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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

They need to dial back on some of the faux-Asian stereotypes. You can have honorable and disciplined inhuman warriors without cribbing from real world peoples to do it.
True. Which is why I lean more to the Klingons in Hobgoblin portrayal. But I love me some samurai and kung fu monks though. Or the Battle Nun.
 

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A bit of a let down, this alternate cover when compared to the beautiful alternate Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.

One looks like a student's graphic design project. The other like a classical painting that is setting appropriate.
 

A bit of a let down, this alternate cover when compared to the beautiful alternate Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.

One looks like a student's graphic design project. The other like a classical painting that is setting appropriate.
I'll agree with you there in the aspect that if I had to choose which one to have an alternative cover or not, I would've preferred Strixhaven to have it instead of Witchlight.

But I guess Candlekeep's Alternative cover kinda took that sthick away so yeah.
 

Minigiant

Legend
Supporter
Those cover arts don't give me overt fey overtones

The Wild Beyond the Witchlight will be a wait for the post play reviews book for me... at best.
 
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Marandahir

Crown-Forester
While I agree, besides the appearance of their armor, I always got more of a Roman Empire* vibe from them, more so than samurai.

*Roman Empire by way of Caesar's Legion in Fallout: New Vegas, really.

And I always thought it was more Uruk-hai inspired. Like bred for war. Of course, that was the backstory of Half-orcs in 4e, too…
 



jasper

Rotten DM
Strange, I like the regular cover this time instead of the Alt cover. Beyond is already taking preorders. But I am also getting a mad carnival theme than fey theme from the regular cover. But I should be done with Candlekeep before it comes out.
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Hey, man, Elves can be corpulent.

Theoretically sure... but almost all depictions of elves in 5E lean on elves being slim and athletic, and I'm struggling to think of one piece of 5E art where an elf isn't depicted as such.

This guy especially doesn't look elfy, he's even got a bit of a hunch indicating a heavily muscled (or pudgy) back.

The ears are pointed, a clear indication he's not human. They however point a little downward instead of upwards, as most elvish ears are. His ears are more similar to how goblinoids are. I did check Fomorians, which actually have rounded ears, so I'm thinking this fellow is has goblinoid, orcish, or ogre blood in him. Or he's something else entirely.

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Parmandur

Legend
Theoretically sure... but almost all depictions of elves in 5E lean on elves being slim and athletic, and I'm struggling to think of one piece of 5E art where an elf isn't depicted as such.

This guy especially doesn't look elfy, he's even got a bit of a hunch indicating a heavily muscled (or pudgy) back.

The ears are pointed, a clear indication he's not human. They however point a little downward instead of upwards, as most elvish ears are. His ears are more similar to how goblinoids are. I did check Fomorians, which actually have rounded ears, so I'm thinking this fellow is has goblinoid, orcish, or ogre blood in him. Or he's something else entirely.

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Generalizations are made to be broken. It looks more like a corpulent version of the bottom image, to my eyes, anyways.
 

Shadar-Kai, most likely.
Way to thick and stocky to be a Shadar Kai (the dude in the Jester uniform is the Shadar Kai), the dude in the top hat is a Feywild Hobgoblin I believe, a way to shatter Gobliniod stereotypes. I mean we know we're getting character options in this book, so that clearly comes from the folks of the feywild article.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Way to thick and stocky to be a Shadar Kai (the dude in the Jester uniform is the Shadar Kai), the dude in the top hat is a Feywild Hobgoblin I believe, a way to shatter Gobliniod stereotypes. I mean we know we're getting character options in this book, so that clearly comes from the folks of the feywild article.
The product description for this book says nothing about character options, just characters.

This carnival is run by a pair of Shadar-Kai partners. Not all Elves need to be the same, guys, geesh.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Generalizations are made to be broken. It looks more like a corpulent version of the bottom image, to my eyes, anyways.

I'm not sure what the fantasy of being an elf is, if elf now means "Anyone with pointed ears," but whatever.

The product description for this book says nothing about character options, just characters.

This carnival is run by a pair of Shadar-Kai partners. Not all Elves need to be the same, guys, geesh.

It says mechanics, which could include races. I doubt it, but it's possible.

You seem pretty certain they're shadar-kai, is this written somewhere that the carnival is run by shadar-kai?
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
I'm not sure what the fantasy of being an elf is, if elf now means "Anyone with pointed ears," but whatever.



It says mechanics, which could include races. I doubt it, but it's possible.

You seem pretty certain they're shadar-kai, is this written somewhere that the carnival is run by shadar-kai?
Read Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft. They traded their carnival with the pawn of a Dark Lord's. It's a tie-in to a Domain of Dread.
 

Parmandur

Legend
I'm not sure what the fantasy of being an elf is, if elf now means "Anyone with pointed ears," but whatever.



It says mechanics, which could include races. I doubt it, but it's possible.

You seem pretty certain they're shadar-kai, is this written somewhere that the carnival is run by shadar-kai?
In Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft, one of the Domains detailed is "The Carnival," which is overseen by an Eladrin woman named Isolde with an evil sword (the sword is the Dreadlord). The books goes into a little detail about her background in the Feywild, where she was cursed by a treacherous archfey to run a Fey carnival. Isolde's Fey Carnival met up with the Domain of Dread carnival, which was run by two Shadar-Kai who traded carnivals with Isolde and gave her the Magic sword, so she could pursue her vengeance on the Gentleman Caller. The Shadar-Kai them took her Carnivsl back to the Feywild. This was a pretty oddball story in the book, but interesting. In the most recent Studio blog, one of the little teases was wondering what happens to the two Shadar-Kai and Isolde's old Carnival...and now it looks like we will learn.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
In Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft, one of the Domains detailed is "The Carnival," which is overseen by an Eladrin woman named Isolde with an evil sword (the sword is the Dreadlord). The books goes into a little detail about her background in the Feywild, where she was cursed by a treacherous archfey to run a Fey carnival. Isolde's Fey Carnival met up with the Domain of Dread carnival, which was run by two Shadar-Kai who traded carnivals with Isolde and gave her the Magic sword, so she could pursue her vengeance on the Gentleman Caller. The Shadar-Kai them took her Carnivsl back to the Feywild. This was a pretty oddball story in the book, but interesting. In the most recent Studio blog, one of the little teases was wondering what happens to the two Shadar-Kai and Isolde's old Carnival...and now it looks like we will learn.

Ah. Well, I'll hold that the fellow there is something other than a shadar-kai (first depiction of a portly 5E elf), but I'm open to being wrong.
 



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