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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Some of the art/color scheme as a power puff girls and my little pony with the pink and various pastel tones. 26 pages in a the thread so I apologize if that’s already been mentioned!
I’ve stopped buying physical copies for the past couple of years so I’ll D&D beyond this one like the others as I like picking adventures for levels my group is in.

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Golden Procrastinator
Wesley Schneider said in the YouTube interview that D&D has literally never had a location actually in the Deep Ethereal before, more of a pure DM blank space. Genuinely new.
My players very recently visited a castle in the Deep Etheral. WotC clearly plagiarized my ideas. What do you think: could I organize a crowdsourced campaing to fund my legal action?

IMO, it's a sad statement on our culture that the gender, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnicity of a product's authors is a point of discussion or even relevance.

All because the gaming products should be created by authors that represent the community, and the community should represent all of the human race. Probably not before I die, but hopefully one day that will all be true.

The Ethereal Plane from 3e and onward has become a less unique plane, due to things being removed from it and brought to others like Feywild and Shadowfeel, or no longer being the only place to have Demiplanes. So adding in this Citadel will add some things back in to the Deep Ethereal, beyond the Event Horizon inspired Leicester's Gap that's at the edge of the Far Realm, that Dreamscape connected to a space colonist in a coma and the remaining Demiplanes (such as Maelost) that haven't been moved off to other planes.

The Citadel is in many ways another Planar Metropolis just like the City of Glass or Sigil (which is strongly inspired by London in the 1800s).

As for other things about this book:
-I'm interested in how that adventure about the night market goes, I'm mostly familiar with Hong Kong's night market and some attempts elsewhere to recreate that. Thailand is somewhere that's never really gotten any coverage before in D&D.
-One of the settings is Chinese inspired and I do appreciate attempts at trying to show something connected to my background.
-It looks like there's a Mexican inspired setting with the Day of the Dead artwork shown in the interview.
-The Deep South is something that has only been touched on in Ravenloft so far.

yeah. It matters. Been waiting several years for a damn Psionics book but WotC clearly wants to give their gimmicky marketing celebrities like Mercer yet another book instead. :mad:

Love him, hate him, or somewhere in between, anyone who looks at the current D&D market without understanding that right now Mercer and CR are to D&D what Weis and Hickman were in the 80s is kidding themselves.

Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Yes. The 2e Guide to the Ethereal Plane (a Planescape product) detailed maybe a dozen or so demiplanes in the Deep Ethereal, with I would say an average of 2 to 5 pages of description. And several did have maps. Most were uninhabited, though, or had at most a few inhabitants (Neth, the Demiplane That Lives, was its own inhabitant). So even then, a high population city in the Deep Ethereal is still unprecedented...
Ravenloft used to be a demiplane in the Ethereal.

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