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Review – The Ironborn of Questhaven

10 December, 2009

Ironborn of Questhaven is a 21-page PDF (16 pages if you remove the covers, OGL page and ads) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Steven D. Russell and published by Rite Publishing.  This is part of Rite Publishing’s Questhaven line.

The layout is a standard double column design, clear and easy enough to read with a nice set of bookmarks to aid in easy navigation.  The art is all black and white pieces and spare but conveys a solid view of the Ironborn.

The Ironborn are a created race, and each made for a specific purpose by powerful arcane magic.  The Ironborn are amazingly flexible in design, ranging in size from small to large, with stat bonuses chosen by the creator and then further customized by selecting one of twenty-two ability packages which express exactly what the Ironborn was created to do ranging from acrobat to woodwalker, diabolic design to spellmaster.  From a purely mechanical standpoint, this gives an almost unprecedented ability to build exactly the racial power set to optimize a character to be what you wish them to be.  Now, Ironborn do have some limitations, they are vulnerable to magical rusting, and suffer penalties to most social skills.  Additionally, as all Ironborn were built with a purpose, they are driven to perform that purpose on a daily basis or they slowly start to become unbalanced.

A selection of feats related to Ironborn are provided, ten in all including the Create Ironborn item creation feat, most of which involve modification to the physical structure of the Ironborn.  A sorcerous bloodline specific to the Ironborn -constructed- is included along with a clockwork familiar template.

While I find the idea of the Ironborn very intriguing, their ability to be extremely focused and efficient at what they are designed to do risks over shadowing ‘normal’ races in those roles.   However, an all Ironborn campaign could be a fun experiment and Ironborn as antagonists should be an interesting challenge.  If you are interested in such races, you should give the Ironborn of Questhaven a look.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

One comment

  1. I wanted to thank Sean Holland for taking the time to do a through review of our product

    Steve



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