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Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:11 pm
by Seethyr
Disclaimer: I didnt purchase the Strahd adventure and frankly have only gotten to scan through it momentarily at a bookstore. This leaves me with a question or two that is probably common knowledge, so pardon my ignorance.

1. Is Barovia now somehow related to or connected to the Forgotten Realms? If so, what region did it come from?

2. Are there officially domains now and Dark Powers and the mists like there were in older editions or has that been kind of pushed to the side?

3. Is the amount of information of Ravenloft in general versus the Strahd adventure itself worth the purchase price? I only want to know generic Ravenloft info - not just material about Barovia.

I’m asking because I’d like to create my own domain at some point for my players to visit. A horror version of Maztica where sacrifice is rampant and Aztec vampires control the domain.

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:55 pm
by willpell
I only have a tiny knowledge myself, but it's pretty evident to me that Curse of Strahd focuses almost entirely on Barovia, going into a lot of detail about Strahd's interaction with other nobles. I don't think there's any particular connection to FR though; the characters are just doing whatever they were doing, and one night your camp is surrounded by mists, and though you don't immediately realize it, you're in Ravenloft right from that moment.

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:57 pm
by Seethyr
willpell wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:55 pm
I only have a tiny knowledge myself, but it's pretty evident to me that Curse of Strahd focuses almost entirely on Barovia, going into a lot of detail about Strahd's interaction with other nobles. I don't think there's any particular connection to FR though; the characters are just doing whatever they were doing, and one night your camp is surrounded by mists, and though you don't immediately realize it, you're in Ravenloft right from that moment.
Interesting. So that at least keeps the Mists themselves canonical in 5e, giving me the impression it is still a demiplane.

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:58 pm
by ripvanwormer
Seethyr wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:11 pm
1. Is Barovia now somehow related to or connected to the Forgotten Realms?
No more than it was in 2e. The adventure hook that starts things out is in Daggerford in the Realms but the characters are drawn into Barovia via the Mists. Barovia is connected to multiple worlds; Mordenkainen makes a cameo.

From page 5: "The lands of Barovia are from a forgotten world in the D&D universe, and this adventure gives glimpses into that world. In time, cursed Barovia was torn from its home world by the Dark Powers and bound in mist as one of the Domains of Dread in the Shadowfell."

From page 24: "The land of Barovia resides in its own demiplane, isolated from all other planes, including the Material Plane... Magic that allows transit to the Border Ethereal, such as the etherealness spell and the Etherealness feature of incorporeal undead, is the exception to this rule."

The placement in the Shadowfell seems purely nominal, since effectively it's an independent demiplane.
2. Are there officially domains now and Dark Powers and the mists like there were in older editions or has that been kind of pushed to the side?
The Mists and Dark Powers are still there. The only domain mentioned by name is Barovia, but there are said to be others.
3. Is the amount of information of Ravenloft in general versus the Strahd adventure itself worth the purchase price? I only want to know generic Ravenloft info - not just material about Barovia.
Only Barovia is mentioned.
I’m asking because I’d like to create my own domain at some point for my players to visit. A horror version of Maztica where sacrifice is rampant and Aztec vampires control the domain.
Sounds perfectly viable.

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:02 pm
by Seethyr
Ahhhh thank you. I think in reality then, it’s been done as it should. It doesn’t seem like there will be any follow up products (official ones) but I’m glad that there is no fear of conflict when I do create my own.

I’m bummed that there are no express rules (what happens if a domain lord is slain, can you travel between domains, etc) but I can keep wing that part I guess.

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 2:23 am
by willpell
Barovia wouldn't happen to be part of Aebrynis (Birthright), would it?

Re: Ravenloft in 5e

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 1:35 am
by ripvanwormer
Barovia was definitely never part of Aebrynis.

Here are two earlier threads about Strahd's world of origin:

Strahd's Home Plane?
Postulating Strahd's homeworld