But the Underdark was never meant to be a home for the drow. It was their crucible.
—Lolth, Queen of Spiders
Yesterday I was reading an article on the Wizards of the Coast website and noticed this image:
I had no idea really what it meant at the time. The page it linked to didn't really explain it either. It did have this neat movie though:
But it wasn't until today that I came across this article on The Escapist that I figured out what was going on. Here's some of the key quote:
- Rise of the Underdark, the latest D&D campaign, gives Dungeon Masters and players the tools and setting necessary to journey into the bowels of Faerûn in the hopes of thwarting the Spider Queen Lolth and her drow minions - or rolling a drow character and playing D&D in a whole new way.
- Never one to pass up an opportunity, Lolth the Spider Queen, patron goddess of the drow, believes the time is ripe to seize Mystra's throne and overrun Faerûn.
- There are two primary ways to experience this adventure: D&D Encounters or through the regular sourcebooks.
- While Wizards remains tight-lipped about further story details, the full campaign will run until December 19, 2012, taking the players on an epic quest for the better part of a year.
- there's no need to rush out and join Encounters thanks to two upcoming sourcebooks: Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook and Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. The first book focuses on the mechanics of creating and surviving dungeons, particularly those in the Underdark, while the second deals with the layout, architecture, politics, and adventures waiting in "the most infamous dark elf city." Neither one of these books will follow the Lolth story per se, but should give eager DMs and players all the tools they need to descend into the Underdark for adventures of their own.
- Lindsay suggests that players who would rather join the drow than stand against them will be well served by Rise of the Underdark [...] City of Intrigue and Drow Treachery will provide the tools to help shake things up, encouraging players to "act in a way that is not cohesive to the group."
- Rise of the Underdark will be a fairly comprehensive transmedia tale. In addition to a slew of novels (including one by fan favorite author R.A. Salvatore), eBooks, and comics, content will seep over into the Heroes of Neverwinter Facebook game and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Overall it's sounding quite interesting and I wonder how things will turn out. In my view, more drow is a good thing and the more drow come to the surface the more we can convert into the dance.
I think this is also a good time to remind people that we've had whisperings of Eilistraee making a return with the City of Intrigue book.
Wizards of the Coast also also posted two wallpapers for the event.