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Curse of Strahd: The Abbot's Journal

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Expand your Curse of Strahd game with this excellent Dungeon Master's resource - a journal from the Abbot in the Abbey of St Markovia!

Use this to:

  • Aid exposition about the backstory of the Abbot!
  • Show his insanity via exciting text and descent-into-madness handwriting!
  • Set the mood of age and rot in Barovia - full-color moldy journal pages!
  • Tie in Strahd to the Abbot!
  • Reveal Vasili von Holtz's secret identity!
  • Explore the creation of the mongrelfolk!
  • Freak out your players (that last page...shudder!)

This download includes a full color version AND a simplified Black and White version to save ink.

Print these 6 pages out - assembly should be pretty straightforward!

Please leave a review or rating, and check out my other CURSE OF STRAHD supplements, including maps, puzzles, NPC relationship maps, and entire new adventures!


SAMPLE ENTRIES!

Day the First....As the Morning Lord bids me so do I follow. The Abbey of St. Markovia in Krezk has lo these many years lain desolate by the evil Strahd, who by his own hand, slayed the blessed Saint who gave the Abbey its name and hallowed its ground. I will restore it to its previous glory and purpose. A place of healing and hope. To do this I must win the villagers’ trust. They cower in fear in the village over which the Abbey looms. SO fearful are they of Strahd and his wolves that they dare not venture beyond the village walls. The walls of mist might just as well be made of brick and mortar as it imprisons them thusly.

Ninth Day of the Eighth Month the Fifteenth Year........Their idea of what perfection means does not match mine. They have strange ideas of what it means to be human. They beg me to give them the eyes of a cat, wings to fly, the strength of a mule, the guile of a snake... I pity them. I am sure their desire for bestial traits cannot lead to salvation. But if it persuades them to follow, then let it be so. I will yield to these mad desires, and hope it helps.

Fourteenth Day of the Sixth Month the Sixty-Sixth Year..........There is more to this monster than meets the eye. At supper tonight Strahd unburdened himself, and lamented the curse that has followed him through the centuries. He wants nothing more than to escape Barovia. Despite myself I feel the pangs of sympathy and the urge to help him find release, and peace. I have taken it upon myself to find a cure for his malaise and set him free of this torment.

 
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April 24, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I'm so disappointed in this. I just bought these because you said it could be printed and folded, but it doesn't work that way at all. When printed either 1 or 2 sided, it jumps around instead of the pages being presented in order. Or jumps around AND has a ton of blank pages.
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Carl H April 25, 2018 10:19 am UTC
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Hello! The printing is tricky but absolutely possible. It should be printed single-sided. The "cover" page should be folded so the back of the pages touch. Every other page should be folded so the ink/print/art side of the pages touch, and then THEY should be inserted into the cover page like filling a taco.

I know it's a little confusing but i hope this can help your disappointment. Please continue to let me know if you have issues. I'm certainly not perfect but I hope you can print this well and use it for your group!
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Robert S December 05, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
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I've tried printing this several times, double-sided flipping long edge, short edge... nothing works, the entries are always out of order
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December 18, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I had to slice up each page in photoshop and then rebuild it to be able to print it as a double sided blooklet.

That done, it looks quite nice.
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This title was added to our catalog on February 10, 2018.