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  • Descent into Avernus
    Avernus is the first layer of the Nine Hells, and is the campaign setting for the D&D 5E hardcover adventure, Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. The Nine Hells are a lawful evil aligned outer plane populated by devils. Avernus is also the name of a volcanic crater in Italy, which was believed to be the entrance to the underworld. As such, Avernus is considered the 'entrance' to the Nine Hells.

    Avernus is ruled by Zariel, a fallen angel, who supplanted the previous ruler, Bel. It is also the plane on which Tiamat is imprisoned.

    Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus' product description is as follows:
    Diabolical dangers await in this adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

    Welcome to Baldur’s Gate, a city of ambition and corruption. You’ve just started your adventuring career, but already find yourself embroiled in a plot that sprawls from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War! Do you have what it takes to turn infernal war machines and nefarious contracts against the archdevil Zariel and her diabolical hordes? And can you ever hope to find your way home safely when pitted against the infinite evils of the Nine Hells?

    • This heroic Dungeons & Dragons adventure book takes players from levels 1 to 13 as they journey through Baldur’s Gate and into Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells.

    • Baldur's Gate is among the most iconic locations in fantasy culture. A mist-cloaked metropolis on the Sword Coast, it’s a place of history and a home to heroes.

    • The book introduces the infernal war machines to fifth edition D&D—battle-ready vehicles, which you can customize as you blast off into the Blood War.

    • Dungeon Masters will entice their heroes with devils’ deals, designed to lure adventurers with the ultimate temptations of power and treasure.

    • Created in 1974, D&D transformed gaming culture by blending traditional fantasy with miniatures and wargaming. Fifth edition D&D draws from every prior edition to create a universally compelling play experience.


    The River Styx
    Locations in Avernus include:
    • The Bronze Citadel
    • Pillar of Skulls
    • River Styx
    • Tiamat's Lair