Keith Baker: Exploring Eberron

Eberron creator Keith Baker has been busy recently! He has unveiled the cover to his new book, to be released in December on DMs Guild in PDF and hardcover. It will dive into parts of Eberron that have received little attention in prior books, including the undersea civilizations and the planes.



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He's also started a series of blog posts now that Rising from the Last War is out:
 
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Gradine

Archivist
Looks like Soul Knife kind of stuff to me. But that would require... psionics to be fully in place!
I modeled a Soul Knife NPC after the Way of the Open Hand Monk with a little Four Elements thrown in and it worked surprisingly well. My bet would be a Monk subclass (recall that the original Soul Knife did not actually have psionic powers the way other 3.X psionic classes did)
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
That is one highly armored Monk for sure.

Also the party is in the higher levels if the Artificer is revivifying the Barbarian constantly. Wonder if that's an indication of tiers of content in the book.
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
Some quotes from the Discord earlier today when Keith dropped by.
Keith Baker said:
As someone guessed, Gentle is a kalashtar orphan. Her kalashtar spirit is Alashtai.

The story has evolved somewhat with the image. As shown, I would say that they have passed through the portal into Dal Quor. And yes, that's a very unusual thing to find, as it's difficult to reach Dal Quor. I'll add the tease that the portal is an Aereni artifact. Because if anyone could force such a connection, it could be the nation with divine power at its disposal...

The characters are a party of adventurers brought together by Gentle (and Alashtai). I like all of them. I have a soft spot for Rusty because I like the new dwarf story, but I also like Dela and Rev.

Ban's facemask is supposed to be a Khesh'dar thing, yes.
 

Gradine

Archivist
The purple-metal crown thing all the Kalashtar and Riedran Inspired seem to wear
I've noticed that on the Inspired, but not the Kalasthar necessarily (there are several iconic Kalasthar images that lack it); I guess I just always assumed they were psicrowns
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
A single metal pauldron? Everything else looks like a robe and some form-fitting leggings
Outside of the pauldron, which is a huge amount of armor for a Monk to begin with, the rest of it looks like the leather armor from the 4e phb. Just take a look:

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Just add a low cut shawl and you have stolen her look.
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
Also wonder what else is in this that isn’t in the wayfarers guide pdf....unless I overlooked it somewhere.
Are you confusing Exploring Eberron with the book that came out this week, Rising from the Last War? Exploring Eberron is all new content tackling topics like the undersea civilizations, the planes, and the new dwarf-daelkyr connection, as opposed to the setting-intro material of Wayfinder's/Rising.
 

EthanSental

Explorer
Are you confusing Exploring Eberron with the book that came out this week, Rising from the Last War? Exploring Eberron is all new content tackling topics like the undersea civilizations, the planes, and the new dwarf-daelkyr connection, as opposed to the setting-intro material of Wayfinder's/Rising.
not confusing the 2, but your explanation did tell me the difference between this Exploringbook and the previous 2....so thanks for the info!
 

Dr. Bull

Explorer
I'm very grateful that Eberron is back! Keith Baker's work is always imaginative, consistent, and cool. As far as I'm concerned, I don't need additional rules on psionics... I'll just take the magic rules and change the descriptors. (Those of you who love Savage Worlds know how powerful this approach is.)

By that logic, you could easily convert the Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, or even Wizard and then add another "school," "patron," or "origin". Call them "psi-warrior" or "mental guardian". Use monks, but describe their chi powers as psi powers? The eldritch knight and arcane trickster sub-classes also fit easily into this approach.

After all, Vicious Mockery, Dissonant Whispers, and a host of other spells already exist. In my new Eberron campaign, the spell Flaming Sphere will also be called "Rolling Pyrokinesis".

To paraphrase Greywulf (an old-school gaming genius), D&D 5e is an "effect-based" system that can elegantly incorporate description to provide uniqueness. The artificer class is all about creativity and unique specialties. If it doesn't break the game, why worry?

A lot of us worry a lot about "official" rules and content. Yet the PHB and DMG encourage the utilization of house rules. Let's play some games and have some fun, eh?

FYI: The new Eberron book is amazing. In my humble opinion, it's the best book EVAR! When I go camping, I will read this book. When I am feeling depressed, I will read this book. When I am happy, I will read this book...

- Dr. Bull
 
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Dr. Bull

Explorer
I'm very grateful that Eberron is back! Keith Baker's work is always imaginative, consistent, and cool. As far as I'm concerned, I don't need additional rules on psionics... I'll just take the magic rules and change the descriptors. (Those of you who love Savage Worlds know how powerful this approach is.)

By that logic, you could easily convert the Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, or even Wizard and then add another "school," "patron," or "origin". Call them "psi-warrior" or "mental guardian". Use monks, but describe their chi powers as psi powers? The eldritch knight and arcane trickster sub-classes also fit easily into this approach.

After all, Vicious Mockery, Dissonant Whispers, and a host of other spells already exist. In my new Eberron campaign, the spell Flaming Sphere will also be called "Rolling Pyrokinesis".

To paraphrase Greywulf (an old-school gaming genius), D&D 5e is an "effect-based" system that can elegantly incorporate description to provide uniqueness. The artificer class is all about creativity and unique specialties. If it doesn't break the game, why worry?

A lot of us worry a lot about "official" rules and content. Yet the PHB and DMG encourage the utilization of house rules. Let's play some games and have some fun, eh?

FYI: The new Eberron book is amazing. In my humble opinion, it's the best book EVAR.

- Dr. Bull
Dr. Bull is obviously full of bull.

- Dr. Bull
 

Gradine

Archivist
Eberron has several unique materials(metals, wood varieties, many sorts of crystals, etc), one of them is a purple metal called byeshk. :D
Given that byeshk is A) from an entirely different continent than Reidra, B) is, iirc, a particularly dense material best used for blunt weaponry, and C) has properties that make it especially effective against abberations, as in, the things that are possessing the Inspired, I highly doubt that that's the connection.

I still think it's psicrowns. :unsure:
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
not confusing the 2, but your explanation did tell me the difference between this Exploringbook and the previous 2....so thanks for the info!
I'll edit the OP for clarity

Given that byeshk is A) from an entirely different continent than Reidra, B) is, iirc, a particularly dense material best used for blunt weaponry, and C) has properties that make it especially effective against abberations, as in, the things that are possessing the Inspired, I highly doubt that that's the connection.

I still think it's psicrowns. :unsure:
Quori have been fiends in past editions and will be fiends again in ExE - they're nightmare spirits and thus fundamentally comprehensible, plus this makes sure stuff like Divine Sense and Dispel Evil and Good work. But yes it's definitely a psionic metal and not Byeshk.
 

tetrasodium

Explorer
Given that byeshk is A) from an entirely different continent than Reidra, B) is, iirc, a particularly dense material best used for blunt weaponry, and C) has properties that make it especially effective against abberations, as in, the things that are possessing the Inspired, I highly doubt that that's the connection.

I still think it's psicrowns. :unsure:
could be, but also ;D
Byeshk: Mined in the Byeshkand graywall mountains bordering droaam. This rare metal is prized by smiths for making Jewelry and weapons. It has a lustrous purple sheen and is hard and dense. a bludgeoning weapons ... 3.5 stuff
I think a lot of 3.5 stuff just used that purple for lots of stuff. It doesn't really matter what substance it is though, eberron has lots of them & that was my point.
 

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