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D&D 5E Tracy & Laura Hickman Announce Skyraiders of Abarax

Tracy and Laura Hickman, known for the Dragonlance setting and the original Ravenloft module, have announced a D&D 5E setting called Skyraiders of Abarax. It will be coming to Kickstarter this fall. There's not much more information yet, other than a mailing list for updates and a single (stunning) art piece.

Their Facebook page actually says "AD&D 5E", rather than "D&D 5E", although I'm not sure whether that's significant.

"Tracy & Laura Hickman's first adventure world since Dragonlance ... coming to AD&D 5E through Kickstarter this fall! Join us in the creation of Sky-high Fantasy discovered through magical books brought to life our unique 'Living Tome System'."


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There's also a couple of other art pieces floating about on social media.

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Khelon Testudo

Cleric of Stronmaus
Lovely looking project! But for the life of me, I'm not parsing this sentence:

"On dragon’s sylph to find our lost way back
To that mythic place called home."

Probably just a brain hiccup, but I can't figure out what "on dragon's sylph" means here.
I'm thinking Dragon Sylph is the name of a flying ship
Not only that, but "lost" feels redundant. If the way back wasn't lost, they wouldn't need to find it, right?
The wording is odd because it's part of a poem, which you can see by checking out the other images.

This is effectively a teaser trailer, more to whet the appetite than give a clear explanation.
 

R_Chance

Adventurer
I see airborne skyships and I think Lin Carter's Callisto books. Very derivative of Burroughs Barsoom books but a fun read in the 1970s when I was way younger than I am now. They included sky ships used by the "Sky Pirates" which included pressed paper (!) hollow hulls and hydrogen (? or helium) gas, wings and masts iirc. I suspect I'd be horrified if I re-read them now :D
 

OakenHart

Explorer
Gorgeous artwork and they most certainly have the cred, but not enough detail yet to really be excited. Look forward to when the kickstarter goes up and they put out more information.

Hopefully that font choice on those social media images are not used extensively on any final product, it really detracts from everything else.
 



Dire Bare

Legend
Great, but....

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Bruce Heard pioneered the flying ship in D&D thing some time ago (with furries!).

I guess you could combine them.
Well . . . . sure, skyships aren't new to fantasy or new to D&D. But the ad-copy for Skyraiders isn't claiming that. It's just one element of the setting, a central one. Basically, if you like skyships, you'll like Skyraiders of Abarax! Bruce Heard didn't invent skyships either.
 





clearstream

Be just and fear not...
Lovely looking project! But for the life of me, I'm not parsing this sentence:

"On dragon’s sylph to find our lost way back
To that mythic place called home."

Probably just a brain hiccup, but I can't figure out what "on dragon's sylph" means here.
To me it implies that their ships are kept aloft either by the spirit of a dragon, or a spirit controlled or taken from a dragon.

The mythic home thing allows each encountered location to be new to the wanderers, i.e. not their home. It's the kind of design move you might make where you wanted an open-ended adventure path, with a series of disparate locations.
 


Mercador

Explorer
More FFIV and it's fleets of military airships. Or any of another number of JRPGs with lots of airships. Or Eberron and it's airships, to stay in a D&D vibe?

@J.Quondam sylphs are air spirits, so maybe these airships were powered by the spirits of wind dragons?
Yeah my first impression before reading, it was an Eberron adventure pack.
 

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