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Matrix Sorcica Posted - 11 Jun 2020 : 13:54:14
Apparently, D&DBeyond mistakenly leaked the next D&D storyline. It matches the rumors and hints given and the various art teased by WotC.
I for one really hope it's the real thing.

https://www.enworld.org/threads/is-icewind-dale-rime-of-the-frostmaiden-the-new-d-d-adventure.672626/
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PattPlays Posted - 19 Nov 2020 : 08:17:46
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by PattPlays

quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-In my own campaign, in the near future I'm going to be sending the PCs to the arctic and they'll be encountering some snowy fey creatures...I might just use those throwing stars as something they can do.


Is anyone else thinking about making a Yokai/Banshee ice maiden undead elf creature for the blizzards? Luring people off into the whitest snow-storms to their doom. I'm thinking replacing the Death Wail with an Enthrall effect..



There is an ice maiden yokai... Yuki-onna




Indeed, I had blanked on the name of the yokai. I want to make a nice CR 5 legendary banshee with ice powers with some very mild legendary traits now..
Wooly Rupert Posted - 19 Nov 2020 : 04:40:25
Mike Schley, Realms mapmaker extraordinaire, is selling digital maps for this adventure on his website.

https://prints.mikeschley.com/p506640257

He's also got a lot of other really pretty Forgotten Realms maps on there, if you've not perused his site before.
sleyvas Posted - 09 Sep 2020 : 12:23:50
Rimeblades of the White Rime Assassins (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4592211) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

Rimeblades of the White Rime Assassins

Crafted to appear like snowflakes at the center and cold darkness at the edges from glassteel, these weapons also acted like prisms, capturing the light to present wondrous colors that mimicked the Aurora Polaris (or "Northern Lights"). Each weapon was of similar make, but due to the crafting technique each blade was unique to the creator. While not a jealously guarded secret, White Rime Assassins preferred to keep their weapons to their order, unless someone had earned the blade by taking it from its owner at the cost of blood.

sleyvas Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 21:10:32
Regalia of Winter - Hexblade's Crown of the Court of Air & Darkness

This crown was given to a witch in service to the Queen of Air and Darkness. Its powers include spells of illusion, enchantment, and necromancy. It also seems to enhance the effects of curses used by fey warlocks.

Regalia of Winter - Hexblade's Crown of the Court of Air & Darkness (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4574548) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
sleyvas Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 17:57:12
Regalia of Winter - Tiara of the Uldra Princess

The small fey known as the Uldra were known for their relationship with animals. The uldra princess Aurelianna in particular favored her white furred hart, Sfendalifur, whose horns were said to heal with a touch, and whose quirky smile was said to inspire giggles.

Regalia of Winter - Tiara of the Uldra Princess (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4574383) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

sleyvas Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 15:55:07
Regalia of Winter - Crowns of the Frost Sprite Court

The four crowns of the Frost Sprite Court (for the king, queen, prince, and princess). Its said that the fangs in the royal crown came from the ancient wyrm, Pixel'ueforian, after he had to be put down by the Frost Sprite King. The formerly merry and laughing Faerie Dragon had seemingly gone mad, the orbs of its eyes turning pitch black, and it developed a sinister and sadistic chuckle whenever other creatures were hurt.

NOTE: including .blend file in case you would like to change the gem colors, crown colors, etc... to make a new picture very easily

Regalia of Winter - Crowns of the Frost Sprite Court (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4574275) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 15:34:48
quote:
Originally posted by PattPlays

quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-In my own campaign, in the near future I'm going to be sending the PCs to the arctic and they'll be encountering some snowy fey creatures...I might just use those throwing stars as something they can do.


Is anyone else thinking about making a Yokai/Banshee ice maiden undead elf creature for the blizzards? Luring people off into the whitest snow-storms to their doom. I'm thinking replacing the Death Wail with an Enthrall effect..



There is an ice maiden yokai... Yuki-onna
PattPlays Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 05:33:11
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-In my own campaign, in the near future I'm going to be sending the PCs to the arctic and they'll be encountering some snowy fey creatures...I might just use those throwing stars as something they can do.


