It’s time for the new Dungeons & Dragons adventure, and the new one is a doozy. After six years in the new Forgotten Realms, D&D is finally taking us to perhaps the most iconic place in the entire setting: Icewind Dale. Far to the north of Baldur’s Gate and Waterdeep, Icewind Dale is a cold and unforgiving land made famous in R.A. Salvatore’s trilogy of the same name that introduced the world to Wulfgar, Catti-brie, and, of course, Drizzt Do’Urden. The new adventure returns to this land for the first time as the setting for the newest storyline revealed today: Rime of the Frostmaiden.
The new adventure, which is said to be influenced by the works of HP Lovecraft and John Carpenter’s The Thing, will be a horrific battle with not only Auril, evil goddess of winter, but also the unforgiving elements themselves. Environmental dangers are at the forefront of the new adventure (as seen in the book’s cover art), and player’s will contend with blizzards, ice storms, and avalanches throughout their journey. Isolation, paranoia, and secrecy are all prominent themes of the new adventure.
Auril herself will be a unique villain in that she will take many forms, like her Owlbear form seen on the cover, and each will have its own statblock. An evil deity also known as the Icemaiden, Icedawn, and Goddess of Cold; Auril was described as a character quite similar to Hela from Thor: Ragnarok. According to Jeremy Crawford, there are over 50 statblocks in the whole book, the most of any adventure previously released. The campaign will not be a combined whole like Descent Into Avernus or Dragon Heist, instead resembling Ghosts of Saltmarsh in its more separated structure. While each part of the campaign can combine to form an epic narrative, they also can be used on their own if DMs want to approach Icewind Dale as more of a sandbox.
The new adventure launches on September 15, and will be paired with a new dice set, tray, and other miscellany to assist adventurers in their travels. Keep an eye out here on The Fandomentals for all the latest from D&D Live and all things Dungeons & Dragons.