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Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell

Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell


Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell

Quill & Cauldron presents to you a very special 300+ page tome, aimed at both players and dungeon masters.

It is narrated by none other than Ulraunt, the Keeper of Tomes at Candlekeep, and also supports epic level play (as introduced in Epic Characters).

Below is a short description of what you will find within each part of the book.


Version 1.1, 14th of June, 2019. Added the shadevar, tzitzimitl, vadataj, and Koschei. Many small corrections and balance fixes based on our surveys. Thank you all for your input. Also added a separate pdf containing the character options, and included virtual table-top tokens in the file.

Version 2.0, 15th of July, 2020. Increased font size and redone entire layout (increasing the book from 260 pages to 350 pages), fixed typos, revised flavor text, many tweaks to various mechanics. 

The Shadowfell
  • In-world introductions to various locales by Ulraunt, designed to inspire and create story hooks.
  • Details on three prominent Shadowfell locations
    • Gloomwrought: An ever-changing and seemingly living city, characterized by numerous factions that scheme for supremacy, all ruled by an undying prince.
    • Evernight: A grotesque Shadowfell reflection of the city of Neverwinter, where the living are nothing but food and playthings for the undead that rule supreme. 
    • Thultanthar: A floating city that was thought destroyed and now the only remnant of the long-lost Netherese empire, ruled by a shadowy magocracy to this day.
  • Five Domains of Dread, each with a tragic story tied to a specific Darklord. 
    • The Burning Peaks: A volcano-filled domain which once held two infamous Darklords destined to be eternally at odds with each other, both of which have since escaped.
    • Har'Akir: A desert domain where the environment itself and the baking sun is as likely to kill an adventurer as the mummified Darklord.
    • Markovia: An island of horrible hybrid creatures and a Darklord who likes to... experiment.
    • Monadhan: A jungle domain of betrayal weighed down by the neverending suffering of its draconic Darklord.
    • Sunderheart: An urban domain of debauchery, duality, and unattainable satisfaction, ruled over by a pair of Darklords which are simultaneously each their own and a single entity. 

The Fugue Plane
  • An introduction to the nature of deathjudgment, and the afterlife in the Forgotten Realms, as well as the politics involved between gods and fiends.
  • We explore the City of Judgment, surrounded by the Wall of the Faithless and the Crystal Spire, where the dead are judged, at its center.
Deities and Other Powers
  • We explore 5 deities, including Jergal, Kelemvor, Mask, Shar, and Vecna.
  • Each deity includes nifty tips for roleplaying them, mighty stat blocks, awe-inspiring lairs, and templates for creating versatile avatars.
  • We also uncover truths about 2 elder evils, namely Dendar the Night Serpent and Kezef the Chaos Hound. 
Character Options
  • Four new and thematic playable races.
  • Fifteen new and unique subclasses, including flavor tables to tie your character to aspects of the Plane of Shadow.  
  • Over 40 new spells, giving a taste of what arcane secrets lie hidden in the darkest corners of the world and beyond.
  • Over 140 new stat blocks for monsters and NPCs native to the Shadowfell, the Fugue Plane, or a Domain of Dread.  
  • A monster-generation table intended to help guide the creation of your own CR 30+ monsters (all the way to CR 45), as well as sidebars to help guide creation of deities and avatars.
  • Eight unique characters from the Forgotten Realms or Ravenloft, such as the infamous Kas, the Destroyer and the shadowy Erevis Cale, Chosen of Mask.
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Table of Contents 1 Table of Contents 2 Gloomwrought The Burning Peaks Mask Character Options College of Mourning Pact Boons Spell List Coach of the Damned Doomguides Nightwave Shadow of the Void Skiurids Sorrowsworn Owb and Sagari Vadataj The Ghoul Telamont Monsters by CR 1 Monsters by CR 2

Other Works
Epic Characters Shadowfell Acheron
  • Ulraunt is already exploring another plane and working on bringing it to life.
  • We need your help to ensure that he portrays the local fauna and inhabitants accurately.
  • If you're interested, there are several ways you can help us out. We appreciate all the help we can get.
  • Playtesting
    • If you are interested in becoming a playtester, please send us an email via mmp.playtests AT gmail DOT com
    • If you are selected and provide us with useful playtest feedback, you get a free copy of our next title.
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    • To provide feedback, download the file Surveys.pdf which shows how to do so.
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Kamille I August 21, 2021 7:16 pm UTC
I would definitely get a hardcopy of this book if it does come out!!
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Max R June 01, 2021 4:15 pm UTC
Is there a there how i could get a version with only just part 1 and 2?
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Jeremy S May 19, 2021 9:50 pm UTC
I would also buy a hardcover
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Jim H May 17, 2021 3:25 pm UTC
I would buy a hardcover.
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Gabriel B May 13, 2021 6:03 pm UTC
no hard cover edition? Please consider a hardcover edition.
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Dylan P May 05, 2021 2:53 am UTC
FYI 2.0 pages and downloads appear to be reversed.
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Thiago F February 25, 2021 8:14 pm UTC
I’ve loved the book. Please make it POD!
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Fabien M January 07, 2021 6:48 pm UTC
Is there a planned update to include the Raven Queen in the deities?
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Feodor R December 27, 2020 1:18 pm UTC
Are there any plans to make changes to the Twilight Domain Cleric (& potentially Undead Warlock) so that it doesn't interfere with some of the new official content? It'd just make things confusing to have two Twilight Domains and (potentially, if it ever gets printed) two Undead Warlocks. Maybe a name-change is in order soon? Just a thought :)
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Jim H November 28, 2020 4:41 pm UTC
It's time for this to be POD.
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Miles M November 27, 2020 5:22 am UTC
If you print this in hard cover, I'll buy it the very day you do.
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Hunter A December 20, 2020 9:14 pm UTC
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Barry S March 29, 2021 8:14 pm UTC
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Liz M October 04, 2020 5:50 pm UTC
How’s the work on Hades been going? Take all the time you need.
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Jasper M September 23, 2020 10:43 pm UTC
Any plans for FG?
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Richard G September 11, 2020 2:58 am UTC
Who the heck is -C supposed to be?
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Liz M September 11, 2020 10:33 pm UTC
He is probably the vaguest of all the commenters, though there is a little information talking about him in Kelemvor’s section. I’ll leave the rest to your own conclusions.
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Iulian-Ioan P September 02, 2020 8:57 pm UTC
I hope it will become POD!
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DIOGO A September 02, 2020 8:32 pm UTC
Count me in for POD buying !
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