Is anyone else thinking about making a Yokai/Banshee ice maiden undead elf creature for the blizzards? Luring people off into the whitest snow-storms to their doom. I'm thinking replacing the Death Wail with an Enthrall effect..
Lord Karsus Posted - 19 Aug 2020 : 00:34:51
-In my own campaign, in the near future I'm going to be sending the PCs to the arctic and they'll be encountering some snowy fey creatures...I might just use those throwing stars as something they can do.
sleyvas Posted - 18 Aug 2020 : 19:47:16
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden
The White Rime Assassins of the frozen north can disappear right in front of your very eyes during a blizzard even if only inches away. Their command of ice, wind, and snow is only matched by the coldness in their hearts. Perhaps most well known for their signature shuriken, shaped like snowflakes, these weapons are known to hit with a critical punch enhanced by the force of the wind and the chilling cold which digs into flesh and bone.

Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4573308) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.



-Very cool.



Thanks, this is an instance where art drove creation. I was thinking how much some snow flakes looked like throwing stars, then I pictured a "snow ninja" and thought... well, they COULD be hard to spot in a snow storm wearing white.... and now we see how to put some icy monks into the realms, possibly even counters to the monastery of the yellow rose.
sleyvas Posted - 18 Aug 2020 : 19:38:50
Amulets of the Frost Sprite Court (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4573554) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
Lord Karsus Posted - 18 Aug 2020 : 17:02:09
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden
The White Rime Assassins of the frozen north can disappear right in front of your very eyes during a blizzard even if only inches away. Their command of ice, wind, and snow is only matched by the coldness in their hearts. Perhaps most well known for their signature shuriken, shaped like snowflakes, these weapons are known to hit with a critical punch enhanced by the force of the wind and the chilling cold which digs into flesh and bone.

Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4573308) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.



-Very cool.
sleyvas Posted - 18 Aug 2020 : 15:23:03
Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden
The White Rime Assassins of the frozen north can disappear right in front of your very eyes during a blizzard even if only inches away. Their command of ice, wind, and snow is only matched by the coldness in their hearts. Perhaps most well known for their signature shuriken, shaped like snowflakes, these weapons are known to hit with a critical punch enhanced by the force of the wind and the chilling cold which digs into flesh and bone.

Snowstar Shuriken of the Frostmaiden (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4573308) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
Baltas Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 13:10:34
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

The adventure requires you to fight Auril ...

-- George Krashos



quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Yeah, in three forms. That someone on Twitter described as WotC Freudian views on women,



Hmm, I think JRPGs, and up to a level computer and console RPGs are an influence for an idea to "fight a god", and the multi-fazed, multiform nature of it.

With Freudian nature, I think though the battle with Auril is indeed influenced by the idea of the Three Faces of Eve/the Triplicate goddess.

I also expanded on it though possibly having a deeper sense (ie the multiple hosts of the Black Diamond).

I guess though this battle would also male more sense lorewise, if it followed Brian R, James suggestion the "Auril" is in reality the Queen of Air and Darkness/The Black Diamond, weakened without a host.
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Yeah, I was trying to piece that concept together myself, but honestly, I am not sure they went that far. The part that surprises me most is the "radiant" diamond.... so, shining bright. If its travelling backwards in time too, that just kind of doesn't fit that that's her at her most basic if that's also the black diamond.



Well with the Radiant Diamond...it's interesting black colored objects, can give the brightest light - the sun has black body, for example:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-body_radiation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_body

(Although I also might give WoTC to much credit XD And black body radiation being a result of heat, is cold is just ultimately the lack of heat but still...)

quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-Wolf and owl, OK sure, wolves and snowy owls are cool imagery for ice and snow. Goats though? Goats? Sure, mountain goats can live in pretty cold temperatures but they're not cool like wolves and owls.



I think the goat elements, are due to the "chimera-crone" form of Auril, being inspired by Cailleach - an Gaelic hag goddess of winter, associated with goats (and "horned beasts"), as well as owls and wolves.
Lord Karsus Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 04:36:10
-Wolf and owl, OK sure, wolves and snowy owls are cool imagery for ice and snow. Goats though? Goats? Sure, mountain goats can live in pretty cold temperatures but they're not cool like wolves and owls.
Zeromaru X Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 01:44:23
Yeah, in three forms. That someone on Twitter described as WotC Freudian views on women,
sleyvas Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 01:43:53
quote:
Originally posted by Baltas

Hmm:
- the cold crone. It’s this old, hunched, tripartite creature that combines the features of a goat, a wolf, and an owl. - Cegilune?
- Her middle form is called the brittle maiden—a svelte, angular, feminine creature made of jagged ice. - Aurilandür?
- winter’s womb, resembling a radiant diamond that contains her divine spark. It represents Auril in her most primal form. - the Black Diamond/Shard of Pure Evil/The Queen of Air and Darkness herself(itself?).



