I’ve been in chats with the fine creators at Mistfactor Press, a group effort to properly update the Ravenloft Campaign Setting for the D&D 5th Edition DM’s Guild. Despite my misgivings towards the current edition, they’ve done a fantastic job and are more than deserving of a look over. They’ve even made 400 page volumes examining said domains in great detail. By all means, consider at least the digital copies. You can find more on their user page, looking under Van Richten’s Encyclopedia of Darklords and Domains.
And with the project leader’s permission, I’m also helping to launch an effort to convert mechanics to 2nd and 3rd Editions. This will only cover things not found in each respective edition, not the entirety of the books (as much of Volume 1 alone can be found in each respective edition). Furthermore, this project will not include any lore that isn’t tied into the mechanics somehow (such as the Darklord’s curses). And as a slight disclaimer, this project is not meant to take away energy or success from Mistfactor, but only help to spread interest and attention by opening the gates to classic fans who might not otherwise be interested in 5th Edition. Stay tuned as always, including for Threshold Mystara Magazine #29. This too will involve Ravenloft.
Autumn harvest draws towards a close as the heat dies down. A dull wind wraps along the lands, bringing in disquieting eeriness and a spine-chilling cold. The time of phantoms returns, as the bridge between worlds living and dead lowers once again. This is a time when spirits observe our realm, or so the stories say. Those within Darkon are clever enough to document and comment on such things. You would be wise to as well. Beware, for upsetting the souls of the damned is a fool’s task!
Author’s Note: Whispers of secrets always travel the mists, at least as long as I can think of cool characters and places. Also, more Prisoners of the Mists references. Likewise, my homage to the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. On one more note, please pardon the previous post, I was on vacation and was very tired. Hopefully, all of the goodies in here make up for it.
Problems, we all have problems. Day to day life is riddled with them. This is nothing to say of toils beyond town walls, behind closed doors and just outside of the naked eye. There are things that bring deeper problems, rooted in our own deepest fears. Attempts to banish them are fool’s errands, adaptation and readiness is a more apt truth. So, do not fear the problems of what lies beyond, but prepare. The darkness always lingers and waits, so too must you.
Author’s Note: My continued take on Eberron meets Ravenloft, more Thief love, More BLOOD inspiration in the multiverse, ongoing agonies of new domains and more.
“Ah, setting sails on the high seas? Well, let me tell you of grim tall tales. I speak of ghostly vessels rising from watery graves. I have witnessed water beasts infused with the deadliest poisons known to man. I have seen angered spirits more than capable of sinking your ship, even from a distance. And this is to say nothing of the strange island you will find along the way. The ones I fear the most are controlled by wicked sorcerers who reject the divine in favor of their own prospects. And that’s to say nothing of the pirates. Even in distant lands, the brigands will emerge. One such heinous gathering caused me crew to run aground. And that was to say nothing of the horrors to come. I speak of flying creatures that resemble women, but only their top half! The accursed harpies had slain too many good men. I speak to you today, only thanks to some priests who witnessed the carnage. The life of a sailor is no kind one. Pray that it’s only nature you have to worry about!”
The old man, beleaguered by his past, sits back down. However, for the rest of the evening, he maintains a glassy stare that is equal parts ominous and worried. His staring is only interrupted by the loud slurping of grog from his mug, most of which staining his mostly white beard. Even as you ready to depart, the solemn and sorrowful figure remains haunted and scarred through the terrors of his own past. Pray that you do not suffer much like him.
Author’s Note: I’m back once more, since my previous post split off into another part all its own. I wanted to tackle a look at Sri Raji, as well as stealing from the new book to make their new domain feel more Ravenloft (though that’s a common complaint I have with the book). As a whole, I give my own remake to The Steaming Lands, now the Steaming Wrath, with the addition of two wholly new domains (one based off of a Bruce Heard article for Dragon of course). Likewise, I have returned with more Ravenscape crossover, detailing the fate of Antorek and how it relates to the Wildlands. Also, PIRATES! I love me some stuff with pirates.