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Ravenloft Gazetteer: Kalidnay

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DOMAIN: KALIDNAY

Return to the Mists with the Ravenloft Gazetteer

This atlas updates and brings forward to 5th edition some of the Domains of Dread from past editions. Join the Scholar "S" as she travels the scorched and parched realm of Kalidnay, a world ruled over by a despotic priestess and perched on the slumbering corpse of a sorcerer king.

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RAVENLOFT GAZETTEER: KALIDNAY is a 54 page campaign guide to a corrupt ecological hellscape of ash, bones and sand. Water is scarcer than gold. Iron is more precious than diamonds. Arcanists are feared and labelled Defilers - criminals to be hunted down without mercy. The sorcerer king Kalid-Ma sleeps endlessly under stone, and his advisor Thakok-An rules with an iron fist in his stead.

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INCLUDED WITHIN:

  • A full description of Kalidnay City, Artan-Ak, Bleak Knoll and their environs
  • A full bestiary for Kalidnay including regional monsters, statistics for the dread Thakok-An and environmental terrors like the Psionic Sandstorm
  • Random Encounters
  • Full fledged NPCS, sidequests and plot hooks
  • Setting specific notes on Spells and Items
  • Rules for Dark Powers checks
  • A Psionicist subclass for Sorcerers, including a revised spell list

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SCOTT W February 01, 2020 3:43 am UTC
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I'll save a detailed analysis for a full review but I have to say initial impressions are not good. I can live with the fact that this is more an adventure supplement than a Ravenloft Gazetteer proper (e.g. a full in character description of the domain and its people and history continuing the third edition line). But invoking the name of S to appeal to the audience that enjoyed the classic Ravenloft books only to replace the serious, slightly grim scholar with this frivolous wise cracking impostor was unwelcome. I'd far prefer the character not appear at all if there won't be an attempt to capture the actual character in the narrative- peppering the book with dumb jokes that the original S would not be caught dead making doesn't really serve a purpose here. Better to use an original mist bound wanderer of your own than put off folks with a poor parody of the character I say.
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Sebrina C February 01, 2020 1:49 pm UTC
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The popularity for the awesome work Clegg and Evans have done on this supplement, and the wider love with which the new Gazetteers have been received speaks for itself, but I'd like to add my support and remind you that humour is essential to horror, especially in the Mists, and has always been present. I'm sorry this isn't for you, but while you pine for the good ole stoic S. who didn't name the entire Doomsday Gazetteers as a joke at Azalin's failure (in the Requiem and in being a super secret patron), don't forget the old books are filled with a whole lot of yikes and problematic stuff. We should all be thankful for Clegg, Evans and Co keeping the Domains alive in 5e and updating them! It doesn't have to be for you and you don't have to enjoy it, but this just comes off as petty and spiteful. The old books are still available and noone is stopping you from having a humourless S.
Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sending you love and positive vibes
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Jeffrey Q November 05, 2019 12:19 am UTC
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Looking through the rules for defiling magic, one thing concerns me. Where it explains that a defiler can either use plant-life or the closest living creature within 30 ft. to power the spell, I felt the damage applied to said target creature was too much. 5 necrotic damage, plus 5 damage per spell slot level, with no saving throw AND the damage cannot be healed except with a long rest? That's extremely powerful if the defiler was able to position themselves in an advantageous position. Going by the spell guidelines in the DMG, it states that a spell dealing damage to a single target would deal 1d10 + 1d10 per spell slot level, BUT, with the caveat that the spell deals half damage on a successful saving throw or missed spell attack. Since this ability is essentially giving the defiler a free necrotic spell attack for every spell they cast, I would at the very least give the target a Constitution saving throw to take half damage. Or alternatively, the target could make a Constitution saving throw or take a 1 level...See more
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Oliver D November 05, 2019 5:46 am UTC
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Jeffrey,

Thanks for taking the time to write this out. I'll pass it onto the lead writer when this comes up for an update, and see if they want to change anything! :)

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