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Blood Spawn is a 84-page sourcebook for the Birthright setting.

Official synopsis[]

Blood Spawn: Creatures of Light and Shadow is a collection of monsters and adventures for the Birthright campaign setting. Far more than just a Monstrous Compendium volume, Blood Spawn is two accessories in one:

  • The creature listings offer more than a dozen new monsters designed specifically for the Birthright world. Some of the denizens haunt the Shadow World, others populate the waking world of Cerilia—and a few have infiltrated both realms.
  • The adventures provide a means of introducing these new creatures into your campaign. Each scenario features monsters from the book. By completing these scenarios, player characters have the opportunity to gain experience in the Shadow World and learn to penetrate its illusions


The book features monster desecriptions for the blood hound, changeling, cwn annwn, the disposessed, seelie faerie, unseelie faerie, shadow world halfling, minion of the lost, seemer, seeming walker, shade, shadow steed, shadow warrior, sluagh, spectral awnshegh, waff wild hunt, and will o'shadow].

It also includes a pair of short adventure modules:

  • Be Our Guest
  • Courting Danger

Development and release[]


The book was written by Carrie A. Bebris. Art was provided by Tony Szczudlo and Dawn Murin.

A PDF of the book was compiled on June 20, 2000.


Blood Spawn was never released in print, due to the cancellation of the Birthright product line by Wizards of the Coast in 1998. The book was one of several works released on the Wizards of the Coast website as a free download on January 21, 2002.[1]

The other works released were The Book of Regency (2000), Player's Secrets of Hogunmark (1998), the novel The Falcon & the Wolf{{UnknownBook}}, and The Legacy of Kings board game.

On May 31, 2021, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $3.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Blood Spawn reached the rank of Silver seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

External links[]


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