Creating a D&D Campaign with Enchanting Dark Fey Vibes
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Let’s build a D&D campaign with ~dark fey vibes~" by Ginny Di
TLDR The campaign setting of the Shadow Realm offers a dark and intriguing world filled with moral dilemmas, personal twists, and unique character development opportunities.
Themes and Concepts
"I remember being really into the concepts of changeling children and fairy rings that trapped you inside or forced you to dance until you went mad or died."
The Mother of Sorrows offers Kenna a tempting bargain, blurring the line between vengeance and salvation, raising questions about the morality of embracing darkness for personal gain.
Straying from the path of a shadow road can lead to being trapped in the Plane of Shadow, where a mortal becomes corrupted and eventually turns into a shadow thrall.
The concept of umbral humans, who have been twisted by exposure to shadow, adds an intriguing and potentially satirical twist to the campaign.
The campaign idea of a character discovering that they are a mother who had their memory of their child stolen adds a compelling and emotional twist to the story.
"This newly reborn Krix found himself ravenous. He suddenly hungered for living flesh and, even more strangely, for the very shadows that infused this plane. The more of this dark magic he consumed, the stronger he grew."
Aravni, as a member of the shadow fey, can harness the power of the Plane of Shadow and serve as a conduit for her divine patron, Sarastra, the Queen of the Court of Night and Magic.
Player Character Development
Playing as a darakhul PC in this campaign requires consuming raw meat daily, potentially leading to temptation for murder due to scarcity of living flesh in the Shadow Realm.
The clash between the core goals of the bearfolk and the Circle of Shadows druids creates great motivation for player character development.
Having a player who belongs to a fairy court sets up a campaign with exciting adventures within its walls, adding a unique and magical element to the game.
The campaign arc can be tailored to the player characters' goals and backstories, creating a more immersive and personal journey for each character as they pursue their individual objectives while also intertwining their stories for a richer narrative.