History TabletopGame / Ravenloft

16th Oct '17 2:03:01 PM Agronac919
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* DoggedNiceGuy: Strahd in ''I, Strahd'' acts like this toward Tatyana, even though he knows she is already his brother Sergei's fiance.

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* DoggedNiceGuy: Strahd in ''I, Strahd'' acts like this toward Tatyana, even though he knows she is already his brother Sergei's fiance. Later [[DeconstructedTrope ripped apart]] in the [[LoveMakesYouEvil worst way possible.]]
16th Oct '17 1:26:19 PM Paireon
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** That said, the weirdness was merely somewhat reduced, not removed entirely; see PatchworkMap below for examples.



** Lord Soth, one of D&D's favorite villains, escapes the Land of Mists in the most bizarre way possible....by not giving a crap. He basically accepts that he deserves to be tormented by the Dark Powers and admits his failures. He refuses to rise to anything they present him with, be it despair or hope; eventually, realising that it's pointless to keep him around since he won't respond to anything they do, the Dark Powers release him from Ravenloft.

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** Lord Soth, one of D&D's favorite villains, escapes the Land of Mists in the most bizarre way possible....possible ...by not giving a crap. He basically accepts that he deserves to be tormented by the Dark Powers and admits his failures. He refuses to rise to anything they present him with, be it despair or hope; eventually, realising that it's pointless to keep him around since he won't respond to anything they do, the Dark Powers release him from Ravenloft.



* {{Expy}}: Though they're not direct analogues, many of the darklords take direct inspiration from popular gothic literary figures. Strahd is {{Dracula}}, Mordenheim is Literature/{{Frankenstein}} and Adam his Monster, Tristan Hiregaard and his alter ego Malken are [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll and Hyde]], Markov is [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]], Rudolph Van Richten is based on Van Helsing and so on. As well as [[SherlockHolmes Alanik Ray and Doctor Arthur Sedgewick]].

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* {{Expy}}: Though they're not direct analogues, many of the darklords take direct inspiration from popular gothic literary figures. Strahd is {{Dracula}}, Mordenheim is Literature/{{Frankenstein}} and Adam his Monster, Tristan Hiregaard and his alter ego Malken are [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll and Hyde]], Markov is [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]], Rudolph Van Richten is based on Van Helsing Helsing, and so on. As well as [[SherlockHolmes Alanik Ray and Doctor Arthur Sedgewick]].



* FantasticRacism: Demihumans get a lot of mistrust, alienation and prejudice in the setting, to the point the third edition rules introduced an "Outsider Rating" that posed an increasingly high penalty to most diplomatic-focused skills. Sadly, it's kind of justified by the fact that Ravenloft is officially crawling with all manner of monsters that look ''almost'', but not ''quite'', like normal human beings. These include several varities of AlwaysChaoticEvil [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werebeasts]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent multiple types of vampire]], and even weirder creatures ("Red Widows" are an [[OneGenderRace always female]] race of sapient {{Giant Spider}}s that can shapeshift into [[EvilRedhead always-redhaired humanoid forms]] and which reproduce by mating with humanoids, paralyzing them, and then laying the eggs into their bodies).

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* FantasticRacism: Demihumans get a lot of mistrust, alienation and prejudice in the setting, to the point the third edition rules introduced an "Outsider Rating" that posed an increasingly high penalty to most diplomatic-focused skills. Sadly, it's kind of justified by the fact that Ravenloft is officially crawling with all manner of monsters that look ''almost'', but not ''quite'', like normal human beings. These include several varities of AlwaysChaoticEvil [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werebeasts]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent multiple types of vampire]], and even weirder creatures ("Red Widows" are an [[OneGenderRace always female]] race of sapient {{Giant Spider}}s that can shapeshift into [[EvilRedhead always-redhaired humanoid forms]] and which reproduce by mating with humanoids, paralyzing them, and then [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong laying the eggs into their bodies).bodies]]).



* MicroMonarchy: Ghastria, until the Great Upheaval.

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* MicroMonarchy: Ghastria, until the Great Upheaval. Most domains whose overt ruler is a monarch or noble of some sort would count in any other setting if the official population numbers and geographic dimensions are used (Darkon, for example, is the largest and most populous Domain, yet barely has over 100 000 inhabitants and at its widest can be crossed in a few days at most).



