Originally, this was going to be part of a twofer post on faiths and monsters, but both components turned out to have way more scope than anticipated. So this installation in the short world building series is going to be all about monstering up your world. If you haven’t already, check out parts one and two of this series on world building, as this post references ideas in them. Those can be read here, and here. As with the previous posts (and future ones), this isn’t a definitive “how-to”. These are just my ideas and concepts for world building based on my experience over the years as a GM and DM.
To say that the 5th edition of D&D has a dearth of campaign setting material is an understatement. Most of its base setting, the Forgotten Realms, are undescribed in this edition so far. Its few forays into other settings, such as the Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica and Eberron: Rising from the Last War, have been hit-and-miss affairs. Both offering tantalizing looks into their respective worlds, but those looks were similarly incomplete in an effort to create books that were both sourcebooks and adventure guides. So the announcement that there would be a new campaign setting released understandably got people excited. Rumours ran rampant when, in the Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus (BGDA), Exandria was mentioned. This was huge, as Exandria is the world made by Matt Mercer for the famous Critical Role live play. Then the book dropped, and Exandria was welcomed into the list of official D&D worlds. This is the first of a multi-part review of this world.
The introduced in and rapidly forgotten after 3e, Dragonkin are the original draconic humanoids of Toril and the Forgotten Realms. Their story is tragic, and their plight forgotten… Until now! Welcome to the Backgrounder for Dragonkin!
As I’ve been reading, writing, and parsing for the Arcane Age series on Lore Diver, it has become abundantly apparent that I need to have some support here for it. Why? It’s huge. It spans millennia, the world was radically different for most of it, and the map doesn’t look like anything that people are familiar with! So this post is here to lay some ground work and help the viewers of Lore Diver visualize Faerûn during the Arcane Age.
In the first part of this series, we looked at the world flower idea of world building for your home campaign. This time around, we’re looking at peopling your world flower. This process is a bit more involved, but can produce a much more vibrant and varied world than some of the more traditional methods of world building. So let’s get into it!