Yeah, I was trying to piece that concept together myself, but honestly, I am not sure they went that far. The part that surprises me most is the "radiant" diamond.... so, shining bright. If its travelling backwards in time too, that just kind of doesn't fit that that's her at her most basic if that's also the black diamond.
George Krashos Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 01:14:45
The adventure requires you to fight Auril ...

-- George Krashos
Baltas Posted - 31 Jul 2020 : 23:33:41
Hmm:
- the cold crone. It’s this old, hunched, tripartite creature that combines the features of a goat, a wolf, and an owl. - Cegilune?
- Her middle form is called the brittle maiden—a svelte, angular, feminine creature made of jagged ice. - Aurilandür?
- winter’s womb, resembling a radiant diamond that contains her divine spark. It represents Auril in her most primal form. - the Black Diamond/Shard of Pure Evil/The Queen of Air and Darkness herself(itself?).
sleyvas Posted - 31 Jul 2020 : 23:24:47
was looking at dragon+ and read this about the upcoming thing. Its talking about fighting with Auril in her 3 forms

We wanted to have the sense that you’re fighting Auril backwards in time. Her first form is called the cold crone. It’s this old, hunched, tripartite creature that combines the features of a goat, a wolf, and an owl. Her middle form is called the brittle maiden—a svelte, angular, feminine creature made of jagged ice. Her third form is called winter’s womb, resembling a radiant diamond that contains her divine spark. It represents Auril in her most primal form.
sleyvas Posted - 26 Jul 2020 : 11:09:05
quote:
Originally posted by Baltas

I asked Brian R. James about Auril, and he revealed some very interesting details:
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Baltas asks a great question about the true nature of Auril, the Frostmaiden. During my time as a Forgotten Realms designer I attempted to weave plot threads into lore that would be slowly revealed over time. The redemption of Auril was one such thread. Sadly, WotC moved in a different direction and I was unable to deliver the full story as I had envisioned. The short version is this:

For the first time in several millennia Auril is now free from the corrupting influence of the Queen of Air and Darkness. The two were once separate entities, then conjoined as one, and are now separate again. After regaining her freedom and true identity following the events of the Stormstar Requiem, Aurilandür is now aligned with Silvanus who is aiding the Frostmaiden in repairing her relationship with the Seelie Court of Stars.

Clearly, WotC is moving forward with Auril being evil, as shown in the previews for the upcoming adventure Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. In my view, the antagonist of that adventure is in fact the Queen of Air and Darkness, now falsely masquerading as Auril while seeking a new host to corrupt with the Black Diamond.



quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

quote:
Queen of Air and Darkness

The oldest myths and legends tell of a race of vile entities that once presided over the remains of a dying universe. These immortal beings of evil incarnate had drained their realm of all life and power. So it was that in the last age of their race, these entities breached the barrier between their realm and ours, pushing shards of unspeakable evil through the fissure between realities. With the power of the shards, they hoped to corrupt the most powerful beings of our cosmos into enacting their vile schemes.

Eons passed as the scions of elemental evil slowly succumbed to oblivion. When only a handful of their kind remained, the plan they had enacted so long ago finally came to fruition. A divinity from our realm, capricious and curious to a fault, found and took hold of the shard of evil. To the archfey Aurilandür, the shard appeared as a black ten-faceted jewel, looming entropy reflected in its soulless gloaming.


This unwise act opened the archfey’s thoughts and essence to the vile entities trapped in their collapsing universe. The link from the Black Diamond corrupted the fey goddess in an instant, transforming the once cheerful and benevolent Frost Sprite Queen into a cold and hateful husk of her former self. Wretched beyond any hope of her own physical death, Aurilandür retreated into the dark subconscious of the entity that had subsumed her—the Queen of Air and Darkness.
—Demonomicon of Iggwilv







Coming back to this conversation to possibly bring in some other scribes' views.

