Dragonlance Unlocked on D&D Beyond: Dragonlance Shadow of the Dragon Queen!

A couple of weeks earlier than the December 6th street date for the hardcover, Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen has been unlocked in digital format over on D&D Beyond for early access. If you have purchased a SotDQ bundle you can redeem your code at this link. If not, you can pre-order now:


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From the Preview thread:

So, about the return of the gods for the characters, it happens like this:

Characters with divine magic classes have had visions and dreams. One night, just before the start of the main adventure, they find mysterious overgrown ruins that said characters are mysteriously drawn to. Inside they find statues of whatever deities the divine magic characters worship, holding their holy symbol(s). They hear the voice of the god(s), telling them to be their herald to share their diving message in the world, and are imbued with the ability to cast their magic.

Verminaard is already in Abanasinia, leaving Kansaldi to attack Kalaman, which does indicate this is later in 351 AC.
 

Ah, so the Lunar Sorcery schools from the preview did have a misprint.

Full Moon. Abjuration and divination spells

New Moon. Enchantment and necromancy spells

Crescent Moon. Illusion and transmutation spells

Also, the High Sorcery feats are pretty neat - you get one extra spell and a free daily spell slot to cast it for each you take (1st level for the first one, and 2nd level for whichever of the second group you choose). They definitely steer you towards certain schools, mirroring the Lunar Sorcery subclass - Black Robes to necromancy and enchantment, Red Robes to illusion and transmutation, and White Robes to abjuration and divination - although you're not forced that way if you don't want to. Also, while there aren't any strict alignments for them, the descriptions of both the Orders and the gods they follow very strongly indicate the alignments that each group has...

Edit. Actually, it's a cantrip and two 1st level spells that you get for free with the first feat (and each can be cast for free once a day). Very nice.
 
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Oh! The test! What about the test! I can’t read it now. Anyone else?

In the 1st level test, you're near an ancient ruined tower that glows with magic on the Night of the Eye, which, conveniently, it is. You meet a wizard there that puts you through a mini test (going through an invisible labyrinth). If you succeed, you get an empty spellbook for the character's use, and several sealed scrolls that you are told to give to another wizard in Kalaman. I haven't gotten that far (I'll take a look), but it looks like you take the real Test at that point.
 

dave2008

Legend
I thought we are supposed to get the book 2 weeks early if I bought the bundle. I don't seem to have access to the DnD Beyond content. Is it not live yet?
 

OK, so you go to Kalaman and meet another wizard there who asks questions and provides insight for characters who want to join the Order. She says she'll contact the Order for them to do the test. While in the City of Lost Names, another wizard contacts them and runs the test. There's a scenario given (a dragon attacking a city), with suggestions on how to customize it for an individual characters and which Order they are looking to join (each with choices that could cause them to end up with other color robes). It's pretty free-form, which makes sense as it's something that should be tailored to each individual player.
 






Verminaard is already in Abanasinia, leaving Kansaldi to attack Kalaman, which does indicate this is later in 351 AC.
And to clarify this a bit, this means that this adventure is contemporaneous with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, so, if you were one of the ones worried about it, Goldmoon can still be the first true cleric, although the characters in this adventure are at the same time or shortly afterwards.
 

Ah, so the Lunar Sorcery schools from the preview did have a misprint.

Full Moon. Abjuration and divination spells

New Moon. Enchantment and necromancy spells

Crescent Moon. Illusion and transmutation spells

Also, the High Sorcery feats are pretty neat - you get one extra spell and a free daily spell slot to cast it for each you take (1st level for the first one, and 2nd level for whichever of the second group you choose). They definitely steer you towards certain schools, mirroring the Lunar Sorcery subclass - Black Robes to necromancy and enchantment, Red Robes to illusion and transmutation, and White Robes to abjuration and divination - although you're not forced that way if you don't want to. Also, while there aren't any strict alignments for them, the descriptions of both the Orders and the gods they follow very strongly indicate the alignments that each group has...

Edit. Actually, it's a cantrip and two 1st level spells that you get for free with the first feat (and each can be cast for free once a day). Very nice.
wait I just realized... can you take multi feats for the robes? can rastline take the red robe feat at level 4 and the black robe at level 8 and have BOTH?
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
And to clarify this a bit, this means that this adventure is contemporaneous with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, so, if you were one of the ones worried about it, Goldmoon can still be the first true cleric, although the characters in this adventure are at the same time or shortly afterwards.
Weird. I thought the lead designer said this was months or years before the first book in one of the video interviews.
 
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wait I just realized... can you take multi feats for the robes? can rastline take the red robe feat at level 4 and the black robe at level 8 and have BOTH?
No, the first level feat requires you to choose one of the moons only, and the prerequisite for the 4th level feat states which moon you have chosen. There's some wiggle room with the 1st level one, though, they probably should do an errata clarification that it can only be taken once.
 

And to clarify this a bit, this means that this adventure is contemporaneous with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, so, if you were one of the ones worried about it, Goldmoon can still be the first true cleric, although the characters in this adventure are at the same time or shortly afterwards.
it also means you can ignore her and say your PCs are first if you want... and if you want years later can even argue who got it first
 




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