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Once, it was dreamed to be a glorious trade colony that would expand into so much more.  However, the hero of the colony also became its demise.  Governor Aaron Orvird helped the early years through much strife, while only helping to create more.  Conflicts with native residents and slavery started the pain and witch hunts only furthered it.  A group of eccentrics were astrocized to the point of fighting back and playing into Orvird's fearful hands.  Upon the execution of the last witch, a curse was placed on the town.  Said curse would continue to doom the lands for as long as The Mists will hold onto them.  The witch herself was cursed, much like the domain's Darklord.  She was linked to her eternal adversary, Orvird, who lives as long as the other does.  And worse, the Mists twisted her into the epitome of the Governor's worst fears come true.

Enter a dreary domain where the trade in trade colony has been all but ruined, where the residents fear traveling far off the path, where many of the denizens have little to no rights, where nightmares of a Dark Witch continue to haunt the minds of many, where warrior shades avenge their tribe, where fears of witchcraft result in their own dark magics.  While this land looks like a prosperous and flourishing colony from afar, a deeper look will reveal the day-to-day horror faced by the public.

Domains of Dread: Dawnsveil is a D&D 5th Edition campaign expansion.  Based on ideas dating back to 2011, it is its own independent Island of Terror, with minor links to other domains as well.  While originally meant for the classic Ravenloft Campaign Setting, it can be adapted to other campaigns without much issue.  This 5th Edition product can also be made compatible with the Curse of Strahd adventure book with minimum difficulty.

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Brian R May 22, 2021 4:51 am UTC
Only now do I notice a huge error in my timeline. Let me fix that.
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Brian R October 27, 2020 8:28 pm UTC
I'm considering a slight update by or after Halloween, I'm mostly pondering random ideas at the moment.
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Savannah B April 12, 2020 10:35 pm UTC
In the summary, it's said that it can be used with the Curse of Strahd, the preview only got to the section of inspirations, so my question is what is the diving off point? My campaign is about to head to strahd and defeat him, and my players are saddened that level 10 is the max for this campaign, as they all wish to explore more of their class features instead of having to start anew, so I want to find an expansion in Shadowfell. Would this stuff be too under leveled for level 10 players? Would defeating Strahd cause a rift in order to cross over?
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Brian R April 18, 2020 4:07 am UTC
I thought I included page 8, which has plot hooks on incorporating it into CoS. I can quickly fix that. On that note, the rest of the document has a number of plot seeds and sites to utilize for a number of adventures, all appropriate for that level. The Darklord will be quite the challenge for their level. While the domain better fits the classic campaign setting better than the 4e/5e Shadow Fell content, I tried my best at making it work. With the updated preview, hopefully you will be interested.
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