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Romantic entanglements are just another character-based plot hook. You can satisfy your notoriously annoyable player along with the more interested players by keeping this in mind: it doesn't have to be fluff. I've had an NPC romantic entanglement as a player (well, it wasn't all that romantic, but the setup is the same). Some people really like tons of ...


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Let me give some generic based on experience (also you can get a lot of similar advice all around the TTRPG community). Communication with your players is a key. Before you start the campaign, have a session 0 and talk to them about what they are interested in. Do they want roleplay or combat. What is going to be the tone of the campaign (if some ...


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Apparently it seems to be the special reaction you gave your creature that is making you worry about balance. Let's see how powerful it really is: The vastoyan hunter makes a pistol attack against a target that is attacking them with a melee attack. If this pistol attack succeeds, the target's attack ends Due to the hunter having Close-Quarters Expert ...


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1 each per day; looks like reskin of Warlock feature Mystic Arcanum In my copy of Volo's, I read this under Warlock of the Fiend: 1/day each: feeblemind, finger of death, plane shift ( pg. 219) Translation: each day cast one feeblemind, one finger of death, and one plane shift. Given the level of those spells, seeing it as a reskin of Mystic Arcanum ...


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It appears that whatever source you're using to find this creature's statblock has elided some important details, as in my reference, the statblock is quite explicit that these spells are being provided once per day each. [...] 1/day each: feeblemind, finger of death, plane shift [...] —Warlock of the Fiend, Volo's Guide to Monsters, pg. 219 So ...


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You can, but you don’t have to While the DMG (p.342) says you “can” add racial traits to a stat block, this is purely optional. For an elf scout to have the same stats as an “any race” scout (which of course it is - elf being a subset of any) is not going to matter and will be indistinguishable at the table. You have to decide if the small reward is worth ...


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Yes - the MM and DMG give tips on adapting the stat blocks. On page 342 of the MM, in the "Appendix B: Nonplayer Characters" chapter, there is a section about "Customizing NPCs". It states: There are many easy ways to customize the NPCs in this appendix for your home campaign. Racial Traits. You can add racial traits to an NPC. For example, a ...


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"Strahd's got an enemy; that's not the same thing." Forgive me for paraphrasing Nick Fury from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I just couldn't resist. One of Strahd's goals is to find a successor. And, while almost nobody is aware of it from the outset, Arabelle is a viable candidate. That said, she's still a Vistana and they're all dangerous. Arrigal, her ...


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This character is not entirely useless While you are correct that in most combat situations this character is not very useful, given their stats (chapter 2, area L): However, the NPC that is chosen as an ally always gains this ability (chapter 1, Strahd's Enemy): So while probably not one of the best allies to have, this character can still be useful ...


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These two Barons von Dammenblatz are the same person and the correct name is Baron Eberhardt von Dammenblatz. I ask Cubicle7 by Email and here is the answer : Actually, the flaw is in the original from WD 94. The first mention of von Dammenblatz calls him Otto, and on the very next page his name is changed to Eberhardt. All these years and no one ...


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Madam Eva's motives are complicated First, regarding your notion that Madam Eva is in league in Strahd as she is a Vistani in the Tser Pool, note the description of Madam Eva from the appendix D: Further, the true focus of Madam Eva seems to be to: Because of this, her actions and motives can seem to be a bit contradictory, note this description also in ...


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She wants to free Strahd Sources for this answer can be found in the Curse of Strahd book, at Madame Eva's entry in Appendix D, Pg 233.


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I'm playing the adventure with the same angle (Ned as a Brotherhood Spy). Here's how I'm playing it: Backstory: 1-2 years ago: Skerrin and the other Brotherhood agents in Saltmarsh have found out that Gellan Primewater secretly does business with the Sea Princes. They start hatching a plan to reveal this to the public without bringing any attention to the ...


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It's up to the DM, but it is dependent on which feature they use to cast spells whether or not they would use a spellbook According to the Monster Manual introduction, if a monster has the Spellcasting feature then they have class levels: A monster with the Spellcasting class feature has a spellcaster level and spell slots The other ways that monsters ...


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