I like the idea that the Shadowfell is in fact the Plane of Irony. The suggestion that it is in fact a living place with a mind of its own is also intriguing, and will have implications much later on, as we will see."Some people believe that the Shadowfell is as much a living place as the world or the Feywild, despite its sinister reputation and its association with death. The plane seems to have a mind of its own, dispensing grim and ironic circumstances that strike hero and villain alike.
Sages suggest that the subtle forces binding together the Shadowfell are vestiges of long-forgotten gods of good. The Shadowfell serves as a place for evil creatures to muster and also as a prison for some of the worst evils in the cosmos. The fact that the dark lords remain tightly contained in their domains of dread seems to support this claim. If the Shadowfell did not exist, souls would have nowhere to go and many more foul creatures would be free to wander the plains."
Nothing is written here about whether they also attend wicked raves, but I wouldn’t bet against it."sought to stimulate their bodies and minds, committing themselves to passion and excess to stave off the overbearing malaise."
"Over time, the Shadar-Kai became a people of extreme emotions and incredible appetites. Some revel in pleasure and pain. They torture themselves, pierce skin and bone with cruel objects, abrade their flesh with jagged barbs, and cover themselves in scars and tattoos."
I'm glad you appreciate it! 'Cause I'm enjoying doing it. HehCool. I love your hamminess. Really spices things up.
Personally, I would houserule this in. It just makes sense to me. Of course, then you have to determine how much the PCs can physically interact with souls...I also wonder about the metaphysics of the place, especially if you see the souls of those who die here get out of their bodies.
I don't think that is stated anywhere. My guess is that it is just the Shadowfell being freaky for the sake of it, which as we will see is not at all out of character for the place.Also where all the skulls for the skull tree came from. Do bones in the real world just disappear and reappear in the Shadowfell?
At any rate, it certainly did beat Ravenloft up and steal its stuff!Vistani? That is unexpected. I mean, I saw them get a 4e write up in a magazine (I liked that they were a multi-species group rather than only being one human ethnicity) but the magazine at that time covered many settings.
I guess the Shadowfell really is supposed to fill a Ravenloft like role, similar to how the Astral Sea is sort of a pseudo-Spelljammer setting.
Wow, I hadn't seen that before. That is certainly an unusual take on the Shadar-kai. Every other image I've seen of them shows them with pale complexions and usually dressed in some sort of black leather armor festooned with spikes. Do a Google Image Search and see what I mean.About the shadar-kai. Everyone describes them as emo, but I see them more as punks. This image probably helped with that:
As a DM, it's not every day that you get to inflict an emotional state on your players, but the Despair Deck allows you to do exactly that. It's a deck of thirty cards that comes in the boxed set. Each card represents some sort of mental derangement brought along about by prolonged exposure to the malign influence of the Shadowfell. This mental gloom comes in several flavors: Apathy, Fear, Madness"The Despair Deck represents the unnatural behaviors and neuroses that can come over those who visit the Shadowfell. People from beyond the plane who travel through its dusky landscape finds that cheer turns to gloom, friendship becomes enmity, and reason transforms into madness."
The book notes that DMs can also hand out despair cards when some particularly unsettling event has occurred, but warns that having too many cards to keep track of at once can be distracting."A character usually becomes beset with despair when he or she takes an extended rest after having encounters in the Shadowfell."
At any rate, it certainly did beat Ravenloft up and steal its stuff!
I do understand. I remember being surprised that this guy was a shadar-kai at first. Still, it is a take I kind of like, especially since fluff wize they are all about extreme sensations to keep from fading.
Interesting. The 4e Underdark book mentioned a lot of similar kinds of mental conditions that the region could inflict on those trapped in its gloom, but didn't really have any mechanics for it.Dungeoneer said:As a DM, it's not every day that you get to inflict an emotional state on your players, but the Despair Deck allows you to do exactly that.