The hook for Dungeons & Dragons’ subsequent revealed journey is obvious and concise: A darkish and ominous season has come to the far northern area of the Forgotten Realms, and it’s sticking round for much longer than anticipated. In Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, it’s as much as gamers to uncover the thriller of this infinite winter and, finally, confront the lady herself.
“The Frostmaiden is a powerful, powerful entity,” stated Chris Perkins, D&D’s principal narrative designer, throughout a preview occasion on Monday. “Some would call her a god who basically embodies winter’s wrath and cruelty. And she has long been associated with Icewind Dale and people of the North both fear and revere her. The ‘rime’ part of it, it’s a play on words, but it also hints at the frigid cold and frost that covers everything in this part of the world. Her touch — her ice-cold touch — can be felt everywhere in this adventure.”
Frostmaiden, introduced Thursday throughout the annual D&D Live livestream occasion, consists of an epic journey for brand spanking new characters, taking them from stage one all the best way to stage 12. But it additionally additionally doubles as a marketing campaign setting, introducing a brand new era of tabletop role-players to the area popularized by creator R.A. Salvatore’s The Icewind Dale Trilogy.
That description may make it sound like Wizards has drafted Frozen’s Queen Elsa to be it’s subsequent villain, however Perkins assures followers that it is a trendy horror story by and thru. It will cope with problems with isolation, paranoia, and secrecy. In truth, every new character created for this journey will likely be given a random secret identified solely to them. They are free to disclose it to the remainder of the get together — and the Dungeon Master — on the time of their selecting.
“One of [Perkins’] large inspirations for this journey was John Carpenter’s The Thing,” stated principal guidelines designer Jeremy Crawford, “We can’t say much more than that […] but I think it would be good prep work for our DMs to go watch that film to really get into the mood for the wintry horror of this story.”
As for the construction of the e-book itself, Perkins and Crawford stated they have been impressed by the 2 different best-selling fifth version merchandise.
In Frostmaiden, Icewind Dale will likely be laid out very very similar to the valley of Barovia was designed for the Curse of Strahd. The up to date model of the traditional Ravenloft setting, first created by Tracy and Laura Hickman within the 1970s, stars the enduring vampire Strahd von Zarovich. The fifth version remake was revealed in 2016 and stays one of the in style D&D modules. But, in apply, the storyline can meander and turn into a bit drawn out.
To curtail that narrative sprawl, Crawford says they regarded to the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit for inspiration. That boxed set features a hefty journey titled Dragon of Icespire Peak.
“We offer you a variety of quests [in Icespire Peak] that the adventuring group can select,” Crawford stated. “Each a type of quests then can stand, mainly, as a mini-adventure. That identical construction that we had within the Essentials Kit is current right here in Rime of the Frostmaiden. So, not like a few of our different massive epic tales, when you’d prefer to type of break it up into smaller bites it’s tremendous simple to do.”
Each part may even embody a brand new sidebar referred to as Running The Chapter designed to present harried DMs guideposts to hyperlink the general narrative arc collectively.
Crawford additionally stated that Frostmaiden consists of extra new monsters than have ever been revealed in a fifth version sourcebook earlier than, in addition to a lot of in-fiction video games and contests for gamers to take pleasure in towards non-player characters. That means there ought to be loads of motion exterior of fight, but additionally a lot of inspiration for DMs trying to elevate content material out for their very own homebrew campaigns.
Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden will likely be accessible on Sept. 15 alongside a custom dice set. Pre-orders will open quickly. An different cowl will likely be accessible solely at friendly local game stores.
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