Throughout Faerun, a mysterious curse has cast a newfound fear of death across the land – those who have been raised from the dead find their health and vitality inexorably wasting away, while priests and clerics are stymied by the sudden silence of their gods to their prayers for resurrection.
The rich and powerful no longer have the security and confidence of a simple solution to an untimely demise, while the talk of the taverns is one of dark speculation – to what unholy place do the souls of the dead travel, where even the gods cannot reach them?
Desperate and fearful people have spilled gold and platinum at the feet of diviners and augurers, who have located the source of the curse in Chult – a savage and exotic land of dense jungle, punishing heat, rampaging undead and fantastic beasts hitherto unimagined. Parties of sellswords and explorers flock to this new land – some are aspiring heroes seeking to lift the curse of death, others crave this remarkable power over death for themselves, while still others are lured by the promise of gold and plunder from eager benefactors and unexplored ruins.
But some who set foot in Chult have this nagging doubt at the back of their minds – could not a power so great as to take away the souls of men and women also be sufficient to conceal its own location? Was this curse’s source found perhaps too easily? If so, who are the mice that the jaws of this trap are set for? And to what end?
‘Tomb of Annihilation’ is a D&D 5th Edition campaign which will more or less follow the book of the same name. Minor changes will hopefully increase fun.
We’ll start with a ‘Session Zero’ on the 6th February, where we’ll talk about how deadly we want the campaign to be (meat grinder mode, anyone?), whether we want to run a more heroic or self-interested party, set a few ground rules, and flesh out our characters accordingly. We should also have time to begin the actual game, so don’t skip it!
Feel free to reply below with ideas for your character’s race/class/background/story. Also feel free to make up as much of your character as you want beforehand, with the following guidelines:
- Start at level 2 – cos level 1 can be a bit too lethal
- Use the default array for your base stats (15 14 13 12 10 8) – cos equality
- All official sourcebooks and current Unearthed Arcana are permitted, but you have to have access to the appropriate rules if they’re ever called into question
- Bear in mind that you may have to make some adjustments depending on where we decide to go as a group
I’ve also got a pile of pregenerated characters for those who find the rules crunch a bit frustrating. Just choose one and go!
Any questions, reply below. See you on the 6th!