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D&D 5E Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft Table of Contents

As shared by DMs Guild brand manager Lysa Penrose.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Waterbizkit

Explorer
And seeing that Kartakass is in the book, it's funny that Wolfweres are nowhere to be found in the Monsters of Ravenloft section...
Loup Garou is right there in the bestiary. I'm curious how they're planning on differentiating them from the werewolves that are already published.

On a more general note, I'm looking forward to this. Quite a bit. I started a campaign a while back where I took Frostmaiden and took in a very horror leaning direction... but we all started to feel burned out, gaming remotely also probably contributed, and I called the campaign off rather shortly after it began. Real shame, put a lot of effort in converting the module over to my personal vision.

Anyway, this may give me the inspiration and energy boost to pick the game back up again.
 

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CapNorge

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So maybe I missed some lore, and I have not run Curse of Strahd, but why wouldn't Azalin be the lord of Darkon anymore? Always has been one of more favorite characters.
 

EthanSental

Adventurer
2.) Azalin is NOT the Darklord of Darkon anymore.
4.) Jandar Sunstar is a part of the setting. I don't know how much tie he stil to the Morninglord religion now...
I caught the Azalin not in Darkon but missed the Jander entry, thanks for mentioning. Curious what land he roams, Barovia or another now since end of his novel’s storyline.
 


Hmm, no racial vampires. Disappointing. I guess I need to look through what's available at DM's Guild.

I hope that Life in the Domains of Dread listing does does heavy lifting and gives us a good-aligned religion for the natives and some information on languages. Each domain having its own language seems unworkable but for some of us, it'll be a little silly to have everyone just speaking Common instead.
 



Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
3.) Tepest got a single hag darklord rather than the trio
..

I’m wondering if the Hags have been demoted, it will interesting to see what scheming Mother Lorinda is doing though

and is Viktra Mordenheim just a gender swap or is there more to it

also a pity that Forlorn has gone from its own box to a ‘Other Domains’
 
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Remathilis

Legend
And seeing that Kartakass is in the book, it's funny that Wolfweres are nowhere to be found in the Monsters of Ravenloft section...

I wouldn't be totally surprised if they just don't make the werewolves. Kartakass was the far more interesting domain between it and Verbrek, and Lukas's plot and curse still work with minimal modding if the make him a true lycanthrope. Besides, it seems odd they wouldn't have a lycanthrope domain anymore...
 


Remathilis

Legend
So maybe I missed some lore, and I have not run Curse of Strahd, but why wouldn't Azalin be the lord of Darkon anymore? Always has been one of more favorite characters.

So here is my theory (and I'll show my work best I can).

In 2e, there was an event called the Requiem, in which Azalin tried to escape Ravenloft by becoming a Dark Power. It didn't go as planned, and he scattered his essence throughout Darkon until he could gather enough of himself together to reform. In the meantime, demi-lords (six of them) controlled the six regions of Darkon and the capital of Il Aluk was turned into Necropolis, with Death as its Darklord (Death being a reaper-like entity made from a failed Azalin clone). Darkon during that era was divided and leaderless and on the verge of being reclaimed by the dead.

Flash forward. Black Dice Society has stated Darkon experienced the Hour of Ascension, where the dead are reclaiming the land. Azalin Rex is gone, and factions fight for control of the land. Sound familiar? Thought so. However, this doesn't appear to be the Requiem as Il Aluk still stands, there is no Death, and Azalin has appeared in the stream, stating he has slipped his bonds and goes and visits his old Friend Strahd. Further, we have a nice piece of art in the art thread of Strahd and Azalin having a civil conversation about the meaning of life. Further, Azalin is name checked both as a Patron in Tasha and in the Undead Warlock UA.

THEORY

Darkon's Hour of Ascension is basically replicating the post-Requiem Darkon, but without the Necropolis elements. Azalin is around, but he's not the "Lord of Darkon" anymore as he's found a way to wander around the Domains (alternatively, he's locked out of his own domain and must watch it spiral into civil war, a sad curse for a king). So, he strikes deals with PCs to move chess pieces on the board. So Azalin will be in there, but in a way he can stir more trouble beyond his domain...

EDIT: So see the name "Firan Zal'honan" in the Mistwalker's section? Google it. I think that's settled.

DOUBLE EDIT: Also this.https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0VOLhMVgAQb_vj?format=jpg&name=large
 
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