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5E Iggwilv/Tasha To Join Volo, Xanathar, and Mordenkainen? [UPDATED!]

Is WotC teasing a new announcement? There have been a few D&D books named after famous personalities from the game's extensive lore - Vole's Guide to Monsters, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. It looks possible that the next such personality might be Tasha of Tasha's Hideous Laughter fame -- which was an adventuring alias of the Greyhawk villain Iggwilv.

UPDATE -- A page has appeared on Amazon entitled Dungeons & Dragons November Title (Announced August 24). It's a hardcover, $49.95, November 17th release date.


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On their Discord channel, WotC posted a short audio clip; it features some female-sounding voices laughing, and it is titled "Feather and Tart". It also has a metadata info which says August 24th, 2020, which is Monday. But in addition to that, a WoTC staff member on Reddit's avatar was changed to an image of Iggwilv.

Iggwilv was an evil magic-user, a villain created by Gary Gygax. When adventuring with the Company of Seven, she used the alias Tasha. The lore has it that the witch Baba Yaga adopted her as a child and named her Natasha, and she soon became Natasha the Dark (Baba Yaga also adopted Elena the Fair).

Iggwilv has two forms, one old and one young. You can read more about the character on Wikipedia.


What does seem clear is that WotC is teasing an impending announcement! I assume that the announcement they are teasing will be the announcement of an upcoming announcement, or I'll be disappointed.
 
Russ Morrissey

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Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
I've tried to look for some information about the Iggwilv/Tasha connection. Did it appear for the first time in the adventure Expedition to Castle Greyhawk?
 




I've tried to look for some information about the Iggwilv/Tasha connection. Did it appear for the first time in the adventure Expedition to Castle Greyhawk?
Either that or the final print issue of Dragon Magazine. Whichever came first.

It was a retcon by Erik Mona, tying together Iggwilv (a Gygax creation), the spell "Tasha's Hideous Laughter" (named after a real-life girl by that name) and the npc "Natasha the Fair" from the "Hut of Baga Yaga" adventure by Roger Moore in Dragon Magazine.

Byproduct was making Iuz the grandson of Baba Yaga. (And theres hints that one of his other grandparents is Nyarlathotep)

Fun fact is that Iggwilv is "canon" in Pathfinder, to some extent. Or at least a daughter of Baba Yaga who goes by one of Iggwilv's many names....
 


Bitbrain

Black Lives Matter
Iggwilv/Tasha joining the ranks of Volo, Mordenkainen, and company with a 5e hardcover product would be so amazing.

I have the final print issue of Dragon magazine, and I always loved the section on the Demonomicon Apocrypha.

If they do use Iggwilv/Tasha, here’s hoping the product references or details the Abyss to some degree.
 

Iggwilv would be the right person to writte a book about infernal outsiders, demonomicon, fiend folio, fiend codex or something like this.

And she is perfect as "guest artist" in the demiplane of the dread, or maybe her daughter Drelzna. And if she is Iuz's mother you can imagine...
 


dave2008

Legend
Famous for writing the demononicon. Could we be getting a guide to the abyss or the planes in general?
Iggwilv/Tasha joining the ranks of Volo, Mordenkainen, and company with a 5e hardcover product would be so amazing.

I have the final print issue of Dragon magazine, and I always loved the section on the Demonomicon Apocrypha.

If they do use Iggwilv/Tasha, here’s hoping the product references or details the Abyss to some degree.
I doubt it will be strongly Abyss related as MToF covered fiends pretty heavily, though I would be happy if it had Mythic versions of the Demon Lords:love:

From the rest of the hints it seems witch / magic based. Anything in the recent UAs that could be connected with Iggy?
 


Parmandur

Legend
I doubt it will be strongly Abyss related as MToF covered fiends pretty heavily, though I would be happy if it had Mythic versions of the Demon Lords:love:

From the rest of the hints it seems witch / magic based. Anything in the recent UAs that could be connected with Iggy?
The UA material has had a few Spells and items (notably magical ratios), mostly it's been far out high magic Subclasses: I'm thinking this will be to Xanathar's Guide as Mordenkein's is to Volo's, delving into weirder player and DM options.
 



Azuresun

Explorer
It could be the name of the speculated-upon next book of player-centered stuff. If so, that might be a trend of having such books named after villains in the setting. :)
 


Alzrius

The EN World kitten
(And theres hints that one of his other grandparents is Nyarlathotep)
Can you expound on this? I'm familiar with the rest of the lore you mentioned, but not this bit.

EDIT: Nevermind, I belatedly remembered that this is in reference to whom Pale Night brought forth several demon lords, including Iuz's father Graz'zt, with.
 


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