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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.

Changelog

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 Handouts.zip 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.

Version 3.0, 12th of October, 2021. Revised various descriptions, subclasses, and stat blocks, added the beluatans, removed Har'Akir, and, at long last, added print-on-demand support.
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.
Bestiary
  • 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.
Available

The printed book is available in both hardcover and softcover, both of which come with premium colors.

The PDF is available in both page and spread format, both of which are hyperlinked for easy navigation. The page number is clickable on every page, allowing you to instantly return to the table of contents.

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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 Heroes' Handbook
Help
  • 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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    • If you can spare a few minutes, we'd also love to hear your feedback on this title.
    • To provide feedback, download the file Surveys.pdf which shows how to do so.
  • Ratings and Reviews
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Donald H April 12, 2022 4:17 pm UTC
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I have the Acheron hardcover and the Shadowfell pdf. I just received the hardcover of the Shadowfell and couldn't be more pleased. It's a plane that's had my keen interest since 2e and I feel it's an important addition to my collection. Thank you for a great product.
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PC M April 01, 2022 3:00 am UTC
I've had this book on my wishlist for a while and I thought today would finally the day to buy it in PDF+Print. However, when I scoured the sample pages a final time I noticed consistent grammar and punctuation issues throughout the text.

I'm sure these issues will be below the threshold of notice for the majority of readers! However, if you're the sort of reader who is as easily distracted by poorly-edited text as I am, I suggest you give the sample pages a close read before purchasing.
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Jay D January 24, 2022 10:52 pm UTC
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Just curious, as i do want to purchase the hardcover, is there any kind of discount available for someone who had purchased the pdf when the print on demand was not available?
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Abraham Z January 24, 2022 3:45 am UTC
Please respond, you have two people, now three if you count me, asking why Har'Akir was removed.
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Vince Y December 22, 2021 2:53 am UTC
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What??! Why was Har'Akir removed?
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Luis R December 16, 2021 3:36 pm UTC
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I might have missed the reason but why was Har'Akir removed? Also because Har'Akir was removed your book marks are out of wack they do not take me to were they say they are taking me. Chapter 15 Backgrounds puts me in Chapter 15 Spells. Thought you might want ot know.
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Natalie N November 07, 2021 6:50 am UTC
You should have Grim Press to convert them into Fantasy Grounds for this game to be played on Virtual Tabletop. https://grimpress.net/ Just contacted them by email or their Discord to begin Conversion of your PDF file to FG Unity.
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Edward W October 23, 2021 12:01 pm UTC
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I said it in the Acheron guide thread, but I'll say it again here.

I, and many others, want a complete (367 page) hardcopy of the Codex of the Infinite Planes.

Please, make it so!
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Natalie N November 18, 2021 5:16 am UTC
Can you please let me know planescape and Sigil or City of Doors
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Jeremy P October 13, 2021 6:32 pm UTC
I'm delighted to see the print-on-demand option added, but I do wish there was a "standard" option, like you have for the Acheron book. I know "premium" is superior quality, but in the case of Acheron for example the standard version is USD$26 cheaper—that's a big savings, and in my case it would make the difference between being able to afford the book and deciding it's just too expensive to justify on my budget. Thanks for listening -JP
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Marc A October 13, 2021 7:28 pm UTC
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Hi Jeremy,

Thank you very much for your input.
We can tell you there's a very big difference in quality between the standard and premium versions, much bigger than he had expected in fact.
Our goal is always to deliver the highest quality material that we can, which is why we opted out of the standard color printing for Shadowfell.
That said, there is obviously a difference in cost as well, as you rightly point out. Especially with books of this size.

We'll look into making additional print options available.
In the meantime, if anybody else prefers a standard color version, feel free to let us know here.
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Samuel M November 28, 2021 10:25 pm UTC
I would love a standard version to this beautiful product
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Daniel C October 13, 2021 11:59 am UTC
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Loved Acheron! I just bought a Hardcover! Love your work.
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Marc A October 13, 2021 12:21 pm UTC
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Hi Daniel,

Thank you so much for the kind words and your continued support.
We appreciate it immensely and hope you'll come to love your copy of The Shadowfell!
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Edward W October 23, 2021 11:56 am UTC
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I'm considering purchasing a hard copy, myself. Are the physical books the most current version?
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Jerry T October 13, 2021 11:24 am UTC
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BY THE GODS, IT'S PRINT ON DEMAND NOW!
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Marc A October 13, 2021 11:54 am UTC
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Yes, finally!
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Christopher B October 13, 2021 8:38 am UTC
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Hi, it looks like version 3 removes the section on Har'Akir. Is this being revised to match up to the changes made in the new Van Richten’s Guide?
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Marc A October 13, 2021 8:43 am UTC
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Hi Christopher,

If there is demand for it, we could potentially do something like that.
What we had wasn't in line with how Van Richten's presented the domain.
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Christopher B October 13, 2021 8:58 am UTC
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Thank you for answering. Is this the only change, or were there some other changes to the supplement?
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Marc A October 13, 2021 9:16 am UTC
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Minor stuff in the grand scheme of things.
Rebalanced a few subclasses, revisited some descriptions, and reworked a few stat blocks.
Amongst other things, a few creatures have mythic actions now.
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Jim H October 13, 2021 12:13 am UTC
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I just ordered the hard copy
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Marc A October 13, 2021 12:18 am UTC
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Hi Jim,

Thank you so much!
We sincerely hope you'll love it as much as we do.
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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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Marc A October 12, 2021 9:00 pm UTC
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Hi Kamille,

Thank you for your support!
We're happy to announce that Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell is now available in print!
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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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Marc A October 12, 2021 9:02 pm UTC
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Hi Max,

While I completely understand only being interested in parts of the book, we wrote it to be a cohesive work and don't have any plans to split it into smaller parts.
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Jeremy S May 19, 2021 9:50 pm UTC
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I would also buy a hardcover
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Marc A October 12, 2021 9:02 pm UTC
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Hi Jeremy,

Thank you for your support!
We're happy to announce that Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: The Shadowfell is now available in print!
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