* MorePredatorsThanPrey: Many, many gamemasters adjust the population figures and sizes of the domains up by a factor of ten or more to avert this trope.

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* MorePredatorsThanPrey: Many, many gamemasters adjust the population figures and sizes of the domains up by a factor of ten or more to avert this trope. Especially {{egregious}} is the Domain of Verbrek, which quite literally has more werewolves than humans living in it.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: The process for electing a new mayor of Skald, capital of Kartakass. The whole thing basically consists of several minutes of the candidates all explaining their platforms and issues, followed by several ''hours'' of a battle royale singing competition that's eventually decided by voice vote ''(read: applause)''. The fact that Harkon Lucas has won every "election" for the past few decades doesn't preclude, say, a PC from throwing their hat into the ring. Say what you will about it, it's still the closest thing to democracy in the Core by a long shot.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: The process for electing a new mayor of Skald, capital of Kartakass. The whole thing basically consists of several minutes of the candidates all explaining their platforms and issues, followed by several ''hours'' of a battle royale singing competition that's eventually decided by voice vote ''(read: applause)''. The fact that Harkon Lucas Lukas has won every "election" for the past few decades doesn't preclude, say, a PC from throwing their hat into the ring. Say what you will about it, it's still the closest thing to democracy in the Core by a long shot.



* {{Necromancer}}: Strahd is a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Necromancer Specialist Wizard]], as are the darklords of I'Cath and the Nocturnal Sea. There are likely tons of others lurking around, due to the nature of the setting.

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* {{Necromancer}}: Strahd is a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Necromancer Specialist Wizard]], as are the darklords of I'Cath and the Nocturnal Sea. Azalin, while technically a generalist wizard, naturally has vast knowledge of necromancy (and was, in fact, Strahd's wizardly mentor before their falling out). There are likely tons of others lurking around, due to the nature of the setting.



** One of the big flaws of the Vistani, as a whole, is this; it's all but outright said that it's only a crime if it's done by a giorgio (outsider) to a Vistani, not the other way around. The absolute perfect example of this is the Vistani wise woman cursing Van Richten to bring a horrible death to anyone who comes to consider him an ally for destroying her tribe... not once considering the fact they brought it on themselves by kidnapping his son and selling him to become, essentially, a vampire's catamite. Making things worse, the Vistani who died and was used as an excuse to kidnap van Richten's son? He got his injuries in a failed attempt to kidnap somebody else's son.

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** One of the big flaws of the Vistani, as a whole, is this; it's all but outright said that it's only a crime if it's done by a giorgio (outsider) to a Vistani, not the other way around. The absolute perfect example of this is the Vistani wise woman cursing Van Richten to bring a horrible death to anyone who comes to consider him an ally for destroying her tribe... not once considering the fact they brought it on themselves by kidnapping his son and selling him to become, essentially, a vampire's catamite. Making things worse, the Vistani who died while under Van Richten's medical care and was used as an excuse to kidnap van Richten's son? He got his injuries in a failed attempt to kidnap somebody else's son.



* PatchworkMap: Justified by the very nature of the world. The [[PowersThatBe Dark Powers]] have even been known to add, subtract, or rearrange the patches from time to time.

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* PatchworkMap: Justified by the very nature of the world. The [[PowersThatBe Dark Powers]] have even been known to add, subtract, or rearrange the patches from time to time. {{Egregious}} examples include the Shadow Rift (a huge, seemingly bottomless chasm in the middle of the Core's landmass where two other Domains used to be), Todstein (an island in the southern Nocturnal Sea with an arctic climate whereas both the coast at the same latitude and the islands to its north are temperate).
6th Sep '17 2:48:34 PM Peteman
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* KnightTemplar: One darklord, Elena Faith-hold, is a former paladin who fell due to hitting this trope ''hard''. If anything she's gotten even worse since.

