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D&D 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

vincegetorix

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I legit did not know they had a physical store. That explains why they have been so awesome at getting the Limited Edition Alternative covers.

The only way they could even get the retail store versions of the covers is to actually have a retail store to sell them in. They are also kind enough to sell them on their website to anyone who can't get them locally.
 








There is in the blurb for the book a part about the Arcane Brotherhood in Luskan, but it's morel likely they aren't masterminds and instead accidentally released Auril or something.
If Icewind Dale falls to Auril Luskan is next in line. So it seems likely that the Arcane Brotherhood are trying to stop her (even if they have to awaken Yog-Sothoth in order to do it).
 

Ash Mantle

Adventurer
If Icewind Dale falls to Auril Luskan is next in line. So it seems likely that the Arcane Brotherhood are trying to stop her (even if they have to awaken Yog-Sothoth in order to do it).
Hopefully there might be shoggoths in the Icewall! If they're using At the Mountains of Madness as inspiration, it'll also give me an excuse to use the amazing Sandy Petersens' Cthulhu Mythos for 5e :)
 
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Ash Mantle

Adventurer
Honestly, the way they have been describing it, I bet we're going to see some significant aberration/Far Realm goodness buried in all that snow and ice.
That'd be amazing! :)
I've been listening to Chris Perkin's first D&DLive game (really missed his DMing), and they're in a situation where they're communicating, and more, with a
Brain in a Jar
I absolutely love the cold (can't stand even warm weather), absolutely love horror, absolutely love the works of Lovecraft, and Auril is my favourite deity. This book can't come soon enough!
 

delericho

Legend
Yeah, this looks good. And nice timing, too - I find myself in the market for a new campaign, but did need something starting at 1st level.
 

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