Zeromaru X mentioned them in one of his Nentir Vale and beyond UPDATE posts:
DMSamuel mentioned them in one of his Let's Read the Nentir Vale in Order of Release! posts:Zeromaru X wrote: ↑Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:27 amDomains of Dread
Scattered throughout the Plane of Shadow are places hidden behind thick walls of mist, places ruled by dark and deeply troubled beings bound to the plane by dreadful curses. These isolated pockets within the Shadowfell are called Domains of Dread. A creature that passes through the curtain of mist into a Domain of Dread becomes trapped there —a prisoner of the darklord who rules the domain.
Info taken from the Manual of the Planes. Themes for servants of Darklords are found in the Book of Vile Darkness while a PC Darklord Epic Destiny is found in Masters of the Planes (Dragon 372)
- Sithicus: A Domain of Dread ruled by the Death Knight Lord Soth and his Death Knight Servants. Mentioned in the Book of Vile Darkness and detailed more fully in Dragon 416.
Now, as far as I am concerned, Sithicus (and the Domain of Dread) is part of the Ravenloft campaign setting...and Sithicus is an echo of part of Ansalon on Krynn, because Lord Soth is specifically a Dragonlance character.DMSamuel wrote: ↑Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:09 amMONSTER MANUAL 1:
Released in June 2008 – There is a ton of lore in this book, and the real task here is distilling it down to items relevant to the Nentir Vale itself. I am not going to describe powers, tactics, or encounter groups unless they directly affect the lore of the setting. I am also doing this piecemeal - a few letters of the alphabet at a time. At the end, I'll go back and edit and add a few things...
Death Knight: Once powerful warriors who, with the help of a ritual created by Orcus himself, became skeletal warriors. They retain the intelligence and skills they had in life, but their souls are bound to the weapons they wield. These powerful foes often command undead armies.
Creature Type: Natural Humanoid (Undead). [MM 50, 51]
And Orcus was never part of Dragonlance. (From what I recall Death Knights used to be Lawful Good knights who somehow betrayed their code of honour and died while doing so.)
So these two bits of compiled Nentir Vale canon kind of don't make sense to me, as they don't fit in with the context of Death Knights that I have from earlier campaign settings.
I'm assuming there must be some sort of Nentir Vale reboot on the Death Knight (to tie it into Orcus and his ritual).
I'm also assuming there must be some sort of Nentir Vale reboot on Sithicus...and the Domain of Dread (to remove them from Dragonlance and Planescape)...unless this is an intended Nentir Vale/Ravenloft crossover, that I've not picked up on.
Is there any explanation for how Death Knights actually fit into the Nentir Vale campaign setting? The ritual mentioned sounds more like an altered version of lichdom to me (than the curse of earlier editions). Is there anything about this ritual being discovered? Are there entire armies of Orcus worshipping Death Knights in Nentir Vale and Nerath? (Or are they still rare.)
Alternatively, are Death Knights still formerly good knights, with Orcus worshippers stealing bodies to make Death Knights?
How about Sithicus and Lord Soth? Are they now supposed to be parts of Nerath that were sucked into the Shadowfell? If so, who was Lord Soth, when he was a living person in Nerath? Is there an area of Neath that is equivalent to the Knightlund region of Ansalon?
Is there anything to explain how other Death Knights (like Lord Fear from Dragonstrike) could be rebooted to get them to work in Nentir Vale?