D&D 5E Official D&D Greek-Themed 'Mythic Odysseys of Theros' Setting Coming In May

My inbox just exploded! It looks like Penguin Random House accidentally leaked an upcoming book listing for D&D, before removing the entry. It's dated for May 19th, and it's called Mythic Odysseys of Theros.

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What's Theros? It's a Greek(ish) themed Magic: the Gathering world! This will make it the second, after Ravnica, to make it to an official D&D campaign setting. Here's what the MTG wiki says about it:
"Theros is a plane governed by the gods of Nyx, where heroes face monsters, the sea rages, people offer burnt offerings and adventures take place. It is defined by mankind's struggle against the primal forces of the world, and mankind's conflict with the many other sapient races that populate the world."

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In ancient times, the archons of Theros held a massive empire, tyrannizing the world in the belief that they were imposing a strict justice. The most notable of these Archon tyrants was Agnomakhos, who used the leonin as an army. Eventually, the Archon empire fell, being instead replaced by the poleis, and the remaining Archons now lash at these, slighting the "honor" they feel was stripped from them.

There's an enormous list of races, too -- though how many of those will translate from MtG to D&D, I don't know. Some of these are clearly 'monsters' in the D&D sense rather than 'races'. It includes cats, centaurs, gorgons, merfolk, minotaurs, satyrs, spirits, zombies, archons, basilisks, chimeras, cyclopses, demons, dragons, giants, hags, harpies, hounds, hydras, krakens, lamias, manticores, pegasi, phoenixes, spines, and sirens.

There's a whole bunch of Greek-themed or inspired D&D settings, including:
  • Arkadia by Arcana Games. "Arkadia is a combined setting and players handbook for 5e - inspired by the history and myths of Ancient Greece. The book contains 100 pages of densely packed all new Greek themed content for both Players and GMs."
  • Hellenistika from Handiwork Games. "From the Pillars of Herakles in the West to the Silken Cities of the East, from the isle of Hyperborea in the North to the Mountains of the Moon in the South, the world spreads before you, alive with gods and marvels."
  • Odyssey of the Dragonlords from Arcanum Worlds. "Odyssey of the Dragonlords is an epic fantasy campaign for the fifth edition of the world’s greatest roleplaying game. The Player’s Guide is a 28-page companion booklet that will provide you with everything you need to begin your career as a prospective hero in the forgotten land of Thylea."
  • Land of Myth by Seven Thebes. "A Fantasy Setting in Mythical Ancient Greece.A world of Heroes, right after the end of
    the Trojan War, steeped in myth and conflict."
Of course, this all assumes this isn't come kind of epic troll on WotC's part -- they have recently started putting placeholder names on products on Amazon and then changing them at the most minute, although with limited success. This could be a more elaborate attempt at that!
 

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Quartz

Hero
I'm not familiar with Theros but this sounds good. That said, it's going to have to be very good indeed to top Aaron Alston's Mythic Greece: The Age of Heroes.
 

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How many new PC races will we see? Any subclass from the previous Unearthed Arcana?

The revenants (returned from the death but conserving the consciousness) could be a PC race. They were it in 4th Ed.
 



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Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
How many new PC races will we see? Any subclass from the previous Unearthed Arcana?

The revenants (returned from the death but conserving the consciousness) could be a PC race. They were it in 4th Ed.
Probably the Eloquence bard, the Heroism Paladin, the Constellation Druid, the Unity Cleric, maybe the Astral Self monk (there was a MTG card resembling it, but I dont remember if it was from Theros), Pheonix Sorc, Kraken warlock, Revenant Rogue and Truenamer Wiz?

Those are the ones that hit the greek theme pretty well, IMO.
 



Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
Probably the Eloquence bard, the Heroism Paladin, the Constellation Druid, the Unity Cleric, maybe the Astral Self monk (there was a MTG card resembling it, but I dont remember if it was from Theros), Pheonix Sorc, Kraken warlock, Revenant Rogue and Truenamer Wiz?

Those are the ones that hit the greek theme pretty well, IMO.

hey, that makes me notice a thing: once you put all those archetypes above as Theros stuff, the rest of the new UA stuff has a real Eldraine vibe:
Creation Bard
Fey Ranger
Fey barb
Twilight Cleric
Watcher Paladin
(maybe) Genie Warlock

Those are the Disney World Eldraine archetypes!
 


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