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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 03 Sep 2019 :  02:33:47  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Weird there is no topic for this already. Anyways, Amazon posted some pages of the next adventure. Seems to be yet another RSE (even thought they swore they never do that again), with Elturel being wiped out of the Realms, and Baldur's Gate about to suffer the same fate.

It was Baldur's Gate that... dark? I mean, the city never seemed to be that dictatorial in the Minsc and Boo comics (that take place in the 1490s). Here is the link:

https://www.enworld.org/threads/baldur%E2%80%99s-gate-descent-in-to-avernus-table-of-contents.667057/

Also, a few weeks ago, Joe Manganiello posted another spoiler on his facebook page. In this spoiler, we can see Arkhan the Cruel (his dragonborn paladin) and his minions.

https://www.facebook.com/JoeManganiello/posts/2438064869562494

While I like dragonborn, I have to say that

a). that thing is not a dragonborn. It looks like a half-dragon.

And b). God, those NPCs look too edgelords for my tastes.

That said, I'm happy there is a dragonborn (?) in the spotlight in one of the 5e official products, seeing how 5e have mistreated the poor guys.

What do you think about this product, anyways?

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Rymac
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Posted - 03 Sep 2019 :  06:48:09  Show Profile  Visit Rymac's Homepage Send Rymac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From the Fall of Elturel section: "Meanwhile, refugees from Elturgard continue to arrive with dire claims that nothing remains of Elturel except a crater in the ground."

Should be an interesting book.

Without Elturgard, Berdusk, Scornubel, and Iriaebor probably revert back to being independent cities. Maybe Scornubel's population from refugees (the other likely location for them) swells enough to build proper walls.


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George Krashos
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Posted - 03 Sep 2019 :  09:04:39  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
All of Elturel sucked into the Hells. An entire city. They just love their overkill, don't they ...

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"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 03 Sep 2019 :  17:42:57  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

All of Elturel sucked into the Hells. An entire city. They just love their overkill, don't they ...

-- George Krashos



It's the Hollywood formula: MOAR BOOM!

...And proof that despite repeated past promises, WotC loves their RSEs.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 04 Sep 2019 :  01:51:40  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
and I kinda liked the concept of Elturgard…. make new... destroy new..

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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 04 Sep 2019 :  15:41:46  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert


It's the Hollywood formula: MOAR BOOM!



Are you implying Mearls consults with J.J. Abrahms every time they are going to write a new module?

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert


It's the Hollywood formula: MOAR BOOM!



Are you implying Mearls consults with J.J. Abrahms every time they are going to write a new module?



No, because that would imply they valued anything beyond their own obviously kewl ideas.

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Seravin
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Posted - 04 Sep 2019 :  22:25:15  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sigh. BOOM! Get rid of Ordulin, Tilverton, Myth Drannor, Neverwinter, Elturel...why not? Just blow it up. I give up.

Why can't the powers that be in charge of the Realms create without destroying?
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Diffan
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You guys realize an ENTIRE city has been transported to other planes before right? No one remembers Pools of Darkness where Phlan went just *poof* at the behest of the mad Red Mage Marcus? That city came back too.

So it's not like Elturel is entirely gone and judging by the table of contents, it's entirely likely that the would be heroe can port it back. I'm not surprised considering that Elturel has seen some dark days with the Order of Blue Fire trying to overtake the city and High Observer being a bad-guy and all.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 05 Sep 2019 :  02:09:56  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wasn't happy about Phlan either.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

You guys realize an ENTIRE city has been transported to other planes before right? No one remembers Pools of Darkness where Phlan went just *poof* at the behest of the mad Red Mage Marcus? That city came back too.



Honestly, the whole thing of moving an entire city to another plane is part of why I've tried to forget that novel.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

Why can't the powers that be in charge of the Realms create without destroying?



Blowing stuff up is easier. Why jump through the hoops of creating something when you can just blow it up, instead?

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Diffan
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Posted - 05 Sep 2019 :  04:47:32  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

You guys realize an ENTIRE city has been transported to other planes before right? No one remembers Pools of Darkness where Phlan went just *poof* at the behest of the mad Red Mage Marcus? That city came back too.



Honestly, the whole thing of moving an entire city to another plane is part of why I've tried to forget that novel.



That sort of misses the point tho, lol. This concept is neither new or unheard of in the Forgotten Realms. Heck that's how Shade survived Karsus's folly. It's how Tymanther came into existence on Toril. It's often times how you can access Faerie.

Further, I don't think it's a permanent change to the setting. Much like how Phlan was restored, Elturel too can be saved and probably, possibly, potentially be restored.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

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Seravin
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Posted - 05 Sep 2019 :  16:46:41  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's a good point Diffan, hopefully they'll bring it back good as new like Phlan and the other Moonsea cities that Bane whisked away in Pools of Darkness.

