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Curse of Strahd is the most recent Ravenloft module and, so far, the only one set in 5e.

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Plot

Curse of Strahd is a fairly free-form adventure where the characters are drawn into Barovia and must defeat Strahd to escape. The location of three essential magic items (Tome of Strahd, Sunsword, and the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind), the identity of an NPC ally, and the location of Strahd himself are determined by a reading from the Tarokka Deck.

Chapter Summary

  • Foreword by Tracy Hickman
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Into the Mists: Covers Strahd's backstory and gives instructions for the Tarokka reading and provides possible adventure hooks.
  • Chapter 2: The Lands of Barovia: Gives the lay of the land and the effects on magic.
  • Chapter 3: The Village of Barovia: Tells about the areas of the Village of Barovia.
  • Chapter 4: Castle Ravenloft: Tells about the areas of Castle Ravenloft.
  • Chapter 5: The Town of Vallaki: Tells about the areas of Vallaki.
  • Chapter 6: Old Bonegrinder: Tells about areas of this Night Hag infested windmill.
  • Chapter 7: Argynvostholt: Tells about the mansion that houses the revenants of the fallen Order of the Silver Dragon.
  • Chapter 8: The Village of Krezk: Is about the Village of Krezk and it's abbey.
  • Chapter 9: Tsolenka Pass: Is about the encounter on the way to the Amber Temple.
  • Chapter 10: The Ruins of Berez: Is about the ruins currently being overused by Baba Lyasaga and her Creeping Hut.
  • Chapter 11: Van Richten's Tower: Is about the tower where Rudolph Van Richten used to hide.
  • Chapter 12: The Wizard of Wines: Says how the characters can get the winery to give joy to Barovians again.
  • Chapter 13: The Amber Temple: Tells about the forbidden temple where Strahd became a Vampire.
  • Chapter 14: Yester Hill: The hill where the druids are bringing life to Wintersplinter, the Tree Blight.
  • Chapter 15: Werewolf Den: The home of the werewolf pack.
  • Epilogue: Talks about the conclusion of the adventure.
  • Appendix A: Character Options: Offers the Haunted One background and gives a table for gothic trinkets.
  • Appendix B: Death House: An introductory adventure about a haunted house.
  • Appendix C: Treasure: an index on all the new magic items.
  • Appendix D: Monsters and Npcs: Gives info and stat blocks for all the new monsters and NPCs.
  • Appendix E: The Tarokka Deck: Gives background information on the Tarokka Deck.
  • Appendix F: Handouts: All the needed handouts and letters for the adventure.

Index

Adrian MartikovAlenkaAlexeiAmalthiaAnastrasya KarelovaAngrath WoodwiseAnna KrezkovArabelleAriel du PlumetteArik LorenskArrigalAzianaBaba LysagaBella SunbaneBeucephalusBiancaBildrath CantemirBluto KrogarovBray MartikovaBrom MartikovaCarlon AmoffelClovin BelviewCyrus BelviewDag TomescuDamiaDanika DorakovaDavankaDavian MartikovDavra JassurDmitri KrezkovDonavichDoruElvir MartikovEmil ToranescuEndorovichEravien HaundErnst LarnakEscherExethanterEzmerelda d'AvenirFiona WachterFreekGadof BlinskyGertrudaGodfrey GwilymGunther ArasekHaliqHelga RuvakHenrik van der VoortIreena KolyanaIsmark KolyanovichIzek StrazniKarl WachterKasimir VelikovKellenKiril StoyanovichKlutz TripalotskyKolyaKolyan IndirovichKretyana DolofLanniver StraylLars KjurlsLazlo UlrichLief LipsiegeLucian JarovLucian PetrovichLudmilla VilisevicLuvashLydia PertrovnaMad MaryMadalenaMadam EvaMajestoMarzena BelviewMilivojMirabelMishka BelviewMordenkainenMorganthaMorwen DaggerfordMuriel VinshawMyrtleNeferonNikolai WachterNorganasOffalia WormwiggleOtto BelviewParpol CantemirPatrina VelikovnaPiccoloPidlwick IIRahadinRatkaRudolph van RichtenSangzorSavidSasha IvliskovaSelvek SerelimSkennisSorviaStrahd von ZarovichStefania MartikovStella WachterStanimirSzoldar SzoldarovichUdo LukovichUrwin MartikovVargas VallakovichVarushkaVasilkaVictor VallakovichVilniusVladimir HorngaardVolenta PopofskyWencensiaWintersplinterYelena ArasekYeskaYevgeni KrushkinZelraun RoaringhornZuleika ToranescuZygfrek Belview

