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5E WotC Announces An Impending Announcement: New Setting, Storyline

Early this week, WotC announced on Twitter that today there would be some kind of announcement on their Twitch channel. Those who tuned in were treated to an an announcement that the new storyline will be announced at a live event in June.

The press release announcing the impending announcement also mentions a new setting, as well as the storyline, so it sounds like it might not be set in the Forgotten Realms (or maybe is in a new region - to 5E - of the Realms, such as Icewind Dale). The adventure and the setting might be the same thing, or they might be completely different things. Recently, WotC has released a bunch of settings: Eberron, Ravnica, Wildemount, and the upcoming Theros.

Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline

The new storyline specifically will be revealed at 12pm PST (8pm GMT) on Thursday, June 18th.

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The June event will raise money for Comic Relief, and will feature celebrities including Brandon Routh (Superman), and will preview the brand new storyline. It takes place June 18th-20th. Other names involved include Felicia Day, Deborah Ann Woll, Amy Acker, David Harbour, Matthew Lillard, and more.


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 PRESS RELEASE



RENTON, WA – May 21, 2020 – People all over the world continue to stay safe by staying home, but that doesn’t mean the adventuring has to stop. Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever because it allows people to weave compelling stories together even when they’re physically apart through online videoconferencing. Now, Wizards of the Coast brings the stars to this virtual table with D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage. An amazing cast of characters led by expert storytellers preview the latest D&D storyline with live gaming sessions, all while raising money for Red Nose Day to help the most vulnerable children across the US and around the world, who have been so affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.The adventure begins 10:00am PT on June 18, 2020 and will run through June 20, 2020 at dungeonsanddragons.com.

D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage features big personalities playing elves, wizards and fighters to accomplish quests using their imaginations. Funny people like Brian Posehn, Kevin Sussman and Thomas Middleditch will work together to solve problems or, more likely, cause some hilarious new ones. WWE ® Superstars Xavier Woods ®, Tyler Breeze ®, Ember Moon ®, Alexa Bliss ® and Dio Maddin ® will contend with beefcake destroyer Jeremy Crawford, a.k.a. Principal Rules Designer for D&D. Deborah Ann Woll will lead a group of actors in improvising a way to help people in a fantasy world not that different from ours. And principal D&D writer Chris Perkins takes players

Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline as well as accompanying new products plus tons of unique gameplay available on June 18, 2020. D&D Adventurers League has four new short adventures everyone can enjoy. By donating a small amount to Red Nose Day, fans will have access to sign up for D&D sessions with players around the world! During #DnDLive2020, fans will also be able to choose the character best suited to help the region through Reality RP, a mashup of fantasy storytelling, community engagement, and reality television.


 
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Parmandur

Legend
It could just mean this adventure has a horror/undead theme while still being in Icewind Dale.

Of course, I've been preparing for the new Elder Scrolls expansion, which is all about vampires in Skyrim, so I might just have that on the brain.
Honestly, it was a super vague clue. He didn't say what aspect of CoS would excite people.
 

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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Honestly, it was a super vague clue. He didn't say what aspect of CoS would excite people.
Could easily play off the "ice zombies" trope done by Game of Thrones.

I've honestly given up on speculation for this one; it sure seems like Icewind Dale to me, but I haven't seen anything that hints as to what the adventure actually is. Mind flayers exist up there, but I don't think their famous for being their either. So I don't have much to go on here.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Could easily play off the "ice zombies" trope done by Game of Thrones.

I've honestly given up on speculation for this one; it sure seems like Icewind Dale to me, but I haven't seen anything that hints as to what the adventure actually is. Mind flayers exist up there, but I don't think their famous for being their either. So I don't have much to go on here.
The two lines of suspicion are seperate, but track well together. The string of Mindflayer focused Lore You Should Know Segments, the BG3 tie-in potential, and a few other little things make a Sword Coast Mindflayer Adventure in the near future seem highly likely.

Seperately, some lines point to Icewind Dale being the locale for an Adventure in the near future.

Like the lead-up to Descent into Avernus, when there was a bunch of chatter about Baldur's Gate, the Dead Three, and BG related things, and also Hell and Devil stuff. Turned out they were related...
 

dalisprime

Explorer
The two lines of suspicion are seperate, but track well together. The string of Mindflayer focused Lore You Should Know Segments, the BG3 tie-in potential, and a few other little things make a Sword Coast Mindflayer Adventure in the near future seem highly likely.

Seperately, some lines point to Icewind Dale being the locale for an Adventure in the near future.

Like the lead-up to Descent into Avernus, when there was a bunch of chatter about Baldur's Gate, the Dead Three, and BG related things, and also Hell and Devil stuff. Turned out they were related...
But wasn't the chatter started after DiA was announced? Also, said chatter involved a major retcon to Bane, who for some strange reason abandoned his position as a greater deity after the second sundering and decided to strut around the realms with Bhaal and Myrkul as demigods (none of that playing into the storyline).

