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5E WotC Confirms Horror-themed Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden

During WotC's Comic Relief charity-supporting livestream this evening, presenters Anna Prosser and Mica Burton confirmed that the September D&D adventure is, indeed, Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden.

The adventure has a regular and limited edition cover.

The presenters say this is the first time anybody has heard the title(?), and that this was the first time they'd seen the cover.

Chris Perkins says its a horror adventure, with these of isolation and secrecy. Levels 1-12.

SOME SECRETS ARE WORTH DYING FOR
Feel the cold touch of death in this adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

In Icewind Dale, adventure is a dish best served cold.

Beneath the unyielding night sky, you stand before a towering glacier and recite an ancient rhyme, causing a crack to form in the great wall of ice. Beyond this yawning fissure, the Caves of Hunger await. And past this icy dungeon is a secret so old and terrifying that few dare speak of it. The mad wizards of the Arcane Brotherhood long to possess that which the god of winter’s wrath has so coldly preserved—as do you! What fantastic secrets and treasures are entombed in the sunless heart of the glacier, and what will their discovery mean for the denizens of Icewind Dale? Can you save Ten-Towns from the Frostmaiden’s everlasting night?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is a tale of dark terror that revisits the forlorn, flickering candlelights of civilization known as Ten-Towns and sheds light on the many bone-chilling locations that surround these frontier settlements.


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The deity antagonist, Auril, is a god who Perkins says is a lot like Hella from the Thor: Ragnarok movie. In this book, the Frostmaiden has multiple stat blocks depending on the form she takes. The book has over 50 stat blocks.

The book has lots of quests, each of which is a mini adventure. Or play through them all as an epic horror story emerges. A campaign, or slice it up.

The environment itself is a villain -- blizzards, avalanches, survival, limited food, fishing for Knucklehead Trout.

There's a number of sports and games for the characters to play. A "Goliath sport" for example.

320 pages, poster map, for levels 1-12.

For the 10 minutes or so before the stream launched, the "Coming Soon' page featured the cover art (which was leaked by D&D Beyond last week).

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Love the kobolds stacking up!

I don't generally buy mods, but may have to buy this to mine ideas for my next campaign. Horror campaign in the frozen north does kind of sound like that time I got snowed in at the in-laws cabin, but I think I can get over that.
 









SuperTD

Explorer
Dead serious. They all read it sure, but they weren’t allowed to say it out loud.
It's an odd choice of words when they're clearly aware loads of people know the name - they could have just said "We're here to reveal the brand new adventure", but they specifically called out that no-one knew the title yet.
 


Bitbrain

Black Lives Matter
This looks awesome! Bring on the Arctic counterpart to ToA’s Tropical Jungle and BG: DiA’s... well, Avernus.

Really like the artwork too. Seriously, 5e’s art department keeps getting better and better imo.
 






Yeah, that alt cover is gorgeous. Would make a great tattoo, too.

Daaamn that limited edition cover is looking nice.

Two things that struck me in the announcement:
  • 50(!) new monsters in this book.
  • Jeremy Crawford mentioned fishing for Knucklehead Trout. Going back to the Crystal Shard, that's a big part of the Ten Towns economy. Not surprised at that callback. 5e has ever been about the lore.
 

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