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MTBlack
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  00:14:04  Show Profile Send MTBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I am thrilled to announce that "Darkhold: Secrets of the Zhentarim" is coming in August! This stunning new book for Dungeons & Dragons 5e includes:

- New lore about the Zhentarim & their mighty fortress, Darkhold
- New player options
- Thieves Cant
- Guide to Evil Characters & Campaigns
- Magic items and Spells
- NPC stat blocks
- Gorgeous maps

Ed Greenwood contributed to this project and has given us access to reams of previously unseen lore!

Sign up here to receive a 20% discount: http://eepurl.com/g-4XfP

Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  00:36:55  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oooh, color me excited!

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TheIriaeban
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  01:05:36  Show Profile Send TheIriaeban a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there going to be a history given for the Darkhold?

"Iriaebor is a fine city. So what if you can have violence between merchant groups break out at any moment. Not every city can offer dinner AND a show."

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MTBlack
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  01:43:17  Show Profile Send MTBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

Is there going to be a history given for the Darkhold?


Yes! Ed supplied us with a definitive history of Darkhold, which cleared up a few of the contradictions that have floated around the lore over the years. So this will be available for the first time.

There is a bunch of other stuff from Ed's archives that has never before been published, including the true story of the Pereghost!
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Brimstone
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  04:15:03  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Interesting...

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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TheIriaeban
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  04:34:32  Show Profile Send TheIriaeban a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MTBlack

quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

Is there going to be a history given for the Darkhold?


Yes! Ed supplied us with a definitive history of Darkhold, which cleared up a few of the contradictions that have floated around the lore over the years. So this will be available for the first time.

There is a bunch of other stuff from Ed's archives that has never before been published, including the true story of the Pereghost!



Would you happen to know if there is one for Iriaebor in the works? That way, I can know to stop wasting my time.

"Iriaebor is a fine city. So what if you can have violence between merchant groups break out at any moment. Not every city can offer dinner AND a show."

My FR writeups - http://www.mediafire.com/folder/um3liz6tqsf5n/Documents
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  04:49:21  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MTBlack

quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

Is there going to be a history given for the Darkhold?


Yes! Ed supplied us with a definitive history of Darkhold, which cleared up a few of the contradictions that have floated around the lore over the years. So this will be available for the first time.

There is a bunch of other stuff from Ed's archives that has never before been published, including the true story of the Pereghost!



The Pereghost? Oooh, now I'm more interested!

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MTBlack
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  10:50:33  Show Profile Send MTBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:

Would you happen to know if there is one for Iriaebor in the works? That way, I can know to stop wasting my time.



We include a gazetteer of Sunset Vale, with about a quarter page on Iriaebor. Not at all exhaustive.
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Brimstone
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This is making me want to go looking for my Castles Boxset...

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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The Masked Mage
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I really hope they throw out most of the Castles stuff. Those maps were terrible. Plus in 5th E everyone would be dead theoretically, minus some undeath or resurrection hijinx
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TheIriaeban
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  15:29:55  Show Profile Send TheIriaeban a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MTBlack

quote:

Would you happen to know if there is one for Iriaebor in the works? That way, I can know to stop wasting my time.



We include a gazetteer of Sunset Vale, with about a quarter page on Iriaebor. Not at all exhaustive.



Thank you. I know I am going to have to modify what I have for Iriaebor and revise what I have for Hardbuckler. The Darkhold is just too influential (good and bad) to the Vale for it to be ignored.

"Iriaebor is a fine city. So what if you can have violence between merchant groups break out at any moment. Not every city can offer dinner AND a show."

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  19:19:45  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

I really hope they throw out most of the Castles stuff. Those maps were terrible. Plus in 5th E everyone would be dead theoretically, minus some undeath or resurrection hijinx




IIRC, the Pereghost is still around in 5E -- though there's a question of how, or even if it's the original.

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TheIriaeban
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  21:01:11  Show Profile Send TheIriaeban a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

I really hope they throw out most of the Castles stuff. Those maps were terrible. Plus in 5th E everyone would be dead theoretically, minus some undeath or resurrection hijinx




IIRC, the Pereghost is still around in 5E -- though there's a question of how, or even if it's the original.



For me, the name kinda gives it away: PeregHOST. I am betting he is like a dracolich where if he gets killed, his spirit goes in a phylactery and then it just takes over another body and makes it his own. I guess his name could be Pereg then and that is why whatever body he is in is called The Pereghost. Anyway, we will find out next month.

"Iriaebor is a fine city. So what if you can have violence between merchant groups break out at any moment. Not every city can offer dinner AND a show."

My FR writeups - http://www.mediafire.com/folder/um3liz6tqsf5n/Documents
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MTBlack
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  23:30:32  Show Profile Send MTBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

I really hope they throw out most of the Castles stuff. Those maps were terrible. Plus in 5th E everyone would be dead theoretically, minus some undeath or resurrection hijinx



Yes, we've taken the liberty of fully revising the map. You can see the cover here, and see how we've reimagined the fortress: https://twitter.com/Thrawn589/status/1286301333499281414
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MTBlack
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Posted - 24 Jul 2020 :  23:32:46  Show Profile Send MTBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:

IIRC, the Pereghost is still around in 5E -- though there's a question of how, or even if it's the original.



We reveal the backstory about the Pereghost which explains this - and it is direct from Ed's archives, a story that has never been published before.
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Mirtek
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Posted - 25 Jul 2020 :  13:01:37  Show Profile Send Mirtek a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So who holds Darkhold these days? Still the cyricist Zhentarim? Given that Ed is not particularly fond of Cyric, I fear it will reveal a banite takeover
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Mrestos Khorvaen
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Posted - 08 Aug 2020 :  08:38:21  Show Profile Send Mrestos Khorvaen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds interesting! The Zhentarim, the Cult of the Dragon and the Red Wizard are three great creations. I hope we also get information about the internal factions and their strifes. I must say the Manshoon statistics in Waterdeep: dragon heist were a bit dull. They lacked info, magical objects, etc.
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sleyvas
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Posted - 08 Aug 2020 :  13:11:55  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MTBlack

I am thrilled to announce that "Darkhold: Secrets of the Zhentarim" is coming in August! This stunning new book for Dungeons & Dragons 5e includes:

- New lore about the Zhentarim & their mighty fortress, Darkhold
- New player options
- Thieves Cant
- Guide to Evil Characters & Campaigns
- Magic items and Spells
- NPC stat blocks
- Gorgeous maps

Ed Greenwood contributed to this project and has given us access to reams of previously unseen lore!

Sign up here to receive a 20% discount: http://eepurl.com/g-4XfP



Is this going to be a physical book like a normal release or a DM's Guild product? Just curious. Also, any idea ROUGH (as in I won't personally hold you to it) of page count? (in answer for this last, I'm thinking answers like more than 60, more than 150, more than 300).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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The Arcanamach
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Aug 2020 :  12:44:20  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes a rough page count would be nice as well as a more specific date as well. I'm keeping an eye on this thread assuming a direct link will be provided when it arrives.

I have a dream that one day, all game worlds will exist as one.
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Brimstone
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Posted - 13 Aug 2020 :  14:30:33  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was thinking about this yesterday. Still hasn't been released yet?

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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