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D&D 5E Wild Beyond the Witchlight Features Warduke & More!

While we've had the back cover text for some time, Amazon has revealed more information about the Wild Beyond the Witchlight! The adventure includes Warduke, a figure dating back to the 1980s, and indicates that all encounters can be resolved without combat. The book also includes two new races (it's interesting they're using the term 'race' here, as they've been using 'lineage' recently) - a fairy, or a rabbit.


A wickedly whimsical adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Once every eight years, the fantastic Witchlight Carnival touches down on your world, bringing joy to one settlement after the next. Its owners, Mister Witch and Mister Light, know how to put on a good show. But there’s more to this magical extravaganza than meets the eye!

The carnival is a gateway to a fantastic Feywild domain unlike anything found on the Material Plane. Time has not been kind to this realm, however, and dark days lie ahead unless someone can thwart the dastardly schemes of the Hourglass Coven.

The Wild Beyond the Witchlight takes adventurers from the Witchlight Carnival to Prismeer, a Feywild domain of delight, and is designed for characters of levels 1–8. This book comes with a poster map that shows the carnival on one side and Prismeer on the other.

• Explore the Plane of Faerie in the first official D&D adventure set primarily in the Feywild
• Easily drop The Witchlight Carnival into any campaign—for passage into the Feywild or just a night of carnival games and wild entertainment
• Introduces two races—play as a fairy or as a harengon, a race of humanoid rabbits
• Adds two backgrounds—the Feylost who grew up in the Feywild, and a Witchlight Hand who works at the carnival
• All encounters can be resolved without resorting to combat, rewarding clever ideas and creative roleplay
• Classic 1980s Dungeons & Dragons characters return, including Warduke, Strongheart, and Kelek



Who's Warduke, I hear you ask? He dates back to the 1980s as a D&D action figure. In 1984's Quest for the Heartstone adventure, he was an 8th level human fighter, but by 2003's Dungeon Magazine he has become an 18th level fighter! WotC has a full article about him here.

Strongheart was Warduke's paladin friend, who later became his enemy as Warduke turned to the dark side.

Kelek is an evil wizard who also appeared in Quest for the Heartstone. In a novel, Warduke had him hire an assassin to kill Strongheart. He also appeared in episode of the D&D cartoon.

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hopeless

Adventurer
This might be closer to what you're looking for. paizo.com - GameMastery Module E1: Carnival of Tears (OGL)

It's a meat grinder; literally and figuratively. Bring spare character sheets.
I've got a copy of that when I stated much earlier about that being done in Pathfinder I didn't expect this to be THAT similar!

I'd certainly like to pick up mini's of those classic characters mind you not so sure now about this adventure perhaps the optional bits you can pick up on d&d beyond might change my mind.
 

So it looks like one of the minis set for this book has not just a Warduke mini, but also one for Kelek and Zarak. Bringing back so many memories. That's a must-buy to me just for nostalgia's sake. I loved the villains from that time, and the Shady Dragon Inn supplement was one of my favorite D&D accessories (still kicking myself for selling all my old stuff decades ago).

 





Warduke's armour is magic, forged by faerie magic for an effect like chainmail bikini. This is the reason they can show flesh and the ornament is only illusory magic, to avoid real pieces could cause worse perfomance in the fight. This allow to look half-nude but they are totally practical.
 


Toriel

Explorer
This is pretty cool. I wasn't going to get it but this makes me want it.

I still have the Kelek action figure with the wand (don't have the staff anymore). I also still have the goblin figure (don't remember his name).
 


Dungeonosophy

Adventurer
Hey gang, check out my research into the homeworld of Warduke and the other LJN Action Figures. I started a thread at ENWorld (here), but the preview chapters are posted at the Piazza forum. I aim to post further chapters there.

Mike Gray, author of TSR's 1984 action-figure adventure module, is helping me fill out the existing lore into a complete campaign setting, which he names MOTHERLAND: The World of ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS™ Action Figures.

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