D&D 5E Odyssey of the Dragonlords’ - my next campaign?

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
The main feature of the book is its one long campaign, which goes from levels 1-20 (though there's a perfectly good climax and stopping point around level 12).
Huh. For some reason I thought it was a setting book. If I'd realised it was an adventure, I'd have backed it!
 

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It is perfect for a crossover with Theros, but I suspect the medusa and her racial trait about petrifing gaze could be overpowered. I advice to buy the books, at least to speculate and later to be sold to collectors.
 

Weiley31

Legend
It's "pretty much" a Bioware RPG, ala Mass Effect/Dragon Age/Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, in a pen and paper rpg format.

In that regard, you'd have to do some extra prep work if your gonna play that way. Especially if you do it as a duet style of play and with your pc's NPC party since, a number of Epic Quests that you can choose for your character, have some major "plot relevance" in some degree to your PC.

I feel personally feel that combining Odyssey of the Dragonlords+Mythic Odysseys of Theros elements will give you the best bang for your Greek 5E buck.
 

TheSword

Legend
I’m interested to know what elements from Theros people would use?

The Pantheon can’t be imported, as the existing Pantheon is very important to the storyline.

The locations are already in place this is a campaign so locations are already described far better than in a sourcebook.

The rules for piety and the new monster rules could work though it would require some work to change things... but do-able. Though with the epic backgrounds I’m not sure adding more benefits for piety is necessary.

What would people add?
 

Weiley31

Legend
I’m interested to know what elements from Theros people would use?

The Pantheon can’t be imported, as the existing Pantheon is very important to the storyline.

The locations are already in place this is a campaign so locations are already described far better than in a sourcebook.

The rules for piety and the new monster rules could work though it would require some work to change things... but do-able. Though with the epic backgrounds I’m not sure adding more benefits for piety is necessary.

What would people add?
You would just cherry pick the crunch. You could add in your own versions of the Mythic Traits/Actions to the really big important fights. The Piety system is a given. Supernatural Gifts could/would also work. Also a number of the monsters, like the Returned, could fit in very well, with some lore changes, in parts of the overall campaign. The Leonin's could be considered more in regards to the aspects of nature or something. Don't forget the Theros Subclasses too.
 

TheSword

Legend
You would just cherry pick the crunch. You could add in your own versions of the Mythic Traits/Actions to the really big important fights. The Piety system is a given. Supernatural Gifts could/would also work. Also a number of the monsters, like the Returned, could fit in very well, with some lore changes, in parts of the overall campaign. The Leonin's could be considered more in regards to the aspects of nature or something. Don't forget the Theros Subclasses too.
Ah that makes sense. So it’s rules more than the background itself.

Regarding the piety rules, for those DMs who haven’t read the book it’s worth noting...

So the five gods of Theros are very specific. They don’t really match up to the gods of Theros. I tried to make some adjustments but it felt quite difficult. It’s worth knowing as well that the Gods of Odyssey are living and breathing... ruling cities or working a forge. You have the opportunity to befriend them and do tasks for them and this comes with it’s own set of rewards. It’s worth noting that they’re not true gods but the original dragons ridden by the Dragonriders that were imbued with a spark of of the Titans power as a result of the bargain that gave the 500 year Oath of Peace. This comes to an end two thirds of the way through the book and the gods loose all their power.
 

Weiley31

Legend
Ah that makes sense. So it’s rules more than the background itself.
Yup: when in doubt, just use the crunch.

Like for example there is a part in Odyssey of the Dragonlords, IIRC, where you and your "party" basically visit the setting's version of The Underworld, so you could place the Returned in there as the inhabitants/one of the many encounters once you reach that point

For the gods and the Piety system, you could see if the various Theros god piety rankins/rewards could apply to each of the Odyssey of the Dragonlords gods. I would probably also assign maybe like only two piety branches to each diety.

You could also work that in somehow with the one possible endgame goal/path of Odyssey of the Dragonlords where your PC can ascend to godhood via a series of set steps defined via the Dragonlords Player's guide.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
I too would recommend combining Dragonlords with Theros. But around the same time these books were coming out, a few other Greek Myth inspired 5E gamebooks came out that you might want to raid for more crunch and ideas. Off the top of my head, I'd suggest looking at Arkadia and Age of Myth.

Here's a breakdown post I made about a year ago.

EDIT: Actually, you should check out that entire thread starting from post #1!!! Lots of info on Odyssey of the Dragonlords posted by @Libertad.
 
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