Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history. He turned to the first page and read:
I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known....
He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?
I like it. I really just wish it was like the one I heard with the sound effects and music.
A great book, if you’re into D&D and are about to run Curse of Strahd this is a good way to get some information. No real spoilers because this is before the campaign setting.
What an origin...
The novel was a wonderfully crafted and well spoken gothic horror delight. The origin of The Lord Stradh is a tale of both woe and clever betrayal. If you are a fan of medieval fantasy or gothic horror I'd definitely suggest giving this a read or listen. Oh, and be sure to check out the other Ravenloft novels as well!