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* KnightTemplar: One darklord, Elena Faith-hold, is a former paladin who fell due to hitting this trope ''hard''.trope. If anything she's gotten even worse since.
7th Aug '17 5:38:36 AM Timurlame
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* TomatoInTheMirror: Darkon's effect on memory isn't a secret, just an unpleasant fact that's impolite to talk about openly. If you're a native Darkonian, you have to live with the lingering anxiety that a short jaunt across the border will reveal that you ''aren't'' a native Darkonian, and perhaps there was something (or someone) very, very important you've left unattended for years. Darkonians don't like to leave Darkon.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: Darkon's effect on memory isn't a secret, just an unpleasant fact that's impolite to talk about openly. If you're a native Darkonian, you have to live with the lingering anxiety that a short jaunt across the border will reveal that you ''aren't'' a native Darkonian, Darkonian. Perhaps some of your most cherished friends and loved ones never existed, and perhaps there was something (or someone) very, very important you've left unattended for years. Darkonians don't like to leave Darkon.
6th Aug '17 8:19:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* TreacheryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Count Strahd von Zarovich's infamous Act of Ultimate Darkness was the betrayal and murder of his brother Sergei on his wedding day so that he could have Tatyana, the woman both men loved, for himself.
2nd Aug '17 6:11:10 PM Timurlame
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* TomatoInTheMirror: Darkon's effect on memory isn't a secret, just an unpleasant fact that's too impolite to talk about openly. If you're a native Darkonian, you have to live with the lingering anxiety that a short jaunt across the border will reveal that you ''aren't'' a native Darkonian, and perhaps there was something (or someone) very, very important you've left unattended for years. Darkonians don't like to leave Darkon.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: Darkon's effect on memory isn't a secret, just an unpleasant fact that's too impolite to talk about openly. If you're a native Darkonian, you have to live with the lingering anxiety that a short jaunt across the border will reveal that you ''aren't'' a native Darkonian, and perhaps there was something (or someone) very, very important you've left unattended for years. Darkonians don't like to leave Darkon.
2nd Aug '17 4:52:44 PM Timurlame
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* TomatoInTheMirror: Darkon's effect on memory isn't a secret, just an unpleasant fact that's too impolite to talk about openly. If you're a native Darkonian, you have to live with the lingering anxiety that a short jaunt across the border will reveal that you ''aren't'' a native Darkonian, and perhaps there was something (or someone) very, very important you've left unattended for years. Darkonians don't like to leave Darkon.
31st Jul '17 1:03:51 AM Timurlame
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* CultureChopSuey: Crops up now and then. For example, Tepest is TheThemeParkVersion of premodern Ireland, mixed with Witch Trials era New England, garnished with just the ''tiniest'' sliver of Spain during the Inquisition (in the form of the Inquisition itself and a forest called ''Brujamonte''.

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* CultureChopSuey: Crops up now and then. For example, Tepest is TheThemeParkVersion of premodern Ireland, mixed with Witch Trials era New England, garnished with just the ''tiniest'' sliver of Spain during the Inquisition (in the form of the Inquisition itself and a forest called ''Brujamonte''.''Brujamonte'').
31st Jul '17 1:01:02 AM Timurlame
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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church of Ezra worships a Cristal Dragon Virgin Mary figure .

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church of Ezra worships a Cristal Dragon Virgin Mary figure .figure.
* CultureChopSuey: Crops up now and then. For example, Tepest is TheThemeParkVersion of premodern Ireland, mixed with Witch Trials era New England, garnished with just the ''tiniest'' sliver of Spain during the Inquisition (in the form of the Inquisition itself and a forest called ''Brujamonte''.
27th Jul '17 9:25:27 PM Kuruni
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''Ravenloft'' is a campaign setting for the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tabletop roleplaying game, invoking themes of GothicHorror and [[DarkFantasy dark fantasy]]. The events take place in a pocket dimension called the "Land of Mists". The enigmatic Dark Powers have cobbled together a patchwork land of diverse kingdoms, each hiding their own foul secrets and held in thrall by a hideously corrupt being--its [[EvilOverlord darklord]]--for whom each domain is both a sovereign territory and a prison. The name "Ravenloft" is actually the name of the castle which looms over the Land of Barovia, one of the most famous dark dominions of the setting.

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''Ravenloft'' is a campaign setting for the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tabletop roleplaying game, invoking themes of GothicHorror and [[DarkFantasy dark fantasy]].DarkFantasy. The events take place in a pocket dimension called the "Land of Mists". The enigmatic Dark Powers have cobbled together a patchwork land of diverse kingdoms, each hiding their own foul secrets and held in thrall by a hideously corrupt being--its [[EvilOverlord darklord]]--for whom each domain is both a sovereign territory and a prison. The name "Ravenloft" is actually the name of the castle which looms over the Land of Barovia, one of the most famous dark dominions of the setting.
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