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A collection of nonplayer characters inspired by European folklore for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons

Add cunning tricksters, courageous heroes and devious villlains to your games of D&D with this supplement from the creators of Monsters of the Old World and Artifacts of the Old World.

This book was created by a multi-national team of writers, artists, and editors, originating from nearly a dozen different European countries. With this project, they hope to share a bit of their country’s history, lore, and mythology with you for use in the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

"This is a top-quality supplement bound bring wonder and joy, sparking all manner of creative figures endeavours, as well as being a spectacular collection of NPCs and items, worth more than the asking price however you make use of it!"

- @CurseofSebs

Inside you will find:

  • 47 entries describing characters inspired by European folklore
  • 50 stat blocks describing characters between CR ⅛ and 26
  • Magic items and lairs related to the characters
  • Beautiful art depicting each character, including 18 pieces of original art
  • Tables sorting the characters according to CR, origin and themes
  • A table listing the names and pronunciation for each character

Featuring work by:

Project Leaders

  • Ole Arnesen
  • Nikolas Totief

Layout by:

  • Sven Truckenbrodt

Writing by:

  • Andrea Maffia
  • Beatriz T Dias
  • Cat Evans
  • Ciarán O’Halloran
  • George Komis
  • Matthew Whitby
  • Miłosz Gawęcki
  • Nikolas Totief
  • Ole Arnesen
  • Simone Rossi Tisbeni
  • Steffie de Vaan
  • Sven Truckenbrodt

Edited by:

  • Ciarán O’Halloran
  • ELF Vesala
  • George Komis
  • Kai Linder
  • Nikolas Totief
  • Ole Arnesen
  • Sven Truckenbrodt

Cover Art by:

  • Eduardo Comettant

Interior art by:

  • Dana Braga
  • Eduardo Comettant
  • Giulia Valentini
  • Lessie Nieves-Paugh
  • Roselysium
  • Rosemarie Müller
  • Saga Mackenzie
  • Wouter Florusse


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Grim Press ` September 14, 2021 5:09 am UTC
Hi Old World Creation Team,

We'd love to work with you folks to adapt this supplement for use in the Fantasy Grounds VTT and make it available for sale on the DMsGuild. We did this work for Monsters & Artifacts of the Old World, so it would great to complete the product line.

If you would like to see your supplement adapted for use in Fantasy Grounds or if you have any questions, please join our community Discord server (or reach out to myself directly - Grimlore#7770) and we'll happily discuss this with you.

I've written a blog post that explains the conversion process in more detail:

This is a PDF that governs our conversion policy. We work on a 50/50 royalty share with no upfront costs:

Hope to chat soon!
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Adam S March 20, 2021 3:10 am UTC
Aenas has some repeated text. See pages 67 and 68. Also in stat block it should be athletics not arhletic.
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Adam S March 20, 2021 11:04 am UTC
Funny...I misspelled the word athletic at the end of my comment
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Adam S March 13, 2021 1:37 pm UTC
Atalanta and Ajax traits boxes are switched. See pages 47 and 48!
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Ole A March 17, 2021 11:07 pm UTC
Hi Adam.

Thank you so much for pointing that out. We'll get it fixed in the next batch of corrections.
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Phillip H October 01, 2020 3:20 pm UTC
Hi, I'm a really big fan of this product, I just have two little peeves with it:
- For Cu Chulainn's statblock, there appears to be a part missing at the very end.
- Queen Maeb has a Challenge Rating of 24. While she is no doubt a powerful NPC, her Challenge Rating seems a tad high considering the amount of damage she is capable of inflicting each turn and her defenses, neither of which seem quite high enough to justify such a high CR.
Apart from these two little peeves though, this is another great work in the Old World series, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Ole A October 05, 2020 8:23 pm UTC
Hi Phillip.

Cu Chulainn is indeed missing some text. We are looking into how to best get that corrected. Thank you so much for pointing that out to us.

The intended text is as follows:
Worthy of my wrath. Cú Chullain chooses one creature he can see within 30 feet of him. If it can see and hear him, the creature must use up all of their speed to move towards him. Cú Chullain makes his next attack against this target with advantage, and it has disadvantage on attacks against all other creatures except from Cú Chullain until the end of its next turn.
Furious Charge (Costs 2 actions) Cú Chullain moves up to 40 feet. Any creature within 5 feet of him during this movement must succeed on a DC17 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

You might well be correct about Queen Maeb. We have tried to assign as correct a challenge rating as possible, but we do tend to err on the side of caution.
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Phillip H October 06, 2020 8:51 am UTC
Hi, thanks for the quick reply. Like I said, even with those two tiny peeves, it's a fantastic book. The Old World books are usually among the first I recommend to others looking for great expansions to their DnD library, and this one is no exception.
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Cameron D September 30, 2020 2:07 pm UTC
An amazingly worthy and fantastically fun addition to the Old Worlds series - I demand POD gods dangit! You should all delve into this book! Check out my full review here:
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