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D&D Announces New Adventure Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus

May 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
D&D Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus

The next D&D storyline is taking players to hell (literally), by way of Baldur’s Gate. Wizards of the Coast announced at D&D Live: The Descent over the weekend that the newest storyline will be Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus. The adventure, set within the Forgotten Realms setting, will be for levels 1 – 13. It will take players from the iconic city of Baldur’s Gate right down into the the first level of the Nine Hells, where they must deal with the machinations of the celestial-turned-archdevil Zariel as she moves to enact her vengeance on the city of Elturel.

According to D&D Beyond, the adventure will start with lower-level adventures in Baldur’s Gate, a city known to players of both tabletop D&D and the D&D video games. Lead designer Adam Lee has described his vision of Baldur’s Gate in comic book terms as “the Gotham [City] of the Sword Coast,” in comparison to Waterdeep’s Metropolis. From there, the players will end up descending into Avernus where they are dragged into Zariel’s plots. Players will decide whether to fight Zariel, or give into corruption themselves.

Lee described the challenges of the adventure in an interview with D&D Beyond, saying that the initial challenge as a designer was how to make an adventure that would play to low-level characters where they’re literally in Hell. “The more I kind of sat with it, the more I was kind of like, ‘No, I kind of like it,” he said. “I kind of like when you go down there, and you are out of your depth, and you are dealing with horrendously powerful monsters.”

The adventure will also introduce Infernal War Machines into the game. These massive weapons of war travel across Avernus, laying waste to anything in their path. The first look at the stats for the war machines have been revealed as well, and they are…well, formidable.

The adventure will be available on September 17th at your Friendly Local Game Store, D&D Beyond, Roll 20, Amazon and everywhere else. You can pre-order now.

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Dungeons & Dragons, Jeremy Thomas