Referenced only
ArgynvostArtank SwilovichArtimusArtista DeSlopBarov von ZarovichBascal OfenheissCeithlenn of the Crooked TeethCiril RomulichDahlver-NarDalvan OlenskyDark PowersDelbanDevostasDorfniya DilsnyaDrizlashEisglaze DrūfElisabeth DurstElminster AumarElsa Fallona von TwiterbergErik VonderbucksFekreFilmore StunkFritz von WeergGralmore NimblenobsGrigorGustav DurstGustave HerrnghastIlya KrezkovIntree Sik-ValooIsolde YunkIvan IvliskovichJakarionJarnwaldKavanKhiradKing DostronKing KatskyKing TroiskyKhazanLeonid KrushkinMarinaMorninglordMother NightNikolai WachterPatrina VelikovnaPidlwickRavenovia von ZarovichRosavalda DurstSaint AndralSaint MarkoviaSavnokSedrik SpinwitovichSergei von ZarovicSeriachShami-AmouraeSkyaneStahbal Indi-BhakStefan GregorvichSzoldar GrygorovichTaar HaakTarakamedesTasha PetrovnaTatsaul ErisTatyanaTenebrousThornboldt DurstVaundWalter DurstYarak JassurYanYogYrrgaZantrasZhudunZrin-Hala

Creatures

Amber golem • Animated objectArcanalothBansheeBatBarovianBlack puddingBlue dragonCatClay golemCrawling clawDeath slaadDeerDevaDire wolfDretchDusk ElfElfFlameskullFlesh golemGargoyleGhastGhoulGhostGiant goatGiant spiderGoatGray oozeGrickHell houndHorseHumanImpInvisible stalkerIron golemLichMastiffMongrelfolkMonkeyNeedle blightNight hagNightmareNothicPhantomQuasitRatRavenRed dragonRevenantRocSaber-toothed tigerScarecrowShadowShadow demonShambling moundShield guardianSkeletonSmoke mephitSpectreStrahd's animated armorStirgeStone golemToadTree blightTroglodyteTwig blightVampireVampire spawnVine blightVistaniVrockWereravenWerewolfWightWill-o'-wispWolfWraithZombie

Referenced only
DwarfHalf-orcGoblinPit fiendSilver dragonWerehare

Locations

Building & Sites
Abbey of Saint Markovia • Amber Temple • Arasek Stockyard • Baba Lysaga's creeping hut • Argynvostholt • Bildrath's Mercantile • Blue Water Inn • Burgomaster's Mansion • Castle Ravenloft • Old Bonegrinder • Shrine of Mother Night • Shrine of the White Sun • St. Andral's Church • Van Richten's Tower • Yester Hill • Wachterhaus • Wizard of Wines
Roads
Old Svalich Road • Uldoon Trail • Trade Way • Tsolenka Pass
Settlements
Barovia (village) • Berez • Daggerford • Krezk • Vallaki
Wilderness
Balinok Mountains • River Ilvis • Lake Zarovich • Misty Forest • Svalich Woods • Tser Falls
Realms
Barovia
Planes
Demiplane of Dread
Referenced only
Nine Hells • Shadowdale • Shadowfell

Magic

Magic items
blood spearDaern's instant fortressGulthias staffhat of disguiseholy symbol of ravenkindicon of Ravenloftmace of terrormanual of bodily healthring of regenerationring of mind shieldingring of warmthSt. Markovia's Thighbonesunswordstaff of froststaff of powertome of understandingwand of secrets
Spells
gentle reposeresurrectionTasha's hideous laughterunseen servant
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Organizations

Families
Durst • Krezkov • Martikov • Wachter
Groups
Children of Mother Night • Emerald Enclave • Harpers • Keepers of the Feather • Lords' Alliance • Order of the Gauntlet • Order of the Silver Dragon • Zhentarim

Miscellaneous

Books
The Blade of Truth: The Uses of Logic in the War Against Diabolist Heresies, as Fought by the Ulmist InquisitionCastle Building 101The Devil We KnowEmbalming: The Lost ArtGoats of the Balinok MountainsThe Grimoire of the Four QuartersHeart of SorrowHymns to the DawnI, Strahd: The Memory of a VampireThe Incants of ExethanterLife Among the Undead: Learning to CopeThe Oath CelestialSnow Dwarf and the Seven WightsTome of Strahd
Clothes
apron
Events
Festival of the Blazing Sun
Food & Drink
apple • Champagne du le Stomp • dream pastries • grape • Purple Grapemash • Red Dragon Crush
Items
aspergillum • coffer • horseshoe • tarokka
Plants
brown mold • Gulthias tree
Referenced only
Wolf's Head Jamboree


Stat Blocks:

Monster Stat blocks included:

  • Barovian Witch
  • Broom of Animated Attack
  • Guardian Portrait
  • Mongrelfolk
  • Phantom Warrior
  • Strahd Zombie
  • Tree Blight
  • Wereraven

NPC stat blocks:

Furthermore it gives information on how to make stat blocks for the following monsters and NPCs:

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