Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Divinities & Cults Volume II

Divinities & Cults Volume II: Roman & Celtic was written by Dan Osarchuk and illustrated by Luigi Castellani. Stock art was also used. The publisher is OSRDAN games.

This product was originally designed for Labyrinth Lord, so the prospective judge may discover some tweaking is necessary to get the best use with Dungeon Crawl Classics. Nonetheless, there is a wealth of material here, and the value for price point is more than adequate!

If anything, Volume II is even better than Volume I. It contains full write-ups for the following deities:

  • Brigid
  • Cernunnos
  • The Dagda
  • Dis Pater
  • Lugh
  • Manannan Mac Lir
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • The Morrighan
  • Trivia
  • Vesta
  • Venus
  • Vulcan

In addition, there are write-ups for five "Demon Lords, Etc.": Balor, Beliah, Enak, Orcus, and Thrym. Enak is the "Lawful (Evil) Arch-Devil of Technology", who would thus be appropriate to a Crawling Under a Broken Moon or a Crawljammer campaign.

Appendix A: Additional Divinities offers brief write-ups of expanded Greek, Norse, Roman, and Celtic pantheons. Appendix B: Additional Divinity Considerations for Volume I offers minor tweaks to the information found in Volume I. Appendix C: Magic of the Gods supplies some methods of modifying idol magic spell checks.

In addition, there are a number of sidebars and random encounter options. One random encounter option that is particularly useful is "Cleric Encounters & Disposition". You encounter a cleric? What does she want? That depends upon who her deity is, and a random die roll. Nodes, Otherworlds, and Underworld Encounters will be useful for most games. Brothel Encounters will be useful in some. It is also nice that the outdoor encounters include things like changes in weather and surface terrain.

This work is both imaginative and well-researched. Whether you are going to use it as-is, or use it to spur your own creativity, it will make your pantheons - and by extension, your clerics - more distinctive and flavorful.

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