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Review – Demon Hunter

16 January, 2011

The Demon Hunter class provides a wuxia spin on combating evil, mixing martial skill with specialized and focused monster hunting abilities.  While it is -as written- very culturally specific class, it should be easily possible to adapt to most settings.  If your world has a place for wandering Demon Hunters, give this product a look.

Demon Hunter is a 21-page PDF (16-pages if you remove the cover, credits, OGL page and ads) for Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved/Jade Oath and Pathfinder written by Frank Carr and published by Rite Publishing.  This is part of Rite Publishing’s Jade Oath support.

The layout is a standard 2-column design.  The art is confined to a disturbing full color cover with a couple of other pieces that support the theme of this product.  The charts are color enhanced to make them easily readable.

Demon Hunters are, as one would expect, hunters of evil creatures of the broad category of infernals (which include undead as well as demons and others).  Demon Hunters are presented as a full base class and are good combatants with a variety of tricks, especially when combating infernals, and limited access to spells.  There are six paths of demon hunting techniques to further refine their skills, ranging from exorcists, to sutra experts, to those who steal the forms and powers of the infernals they defeat (and are not trusted by other demon hunters because of it).

The class has similarities to the paladin but is quite distinct from them, as demon hunters vary from the upright to the venial, the only thing they have in common is their desire to defeat evil though their motives for doing such vary greatly.  It is a class with a wide variety of roleplaying opportunities and options.  A few new spells are introduced for the Demon Hunter but a little bit of extra support in the form of feats and magic items would have rounded out the class nicely.

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.

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