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D&D 5E Wild Beyond the Witchlight Previews

Various websites have small previews for the upcoming Wild Beyond the Witchlight D&D adventure.
  • D&D Beyond has the jabberwock.
  • SYFY has a look at Hither, a fairy-tale swamp.
  • Polygon reveals the fairies and rabbitfolk.
I'll update this list if more emerge! The book comes out September 21st.

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Hither by Olly Lawson​
 

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grimslade

Doddering Old Git
WBtWL looks to be just enough whimsy for me, but I can see it pushing past a lot of people's whimsy threshold. The carnival itself is maybe about as whimsical an event horizon as I can stand. The glory of this adventure is that whimsy is contained in Domain (other than the Carnival) so I can have a palate cleanse of a gritty campaign afterward.

I'm wondering if this is more whimsy than I want / use in my games.......
 

darjr

I crit!
Or potentially that wimsy could turn terrible on a dime or even unnoticed until it’s too late.
There are evil fey in i after all.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
I'm wondering if this is more whimsy than I want / use in my games.......
Thats why its great that they’ve embedded the rules in an adventure module - it’s all entirely optional, not core rules, so you get to do things on your own whim …
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
I know that fairies went all the way up to human size in folklore but the halfling-sized fairies feel like a lame cop-out to me. The 4e tiny pixies were a little awkward mechanically but they were so much cooler as an option than giant gnome fairies.
Regarding Shakespeare, I will flavor the fairies as appearing like human youths, whose Small size is because of being young children. But there will also be teenagers upto age 19 who are Medium size. Then their Enlarge/Reduce feature becomes perfect.
 

Table of contents+preview of a number of magical items you can find. If you care about spoilers in regards to locations, then don't click on the link. But I'll admit that I personally find the name of the final area intriguing.

 


darjr

I crit!
Table of contents+preview of a number of magical items you can find. If you care about spoilers in regards to locations, then don't click on the link. But I'll admit that I personally find the name of the final area intriguing.

Note not all the stat blocks are at the end of the book.
 

I wonder if the Time Tracker from this can be applied to 5E sessions in general. To be quite honest, aside from rounds/time, I don't know if 5E has a legit time tracking or what not for stuff outside of battles.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
Table of contents+preview of a number of magical items you can find. If you care about spoilers in regards to locations, then don't click on the link. But I'll admit that I personally find the name of the final area intriguing.


The table of contents list: "backgrounds", "races", and "character traits".

I wonder what "character traits" are?

If separate from backgrounds, the character traits seem nonidentical to the Ideal, Flaw, and Quirk.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
In the Witchlight table of contents, check out the Creatures:

• Boggle
• Brigganock
• Bullywug
• Campestri [happy mushrooms]
• Darkling
• Giant Dragonfly
• Giant Snail
• Harengon [here and gone? the hare leaps away?]
• Jabberwock
• Korred
• Living Doll
• Quickling
• Redcap
• Selenelion Twin
 
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Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
The table of contents list: "backgrounds", "races", and "character traits".

I wonder what "character traits" are?

If separate from backgrounds, the character traits seem nonidentical to the Ideal, Flaw, and Quirk.

character traits are optional ideals, bonds, flaws, quirks traits. They've been separated from Backgrounds so you can customise the core backgrounds with more whimsical traits

Witch and Light are Shadae-Kai
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
character traits are optional ideals, bonds, flaws, quirks traits. They've been separated from Backgrounds so you can customise the core backgrounds with more whimsical traits
Cool. I prefer the Personality (Ideal, Flaw, and Quirk) be separate from the Background.

The Personality of a character concept can be inspired by anything: an inspiration from a tv show or movie, a character background, a class, a race, a feat, or so on. Really anything. So while each character building section (ability scores generation, race, subrace, background, class, archetype, skill, or feat) could suggest a list of thematic personality traits, ultimately the player has to decide which traits are interesting according to the overall character concept.

I guess, the "character traits" here in Witchlight are Personality Traits that relate to being fey as a planar origin?



Witch and Light are Shadae-Kai
I suspected so!

Where one of them is heavy set, it seems to reflect that elves have much more diverse appearances in 5e than they did in earlier editions.

The elves are more human-like, tall or short, muscular or lean, masculine or feminine or androgynous, light complexion or dark complexion, and so on.

I feel all of this diversity is highly appropriate for many reasons, including both reallife folkbelief and modern sensibilities, as well as empowering player concept.
 



darjr

I crit!
Oh it was meant for 2019! But Larian doing Baldurs gate bumped it for the Avernus adventure.

They talk about the timming being kinda perfect.
 



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