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  • First place I encountered the Wendigo myth was Marvel comics, in the issue of The Incredible Hulk where Wolverine had his first appearance, as well as the Handbook to the Marvel Universe entry. I can't recall if I read the Algernon Blackwood story before or after 1st ed Werewolf came out.
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  • Well, I was thinking that the human slaves would be subsisting on mushrooms and bugs, as they'd all be underground. That or some very strange aberrant "animal" flesh. Or soylent green.

    I keep pondering the idea of Bluetspur's Illithids doing something similar to the Yithians where they swap minds with or possess humanoids around Ravenloft in order to manage the procurement of new slaves and to gather intelligence/research....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Prometheus - Good Titan?
    It's also feasible that, after being chained to a rock and having his liver torn out every day by a bird for X number of years/decades/whatever long, he has a very negative - if not hostile - view toward the Theoi pantheon (with the possible exception of Heracles), and so is an enemy of the pantheon even if he has little or no negative opinions about humans....
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  • I sort of suspect the diet of Illithid slaves would be heavily based on fungi and insect larva, if just for the lack of other viable options.

    I suppose "escaped slave from Bluetspur" would make an interesting PC character background, (especially, from a Pathfinder perspective, for certain types of Psychics and Kineticists, or things like Oracles or Barbarians) but I'm not sure such a thing would fit smoothly into a Gothic setting, even if most of their memories of captivity were blocked away by amnesia or the like. Maybe Gothic-with-Lovecraftian Overtones, perhaps?...
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  • Yeah. Bluetsput's entire ecology is kind of wonky. I guess maybe if there'd been these Brain-God cults spread around the Core who kidnapped people and shipped them off to the Domain, it might have worked, but being a lone island just makes the issues more apparent. Even if they are still actively going out to other domains and snatching people without anyone noticing, kind of like alien abductions, I'm not sure the math works for their population....
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  • BLUETSPUR (Realm of Terror page 65; Domains of Dread page 84)

    One of the odder (if not oddest) corners of the pre-Conjunction Core, Bluetspur is a desolate area of cyclopian mountains, often with geometric elements which defy logic and/or geology. Next to nothing lives or grows in the Domain, and it has no known native populous. Any who spend the night here are subject to terrible nightmares and ... wait, why does this sound familiar?

    Yes, Bluetspur is essentially a more developed version of Arak. A mountainous domain with no populous or ecology, a dark reputation for...
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  • It would 've been interesting IMO if the 3rd ed Ravenloft DM Guide (or some sort of theoretical Guide to the Mists book) had included several options for a potential answer and then went into details about what each one would mean for the setting, especially in long campaigns.
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  • I never read any of the tie in novels, but your explanation would make sense.

    I think one of Ravenloft's recurring problems over the years is that it was never entirely clear just why it exists and what the purpose of it is, presumably even in any sort of writers' bible, so certain aspects seem to be all over the place....
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  • Barovia (Realm of Terror page 63; Domains of Dread page 59)

    Come to Barovia, Ravenloft's vacation paradise, with its famous castle, charming atmosphere, and exciting night life.

    Seriously though, Barovia is the center of Ravenloft in more ways that one. It's the setting for the original adventure which started it all, and sits more or less at the middle of the Core, being a crossroads between the east and west. In a lot of ways, it is Ravenloft. I remember playing the original Ravenloft adventure back in high school (when we rode dinosaurs to school) as part of a Halloween...
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    replied to Ravenloft 5th Edition Review
    Regarding Tactics, I'm reminded of the bit from the original Ravenloft adventure module, where it said for the DM to run Strahd as they would a PC. Which I interpreted to mean A) be familiar with his stats and abilities and try to use them in the same clever ways PCs use theirs, and B) have him be active with his own plots and movements that advance his own agenda beyond just reacting to the PCs presence.

    With the idea of Immortality, from a Pathfinder perspective, I keep coming back to the idea of the Darklords (and certain other characters and monsters) having Mythic levels. In...
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  • This is probably were not being able to find my 3rd edition books is going to hurt, as the Gazetteers went a long way to fleshing out the Core Domains and showing what was in them....
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  • Oh, I'd leave the history the same. I just sort of wish Arkandale has been a little more populated, so as to provide a reason for PCs to actually go there, and that this population had been incorporated into Verbrek after the Conjunction.

    As for Nathan and the Virago, I suspect it would work just as well as some sort of unique dark artifact tied to its captain and his continuing curse....
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  • Arkendale (Realm of Terror page 63)

    And another sort of odd one. A thinly populated, heavily forested land along the river Musarde just south of the more "civilized" realms along the west of the Core. There's a trade in furs, mostly wolf and mustelid pelts, but most of the small rural populous are artisans who trade goods with the riverboat captain Nathan Timothy. (I'll pause her to note that this an odd choice for a name, as it doesn't really role off the tongue nor does it invoke anything. Maybe that was the point, I don't know.) Timothy's is the only boat that can reliably...
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  • The K-Drama Hotel Del Luna (on Netflix), about a Seoul hotel for ghosts that exists to help them deal with lingering business from the mortal world before moving on to the afterlife. It's more fantasy oriented than Wraith, but I think it has a lot of interesting ideas for a specific type of Haunt as well as Korean ghosts from certain eras....
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  • I sort of figured the world of the Shadow Fey and Gwydion would've been an underground realm, with the Core having it's own equivalent to the Underdark, with various underground terror realms which connect into their own sort of Cluster with connections to the surface of the Core. I'm not exactly sure what they'd all be though....
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  • No One of Consequence
    started a topic 1st ed Ravenloft Realms Revisited

    1st ed Ravenloft Realms Revisited

    Inspired by monteparnas 's recent review of 5th ed Ravenloft, I decided to dig out my older Ravenloft books and look at the original Domains. This is mostly just random musing and commentary to amuse myself and not any sort of review or anything. Most of my "D&D" style gaming the past dozen or so years has been via 1st ed Pathfinder, so that will tend to color how I look at some of these, and some of the thoughts I have about them. If anyone who enjoys 5th ed feels like chiming in and adding thoughts about things like classes and what not in various Domains, please feel free. But...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Alaska?
    Yeah. Even back 25 years ago, I was surprised that Rage Across Alaska wasn't a thing. It would seem to have been the perfect counterpoint to RA New York, in which there's a majority of European tribes and humans in a mostly urban/small town environment next to a sizable chunk of wilderness, verses a place almost entirely wilderness with smaller towns and a few cities, where the majority of the area is dominated by wolf-born and Native Garou.

    For Vampire, its probably a scattering of loners and small groups, mostly among the towns, who probably don't have a whole lot to do with the...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Ravenloft 5th Edition Review
    Feliz Natal.

    If one wanted a domain based on the dark side of social upheaval, revolution, and mob rule, I think Galt from Pathfinder would be a good starting point. It even has guillotines that eat peoples' souls....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Ravenloft 5th Edition Review
    I always liked original Zherisia for being a blatant stand and exaggeration of Jack the Ripper's London/Whitechapel, as I thought it worked well for that sort of murder mystery genre, as well as certain Penny Dreadful tropes. Although I sort of wish it and Timor were a city in or on the border of Mordent....
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  • Officially, the same as any other "ghost": Psychic echoes of particularly strong personalities and/or emotions that in no way provide any sort of proof about the existence of human souls or an afterlife.

    Unofficially, it depends on the individuals involved.
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