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D&D 5E Here Is The Full & Alternate Cover Art Of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight

Here is the cover art for The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, the hardcover D&D product revealed this weekend.

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Cover art by Tyler Jacobson

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Alternate cover by Hydro74

 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



Retreater

Legend
Well the Standard Cover is a great looking image as full and not divided as a closed book.

The Alternative Cover is, once again, pretty flipping awesome. I just don't know if that is a Displacer beast on the front, or it's supposed to be the same butterfly winged cat from the standard cover.
Well, it does clearly have tentacles. So ... displacer beast?
 



Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
The spiked tentacles say displacer beast, to me. Unfortunately, I don't associate displacer beasts with the Fey, which makes me wonder if the choice suggests this adventure isn't going to do what I want it to do with the fey.

But then, the creepy carnival also makes me question in the same way, so... I guess I'm prepared to be disappointed now.

Edit: I should say the art is good, quality art. It is evocative. It just evokes things that I don't personally want in a D&D fey adventure.
 

I mean, a wispy/dreamlike Carnival that is abnormal and full of "strange oddities" seems like it would/could be twisted by the Fae's understanding of mortals and what they do for fun.

But this just makes things "interesting" with 5E and Carnivals. We have this and Heckna(3PP) which involves DND and strange things happening at a Carnival.

The main difference being, Witchlight involves Fey while Heckna is basically what happens when your trying to survive a killer Carnival operated by an Aberration and full of Aberrations.

I wonder if the Displacer Beast on the Alternative Cover is supposed to be the same thing as the Fae cat on the back cover, but Hydro is going off on the cliff notes that WoTC sent em and it just has the words Big Fantasy DND Cat on the Alt Cover.

Well, another Alternative Cover book added to my ever growing collection.
 

The spiked tentacles say displacer beast, to me. Unfortunately, I don't associate displacer beasts with the Fey, which makes me wonder if the choice suggests this adventure isn't going to do what I want it to do with the fey.

But then, the creepy carnival also makes me question in the same way, so... I guess I'm prepared to be disappointed now.
Displacer Beasts, Owlbears, and Phase Spiders (which were actually created by eladrin to fight against drow, believe it or not; I guess they wanted their own giant spider) were all creatures associated with the Feywild in 4E. Unlike 5E, where Fey is its own creature type, in 4E "Fey" was an origin separate from creature type (the origins, IIRC, were Aberrant, Elemental, Fey, Immortal, Natural, and Shadow). So you could have Fey Humanoids, Fey Beasts, Fey Magical Beasts, Fey Giants, etc.

I don't have my Monster Manual on hand, but I believe Displacer Beasts in 5E are still said to have originated in the Feywild.

Also I am most definitely getting that alternate cover. It's probably my favorite one so far.
 

Displacer Beasts, Owlbears, and Phase Spiders were all creatures associated with the Feywild in 4E. Unlike 5E, where Fey is its own creature type, in 4E "Fey" was an origin separate from creature type (the origins, IIRC, were Aberrant, Elemental, Fey, Immortal, Natural, and Shadow). So you could have Fey Humanoids, Fey Beasts, Fey Magical Beasts, etc.
I see now. I never played 4E so that makes sense on why the Displacer Beast would qualify for being on there.
 

Professor Murder

Adventurer
So how much non-adventure material will be included is a real question for me. I mean, I picked up Ghosts of Saltmarsh and used the scenarios during lockdown, but the sea rules I barely touched even though it was the main reason I bought the book. But now that I've run it, I'm debating if I still need the book on my shelf. (Space is a premium for me for physical media and I have the alt cover so it may have resale value)

So if say 30+ pages are dedicated to the feywild, with options for me as a DM and for PCs, then that sweet alt cover might convince me to pick this up, but if it's skint, I may skip it.
 





Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Displacer Beasts, Owlbears, and Phase Spiders (which were actually created by eladrin to fight against drow, believe it or not; I guess they wanted their own giant spider) were all creatures associated with the Feywild in 4E.

Ah. I don't have a lot of interest in 4e lore. So, that's not inspiring to me.

For D&D, I am similarly uninterested in the implied Victorian era style of dress on that guy with the pocket watch.
 

And upon reading the Deep Dive article on the Displacer Beast, as a kind soul posted earlier, 5E's Displacer Beast origins are indeed from the Feywild according to the Monster Manual. Specifically they were used by the Unseelie Court and hunted down via Blink Dogs from the Seelie Court. So Unseelie are cat people and Seelie are dog people basically. LMFAO.
 




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