes its properties depending on the season and also allows for a AoE 1/day energy burst. Nice one!!

The pdf also features a total of 7 different natural items, the first of which would be the couatl headdress, which can provide perfect memory for the respective moments and may also act as a kind of substitute spell-book...which is cool, but unfortunately, the headdress does not probably quantify or qualify how many spells the headdress can contain. Dragonfly wings can be used as an optional material component when casting flight-granting spells, enhancing the maneuverability of the flight granted by the spells. Mandragora essence tea can camouflage a drinker's voice, distorting it; demoralizing creatures after drinking it, can also sicken targets, thankfully with a caveat that prevents it to be too strong. Owlbear beak can be used to extend the duration of transmutation potions, but also makes the potion spoil no long-term exploits possible. Peryton shadowpelts are very interesting - they allow you to copy and store shadows. Quickwood root stakes act as undead bane weapons (not properly italicized)...but better take care, for the stake may grow into a quickwood, if you don't take care. Shocker horns, finally, may be crafted into a trap.

No, what about the creature featured herein, the faerie circle stalker? At CR 14, the critter looks pretty much like a faerie circle of mushrooms - the creature is actually an ambush predator typically lurking below the surface, which means that its rules-relevant defenses are pretty pronounced - and correctly codified! Oh, and those caught by its swallow whole not only suffer a ton of damage, they also drain spells and the ability to cast them, only slowly regaining them...pretty cool! The critter also sports long and rather deadly tentacles and makes for a lethal foe - cool ambush predator.


Editing and formatting are very good on both a rules language level and on a formal level. Layout adheres to a 2-column full-color standard and the pdf sports a really nice b/w-artwork for the critter in question. Also really cool: The pdf comes fully bookmarked with nested bookmarks -kudos for going the extra mile there!

Jacob W. Michaels, Isaac Volynskiy and Mike Welham's faerie circle stalker is a cool ambush predator and the supplemental material is pretty nice as well; the magic-eating ambush predator is lethal and actually surprisingly hard to kill, so kudos there. The supplemental material has some serious gems and the magic items are nice as well. All in all, a fun supplement, well worth a final verdict of 5 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.

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Awesome. Thanks, Russ!

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Excited to see it's available now!

Reviewed first on, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

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Thank you very much for the review, Endzeitgeist!

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What Mike said. Much appreciated, Endz.

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Thank you, Endzeitgeist!

(To clarify, the couatl headdress is not meant to have a limit to spell storage, so none is specified).

@Petty Alchemy: That's kind of OP, considering that spellbooks impose a serious cost on casters.

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I appreciate the feedback.

My logic was that an item worth 10k should cover lifetime writing costs for all but the most high level casters. They still have to cover the costs of research/getting permission from other casters to copy their spells. And as always, they may want to keep a backup spellbook.

Yeah, I get the reasoning. However, it'll also be less prone to destruction than "burn the books"; Permission is not a big issue, considering how easily a cadre of mages with these items could share vast amounts of spells. With this item, I'd honestly not get backup spellbooks -it'd get backup versions. 10K for potentially infinite spells, sans carrying capacity/gold hassle?

That being said, I'm theorycrafting regarding the impact on in-game societies here. Even in such a case, it's not necessarily broken. If it were, this pdf wouldn't have gotten the full 5 stars, so take my criticism as nitpicking details here.

hmm, I will take another look at the item. I kind of agree with Endzeitgeist that there should be some limit to the spell storage capacity, although for the price it should allow a good number of spells. Maybe something involving the actual number of feathers involved in making the headress. ponders

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