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Curse of Strahd Companion 9: Tsolenka Pass



The Curse of Strahd Companion is your comprehensive guide to running 5th Edition's greatest and grimmest campaign. The Companion dives through every chapter of Curse of Strahd and incorporates Wyatt Trull's mithral-bestselling module, The Wedding at Ravenloft as the campaign's climax. This chapter overhauls the Tsolenka Pass:

  • Bigger Barovia. The Companion extends the trek to the Amber Temple into a grueling four-day journey, each with its own events, featuring Sangzor, the Snow Maidens, the Roc of Mount Ghakis, and even Sir Godfrey Gwilym.
  • The Gauntlet of Mount Ghakis. Embracing the Exploration pillar, the Companion includes rules for blizzards, avalanches, and extreme weather to color the ordinarily mundane journey to the Amber Temple. Thanks to the Dark Powers, the adventurers cannot truly achieve a long rest and are harried by foul weather for the entire four-day journey up Mount Ghakis.
  • The Snow Maidens Fair. The chapter utilizes the specters haunting Tsolenka Tower, who are ordinarily only present if a Fortune of Ravenloft is in the tower. The Companion rewrites the Snow Maidens as a crack commando unit Strahd charged with guarding Tsolenka Pass centuries ago. These soldiers were led by Strahd's (newly invented by the Companion) cousin, Minadora von Zarovich, who refuses to believe she was exiled to Tsolenka so as to remove a potential claimant from Strahd's court. Now the specters persist in undeath, still wholly devoted to their duty. The adventurers must deal with these ghostly soldiers to climb further up Mount Ghakis.
  • Lugdana's Legacy. The Companion rewrites the roc of Mount Ghakis. Before, it was just a random monstrosity lairing in the Balinok Mountains. Now, the roc is the giant raven that delivered the *holy symbol of ravenkind* to the paladin Lugdana long ago. The Dark Powers have corrupted this once magnificent beast.
  • Revision. Strahd has been written out of this chapter, as his presence, I fear, detracts from the overall experience.
  • Dramatis Personae. A handy guide detailing all characters featured in this chapter of the campaign, with advice and variants.
  • Areas of Note. A guide to swiftly running the chapter's areas.
  • DM Notes. Notes including but not limited to spicing up the region with valuable roleplay with select NPCs.
  • Magic Item Descriptions. Save yourself the time of digging through the Dungeon Master's Guide to determine how the magic items in this chapter work.
  • Monster Stats. Time is precious, and matters all the more in combat. Appendix B has the statistics for the NPCs used in this chapter!

Publishing Schedule

It is no secret that Curse of Strahd's chapters are organized counterintuitively. The Companion will be publishing chapters with a more narrative focus in mind:

Order Chapter
1 1: Into the Mists
2 Death House Prologue
3 2: The Lands of Barovia
4 3: The Village of Barovia
5 6: Old Bonegrinder
6 5: The Town of Vallaki
7 7: Argynvostholt
8 11: Van Richten's Tower
9 8: The Village of Krezk
10 12: The Wizard of Wines
11 14: Yester Hill
12 15: The Werewolf Den
13 10: The Ruins of Berez
14 9: Tsolenka Pass
15 13: The Amber Temple
16 4: Castle Ravenloft



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