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D&D 5E Ravenloft Previews of Dementlieu, Lamordia, and Har'Akir

WotC has been sprinkling previews of individual Ravenloft domains to various websites -- including Dementlieu, Lamordia, and Har'Akir. Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft is only a couple of weeks away, coming out on May 18th!

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Dementlieu
  • Forbes takes a look Dementlieu, which has inspirations like Cinderella, The Masque of the Red Death, and Dark City. "Dementlieu is one of over 30 domains of dread detailed in the book. It’s a sharp contrast to Barovia’s dark forest and looming Gothic castle on a hill. Instead it’s covered in a glamorous sheen of fine clothes and fancy parties. Everyone is dying to be invited to the Grand Masquerade held by Duchess Saidra d’Honaire every week on her private island. And, in many cases, killed if they are discovered at the ball if they’re not supposed to be there."
  • Syfy Wire looks at Lamordia, inspired by Frankenstein. "Many of the Domains of Dread are inspired by some horror tale or piece of creepy folklore, and Lamordia definitely has its roots in Frankenstein. But while the Domain is inspired by that classic horror story, its elements are then shot through the lens of D&D adventures and explored to dozens of horrific extremes. Mordenheim's land isn't just about resurrection gone awry, it's also the Domain for all different types of science gone wrong, bizarre experiments, body horror weirdness, and grim tales of society versus a frigid land. Just as there's more to Frankenstein than a scientist who abandoned his child, there's more to Lamordia than stitches and semi-dead flesh."
  • Polygon has Har'Akir, an Egyptian-themed domain. "Why is there a Domain that is a desert that is riddled with these ancient, inexplicable haunted monuments and ruined pyramids? How does a Domain like that exist? How does it make sense? To an extent it doesn’t, and it’s going to be the players that come and explore that, who are some of the only people that realize that the entirety of the domain is, to an extent, gaslighting them."
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Ankhetop, darklord of Har'Akir

 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey




Both of those art pieces are really, really great.
I thought the same. Its been quite awhile since I've liked the art in D&D. Since 3E it seems to have taken a different approach than previous editions, but I'm not sure how to explain it. That's not to say that I haven't liked any of it or that its necessarily bad, just not my taste. I'm liking more of what I'm seeing of late.
 




Jeff Carpenter

Adventurer
He is probably less happy with it, though.

Art takes sacrifice. Which is probably a good catch phrase for a domain lord that runs some rwisted realm where people die when he paints them our something.

But yeah that dude getting dusted is scouring his charachter sheet for a way to up his saving throw.
 

Retreater

Legend
Polygon has Har'Akir, an Egyptian-themed domain. "Why is there a Domain that is a desert that is riddled with these ancient, inexplicable haunted monuments and ruined pyramids? How does a Domain like that exist? How does it make sense? To an extent it doesn’t, and it’s going to be the players that come and explore that, who are some of the only people that realize that the entirety of the domain is, to an extent, gaslighting them."
Why wouldn't it make sense? It's classic Gothic horror. Am I missing something?
 

Har'Akir has just inspired me...

"Why is there a Domain that is a desert that is riddled with these ancient, inexplicable haunted monuments and ruined pyramids?

How does a Domain like that exist? How does it make sense?


To an extent it doesn’t, and it’s going to be the players that come and explore that, who are some of the only people that realize that the entirety of the domain is, to an extent, gaslighting them."
 

Reynard

Legend
Why wouldn't it make sense? It's classic Gothic horror. Am I missing something?
Domains are demiplanes, right? So they represent singular themes and I guess maybe "don't make sense" because they are inherently limited? Maybe they are acknowledging how stereotypical such a domain is and are making an effort to explain its orientalism via the powers in charge. It's potentially meta, and that might be interesting.
 









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