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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ChaosOS

Explorer
Also, the DHB story is just a Xoriat planetouched - the story for "how" is being born/conceived near a Xoriat MZ or Daelkyr realm. Alternatively, mom could've had a breed Leach Symbiont.

Mechanically I'd just reuse the Simic hybrid from GGtR and reflavor as Symbiont powers. This might be the actual sticking point for Keith as you'd have to figure out an appropriate way to balance low level Symbiont access without people complaining that it doesn't go far enough to feel alien. But that might also just be putting words in his mouth.
 

Hellcow

Adventurer
It's weird that Keith wouldn't like the daelkyr half-blood concept and then lean super heavily on PCs using symbionts as a whole cultural thing.

I've always been a fan of symbionts. But as Dyrrn the Corruptor would say, there's more than one way to skin a cat (... and then fuse spectral tentacles to the raw muscle). Setting everything else aside, DHBs are called out as being primarily associated with humans. I'm presenting a dwarf-specific option that reflects the influence of the daelkyr. That doesn't invalidate the idea that the DHBs can also exist in the world; it's simply not an attempt to replicate the DHB in 5E.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
It's weird that Keith wouldn't like the daelkyr half-blood concept and then lean super heavily on PCs using symbionts as a whole cultural thing.

I've always been a fan of symbionts. But as Dyrrn the Corruptor would say, there's more than one way to skin a cat (... and then fuse spectral tentacles to the raw muscle). Setting everything else aside, DHBs are called out as being primarily associated with humans. I'm presenting a dwarf-specific option that reflects the influence of the daelkyr. That doesn't invalidate the idea that the DHBs can also exist in the world; it's simply not an attempt to replicate the DHB in 5E.
Speaking of putting spectral tentacles on a cat, how free are you (and any other Eberron DMs in the thread) with creating weird new creatures for players to have as Vadalis magebred pets?
 

Hellcow

Adventurer
I agree with ChaosOS -- that Vadalis is more likely to tweak things that already exists than to make something entirely new. I also feel that they primarily work with beasts, or with monstrosities that are themselves variations of beasts (griffons, hippogriffs, owlbears). So if someone wanted to have a winged cat as a Vadalis creation I might allow it; but I don't see Vadalis making tiny beholders.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I agree with ChaosOS -- that Vadalis is more likely to tweak things that already exists than to make something entirely new. I also feel that they primarily work with beasts, or with monstrosities that are themselves variations of beasts (griffons, hippogriffs, owlbears). So if someone wanted to have a winged cat as a Vadalis creation I might allow it; but I don't see Vadalis making tiny beholders.
Makes sense.

Tiny beholders would be super weird, but miniature displaced beasts...😍
 

tetrasodium

Explorer
Speaking of putting spectral tentacles on a cat, how free are you (and any other Eberron DMs in the thread) with creating weird new creatures for players to have as Vadalis magebred pets?
I break it down into two groupings. Magebred animals that range from designer pets to gmo cow/horse/guard dog type stuff at one end that most anyone could probably get given funds & such is the first grouping. The second grouping is War Beasts/Animals... These range from horrid beasts/owlbears/winterwolves/etc to a lot of the beast-like creatures (frankly that's most of them) in this. They are almost exclusively found roaming the wilderness or terrorizing villages after being left as landmine type obstacles during the Last War or being prepared for the Next War. The permits, care needs, etc required for many of those War Beasts are well beyond what a player could gain since Vadalis is not keen on selling the beasts meant for dropping on areas in need of depopulating in the next war to private actors (not to mention it being horribly broken if they did).
 
On the topic of "Exploring Eberron", has their ever been much published about the oceans? Is the deep ocean part of Khyber? Are krakens and aboleths daelkyr creatures?
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I break it down into two groupings. Magebred animals that range from designer pets to gmo cow/horse/guard dog type stuff at one end that most anyone could probably get given funds & such is the first grouping. The second grouping is War Beasts/Animals... These range from horrid beasts/owlbears/winterwolves/etc to a lot of the beast-like creatures (frankly that's most of them) in this. They are almost exclusively found roaming the wilderness or terrorizing villages after being left as landmine type obstacles during the Last War or being prepared for the Next War. The permits, care needs, etc required for many of those War Beasts are well beyond what a player could gain since Vadalis is not keen on selling the beasts meant for dropping on areas in need of depopulating in the next war to private actors (not to mention it being horribly broken if they did).
I’ve no issue with players getting something like an owlbear as a reward, tbh. I just compare it to a magic item in order to determine what impact it will have on the game.
 

tetrasodium

Explorer
I’ve no issue with players getting something like an owlbear as a reward, tbh. I just compare it to a magic item in order to determine what impact it will have on the game.
I don't so much have an issue with it, just 5e is so different from 3.5 & it doesn't mesh too well with the mechanics IME. Maybe once the artificer/UA ranger/druid pet stuff is a little more settled just not yet,
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I don't so much have an issue with it, just 5e is so different from 3.5 & it doesn't mesh too well with the mechanics IME. Maybe once the artificer/UA ranger/druid pet stuff is a little more settled just not yet,
Idk about the 3.5 stuff. I’d just work out basic 5e stats using the MM and DMG guidelines.

But I do think the Artificer style stats could work if you want to, say, have a magical connection to the pet.
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
Hi Keith! Question about the planes writ large - are the Talenta Plains and Eldeen Reaches actually more plane-touched or is that just authors writing more about manifest zones when there aren't cities to discuss. If they are, how does that compare to Sarlona, which per SoS is extra sensitive to the planes.
 

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