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D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

Here is a list of everything we know so far about the upcoming Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.

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Art by Paul Scott Canavan​
  • May 18th, 256 pages
  • 30 domains (with 30 villainous darklords)
  • Barovia (Strahd), Dementlieu (twisted fairly tales), Lamordia (flesh golem), Falkovnia (zombies), Kalakeri (Indian folklore, dark rainforests), Valachan (hunting PCs for sport), Lamordia (mad science)
  • NPCs include Esmerelda de’Avenir, Weathermay-Foxgrove twins, traveling detective Alanik Ray.
  • Large section on setting safe boundaries.
  • Dark Gifts are character traits with a cost.
  • College of Spirits (bard storytellers who manipulate spirits of folklore) and Undead Patron (warlock) subclasses.
  • Dhampir, Reborn, and Hexblood lineages.
  • Cultural consultants used.
  • Fresh take on Vistani.
  • 40 pages of monsters. Also nautical monsters in Sea of Sorrows.
  • 20 page adventure called The House of Lament - haunted house, spirits, seances.




 
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GlassJaw

Hero
No, presumably about not surprising your group with, say, sexual violence without checking if that's the kind of stuff they're OK with.
I know, I was being facetious.

I hope it doesn't take up too much page count. The "large section" descriptor caught my eye. It really doesn't need more than a paragraph reminding DMs to "talk to your group about what kind of content they are comfortable with."
 
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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire

This article gives names for all the Darklords that are so far confirmed;

DomainOld DarklordCurrent Darklord
Barovia-Strahd von Zarovich
DementlieuDominic D'HonaireSaidra D'Honaire
LamordiaDr. Victor MordenheimDr. Viktra Mordenheim
FalkovniaVlad DrakovVladeska Drakov
Kalakeri-Ramya / Arijani / Reeva
ValachanBaron Urik von KharkovChakuna

Most of the new ones appear to be women that are relatives of the old Darklord. Clearly some time has passed in many of these Domains, where the old Darklord was removed somehow and someone new has taken their place.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I saw a suggestion of a dark version of Cyre being there as a domain, which would be amazing.

There is a theory that Cyre actually was sucked up into a Domain of Dread, for the following reasons;

  • The Mournland stops at Cyre’s artificial, political, borders and thus had to be caused by some intelligent actor. The Dark Powers certainly count. It also explains why it stops so exactly at the water that the docks were left behind.
  • The Mournland’s border is a wall of “dead-gray mist”. The link is obvious. In 4th Edition, this dead-gray mist supernaturally drains people of hope.
  • The Forge of War states that Dannel ir'Wynarn insistence that the crown of Galifar belonged to her was the only thing keeping the Last War going, making her prime Darklord material.
  • Dark Sun material describes Kalidnay as having been destroyed by "unknown disaster" that left it only "a jumble of ruins". The ruins in the Mournland are described being "moved", "rearranged", "turned 90 degrees", or "found miles from where war-era maps say they should be", which certainly can be described as a "jumble". The one adventure that travels to the ruined city (DSM2) mentions several structures remain intact, and many appear to be ruins purely because they're centuries old, which fits the multiple Mournland adventures with surviving structures, and several people seem to have died suddenly in a way that their body was intact. (While some of the Mournland's signature features are absent, all outside descriptions of Kalidnay are centuries after the fact while all descriptions of the Mournland are 0-4 years after its creation.)
Source: Demiplane of Dread - 1d4chan

I highly doubt this will ever be confirmed (it's kept ambiguous purposefully so DMs can create whatever fate for Cyre they want), but it is one of the strongest and most consistent theories IMO.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member

This article gives names for all the Darklords that are so far confirmed;

DomainOld DarklordCurrent Darklord
Barovia-Strahd von Zarovich
DementlieuDominic D'HonaireSaidra D'Honaire
LamordiaDr. Victor MordenheimDr. Viktra Mordenheim
FalkovniaVlad DrakovVladeska Drakov
Kalakeri-Ramya / Arijani / Reeva
ValachanBaron Urik von KharkovChakuna

Most of the new ones appear to be women that are relatives of the old Darklord. Clearly some time has passed in many of these Domains, where the old Darklord was removed somehow and someone new has taken their place.
That's super useful!
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
Most of the new ones appear to be women that are relatives of the old Darklord. Clearly some time has passed in many of these Domains, where the old Darklord was removed somehow and someone new has taken their place.
Looking that over, all of the new darklords appear to be original characters, rather than using the ones from previous products (particularly Legacy of the Blood) who were previously positioned to do exactly this.

Eva Mordenheim for Lamordia. Celeste d'Honaire-Loverde for Dementlieu. Viktor Helsinger for Falkovnia. That they've apparently elected to go with none of what was laid down before strikes me as a missed opportunity to really play up the setting's continuity.

