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D&D 5th Edition - Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

D&D 5th Edition - Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

VAN RICHTEN'S GUIDE TO

RAVEtlLOFT.

CREDITS D&D TABLETOP TEAM

Project Lead: F. Wesley Schneider Executive Producer: Ray Winninger
Art Director: Kate Irwin Principal Designers: Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins
Writing: Whitney Beltran, Bill Benham, K. Tempest Bradford, Banana Design Manager: Steve Scott
Design Department: Sydney Adams, Judy Bauer, Makenzie
Chan, Jeremy Crawford, Dan Dillon, Crystal Frasier, Ajit George,
Amanda Hamon, Cassandra Khaw, Renee Knipe, Kira Magrann, De Armas, Dan Dillon, Amanda Hamon, Adam Lee, Ari Levitch,
Molly Ostertag, Ben Petrisor, Jessica Price, Taymoor Rehman, Ben Petrisor, Taymoor Rehman, F. Wesley Schneider, James Wyatt
Jessica Ross, John Stavropoulos, Jabari Weathers, James Wyatt Art Team Manager: Richard Whitters
Rules Development: Ben Petrisor, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Art Department: Trystan Falcone, Kate Irwin, Emi Tanji,
Perkins, Taymoor Rehman Shawn Wood, Trish Yochum
Editing: Judy Bauer, Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray Senior Producer: Dan Tovar
Cultural Consultancy: Adam Lee, Tim Stone, Ivan Wong Producers: Bill Benham, Robert Hawkey, Lea Heleotis
Graphic Design: Trystan Falcone, Emi Tanji, Trish Yochum Director of Product Management: Liz Schuh
Cover Illustrators: Scott M. Fischer, Anna Podedworna Product Managers: Natalie Egan, Chris Lindsay, Hilary Ross,
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Cartographers: Francesca Baerald, Jared Blando, Dyson Logos,
Mike Schley The following D&D books provided material and inspiration:
Concept Illustrators: Shawn Wood, Titus Lunter, Kieran Yanner,
Richard Whitters Connors, William W. and Steve Miller. Domains of Dread. 1997.
Project Engineer: Cynda Callaway Golden, Christie. Vampire of the Mists. 1991.
Imaging Technicians: Kevin Yee Hickman, Tracy and Laura. Raven/oft. 1983.
Prepress Specialist: Jefferson Dunlap Hickman, Tracy and Laura. Raven/oft II: The House on Cryphon Hill. 1986.
Mangrum, John W. and Steve Miller. Carnival. 1999.
Special Thanks: Heather Cenis, Laurie Marquess, Stephanie Nudelman, McComb, Colin and Scott Bennie. Islands of Terror. 1992.
Stas R., Morrigan Robbins, T. Alexander Stangroom, and the Nesmith, Bruce and Andria Hayday. Raven/oft: Realm of Terror. 1990.
hundreds of playtesters who made this book more terrifying! Perkins, Christopher. Curse ofStrahd. 2016.

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CONTENTS

Introduction . 4................ ................................ Har'Akir .. 106.................................................. . Ez d'Avenir.............................................180
Ankhtepot . 108..................................... ........ Firan Zal'honan.................................... 181
Ch. 1: Character Creation . . .......... .... ..... . 12 Adventures in Har'Akir....................... 110 Jander Sunstar...................................... 182
Haunted Heroes 13......................................... Larissa Snowmane.............................. 182
Lineages 15....................................................... Hazlan . . . . . 112.......... .................. ..... .... . ............. Rudolph van Richten...........................182
Hazlik . . 114....................................... ........... .. The Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins... 183
15Creating Your Character ...................... . . 115Adventures in Hazlan........ ........... .....
Dhampir . . . 16....... .......... ................. .............. Ch. 4: Horror Adventures . ..... ......... ..... 184
.. . . .. . . .. . . 18Hexblood .. ... .......... .. . ... ......... .... .... I'Cath .......................................................... l l8 Preparing for Horror ..............................185
Reborn 20...................................................... Tsien Chiang .........................................120 . . 187Running Horror Games ............ ...........
Dark Gifts . 22................................. .................. 121Adventures in I'Cath............................ After the Horror .......................................190
Dark Bargains 22......................................... Tarokka Deck and Spirit Board........... 191
22Dark Gift Descriptions ......................... Kalakeri .....................................................124 Horror Toolkit . . 192.......... ............................. .
Subclass Options 28....................................... Ramya Vasavadan................................126
. 28Bard: College of Spirits ...... ................. Adventures in . 128Kalakeri........ .............. Curses.....................................................192
. 30Warlock: The Undead ................... ....... Fear and Stress .................................... 195
Backgrounds . 31......... ..................................... Kartakass ..................................................132 Haunted Traps......................................196
General Background Features ........... 31 HarkonLukas .......................................134 Survivors . . . 198............ .... ............... ..............
32Horror Characteristics ......................... Adventures in Kartakass ................... 135 The House ofLament.............................202
Haunted One . . 34... ...................... ................
Investigator 35.............................................. Lamordia ...................................................138 Ch. 5: Monsters ofRavenloft ..............222
Horror Trinkets .. . 36............................. .... ...... 140Viktra Mordenheim ............................. . . . 223Horror Monsters .................... . ...... ........
Adventures in Lamordia..................... 141 Bestiary......................................................226
Ch. 2: Creating Domains of Dread . 38. ...
. 39Creating a Darklord ......................... ........ Mordent...................................................... 144 Bodytaker Plant ...................................226
. . 42Creating a Domain .. .... ............................ Wilfred Godefroy.................................. 146 Bodytaker Plant ................................227
Genres of Horror . 45................. ..................... Adventures in Mordent ....................... 147 Podling ................................................227

