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Xanathar's Guide to Barovia: Gothic Horror Spell Alterations


Xanathar's Guide to Barovia: Curse of Strahd Cosmetic Alterations for Xanathar's Spells supplies your DM toolkit with altered spell descriptions befitting the Ravenloft setting. Not only does describing spell effects deepen the immersion your players will feel, but injecting the marks of horror into storytelling is a crucial part of DMing Curse of Strahd.

A few examples:

Ceremony: When you perform the Atonement rite, the target creature hears a sinister, knowing chuckle in their mind. When you perform the Funeral Rite ceremony, the target corpse’s eyes open and the body releases a sigh as if relieved. When you perform the Wedding rite, the target adult humanoids receive a letter of congratulations from Strahd as well as a trinket from the Gothic Trinkets table in Appendix A.

Find Greater Steed: The summoned steed is undead—not a celestial, fey, or fiend—and is immune to features that turn undead. A bonded mount can be re-summoned, but still bears the wounds of previous injury despite all hit points being restored and any conditions removed.

Healing Spirit: The intangible spirit looks like transparent undead or fiend and points a single finger toward the party member closest to 0 hit points.

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CHRISTOPHER B January 20, 2019 6:50 pm UTC
Quick question: does this do all of the spells, or just a subset of them?
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Ashton D January 20, 2019 6:56 pm UTC
Just a subset—like the suggested cosmetic changes in the CoS module itself, not all spells make sense to be altered. Thirty-four Xanthar's spells are given aesthetic updates, mostly focusing spells with utility outside of combat.
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CHRISTOPHER B January 22, 2019 6:03 pm UTC
And if I read this correctly, this is only for the spells in Xanthar’s?
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Ashton D January 22, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
Yes, it is only for the spells in Xanathar's. The CoS module suggests changes to PHB spells, so those were not included here.
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