Honestly though the entire Pools series is so ignored in the write-ups of Phlan from 2nd-3rd edition books that have Phlan under Zhent control for most of it, I don't know if that series is canon anyway.

But dropping a metaphorical nuke on Realms' cities is getting as tiresome (as is shifting said cities to other planes). Down with RSEs :)
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Diffan
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Posted - 05 Sep 2019 :  17:15:13  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

That's a good point Diffan, hopefully they'll bring it back good as new like Phlan and the other Moonsea cities that Bane whisked away in Pools of Darkness.

Honestly though the entire Pools series is so ignored in the write-ups of Phlan from 2nd-3rd edition books that have Phlan under Zhent control for most of it, I don't know if that series is canon anyway.

But dropping a metaphorical nuke on Realms' cities is getting as tiresome (as is shifting said cities to other planes). Down with RSEs :)



I don't disagree with you. Though in terms of popularity I don't really see Elturel as all that big of a "whoa!" area. Silverymoon, Shadowdale, Suzail, Waterdeep, Westgate or even Saerloon it would've been like "OMG!!" but Elturel....meh. And I say this as someone who has a few current projects for the city in my upcoming games, lol.

As for the Pools series, they have been mostly ignored and I think that's kinda sad. They were some of my first Realms readings besides Drizzt and I like that two of the heroes were Paladins of Tyr (Militades and Kern). I also liked the love story between Kern and the elf "illusion" Listle.

For Phlan's fate, at the tail end of 3rd Edition there was a huge contingent of Zhentarim that converted on attacking the city. A Hatemaster by the name of Cvaal Daoran took over the city for the Zhents and, by all measures, kept the city protected from the Shadovar during the Shadowbane War (1383 DR). Apparently this pleased the citizenry enough that no opposition was made and he reigned over the city for some time, even having heirs take over after his death.

What sort of made me mad is that to my knowledge the taking of Phlan was never really detailed in any novel or huge adventure. It just sort of "happened" and we read about it first, I believe, in Grand History of the Realms. A future Dungeon magazine adventure "Monument of the Ancients" was made but that detailed the history of Phlan up to 1480 DR. Having read the Pools book (all 4 of them) it's a bit disappointing to not hear the fate of the church of Tyr or how Kern with the Hammer of Tyr fared in the battle of defending Phlan from the Zhents? Or whos running Denlor's Tower now? What happened to Shal Bal or Tarl?

I mean, I have my own theories and plot points but it would've been nice to know some mention of them occurred.


As for current events, there's a series of adventures for 5th Edition that all detail events around Phlan and the surrounding environs. I might start up a campaign there, bring back some Opposition to the Zhentarim control now that Tyr is back in full power. Maybe a resurgance of the Hammer of Tyr or a half-elf Heir of Kern and Listle starts up rebellion in the town again.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 06 Sep 2019 :  00:28:58  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could say that about any number of places in the Realms over the centuries. I never played the computer games so have no nostalgic feeling for Phlan, and from the outside looking in, consider the place a difficult fit into the FR narrative because of those games. But c'est la Realms.

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John Daker
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Wait, maybe I'm misunderstanding the concept of an RSE.

I thought it was generally agreed that there have been just a handful of RSEs since 1987 AD/1357 DR: the Time of Troubles, the Spellplague/time-jump, the Second Sundering. Maybe the return of Shade too, but even that would be, I should think, a borderline case. Less global events (for examples, the destruction of Hellgate Keep in 1369, the Twelfth Serôs War in 1369, the founding of Many-Arrows in 1371, even the destruction of Zhentil Keep and apotheosis of Kelemvor in 1368) wouldn't qualify, despite being undoubtedly more significant than the average day of adventuring.

At any rate, if the destruction of Elturel is an RSE then the Realms has had dozens if not hundreds of RSEs over the years. I would have thought the threshold would be a bit higher. Am I wrong? I'm still new at this so I certainly could be.
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Seravin
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Posted - 09 Sep 2019 :  17:13:03  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There's been dozens of what I would call RSEs over the years since the Time of Troubles. And the criticism they receive is largely warranted (in my opinion only!).

Outside of the edition changing events you mentioned, I'd definitely include things like the Threat from the Sea, the Tuigian horde, the Rage of Dragons, the whole Last Mythal events with the demon/devil army taking over Cormanthor, Shades taking over Sembia and destroying the Zhents, Many Arrows, Abyssal Plague, Abolethic Sovereignty, basically many trilogies have some big bad danger to the entire Realms as we know it or a significant amount of it rather than focusing on characters and a contained narrative.

