I just read this question which made me discover the funny anecdote of The Head of Vecna (Note that apart from the hand and eye artifacts in the DMG, I had never heard of Vecna before).

Therefore I start reading a bit about this Vecna character, and learn that he became a god of secrets.

Now I'm currently preparing to run the Curse of Strahd adventure, and this started ringing a bell in my mind (Warning : CoS spoilers):

The Amber Temple was dedicated to a god of secrets, and its main hall contains a statue that represents "a faceless god of secrets" (translated from French) The parallel is strong, especially since the Head of Vecna story talks about the thirst for power destroying the adventurers...

Is there any official source that links this CoS element with the Head of Vecna anecdote or am I just linking two unrelated stories ?

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    \$\begingroup\$ @MaikoChikyu It's definitely related, but it's not a duplicate : I don't ask the same question and the answers there don't answer mine \$\endgroup\$ – Pierre Cathé Jul 17 '19 at 13:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MaikoChikyu Definitely not a dupe. That question is asking what it is while this question is asking if it's an easter egg in CoS. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 17 '19 at 13:30


Searching online, I found several discussions of this same topic on reddit(here and here) and enworld (here). The main hint seems to be a tweet by Chris Perkins, the Lead Designer for CoS:

Matt C. @Kaosdevice

@ChrisPerkinsDnD Is Curse Of Strahd going to feature the "Nose of Vecna" adventure we've been hearing rumors about for the last two years?

Christopher Perkins @ChrisPerkinsDnD

I'm afraid not, but Vecna does appear in the adventure (although he's never mentioned by name, of course). #whaaaat

People seem to speculate that Vecna could be either the God of Secrets or the escaped vestige from the temple but the adventure does not actually ever specify so it really is just speculation (or left for DMs to decide)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Your google-fu is impressive, my search had only turned up that first reddit thread, which doesn't go into much detail \$\endgroup\$ – Pierre Cathé Jul 17 '19 at 13:33

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