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Eberron: Rising From the Last War D&D Sourcebook Will Include Setting Details, Cosmology Section, More

September 8, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Eberron: Rising From the Last War

More details have been revealed about Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming Eberron hardcore campaign book for D&D 5th Edition. D&D lead rules designer Jeremy Crawford spoke on Friday’s Dragon+ Twitch show about Eberron: Rising From the Last War and revealed a bunch of details about what the book will contain.

Crawford gave a brief overview of Eberron’s setting, talking about how in the world, society is just coming out of the Last War and emphasizing both the unique setting’s post-World War I style of pulp adventure and the importance of the Dragomarked Houses, which he accurately described as fantasy-style corporations. He added that among the playable character options will be all of the essential Eberron types including Dragonmarked PCs, Warforged, Changelings, Kalashtar, Shifters the various goblinoid races (Goblins, Hobgoblins, Bugbears), and Orcs. In Eberron, Orcs are not the monstrous types that you often see in other settings; they serve important druidic roles and serve as protectors of the world, and Crawford noted that the Orc race is different from the monstrous types from Volo’s Guide to Monsters. This version will not have a negative to its Intelligence score and will have a few other tweaks. Aberrant Dragomarked Feats will also be included in the book.

Crawford also confirmed that the Artificer’s official release will be in Rising From the Last War, which will be the final version of the oft-playtested class. Supplementing the Artificer will be a new feature that allows the creation of Common and Uncommon magical items.

One of the biggest additions that the Eberron book will include is the group patron rules. A Group Patron plays to the idea that Eberron has more of a World War I vibe to its high fantasy, and adds a new optional choice after your Race, Class and Background. This represents a group or person who the party serves, whether a newspaper like the Korrenberg Chronicle, an institution like the explorer-happy Morgrave University, a criminal syndicate or the like. It will allow for more background features and adventure hooks to bring parties into adventures. Crawford added that while the feature is designed for Eberron, it can easily be adapted to other settings. Players can even become their own group patron.

It’s worth noting that all of the above is simply the first chapter of the setting, so this sounds as if it will be a fairly extensive campaign sourcebook. Crawford noted that the book is 320 pages, the size of the Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide. There will also be a chapter on Eberron cosmology and how it relates to D&D’s multiverse. Most of the material plans in D&D are accessible through it’s “Great Wheel” cosmology, and there are ways for Eberron to be accessible, though it is up to the DM to decide how closed off Eberron is. The setting is unique in that it is sealed off to a degree by the Progenitor Dragons, the three dragon entities that are the core of Eberron cosmology. The essence is that the seal is starting to break and DMs can decide if Eberron will join the rest of the multiverse or remain mostly closed off.

The final chapter of the book contains Eberron-specific monsters, which will cover creatures like the ultra-powerful Daelkyr, as well as NPC types specific to Eberron, Living Spells and the like. The middle chapters will look at the setting with a Gazetteer covering Khorvaire, the main continent of the setting, with a look at the various nations and faiths, as well as a specific chapter on Sharn which is the setting’s most prominent city. Also included will be a section on rules for a magic item economy, appropriate to a place where common magical items are plentiful.

Finally, there will be a chapter on adventure creation. This will include adventure-building tables, maps, information on power groups, and a first-level adventure set in Sharn. There will be new information on the Mournland as well.

Eberron: Rising From the Last War will release on November 19th.