Strahd encounters 5e Jander Sunstar was a gold elf vampire from Evermeet who was swept to the Demiplane of Dread in 1098 DR. You can see it below, but click on the image and check out all of his epic monsters, as well as his 5E Epic Characters thread. Edit: You could easily add to the difficulty further by bumping his spellcasting ability to 10th or higher level. And for the other high level baddies you've posted in that thread...I recently used Tharizdun against my PCs, although I softened him up a bit. Both the sunsword and the symbol can emit sunlight for long periods of time. Show All; Hide All - Top - End - #2. For the final confrontation, the party is probably level 10. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. They bit off his foot and ran away at dawn. If my party levels to 10 or 11 (with how I may run a few locations different) would a CR 17 version of Strahd be too strong? If a piercing weapon made of wood is driven into the Strahd's heart while Strahd is incapacitated in its coffin, strahd is paralyzed until the stake is removed.

You just need to find ways to distract your players. I want to thank you for this read. If the target can see Strahd, the target must succeed on a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw against this magic or be charmed.

This is a very powerful ability, and it has plenty of uses outside of combat that are great from a roleplaying standpoint. Radael knows he cannot help them get out. You’ll see clerics and paladins bring holy water and radiant spells to battle. I can’t find anything about it on the pic, nor the article itself, November 11, 2017 at 1:16 am Fighting Strahd anywhere except in Castle Ravenloft. 19.- Lost shipment: Recent cart tracks on the road suddenly go off it and into the woods. If the party have already met Rahadin then what happens will depend on that first encounter. But do give Strahd a sword.

-New magic Equipment for Strahd! He is still the lord of the land. He should be almost unbeatable if. I’m looking into using a CR 17 version of Strahd i found, it mainly buffs his health and save DC to 19 including giving him more spell slots and a long sword that hits like a truck.

Edit: You could easily add to the difficulty further by bumping his spellcasting ability to 10th or higher level. Other location for Strahd to take advantage of is the top of the tower in K20, where the Heart of Sorrow is. If his remains are recovered and taken to Argynvostholt he will be able to rest. October 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm

This is an all-in, and do not underestimate your party. He cannot leave either, that’s his curse. After investigating they find a poor horse trying to scare of a pack of wolves. 3rd level (3 slots): Haste, Fireball, Counterspell Right now we are running a homebrew strahd campaign and was looking for monsters to pad out to strahd, who has his cr increased to 17. They reked him. If the party have not encountered him before, he introduces himself as Strahd’s right hand and welcomes them to Barovia. Cantrips (at will): Mage hand, Prestidigitation, Ray of Frost What you get is impressive hi-def versions of my maps to be used in your RPG games (these have lower resolution), and the satisfaction of helping the rpg community grow bigger and stronger. This split the party's attention as they had to tank Strahd and ignore him and instead focus on smashing the mirrors to avoid being overwhelmed. You could definitely give him a shield, but that would impact his ability to grapple and thus bite. Plus he can dish out 170 hp of damage per round. June 18, 2017 at 4:16 am

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He is described in the book in page 240. What this means is that anyone can use them, share them or modify them. Then an adventuring party can move up to 12 hexes in an hour (3 miles). And as a direct projection of his own disposition and personality, the land is dangerous.

To build up rapport between Strahd and the party so that each side gets to gauge the other. After the wizard was defeated and thrown down the cliffs of Ravenloft, he was the first to climb down there with a friend, to find the man’s possessions. You would do well by scanning it, taking a picture or taking good notes of all the info in that page for fast reference in game. They serve as meat shields for Strahd, they protect him and if there are enough of them, Strahd can simply disengage from the fight and watch from afar, gauging the PCs abilities.

So there is no reason to respect the rules here, I’ll write a suggested (legal) spell list below but my real advice is, forget spell lists, forget spell slots and ignore Strahd’s supposed spellcaster level. The target isn't under Strahd's control, but it takes Strahd's requests and actions in the most favorable way and lets Strahd bite it. These are villagers from Vallaki armed with sickles and torches.

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Help me get funding and enjoy hi resolution version of all my work. Over time he became an accomplished spellcaster, but what use does it have if there’s no chance to cast it. His sister is captive of the three hags in Old Bonegrinder. I say screw the once/day restriction, have him summon bats pretty much constantly, just to use the help action.

