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"There's the unique feature of player characters dying and rising again, but with the features of something quite Barovian. Whether their souls get tainted or their bodies attract bugs, these unique Gothic flavors can help immerse them further into the setting." - Cita A F

"Dying in D&D is a big deal. These encounters for beyond life are fantastic, short, and attention gripping." - Bob C.

"The Dark Lord Master of Dungeons Christian Von Zeuchovich is back in the Domains of Dread, following their bestselling Encounters in Barovia. [...] What truly elevates and sets this supplement apart are the deliciously dark, mysterious and disturbing encounters that accompany each Dark Gift with chilling boxtext and evocative suggestions" - Curse of Sebs

Encounters with the Dark Powers is a supplement that provides an alternative to death in Ravenloft, mainly useful for the Curse of Strahd module. Inspired by the Expanded Dark Gifts from Adventurer's League, this supplement will allow your players' characters to face the unknown through roleplay encounters


The supplement contains 20 new Dark Gifts and an encounter for each of those. When a character from 1st- to 5th-level dies, the DM can roll or pick an entry from the table and run a short, grim encounter where the Dark Powers will offer the character a chance to return to life.

The product contains two PDFs:

  • A 20-page PDF with all guidelines, the Dark Gift table, and all Encounters, along with high-quality art
  • A printer-friendly and accessible PDF

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Preview of the Introduction, Encounter #1 and an art of a skeletal rider on top of some zombies.

Preview of Encounters #6 and #7 with arts of aggressive wolves and misty hands.

Preview of Encounter #14 and #15 and a full art of a blue skull and another art with a hearth and a bloody floor.

Preview of Encounters #18, #19 and #20, the image of a terrible, multi-headed and armed creature with red yes, and a full art of a skull with a gaping mouth that reads


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Marc M November 18, 2021 11:29 pm UTC
Good day CZ quick questions about the sidebar Dread Mark it say's the PC is considered undead but are not actually undead, is the point of this to reflect the dark powers influence on them? So they would still require to eat, drink and need sleep ?
I was just a little confused I think with the Undead One dark gift and the dread mark being double undead
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Christian Z November 19, 2021 12:12 am UTC
Yes, it's just that they trigger for detect evil and good, and also on divine sense. They aren't actual undead.
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Badger B December 21, 2020 9:51 pm UTC
for 07 The Tormented one is it an always apply thing or a choice each time?
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Christian Z December 21, 2020 9:54 pm UTC
If you refer to the Dark Gift, it's a choice. The character can decide when to use it.
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Badger B December 21, 2020 9:59 pm UTC
Thank you for such a quick and concise reply!!

I have already converted this to Fantasy grounds and had two occassions to use it.

I love it!
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Christian Z December 21, 2020 10:02 pm UTC
I'm so glad to hear this :)
I hope you enjoy it!
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