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She is the Ancient: A Genderbent Curse of Strahd $19.99
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Kera H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/23/2023 08:26:09

Ehh...this one's a mixed bag.

Like, if you want a remix of Curse of Strahd, then yeah. I can't recommend this enough! There's small touches here and there that not only streamlines parts of the original, but also has a refreshing take that would give fans a few surprises. (For example, Death House. I really don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say that there's some changes here that actually advance the story pretty nicely.) Not to mention that the art is beautiful enough to hang on your wall. This is a very well put together module to run and I would recommend this to fans!

However, this is no more feminist than the original one. For one thing, Genderbent!Strahd is defanged when compared to the original, coming off more as angsty than scary. Furthermore, Ireena is still treated as a living prop for Genderbent!Strahd to kidnap, which was a complaint in this book's very intro (and also a plot element that I've rolled my eyes at). Like...why not have the plot have Genderbent!Strahd be more focused on finding her reincarnated brother instead, going for a more familial obsession than a romantic one? And if having a harem is a problematic trope, why not replace it with a pseudo family that Genderbent!Strahd is trying to build? These would've been interesting takes on a villain.

So, yes buy this if you want a Curse of Strahd remix, and no don't buy this if you are looking for a feminist retelling. (As is, I go into more detail here. Wanted to keep this relatively short.)

[3 of 5 Stars!]
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