Some are done okay, but I definitely think the RSE backlash from the late 90s onwards is warranted. People like The Finder's Stone and the Brimstone Angels type stories because they're character and story driven without the need to introduce some Realms' changing, city destroying, Michael Bay-esque destruction. Wiping out Tilverton, Ordulin, Myth Drannor (again), Neverwinter, and now Elturel is getting old quickly because they keep deciding this is "kewl" or something? I don't know.

Just my thoughts!

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John Daker
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OK, that makes more sense. And I definitely understand the criticisms such things* receive — if I were running a present-day campaign in Elturgard I suppose I might be excited by the story possibilities and choose to incorporate the new developments, but more likely I’d choose to ignore them and then be a bit annoyed (because I do prefer not to diverge from canon when possible). On the other hand I like the Realms to have a coherent ongoing timeline with new developments, rather than the “perpetual present” that some of the decision makers within the 5e team unfortunately advocate. This new development shows that at least in some way the impulse to freeze the Realms in time is not prevailing.

*My iphone’s autocorrect changed this word to “thugs.” So maybe Apple’s algorithm agrees with the prevailing sentiment on this forum regarding WotC?
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Seravin
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Haha - I know what you mean; you don't want the Realms to be static and unchanging (although as I get older and more grognard like I don't mind if things never changed from the 1350s/60s classic era). To me a good RSE is the Empires trilogy horselords invasion - we got to see some of the Realms depcited that we've never seen, strange alliances formed that we've not seen before (orcs and Zhents and Dales and Cormyr banding together in common cause) and when it was over, the Realms more or less went back to where it was but a few things came out -we wrapped up "the missing princess" storyline from the Old Grey Box and Alusair became a relevant character, Azoun got a lot of glory, people talked about the veterans of the war for years after..but more or less life went on and no city was razed / sacked /blown up or undone.

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Delwa
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Posted - 18 Sep 2019 :  19:23:52  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just got my copy of this the other day. Elturel isn't gone-gone. It's basically been ripped to Avernus and the whole campaign is the PC's have to try and keep it from being stuck in hell permanently. A bit over the top, imo, but still fun.

I do have a question about it because my memory is fuzzy.

The Descent book mentions an eternal sun over Elturel. The new book says this sun was conjured by Thavius Kreeg in 1444 DR. In Grand History of the Realms, I find that Elversult had a follower of the Risen Sun heresy perform a casting of Aumunator's Eternal Sun and create a similar effect. I also seem to remember that there was a bit of Errata and that GHotR was supposed to say Elturel and not Elversult, but I can't remember where I read that.

Can anyone clarify?

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George Krashos
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No, GHotR was not supposed to say Elturel. The first casting of "Amaunator's Eternal Sun" did occur in Elversult as per "Power of Faerûn" (pgs.58-61). The 4E FR Campaign Book came up with the idea of an eternal sun over Elturel but provided no explanation as to how it got there or who cast it. Obviously, the new book fills that in to an extent but I'm guessing that the relationship between Thavius Kreeg and the original caster of the spell, Sunlord Daelegoth Orndeir, and/or the faith if Amaunator/Lathander (if any) is not explained.

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Seravin
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So basically the plot from Pool of Darkness was redone? With cities being ripped from the Realms and teleported to horrible places in other planes (a cavern in Phlan's case with a magic sun/light).
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Delwa
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Posted - 18 Sep 2019 :  20:27:41  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, George. I appreciate the clarification. I'm still reading the book, but so far I've not come across any clarification on Thavius and Daelegoth's relationship. If I find any, I'll be sure and post.

Haven't read Pools yet, but going from the details in Seravin's post, yes. Elturel has been ripped to Avernus, people in Baldur's Gate are afraid The Gate is next, and our heroes are supposed to restore all to right and prevent disaster.

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TomCosta
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So as an adventure, I love it and am looking forward to playing it, but I'm wondering if some of the Realmslore/D&D lore is a bit off. My biggest question is over Zariel's timeline. Her ascension to archdevil is only about 100 years old in this timeline, and my impression is it was longer that. Combine that with the 4E history of Eltural/Elturelgard. I'd have to do some more digging, but I think somethings got a bit whack, but I could be wrong.

Jander Sunstar, the elven vampire has a cameo of sorts, which may be fine. I was never that familiar with his story.

All that said, again, this looks like an awesome adventure to play, and I can't wait to do so.
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Wooly Rupert
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Originally posted by TomCosta


Jander Sunstar, the elven vampire has a cameo of sorts, which may be fine. I was never that familiar with his story.




A cameo? He made it back from Barovia?

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