I want to thank you Baltas and Brian, because my eyes had glossed over these statements in the above.... and they open up a LOT of possibilities related to some things that both myself and Markustay have said in the past (to give credit, Markustay had the original idea). He thought that the original Queen of Air and Darkness, whom you never "see" her actual form... she's a malevolent feeling from darkness on a throne... should actually "infect" other powerful immortal beings. He came up with something that he called "the Regalia of Winter", and it would be all of these items that would be used to enslave powerful beings to her servitude.

In the above it would seem that the black diamond is linked to a grouping of items that are shards of pure evil (much like the one that Tharizdun used to create the abyss). Thus, one might tie the story of Talos and his one eye to this theory as well... as the blackness under his eyepatch might be because he (as Kozah) became infected by a similar object. Similarly, the story that Gruumsh IS Talos might be something where a being such as Corellon actually used one of these artifacts of pure evil against Gruumsh to make him lose his eye (and thus the story of Corellon and Gruumsh's is told from the viewpoint of Corellon).

This also opens up some interesting ideas such as … Telos, the lord of Felliron…. what is it that the Warlock Knights of Vaasa are actually mining? Some other primordial entities like Entropy as being a portion of Pandorym, which also has ties to some strange crystals you can mine down in Durpar.

It can also open up a basic question of what exactly were the "dawn titans". Were they the "primordials" or were they beings POSSESSING the primordials.... and were many of the "Primordials" actually dragons. So, in essence, the "dawn titans" had "dragon mounts", and somehow after the splitting of worlds the dragons "cast down" their masters and the "dawn titans" went to sleep. Could it be simply that the dragons cast off the entities that were riding their consciousness? Were the more elementally aligned beings easier to take over because of Tharizdun's actions to stab a shard of pure evil in the elemental plane... and was the "movement" of the abyss and the spellplague and the coming together of these two world all related to this core change.

sleyvas Posted - 21 Jul 2020 : 21:51:27
quote:
Originally posted by Baltas

I asked Brian R. James about Auril, and he revealed some very interesting details:
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Baltas asks a great question about the true nature of Auril, the Frostmaiden. During my time as a Forgotten Realms designer I attempted to weave plot threads into lore that would be slowly revealed over time. The redemption of Auril was one such thread. Sadly, WotC moved in a different direction and I was unable to deliver the full story as I had envisioned. The short version is this:

For the first time in several millennia Auril is now free from the corrupting influence of the Queen of Air and Darkness. The two were once separate entities, then conjoined as one, and are now separate again. After regaining her freedom and true identity following the events of the Stormstar Requiem, Aurilandür is now aligned with Silvanus who is aiding the Frostmaiden in repairing her relationship with the Seelie Court of Stars.

Clearly, WotC is moving forward with Auril being evil, as shown in the previews for the upcoming adventure Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. In my view, the antagonist of that adventure is in fact the Queen of Air and Darkness, now falsely masquerading as Auril while seeking a new host to corrupt with the Black Diamond.



quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

quote:
Queen of Air and Darkness

The oldest myths and legends tell of a race of vile entities that once presided over the remains of a dying universe. These immortal beings of evil incarnate had drained their realm of all life and power. So it was that in the last age of their race, these entities breached the barrier between their realm and ours, pushing shards of unspeakable evil through the fissure between realities. With the power of the shards, they hoped to corrupt the most powerful beings of our cosmos into enacting their vile schemes.

Eons passed as the scions of elemental evil slowly succumbed to oblivion. When only a handful of their kind remained, the plan they had enacted so long ago finally came to fruition. A divinity from our realm, capricious and curious to a fault, found and took hold of the shard of evil. To the archfey Aurilandür, the shard appeared as a black ten-faceted jewel, looming entropy reflected in its soulless gloaming.

