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Strahd's name is of generic Eastern European inspiration. He rules Barovia, his brother is Sergei, the woman in their love triangle is Tatyana — all extremely Eastern European names by the standards of Midwest America in the late 80s. So, there are some points of commonality among Eastern European languages — or, more to the point, points of commonality in ...


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While it's impossible to predict what future content will look like with certainty, the history of Ravenloft under WotC has consistently been "gothic horror", with no modern horror explicitness. From I6 Ravenloft and I10 Ravenloft II in 1e, to Domains of Dread and Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, the setting is "dark" in the sense that Hammer Films were dark, ...


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Let me start off by saying that Curse of Strahd certainly has some very challenging encounters, many of which can be stumbled into at points when the party is woefully under-levelled. I've only run it once so far, but that did end in a TPK. It's important to note, however, that this type of danger is a common feature of sandbox campaigns. On top of that, ...


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I'm assuming that "Count Strahd von Zarovich" is supposed to be a German noble name or of German origin, because of the dark and gothic setting and the fact that "von" was a German nobility title in earlier times and still exists in many older German names. Strahd is pronounced with a German long "a" (which would probably be like an English short "a"). Note ...


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I'm afraid there is no clear cut answer. Ravenloft is supposed to be a rather dark, gothic horror setting. That has not changed. However, if this really means it's creepy and frightening depends entirely on the surroundings and mood of the game when played. I have played the very same adventure (although it wasn't 5e) once in bright daylight with people ...


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German pronunciation (must be German because of the von which is added, in this case to a Slavic patronymic, to denote nobility): /ʃtʀɑːt fɔn tsaʀovɪtʃ/ (see the IPA and its help for English on Wikipedia). Zarovich is either an alternative spelling or a romanization from a different language of the Russian term Tsarevich (Царе́вич, "son of the tsar").


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This answer is based off actual experience (I asked this exact question in middle school). I am basing this off of my German teacher's pronunciation whenever I showed her the module in 7th grade (1993) (yes, I was in 7th grade when I bought that box set - and in 8th grade when I bought I, Strahd. She said this: Strodd fon Tsar Oh Vichks (She was a dual ...


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This Dhampir race is effectively a weaker version of a Drow, so I'll compare it to that. Ability Score Increase: The Dhampir gets to choose between the ability score bonuses of the Drow and those of the Dragonborn. This is perfectly in line with existing races. Stuff the Dhampir gets: Age & Alignment: Don't really matter from a balance perspective. ...


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The sample human fighter dhampir has a Level Adjustment of +8. This should be the LA for any dhampir character.


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While the whole alignment discussion hasn't been resolved yet, and opinions run wide and far, there is one thing I feel we can all agree on: An alignment does not limit the range of emotions you can experience. A Good person can be sad, an Evil person can be happy, a Chaotic person can be bored and a Lawful person can be angry. Love is simply another ...


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There are a lot of different Dhampir homebrews, but I haven't seen any that say a Dhampir must be a certain alignment. They are intelligent and free-willed; they can be any alignment- including Chaotic Good. Whether the character herself is chaotic good is hard to say- you've told us almost nothing about her. You're right that loving her brother doesn't ...


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Having recent experience running the campaign I can easily give some recommendations. First and foremost — it obviously depends on you as a parent. What you deem acceptable for your children is your decision. That being said you do not have to delve very far into the campaign to see what sorts of things will come up as a common theme. If you play the ...



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