Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
But b) doesn't actually exist, right? My understanding is that they asked for some content/plot changes (I have a vague memory of a love potion, for example) based on D&D's current internal content guidelines. Not based on consistency with a new canon for Dragonlance which hasn't been created yet.It seems to me that when W&H originally approached WotC they gave them permission to go ahead expecting them to do (b). But they actually did (a), which was why WotC objected. Lawyers then pointed out that having given permission, WotC can't stop W&H doing (a). As a result of that WotC have made it clear that the game and any novels are completely separate entities. WotC wouldn't have needed to do that if they where not moving forward with their own DL product. It seems to me that the novel and an a WotC revamp are both likely to come out in 2022, but by coincidence, not planning (at least not on WotC's part).
I don't think the obstacles to a) are really that big. It's not huge areas of DL that need revision. Gully Dwarves are not all that important an element. Kender and Tinker Gnomes might need minor tweaks.