After all they are the only source of wine in the region and it is stated that they deliver to the three villages free of cost.

This really has helped me better equip myself to make Strahd the harsh horror icon i want him to be. Many question why Strahd would bother to fight lowly adventurers being a man of his range and stature. I'll still need to beef him up. Alternatively, he fights full force until possibly being defeated by a higher level party.

You really have to metagame the initiative order and decide who you want to avoid hitting Strahd, probably a paladin or cleric. From afar they can see a young man in heavy coat. Other stuff by James Plunkett can be referenced here: The most important part is to have a good time and to have the players believe you role played Strahd to his maximum.

A human was never meant to have such a long lifespan. Help me get funding and enjoy hi resolution version of all my work. Suggestions? I remade Strahd's personal crypt to be circular (octagonal) with massive mirrors covering the walls. To add to the customizing spells thing: Hold Person + bite is devastating. 2020-02-29, 01:40 PM. Your email address will not be published. Also if they make the right moves and you mess up once or twice, Strahd can become quite squishy. What’s the PC to do? The reason I didn’t like to use it was because it tended to turn battles into role playing parts.

Quality content, cartography, and adventures for fantasy games. Then bite them again (legendary action) and move them away. The purpose is to lead the PCs directly to the trap and have one or two of them activate it and fly all the way up to area K47. 10.- Burial: The party comes across a scene of battle on the road between settlements. The Strand in 4th and on is a joke character at best. Thanks hawkeye fan! It may or may not be the one we're both thinking of.

During a rest outdoors, the ground vibrates for a minute. Hit Points 27 (5d8 + 5) (Close to an average level 3 Fighter of 28: 10 + 6 + 6 + 6 (Con 14 (+2)x3) I don't have the adventure yet. I did this in a game and since the two targets of the trap were already hurt by the ongoing battle they were unconscious and dying from the trap. (Just an example that's popping in my head while i'm writing: have strahd summon copies of himself from paintings all around the room, or maybe summon evil copies of a character standing near a mirror), The key point you should follow is that Strahd is not the typical "in-your-face-fighter", he's the ultimate war general and mastermind, that had centuries to refine his techniques and develop tricks. When you judge appropriate, Strahd reveals himself and fights them for a few rounds before turning to mist with an evil laugh. In fact he can even lose a battle and eventually be turned to mist. When they next return to the appropriate village, said NPC is alive. It’s a big stat block. It is my opinion that the trip is more important than the destination, if the party has gotten this far then you and your friends have had awesome hours of fun and nothing can take that away.

I do have a quick question though. It’s a supposed monster that eats livestock by puncturing them and sucking out all moisture from them.

Radael is an unicorn passing through Barovia. He has a score of 20 Intelligence, which is higher than the average mind flayer if you want to compare it with a race that is considered highly intelligent. October 12, 2018 at 1:29 am The GUIDE index for Curse of Strahd and other related articles can be found here !

The cart appears to have been here for a week. But why would I need a higher CR Strahd??? They’re not to be underestimated, level 10 parties in D&D 5e are pretty strong and resourceful. Fighting Strahd in the wild or in town should be a tough encounter but Strahd has no need to stay until the end and might even wish to retreat at some point, leaving the party fighting with some minions or companions.

If you haven't yet, I'd suggest you read this guide for playing Strahd. Some of them are battle encounters, others are just strange finding and a few of them include Count Strahd. This is the final battle and Strahd will use every nasty trick up his sleeve to kill the PCs. That’s what we did. His pack is nearby.

Through roleplay, the affected PC might actually choose not to give the sword to Strahd. yd. Not being able to join his brothers in arms is a torment that never let him rest.

The thing is, you can combine this with Strahd’s Spider Climb ability and move upward and out of the melee PCs reach.

Just as he respects the old pact with the Vistani, he respects the appointments of the different Burgomasters and their families’ nobility. I understand why it is like that, it’s trying to convey what spells he has prepared at any given day, but just like any wizard, if he expects to go fighting then he will prepare the spells more likely to be used. The tarroka reading put both the Sunsword and Holy Symbol of Ravenkind in Vallaki so they got these items fairly quickly.

I wrote that the unicorn is just passing through. You need to look at everything in its entire context, and how each ability, the environment, and occupants all tie in together. After following the trail, they find the carcasses of two deer.

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