It contains all of the information a Dungeon Master needs to run adventures or an entire campaign based in this treacherous city, including descriptions of city locations, drow houses, key organizations, and the precarious political landscape. It also gives players the information they need to create characters who are members of drow houses or organizations within Menzoberranzan, as well as explains the benefits and rivalries that come with choosing a particular allegiance. It was published in August Farewell to 4e. Take One. When Menzoberranzan was first announced in early as part of the Rise of the Underdark event, it was called a "Campaign Setting".
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Average Rating 10 ratings Dark perils and great deeds await! The world has changed since the Spellplague, and from this arcane crucible have emerged shining kingdoms, tyrannical empires, mighty heroes, and monster-infested dungeons. It was released in August Introducing the Campaign Settings.
H2: "Thunderspire Labyrinth" followed in July, then the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide appeared in August — demonstrating how important Wizards thought it was to renew their best-loved campaign setting. Settings would no longer be endless lines, whose sourcebooks and adventures proliferated year after year. Instead, Wizards planned to highlight a different setting each year, then move on.
Hinting at the Future. Development on the updated Forgotten Realms campaign setting began in , with writing starting in However, there were two especially notable reveals that both occurred in September In The Grand History of the Realms , Wizards moved the Forgotten Realms chronology up from the timeframe of those final adventures to It revealed that Shar and Cyric had slain Mystra, releasing a Spellplague.
A major timeline advancement, a Realms-shaking Spellplague, and the mystery of Abeir combined to suggest that there were big changes coming in the 4e Forgotten Realms. And, there were. However, over the intervening decades TSR and Wizards had detailed so much of the Realms that little of it was Forgotten any more. Now, Wizards wanted to restore that sense of mystery.
Salvatore, Moonshae-creator Douglas Niles, and others. Together they told numerous stories of the Realms from numerous points of view. This might have been one of the biggest flaws of the published Realms. At least as far back as the Avatar books , NPCs had risen up to take the prominent roles in Realms-shaking Events.
Now, the Realms designers wanted to turn that around, to gave players a chance to shine. Meanwhile, his own campaigns had always seen the Realms as a changing, evolving place — something that TSR and Wizards continued with its Realms-shaking Events from the Time of Troubles onward. This meant that the Realms had to include the cosmology, races, and classes that were being developed for the core 4e game. Wizards planned big changes as part of the new 4e Forgotten Realms, but they were intended to be part of the continuing evolution of the Realms, not a reboot.
Creating a Points of Light world required plunging the Forgotten Realms into darkness. This was accomplished primarily through the murder of Mystra by Cyric and the Spellplague that followed. Kingdoms were destroyed, cities were ruined, and plaguelands were beset by wild magic. Civilization is waning in the Forgotten Realms. These massive changes also tied to a number of other design philosophies.
It made the Realms mysterious again, while simultaneously making them a better place for adventure — a core idea for the whole 4e revamp. Finally whether intentional or not these changes made the Realms more accessible to newcomers, not dependent upon decades of Realmslore.
There were other big changes which also helped to support these design philosophies: The timeline was advanced by years! The parallel world of Abeir had crossed over and fused with Toril. The ancient empire of Netheril was fully restored. Parts of the Sea of Fallen Stars had collapsed to create a massive opening into the Underdark. Thay had become a land of undead. The Realms simultaneously had become a grittier setting, on the edge of collapse, while also becoming a more fantastic one, full of wonder and mystery.
The updates to the World Axis cosmology were largely based on fallout from the Spellplague. The Resurrected Races. The primordials are introduced as the lords of Abeir, while dragonborn and genasi both appear as races from that land. Exploring the Realms. It also represents the biggest change. It also contains longer sections on the entirely new Returned Abeir and the newly revealed and accessible Underdark. One town also gets particular attention: Loudwater.
It had been a minor part of the Realms since it received some attention in FR1: "Waterdeep and the North" However, the Campaign Guide gives it a whole chapter, positioning as an introductory home base for the "Barrow of the Ogre King" short adventure. NPCs of Note. NPCs had long been a major part of the Realms, but as part of the plan to make PCs more important, many of them were either killed or crippled in the year interim; for example, most of the Seven Sisters are listed as dead or missing and Elminster himself is decreased in power.
Love It or Hate It? Similar updates have been tried by other companies — to reinvigorate settings, to make them more accessible to new players, or to make them more adventuresome.
Similarly, R. Talsorian tore down their future world in Cyberpunk v3 to quite a bit of flaming on the internet. It never seems to go well, because old fans feel left behind. With that said, some folks did love the changes, because the setting was now more playable, more accessible, more fantastic, and more PC centered. Future History. As planned, Wizards of the Coast only supported the Realms in , then moved on to other settings.
However, they broke down and returned to the world in , when they published a second campaign for the Realms, the Neverwinter Campaign Setting , and then a second mass-market adventure, Halls of Undermountain By , Wizards had restored the Realms as their default campaign world. Meanwhile a series of adventures and novels called The Sundering reversed many of the 4e changes to the Realms, but without rebooting the timeline.
Instead, the Realms continues to evolve and advance, as it has since its earlier days. About the Creators. Greenwood is of course the creator of the Forgotten Realms.
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Average Rating 10 ratings Dark perils and great deeds await! The world has changed since the Spellplague, and from this arcane crucible have emerged shining kingdoms, tyrannical empires, mighty heroes, and monster-infested dungeons. It was released in August Introducing the Campaign Settings. H2: "Thunderspire Labyrinth" followed in July, then the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide appeared in August — demonstrating how important Wizards thought it was to renew their best-loved campaign setting. Settings would no longer be endless lines, whose sourcebooks and adventures proliferated year after year.
Several major deities died during the Time of Troubles see deaths, ascensions, and resurrections and a handful of mortals rose to divinity. The novels set in the Realms cover a wide variety of time periods too. This wiki does not focus on one specific time as being the "present day" - instead, it endeavours to provide specific date references where possible. The other continents include Kara-Tur , Zakhara , Maztica , Anchorome , Laerakond and other as-yet unspecified landmasses. See the sourcebooks portal for an extensive list of products. In early publications about the setting, The Realms shared a unified cosmology with various other campaign settings.
Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide
Unlike previous releases, like the 3rd edition variant , the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, or FRCG, focuses solely on proving information for rules referees and storytellers known as DMs, rather than for players. This information is meant to help a DM build a campaign, either within the Realms, or in a homebrewed setting, rather than for players to use to enhance their characters. Partially as a consequence, the FRCG is slightly slimmer than the 3rd edition FRCS in page number, a fact which has given the false assumption that is undetailed. However, if one were to add the two books together, as is intended, the total page number exceeds that of the FRCS by more than a hundred page, though the word count per page is lower given the 4th edition formatting standards.
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