An Endzeitgeist.com review
This installment of the Star Log.EM-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The gerana, originally conceived as in an Everyman Mini-installment, has been finally adapted to SFRPG – and since this creature is all about the creepiness of age regression, the pdf illustrates the potentially whimsical (and potentially frightening) abilities of these creatures in a well-written introduction. While obviously primed for use with the amazing Star Log.Deluxe: Aging Rules, the pdf does provide abbreviated aging rules, and does not require aforementioned book to be used.
The gerana clocks in at a CR 13 creature using the expert array, and is codified as a magical beast in Starfinder. Minor niggle: Darkvision and low light vision are listed twice in the senses-line, but that is a cosmetic glitch only. DCs, saves and attack and damage values check out, and the creature has an additional good skill, since one of its regular ones is devoted to a flavorful “story”-skill – in short, there is nothing to mechanically complain about here.
Gerana are expert childminders, and may use this expertise to Intimidate the young, with their natural weapons having the stun property. They can swallow sleeping targets (rules interaction correct!), and those swallowed whole become ever younger. If reduced to 0 years, they are transported to the creature’s ovaries, to be laid in an egg, and the effect of the de-aging of a lain egg’s individual becomes instantaneous, meaning that the previously permanent de-aging can no longer be undone! The gerana have telekinetic hands, and can conjure nourishing food that can also de-age targets, and the slumbering song these strange creatures can sing also has been codified properly for SFRPG.
Editing and formatting are good on a formal, very good on a rules-language level. Layout adheres to the series’ 2-column full-color standard, and the artwork is neat. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas’ take on the gerana is a prime example of a fantastic SFRPG-conversion: Apart from a minor cosmetic niggle, this is a truly well-crafted conversion that retains the spirit of the creature and contextualizes the creature properly in the context of the game. 5 stars.