The Demiplane of Dread

Ravenloft is a place not of this world or any other. A floating pocket-dimension hidden deep within the Ethereal Plane, occasionally extending its misty fingers into other worlds to snatch up hapless victims. It exists as a microcosm unto itself and follows its own mystical set of laws. The land is alive. It does not breathe as a creature does, but it responds to the life within it. The land can grow and change, and it creates new earth for those whose evil is strong enough to draw attention.

"Ravenloft" is not a term used by those who live there. It is the collective name otherwordly scholars use in reference to a series of demiplanes that exist within the Ethereal and have an abnormally strong connection to the Shadowfell (see The Planes of Existence for more information). These demiplanes are different from worlds in the Material Plane in the sense that they do not have echo counterparts. Rather, the world is a fusion of the Material with the Shadowfell, set adrift in th Ethereal cut of from the Feywild entirely.

These pocket dimensions float about within the Ethereal, sometimes merging together for an undetermined amount of time, only to drift apart again. Each individual island is its' own nation-state, commonly called a Domain and ruled by a Dreadlord. These Dreadlords may be well-known political rulers, or they may be unknown entities watching from the shadows. All Dreadlords have special powers and abilities over the domains they rule.

The sun never fully shines in the lands of Ravenloft. Even during the day, the sky is dimmed by fog or storm clouds, or the light is strangely muted. Daylight is bright light, yet it isn't considered sunlight for the purpose of effects and vulnerabilities, such as a vampire's vulnerability to sunlight (they are susceptible to sunlight created by magic means, however).

The Demiplane of Dread

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