Mindflayers have a pretty solid presence in BG as is (check the description of the Dukes) so that already ties them into BG3 (if Larian don't play up that angle it will be a missed lore opportunity). What are their lore ties to the far north exactly? That's the first time I see them mentioned in that context.
 





Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Wouldn't creating ice zombies for brains just give the mindflayers brain freeze? 🤣
All of this talk about frozen undead gives me a new idea. Have you ever been outside in the cold too long? when you start to warm up it's like pins and needles in your skin. I can even be quite painful to move. So imagine if your limbs were actually frozen, but still moving.

I could see that you would shriek and moan in pain even as you were shambling towards your prey. Hmm. I'd probably call them ice scream zombies :rolleyes:
 




I’m almost sure you guys are right. But which are the clues pointing towards the next storyline being set in Icewind Dale? The frozen region image and snowy owlbear in the announcement?
The other factor is the tie in to the Dark Alliance computer game. WotC have a history of tying print releases to computer games (even when the computer games are garbage, which they usually are).
 

Maybe we will finally get an official Modern setting? With guns and motorcycles.

DM: The orc chieftain glares at you
Fighter: I pull out my pistol of reloading!
 


Parmandur

Legend
But wasn't the chatter started after DiA was announced? Also, said chatter involved a major retcon to Bane, who for some strange reason abandoned his position as a greater deity after the second sundering and decided to strut around the realms with Bhaal and Myrkul as demigods (none of that playing into the storyline).

Mindflayers have a pretty solid presence in BG as is (check the description of the Dukes) so that already ties them into BG3 (if Larian don't play up that angle it will be a missed lore opportunity). What are their lore ties to the far north exactly? That's the first time I see them mentioned in that context.
No, actually! The Lore You Should Know segments were laying out Baldur's Gate and Hell centered episodes for a few months before Avernus was announced. Perkins actually laid a significant amount before they said jack explicitly.

I understand Mindflayers have played major roles in some of the video games and novels set in Icewind Dale. And Arctic regions are fitting locations for Lovecraftian skullduggery.
 

Parmandur

Legend
I’m almost sure you guys are right. But which are the clues pointing towards the next storyline being set in Icewind Dale? The frozen region image and snowy owlbear in the announcement?
Chatter from the Adventurer's League scene, a peculiar rise of Icewind Dale social media postings similar to Baldur's Gate last year or Waterdeep the year before, Lareal Explorer's Guide includes Icewind Dale as a location alongside precious Adventure locales...
 

I understand Mindflayers have played major roles in some of the video games and novels set in Icewind Dale.
I don't recall mindflayers in IWD, certainly not in any significant role. Possibly in the Trials of the Loremaster expansion, but that is set in Anauroch.

There are lots of mind flayers in Baldur's Gate 2, but that doesn't go anywhere near Icewind Dale.

I don't think there are any in The Chrystal Shard either, which is the only novel I have read that is set mostly in Icewind Dale.
 

dalisprime

Explorer
No, actually! The Lore You Should Know segments were laying out Baldur's Gate and Hell centered episodes for a few months before Avernus was announced. Perkins actually laid a significant amount before they said jack explicitly.

I understand Mindflayers have played major roles in some of the video games and novels set in Icewind Dale. And Arctic regions are fitting locations for Lovecraftian skullduggery.
So apparently there was a mind flayer compound in ID2 that I totally forgot about, but I didn't think the games were canonical?
Which books dealt with them in the frozen north?
 

Parmandur

Legend
But wasn't the chatter started after DiA was announced? Also, said chatter involved a major retcon to Bane, who for some strange reason abandoned his position as a greater deity after the second sundering and decided to strut around the realms with Bhaal and Myrkul as demigods (none of that playing into the storyline).

Mindflayers have a pretty solid presence in BG as is (check the description of the Dukes) so that already ties them into BG3 (if Larian don't play up that angle it will be a missed lore opportunity). What are their lore ties to the far north exactly? That's the first time I see them mentioned in that context.
I don't recall mindflayers in IWD, certainly not in any significant role. Possibly in the Trials of the Loremaster expansion, but that is set in Anauroch.

There are lots of mind flayers in Baldur's Gate 2, but that doesn't go anywhere near Icewind Dale.

I don't think there are any in The Chrystal Shard either, which is the only novel I have read that is set mostly in Icewind Dale.
Icewind Dale 2, which does take place in Icewind Dale, apparently has an Illithid colony called Z'Hinda Cithadel in the Underdark of the region. Of course, they all get murdered hard by the PCs, but that was 200 years before FR "present time"...

The Crystal Shard itself apparently merged with a Mindflayer at some point?
 

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