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Who's Doomed: The Lords of Ravenloft


5 Minute Workday Presents: Who's Doomed

The Lords of Ravenloft. Classic darklords updated to 5e
by “Jester” David Gibson

Stat blocks for a staggering eighty-one (!!) non-player characters.

Have you played Curse of Strahd and want to face another powerful lord in the Demiplane of Dread? Just purchased van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft and need statistics for a favourite darklord? Are you an old fan of the Ravenloft Campaign Setting and long to see the return of an old favourite? Or do you just want a more powerful banshee, ghost pirate, lich, or necromancer for your game?
If so, then this is the book for you!

Inside this product are 5th Edition stat blocks for the twenty-three darklords who rule the domains of the Core, the ten darklords who rule the seas and islands within, thirteen overlords that rule the key Clusters, as well as the lords of thirteen Islands of Terror, old and new. Four demilords of pocket domains are also included, and it ends with four darklords from van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft! Featured darklords include:

  • Azalin Rex, the once and current ruler of Darkon
  • Lord Soth, the former darklord of Sithicus, and his replacement Inza
  • Fallen silver dragon Arantor
  • The flesh golem Adam along with his creator, Victor Mordenheim
  • Gabrielle Aderre and her treacherous son, Malocchio
  • The misanthropic necromancer, Meredoth
  • The foul members of the Nightmare Court
  • The ancient mummy, Anhktepot, master of the desert land of Har’Akir
  • Mistress of the Trial of the Heart, Chakuna 
  • The cunning doppelganger Sodo, ruler of the city of Paridon
  • The cruel living puppet Maligno
  • The powerful illithid God-Brain of Bluetspur 
  • And, of course, Strahd, who has been boosted in power level to be closer to his presentation in the campaign setting

Also in the book are fourteen important NPCs who aren't darklords.

  • Undead thief, Ratik Ubel
  • The inventive Night Hag Styrix and her Rift Spanner
  • Secret celestial Isolde, and the Twisting Dark Gift

Furthermore, over a half-dozen darklords in this product have even been given Mythic traits and actions, as introduced in Mythic Odysseys of Theros! Surprise your players with a mythic Strahd and watch their blood drain.

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Micah S May 18, 2021 7:51 pm UTC
I wasn't able to comment on your blog, so I thought I'd put it in here.

I love your work on DMsGuild, and hope you continue. I own most of your books. You're a talented and dedicated writer, and honestly the past-denigrating current policy of WotC and what they've done with a setting I love saddens me.

I hope you get enough sales on "Who's Doomed" to finish it, and that you continue your other projects. Your work and the work other dedicated fans keeps the Ravenloft we love alive.
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David G May 18, 2021 11:57 pm UTC
Thanks for the positive feedback.

Sales have been steady for Who's Doomed. I've already started work on the lords of the pocket domains; I said I'd add them and I try and keep my promises. (Davion is proving to be an interesting challenge.)
I'm uncertain about after that. I'll see if there's still a demand.
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Micah S May 21, 2021 3:20 pm UTC
Sounds great! Looking forward to seeing the update when it's ready.
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Micah S January 31, 2022 8:04 am UTC
Hey there. Just wondering if you were ever able to update this with the pocket domains?
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David G January 31, 2022 3:47 pm UTC
Hello there,

When I updated the product with darklords from VRGtR I also added the demilords of a couple pocket domains (Davion, Juste, Lady of the Lake) as well as the Nightmare Court but apparently neglected to make that clear enough in the product description.
But the book is overdue for another update. Likely the 4e darklords and a few unique NPCs.
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Matthew M December 06, 2020 5:24 am UTC
Maybe it's nothing, but I purchased a previous version of this document. It says in the preview that it has been updated with Darklords from the Islands of Terror, but they don't appear in the available versions of 1.21 or 1.3. Is it just newly updated and hasn't become available yet or is there some error?
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David G December 06, 2020 5:49 am UTC
Odd. They should be there, on pages 89 - 101.

But just to be safe I've re-uploaded the file in the event it failed to fully upload to the site. Thanks for commenting.
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Matthew M December 06, 2020 11:42 pm UTC
It works. I've got the latest version. Thanks so much for checking.
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Dmitry P August 20, 2020 1:44 am UTC
Could it be that David Gibson is the foremost expert on Ravenloft ever? It very well could.
As far as I'm concerned, his work on Ravenloft is the official material.

But even besides that, at the time of writing, this book is 88 pages of great content and immaculate layout (surely, because of the years of experience working on the different Ravenloft netbooks) - too bad there is no PoD option.

It would be more than worth the price just for the stats conversion, but the book also contains dark lord's histories, information about their lairs and curses, custom portrait art for each of them (in a pyrography pen style), and even the mythic traits for some of the darklords.
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Brian R August 03, 2020 5:59 pm UTC
It's good to see some genuine setting content. Thanks again, Jester!
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Darron B July 26, 2020 11:49 pm UTC
You guys always know how to hit (with ravenloft) where it hurts...
Good job!
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Christopher B July 26, 2020 11:38 am UTC
I am enjoying the supplement--it has many good ideas. I hope it sells well enough so that you are able to continue expanding it. I do see the document could use a second pass on editing, there are some clunky sentences such as "A gates of Castle Ravenloft open or close," instead of "The gates of Castle Ravenloft open or close." Also, certain mechanics are unclear. For example, with the optional Mythic Strahd, the text says "However, when Strahd takes an action, he briefly becomes solid just long [sic] to complete the action," so is this intended to mean he can take any action he would be able to take in his regular vampire form? I would write something similar to the following: "However, in his mythic mist form, Strahd can take all his regular actions. When he takes an action, he briefly becomes solid just long enough to complete the action."
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David G July 26, 2020 2:55 pm UTC
Thanks! I'll get those fixed.

Yes, the mythic trait was intended to allow Strahd to continue to take his regular actions. Mythic traits generally add options and not take away. (I must have tried a dozen different phrasings for that power.)

I try to edit carefully and do multiple passes, but editing your own stuff is tricky; I could do a half-dozen more passes and always find a missing word, typo, awkward sentence, clumsy phrasing, or mechanic to tighten. (And, inevitably, when fixing a mechanic, introduce all new typos.)
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Matthew M July 26, 2020 4:51 am UTC
I just want to say this is a great document. It is tempting to make the Darklords powerful, but with many of them, it becomes a test of wicked cunning. Perfect for a tension-filled adventure in the Demiplane of Dread. I really hope to see you update this with Darklords such as Maliglio, Ankhtepot, and more.
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