Barovia Lore

Lore overheard from Barovians about their homeland:

The Land of Barovia

Beliefs and Superstitions

  • Barovians have deep-rooted religious beliefs and superstitions that they pass down from one generation to the next.
  • Two divine forces watch over the Barovian people: the Morninglord and Mother Night.
  • Before the curse of Strahd befell the land, the Morninglord watched over Barovian people from sunrise until sundown. Now, the sun has not shone unobscured for centuries, and the Morninglord no longer answers their prayers.
  • The presence of Mother Night is felt most strongly between dusk and dawn, although nighttime prayers to her go unanswered. It is widely believed that she has forsaken the Barovian people and sen the devil Strahd to punish them for their ancestors’ offenses.
  • Spirits drift along the Old Svalich Road toward Castle Ravenloft in the dead of night. These phantoms are all that remain of Strahd’s enemies, and this damnable fate await anyone who opposes him.
  • The Vistani serve the devil Strahd. They alone are allowed to leave Barovia.
  • Never harm a raven, lest ill fortune befall you!

Lore overheard from the Vistani about Barovia:

The Land of Barovia and Barovians

Beliefs and Superstitions

  • The Vistani have deep rooted beliefs and superstitions that they pass down from one generation to the next:
  • The souls of those who die in Barovia can’t escape to the afterlife. They are prisoners in Strahd’s domain.
  • Some Vistani women are blessed with prescience. Of all the great Vistani fortune-tellers, none compares to Madam Eva. If knowledge of the future is what you seek, Madam Eva will tell you your fate.
  • A prescient Vistani can’t see her own future or the future of another Vistana. It is the burden of the Vistani’s great gift that their own fates can’t be divined.
  • Vistani curses are poten, but they are invoked with great caution. Vistani know that to curse one who is undeserving of such punishment can have grave consequences for the one who utters such a curse.
  • Ravens carry lost souls within them, so killing one is bad luck.

Barovia Lore

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