We peered, poked, squinted, flipped, and enhanced the teaser image that WotC put out last week, and it turns out we got it right -- the next book is, indeed, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel.


Wraparound cover art by Evyn Fong

Through the mists of the Ethereal Plane shines the Radiant Citadel. Travelers from across the multiverse flock to this mysterious bastion to share their traditions, stories, and calls for heroes. A crossroads of wonders and adventures, the Radiant Citadel is the first step on the path to legend. Where will your journeys take you?

Journeys through the Radiant Citadel is a collection of thirteen short, stand-alone D&D adventures featuring challenges for character levels 1–14. Each adventure has ties to the Radiant Citadel, a magical city with connections to lands rich with excitement and danger, and each can be run by itself or as part of an ongoing campaign. Explore this rich and varied collection of adventures in magical lands.
  • Thirteen new stand-alone adventures spanning levels 1 to 14, each with its own set of maps
  • Introduces the Radiant Citadel, a new location on the Ethereal Plane that connects adventurers to richly detailed and distinct corners of the D&D multiverse
  • Each adventure can be set in any existing D&D campaign setting or on worlds of your own design
  • Introduces eleven new D&D monsters
  • There’s a story for every adventuring party, from whimsical and light to dark and foreboding and everything in between

Slated for June 21st (update - I just got a press release which says it's June 21st "in North American stores"; I'm not sure what that means for the rest of us!), it's a 224-page adventure anthology featuring a floating city called the Radiant Citadel. The book is written entirely by people of colour, including Ajit George, who was the first person of Indian heritage to write Indian-inspired material for D&D (in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft). Around 50 POC writers were involved in total in various ways.

The Radiant Citadel is on the ethereal plane and is carved from the giant fossil of an unknown monster. A massive gemstone called the Royal Diamond sits at the core, surrounded by a bunch of smaller Concord Jewels, which are gateways to the Citadel's founding civilizations. DMs can link any world to the citadel by placing a Concord Jewel there.

The Citadel, unlike many D&D locations, is more of a sanctuary than a place of danger. The book's alternate cover features a Dawn Incarnate, a creature which is the embodiment of stories and cultures.

The adventures are as follows:
  • Salted Legacy
  • Written In Blood
  • The Fiend of Hollow Mine
  • Wages of Vice
  • Sins of Our Elders
  • Gold for Fools and Princes
  • Trail of Destruction
  • In the Mists of Manivarsha
  • Between Tangled Roots
  • Shadow of the Sun
  • The Nightsea’s Succor
  • Buried Dynasty
  • Orchids of the Invisible Mountain
UPDATE -- the press release contains a list of some of the contributors: "Justice Ramin Arman, Dominique Dickey, Ajit A. George, Basheer Ghouse, Alastor Guzman, D. Fox Harrell, T.K. Johnson, Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Surena Marie, Mimi Mondal, Mario Ortegón, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Terry H. Romero, Stephanie Yoon, and many more."


Regular cover by Even Fong


Alternate Cover by Sija Hong

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Micah Sweet

Candlekeep came out March of last year. Whether or not a 15 month gap fits the definition of "just had one" I'll leave as an exercise for the reader.
Fair enough. It fits my definition of "just had one", especially as i don't care for anthologies generally. There are many other things this book could have been about (including stuff many here speculated upon) that i would have preferred.


More "cute and fluffy D&D?"
I dislike the aesthetic of D&D these days - displacer beast kittens, flying lemurs, etc. It makes it look childish. Couple that with "talking through problems with the bad guys" from recent campaigns, and I'm not interested at all.
It could've been Planescape.


Unserious gamer
Fair enough. It fits my definition of "just had one", especially as i don't care for anthologies generally. There are many other things this book could have been about (including stuff many here speculated upon) that i would have preferred.
I'm not super surprised, as Candlekeep was very well received critically and (I'm assuming) must have sold pretty well. I'm not planning on picking it up either (None of my groups would really be on board with mini-adventures from a home base as a framing device), but it seems like a sensible release decision.


Dragon Lover
I’ll admit that I’m not particularly interested in adventure books or adventure anthologies myself outside of what world building/lore/and monsters it provides.

Still I got some neat little gems from Candlekeep Mysteries and other Adventure books in the past that I enjoy reading and using for my campaign so I’m sure their will be little things I like.

Besides, we know we’re are getting two more campaign settings in the near future. I wish one of them was announced instead of this but I can wait, especially since I know others enjoy these adventure anthologies.


Dragon Lover
Help me out here, fellas, but this is new right?

Like, there isn't an existing city that is central to a bunch of planar travel, right?
From the video posted upthread, the Radiant Citadel is a city in the Deep Ethereal that acts as a inhabitable beacon to those lost within the Deep Ethereal’s depths.

I think it is new but I’m not as familiar with the lore of the Ethereal in general.

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