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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Hellcow

Adventurer
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.
The Eldeen Reaches are particularly planetouched and noteworthy for the SIZE of their manifest zones; the Gloaming and the Twilight Demesne are large enough that we show them on the map. It's also the main reason the Greensingers exist, and why they are focused in the Eldeen Reaches as opposed to being equally dispersed across Khorvaire.

I don't see the Talenta Plains as being unusually planetouched. As you say, one reason the zones are called out is because there are few cities... and in my opinion, most of the major cities in Eberron are built on manifest zones. A manifest zone is essentially a (super)natural resource, and something people of Eberron know how to harness. The reason they aren't really mentioned is twofold. The first is because they're ubiquitous; there's SO many of them that talking about all of the manifest zones in Breland would fill a book. The second is because most of them aren't that large. The Gloaming is dramatic because of its vast size; there may be a zone with a similar effect in Breland that's only a few hundred feet across. Likewise, the Twilight Demesne in the Eldeen Reaches is remarkable because of its size, but we HAVE called out dramatic Thelanian zones in other places - notably, the Feyspires, which were scattered across Khorvaire.

So: the Towering Woods are unusual, but more in size than power. We haven't suggested that the Reaches have anything like the reality storms or wild zones of Sarlona.

I will be talking more about manifest zones in Exploring Eberron.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
@Hellcow you've mentioned elsewhere that there may be some expansion on Greater Dragon Marks in Exploring.

Any chance we will see something for Halfling Clawfoot Riders? Maybe a feat or dedicated subclass? I’d not, how would you handle a player wanting to play a BM Ranger with a Clawfoot? Maybe a unique creature in the style of the recent UA Beast of Air and Beast of Earth?
 

Hellcow

Adventurer
@Hellcow you've mentioned elsewhere that there may be some expansion on Greater Dragon Marks in Exploring.

Any chance we will see something for Halfling Clawfoot Riders? Maybe a feat or dedicated subclass? I’d not, how would you handle a player wanting to play a BM Ranger with a Clawfoot? Maybe a unique creature in the style of the recent UA Beast of Air and Beast of Earth?
No, I'm afraid there's no material on the Talenta Plains in ExE. There's so many possible topics I'd like to cover and there was no way to cover them all in one book. I'll note that Q'barra, the Demon Wastes, the Eldeen Reaches, and the Talenta Plains all fall into this category. If ExE does well, perhaps there will be an ExE 2!
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
No, I'm afraid there's no material on the Talenta Plains in ExE. There's so many possible topics I'd like to cover and there was no way to cover them all in one book. I'll note that Q'barra, the Demon Wastes, the Eldeen Reaches, and the Talenta Plains all fall into this category. If ExE does well, perhaps there will be an ExE 2!
Totally fair! Each of those areas could be a campaign setting in themselves!
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
I know someone who's playing a Talenta druid maskweaver - Circle of the Shepherd - with a clawfoot mount named Gigi. Backstory is she was his on the plains, but he couldn't afford to bring her with him to start, then "purchasing" her was just paying to bring her out with him. The velociraptors from Volo's as it so happens are the best creature to summon at level 5, they're about 40% more effective than wolves. Circle of the Shepherd, with the thp totem, covers for their fragility.

In other news, to me there's a bit of a theme of going "into the wild" - orcs, Talenta, Eldeen, Demon Wastes - for an "ExE 2"...
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I know someone who's playing a Talenta druid maskweaver - Circle of the Shepherd - with a clawfoot mount named Gigi. Backstory is she was his on the plains, but he couldn't afford to bring her with him to start, then "purchasing" her was just paying to bring her out with him. The velociraptors from Volo's as it so happens are the best creature to summon at level 5, they're about 40% more effective than wolves. Circle of the Shepherd, with the thp totem, covers for their fragility.

In other news, to me there's a bit of a theme of going "into the wild" - orcs, Talenta, Eldeen, Demon Wastes - for an "ExE 2"...
Nice! Another way to go might be to have it be an adolescent raptor, and have it grow up during play, but that depends on if the group uses extended downtime as part of the game.

And I totally agree about the “into the Wild” theme for an Eberron book! That would be awesome, and something I at least don’t have. (Clarification: I don’t have any 3.5 Eberron books, as I played 3.5 very briefly and didn’t like it)
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
Man...also, all this time I’ve been focused on a Talenta Ranger...I coulda been playing a Talenta Druid!

Why ride a pteranodon when you can be one!?
When I first saw Wayfinders, that was the first character concept I thought up--a halfling moon Druid with a claw foot mount that can also turn into a claw foot (or other dinosaur).
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
There's no stats for a Swordtooth Titan [T-Rex] in this edition yet, right? (Related - this is why I hate 5e druid mechanics, because then you have to homebrew every new beast for something more exotic than what's in the MM, plus there's wild variations within CR bands for "optimal" forms. I just want something more generic for each tier/band that lets me be what I want without worrying about gimping myself)
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
There's no stats for a Swordtooth Titan [T-Rex] in this edition yet, right? (Related - this is why I hate 5e druid mechanics, because then you have to homebrew every new beast for something more exotic than what's in the MM, plus there's wild variations within CR bands for "optimal" forms. I just want something more generic for each tier/band that lets me be what I want without worrying about gimping myself)
There's a T-Rex in the MM.
 

MarkB

Hero
When I first saw Wayfinders, that was the first character concept I thought up--a halfling moon Druid with a claw foot mount that can also turn into a claw foot (or other dinosaur).
I recently had a villain in my Eberron game who was an Awakened (through Mournland weirdness, not the spell) tyrannosaurus rex druid. So she was a tyrannosaur who could wildshape into a tyrannosaur. She led a pack of varied predators who had been terrorising halflings along the trade routes to Gatherhold down the western Talenta Plains.
 

ChaosOS

Explorer
Fun fact, 5e took off size restrictions on lycanthropy. So you could have a bunch of dino-themed were-halflings, with the leader turning into a Swordtooth Titan...
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
I recently had a villain in my Eberron game who was an Awakened (through Mournland weirdness, not the spell) tyrannosaurus rex druid. So she was a tyrannosaur who could wildshape into a tyrannosaur. She led a pack of varied predators who had been terrorising halflings along the trade routes to Gatherhold down the western Talenta Plains.
I sure hope you gave her the ability to ignore somatic component. Casting with those tiny arms would be a pain in a**. :p
 

Trance

Explorer
Awesome Blog so far, but i'm wondering if Exploring Eberron is going to detail out all the special materials form the previous editions. Crysteel, Byesk, etc...
 

Chaosmancer

Adventurer
Ooooh, I had never considered the implications of persona's and romance. That is really interesting stuff.

And, you know someone made a play about it. Heck, I want to write a story about it now.
 

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