Wizard of the Coast recently released an excerpt from the upcoming Adventurer's Vault. It gave a list of some of the Figurines of Wondrous Power and showed a stat block for the Onyx Dog. A few thoughts:
- The conjured creature rules are interesting. They act less like creatures and more like "extra powers" since you must spend a minor action to make them Attack, Move, or use one of its own Minor actions. I am not sure if I like it or not yet, but it should prevent a lot of potential abuse.
- The fact that the conjured creature lasts for up to eight hours was an interesting choice. It is counterbalanced by the fact that they cannot be healed.
- Personally, I am glad to see the Figurines of Wondrous Power back on the magic item list. I always liked them. Also, they are a distinctly Dungeon & Dragon magic item.
- Finally, what the heck is up with the picture of the horse underneath the stats for the Onyx Dog? I know it is probably the supposed to be an Obsidian Steed, but they couldn't dig up the dog picture?
I have to admit this excerpt whetted my appetite for The Adventurer's Vault.