Body Horror . 46..... ...................................... Richemulot ................................................150 Boneless.................................................228
Cosmic Horror . . 48.... ............... ................... . 151Jacqueline Renier ............................ .... Brain in ajar .........................................229
... . . . 50Dark Fantasy .......... ........ . .................. Adventures in Richemulot . .. 153........ ...... ... . ..230Carrion Stalker ..................... ........ .
Folk Horror. .. . . 52.... ..... ............... ................. Carrionette ............................................ 231
Ghost Story.............................................. 54 Tepest ......................................................... 156 Death's Head.........................................232
Gothic Horror ......................................... 56 MotherLorinda .................................... 157 Dullahan.................................................233
57Other Horror Genres ............................ Adventures in Tepest .......................... 159 . . .. 234Gallows Speaker ................. ...... .. .....
Gremishka .............................................235
Ch. 3: Domains ofRavenloft................. 60 Valachan .................................................... 162
Nature of Ravenloft ................................... 61 Chakuna.................................................164 Gremishka..........................................235
. 164Adventures in Valachan.......... ........... Swarm of Gremishkas ....................235
The Mists ................................................. 61 Jiangshi...................................................236
Magic and Metaphysics ........................ 62 Other Domains of Dread ....................... 168 Loup Garou ...........................................237
Life in the Domains of Dread.............. 63 Cyre 1313, The Mourning Rail... ...... 168 Necrichor ...............................................238
Featured Domains .................................... 65 Forlorn .................................................... 168 Nosferatu................................................239
Facing Darklords....................................... 65 Ghastria . 169.......... ....................................... . .. .240Priests of Osybus ....................... ......
Characters from .. 65Domains ................. .... G'henna .................................................. 169 Relentless Killer...................................242
Barovia......................................................... 66 Invidia 169..................................................... Relentless Slasher............................242
Strahd von Zarovich.............................. 67 Keening . .. . 170..................... ....................... .. Relentlessjuggernaut......................243
Adventures in Barovia .......................... 69 Klorr ........................................................ 170 .. 244Star Spawn Emissary..................... ..
Bluetspur ..................................................... 72 Markovia ................................................ 170 Lesser Star Spawn Emissary........245
The God-Brain ........................................ 73 The Nightmare Lands......................... 170 Greater Star Spawn Emissary 245......
Adventures in . .Bluetspur............ ... ...... 74 Niranjan . . . 170..... .... ....................... ............... Strigoi .....................................................246
Borca 76............................................................ Nova Vaasa ............................................ 170 Swarms ..................................................247
Ivana Boritsi ............................................ 78 Odaire ..................................................... 171 Swarm of Maggots ...........................247
Ivan Dilisnya ...........................................80 The Rider's Bridge............................... 171 247Swarm of Scarabs ............................
. . . 81Adventures in Borca................ .... .. ..... Risibilos.................................................. 171 Ulmist Inquisitors ................................248
The Carnival ...............................................84 Scaena .................................................... 172 Inquisitor of the Mind Fire 248.............
Isolde and Nepenthe.............................. 86 Sea of Sorrows..................................... 172 Inquisitor of the Sword....................249
Adventures in the Carnival.................. 87 . 173The Shadowlands ...................... ......... Inquisitor of the Tome......................249
Darkon . . 88................... ................. .................... Souragne................................................ 173 Unspeakable Horrors..........................250
Inheritors of Darkon.............................. 90 Staunton Bluffs..................................... 173 Vampiric Mind Flayer .........................252
. . 91Adventures in Darkon ...... ......... .......... Tovag . . 173... ..... ............................................. Wereraven . .253....... .....................................
Dementlieu.................................................. 94 V hage Agency . 173....... ............................... Zombies..................................................254
Saidra d'Honaire.................................... 96 Zherisia . . . . . 173..... ....... ..... ....... ..................... Swarm of ZombieLimbs ................254
Adventures in Dementlieu ................... 97 Zombie Clot........................................255
Falkovnia . 100.......... ........................................ . . 174Travelers in the Mists .... ....................... Zombie Plague Spreader................255
V ladeska Drakov 102.................................. Keepers of the Feather . ............. ...... ... 174
Adventures in Falkovnia . 103.......... ......... Vistani ..................................................... 176 Appendix: Spirit Board . . 256..... .......... .......
Other Groups ........................................ 178

Mist Wanderers . 178............................... ........
Alanik Ray and Arthur Sedgwick .... 178
The Caller .............................................. 179
Erasmus van Richten ..........................180




























































































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