No light escapes the castle’s tall black windows. Its broken battlements and towering spires sketch a jagged line across the darkening sky. Castle Ravenloft looms over the valley like a stony vulture. Built on the sheer side of a thousand-foot cliff, ancient and terrible secrets beyond reckoning lie within this fortress.

The glow of lightning flashes across a balcony, revealing the lone figure of Count Strahd von Zarovich. He surveys the brooding forest, the misty peaks, the few sad lights of the village below. Insatiable hunger lurks in his eyes; his face, once handsome, is now contorted by a tragedy darker than the night itself.

A bitter wind spins dead leaves around him, catching his velvet-lined cape. He clutches a pale hand to his chest, and mutters: “Ireena.”

Strahd watches the strangers as they come down Old Svalich Road towards the village. He’s been expecting them, of course. He will attend them soon enough. They will have their part to play in the coming drama—and in the final act, Strahd’s desire, burning down through the ages, will finally fall within his grasp.

His dream will soon be over. For the strangers, the nightmare is only beginning.

The lightning blazes again, and Strahd is gone.

Eberron: The Shadow of Ravenloft is an online presentation of the original 1983 I6 Ravenloft adventure for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, placed in the Eberron campaign setting. Sessions are conducted every other Tuesday via Google Hangouts and usually last about three hours.

This campaign is rated T for Teen.

First Session: Monday, January 19th, 2015

Next Session: TBD

Eberron: The Shadow of Ravenloft

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