That said, I'll note that it's interesting that Arijani is listed for Kalakeri, since he was the darklord for Sri Raji. Is "Kalakeri" Sri Raji by another name? Or has something more unusual happened? Likewise, Urik von Kharkov was a vampire, so for him to have been replaced by someone else seems to imply that he was taken out at some point (though that doesn't have to be the case; there have been other darklords who lost their domains without dying...or they died and came back later).
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Looking that over, all of the new darklords appear to be original characters, rather than using the ones from previous products (particularly Legacy of the Blood) who were previously positioned to do exactly this.

Eva Mordenheim for Lamordia. Celeste d'Honaire-Loverde for Dementlieu. Viktor Helsinger for Falkovnia. That they've apparently elected to go with none of what was laid down before strikes me as a missed opportunity to really play up the setting's continuity.

That said, I'll note that it's interesting that Arijani is listed for Kalakeri, since he was the darklord for Sri Raji. Is "Kalakeri" Sri Raji by another name? Or has something more unusual happened? Likewise, Urik von Kharkov was a vampire, so for him to have been replaced by someone else seems to imply that he was taken out at some point (though that doesn't have to be the case; there have been other darklords who lost their domains without dying...or they died and came back later).

Yeah, and I'll add some of the naming is... well, lazy. Victor to Viktra, Vlad to Vladeska. Perhaps this is done because they're actually saying a lot of time has passed in some Domains (explaining why some of them have very different themes to their original intent). I could even see the soul being recycled in new bodies (as it was devised in Curse of Strahd), so that Victor actually is Viktra, but a hundred years later in a new life.

Also, I didn't notice that about Arijani! Considering how Sri Raji contained three cities, and Kalkeri appears to have three warring Darklords, it's likely Kalkeri is a spiritual successor of Sri Raji.
 


Yeah, and I'll add some of the naming is... well, lazy. Victor to Viktra, Vlad to Vladeska. Perhaps this is done because they're actually saying a lot of time has passed in some Domains (explaining why some of them have very different themes to their original intent). I could even see the soul being recycled in new bodies (as it was devised in Curse of Strahd), so that Victor actually is Viktra, but a hundred years later in a new life.
Making these new folks their daughters or granddaughters would also fit the naming and denote the passage of time.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
Making these new folks their daughters or granddaughters would also fit the naming and denote the passage of time.
That's kind of what the last parts of the 3.5 Ravenloft books did, though; we already had quite a few established children for multiple darklords.

Now, if they've advanced the timeline by decades (say, to the year 800 on the Barovian Calendar; though then we run up against that whole "Time of Unparalleled Darkness" that was prophesied to happen in 775, even if later products did walk that back to be less of an absolute) then it's understandable, but if this is still the late 750's or early 760's, then it's a bit more awkward.
 





Even the little toys can cause fear with the right plot, for example Small Soldiers (teenage Kristen Dunt killing barbies), Child's Play, Blood Dolls and Dolls(1987 movie). The doll golem was a Ravenloft creature. If a simple teddy bear could become a monster, then a transformer also can cause nightmares, something like the alien tripods from H.G. Wells's the War of the Worlds.

If it is a reboot, I hope the core as continent to be bigger, to allow "more space" for the "biome".

Ravenloft isn't a Diablo IV where only you have to kill hordes of monsters. Neither a jurasik park for monsters from Hammer movies. Here you need a strategy to discover where or who is the monster. It is more supernatural intrigue than monster hunt.

* A reboot or a sequel with retcons? It couldn't be the same setting if Van Ritchen and other character from the same century are still alive. Then it is a reboot.
 

Remathilis

Legend
Huh, it looks like they took some of the big criticisms to heart.

Vlad Drakov is gone because Vlad Tropes is still viewed as a Romanian hero separate from the vampire story some irishman created.

Von Karkov was a terrible darklord, a panther turned into a man turned into a vampire. Sounds like he's going to be replaced by something more African in origin.

Those two in particular shows they are making Ravenloft more diverse and fixing some of the weaker elements of the setting.

I also wager the "X setting but spooky" domains aren't getting highlighted this go around.
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Maybe they've just renamed some darklords to make a more inclusive spread? I don't know that a timeline advance is needed to explain the names.

I'm personally very happy that the new slate of Darklords is more diverse (both in gender and race) than the old "All White Men" Darklords.

That said, I wouldn't mind getting a little taste of what events may have happened that lead Falkovnia to become zombie-world, and to the rule of the current Darklords.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'm personally very happy that the new slate of Darklords is more diverse (both in gender and race) than the old "All White Men" Darklords.

That said, I wouldn't mind getting a little taste of what events may have happened that lead Falkovnia to become zombie-world, and to the rule of the current Darklords.
I'm going to guess "reboot" rather than "sequel". I have no secret knowledge though; it's just a guess.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I'm personally very happy that the new slate of Darklords is more diverse (both in gender and race) than the old "All White Men" Darklords.
Have they stated the race of any of the new darklords? Because other than presuming that Chakuna is black (the same way von Kharkov was), I'm not seeing anything in your list that speaks to more racial diversity.
 

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