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The Amber Temple was a temple in the Balinok Mountains of Barovia containing dark and forbidden lore[1] and amber sarcophagi containing evil vestiges.[2]

History[]

The Amber Temple was founded by a society of good-aligned wizards to keep evil forces from getting to the evil lore. The dark vestiges inside the sarcophagi corrupted the wizards, who turned against each other. Then the Archmage Exethanter came and used one of the dark gifts the vestiges offered to become a lich. Rather than hoard the wealth of dark lore, he offered to share it with other evil beings and animated the wizards' skulls as flameskulls.[1]

Strahd von Zarovich came to the temple and accepted the dark gift of the vampire[1] and thereafter sought to keep it completely secret.[3]

Inhabitants[]

  • Exethanter: A lich in charge of the temple. He was somewhat amnesiac,[1] and even if cured he wasn't hostile to visitors, believing they were seeking dark lore.[4]
  • Neferon: An arcanaloth in the statue's head.[5]
  • Flameskulls: These undead were the main guards.[6]
  • Vilnius and his quasit familiar: Vilnius was the apprentice of an evil wizard who died in the temple. He was a coward, but had a very valuable control amulet for a shield guardian.[6]
  • Barovian witch: The Barovian Witches tried to get in one of the crypts by trying random passwords.[2]
  • Amber golems: Two amber golems guarded the fortress, one in the treasury and one doing the rounds in a hall.[6]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 191. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  3. Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  4. Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 189. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  5. Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Christopher Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman (March 2016). Curse of Strahd. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 185–187. ISBN 978-0-7869-6598-4.
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