This unwise act opened the archfey’s thoughts and essence to the vile entities trapped in their collapsing universe. The link from the Black Diamond corrupted the fey goddess in an instant, transforming the once cheerful and benevolent Frost Sprite Queen into a cold and hateful husk of her former self. Wretched beyond any hope of her own physical death, Aurilandür retreated into the dark subconscious of the entity that had subsumed her—the Queen of Air and Darkness.
—Demonomicon of Iggwilv







Works for me as an idea (that its now actually the QoA&D using Auril's name), especially if there's some thing wherein she's got to FIND someone to be her representative (because I picture the QoA&D like I view some other deities... they're more like a possessing entity that takes over another god as a parasite and without a "host" they soon lose the ability to harvest worship energy). I will be surprised though if WotC does do that though. Of course, if they DID do that, I'd love to see the use of Aurilandur as a frost sprite and avariel deity (which would also entail developing true frost sprites).
Baltas Posted - 21 Jul 2020 : 21:14:05
I asked Brian R. James about Auril, and he revealed some very interesting details:
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Baltas asks a great question about the true nature of Auril, the Frostmaiden. During my time as a Forgotten Realms designer I attempted to weave plot threads into lore that would be slowly revealed over time. The redemption of Auril was one such thread. Sadly, WotC moved in a different direction and I was unable to deliver the full story as I had envisioned. The short version is this:

For the first time in several millennia Auril is now free from the corrupting influence of the Queen of Air and Darkness. The two were once separate entities, then conjoined as one, and are now separate again. After regaining her freedom and true identity following the events of the Stormstar Requiem, Aurilandür is now aligned with Silvanus who is aiding the Frostmaiden in repairing her relationship with the Seelie Court of Stars.

Clearly, WotC is moving forward with Auril being evil, as shown in the previews for the upcoming adventure Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. In my view, the antagonist of that adventure is in fact the Queen of Air and Darkness, now falsely masquerading as Auril while seeking a new host to corrupt with the Black Diamond.



quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

quote:
Queen of Air and Darkness

The oldest myths and legends tell of a race of vile entities that once presided over the remains of a dying universe. These immortal beings of evil incarnate had drained their realm of all life and power. So it was that in the last age of their race, these entities breached the barrier between their realm and ours, pushing shards of unspeakable evil through the fissure between realities. With the power of the shards, they hoped to corrupt the most powerful beings of our cosmos into enacting their vile schemes.

Eons passed as the scions of elemental evil slowly succumbed to oblivion. When only a handful of their kind remained, the plan they had enacted so long ago finally came to fruition. A divinity from our realm, capricious and curious to a fault, found and took hold of the shard of evil. To the archfey Aurilandür, the shard appeared as a black ten-faceted jewel, looming entropy reflected in its soulless gloaming.

This unwise act opened the archfey’s thoughts and essence to the vile entities trapped in their collapsing universe. The link from the Black Diamond corrupted the fey goddess in an instant, transforming the once cheerful and benevolent Frost Sprite Queen into a cold and hateful husk of her former self. Wretched beyond any hope of her own physical death, Aurilandür retreated into the dark subconscious of the entity that had subsumed her—the Queen of Air and Darkness.
—Demonomicon of Iggwilv



Baltas Posted - 02 Jul 2020 : 03:14:00
Yup, even if the Queen of Air and Darkness and Auril are separate, it would be neat to keep the Aurilandür backstory, seeing how it even fit with Auril's rather "fey" behavior, and her being an embodiment of nature, as many fey are, and even being noted as exiled from Arborea. And how it actually developed her more than just (seemingly/falsely) being the the Queen of Air and Darkness, seeing as you mentioned it elaborated on her connection to Rellavar Danuvien.
sleyvas Posted - 02 Jul 2020 : 01:17:58
Yeah, so if Auril had actually disappeared during the spellplague and we ACTUALLY had the Raven Queen in her spot during the spellplague to the sundering rough timeframe, then Auril is yet another "returning" god along with Talos.

I'm kind of chalking that up on my board of "if that's true, where did Auril go... is she available to have been in Abeir?".

I do want to keep the lore of Aurilandur though, because I'd love to play with the storyline that Aurilandur (as Auril) was the frost sprite queen, meanwhile there is another god, Rellavar Danuvien, who is "the frost sprite king". Canonically, Rellavar has never been mentioned in FR I don't believe, but the idea going through my head is that the two were involved somehow (as in maybe they were lovers, maybe she's his mother, maybe she's his sister, maybe he just overthrew her, etc...). To note, Rellavar is mentioned in MToF, so he is canon for 5e as an elven deity.

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