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Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue details the drow city Menzoberranzan. Shannon Appelcline commented that " Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue brings together geographical details of the Realms that were previously available two decades earlier in FOR2: The Drow of the Underdark and the original Menzoberranzan It also contains some information simultaneously being published in 'Council of Spiders' Alongside this reprinted material — covering the setting of Menzoberranzan, the houses of Menzoberranzan, and the drow of the Realms — Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue also advances the timeline of the city.
This includes details on how the War of the Spider Queen changed the city and totally new material on the Spellplague. The result turns the system-neutral Menzoberranzan supplement into an era-neutral supplement that allows players to run Menzoberranzan in any era, from its 2e origins to the 4e present-day.
Some of Menzoberranzan also moves beyond the city into the Underdark that surrounds it: the Northdark. This brings together a number of classic realms, including Mithral Hall from R.
Most of the locales in the Northdark are described in just a paragraph or two, but nonetheless the section links the UnderRealms together". Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue was published on August 21, as a hardcover book. Appelcline wrote that "when Menzoberranzan was first announced in early as part of the Rise of the Underdark event, it was called a 'Campaign Setting'. The 'Campaign Setting' probably became a 'City of Intrigue' around the same time, to show how the new book was different from the 4e Campaign books that had preceded it.
It had first received serious attention in R. Salvatore's novel, Homeland Menzoberranzan was closely tied to two Rise of the Underdark releases: Encounters Season 10, 'Council of Spiders' provided a drow PC adventure, while the Drow Treachery Fortune Cards offered new drow-centric Fortune Cards where players could cause troubles for each other".
John Baichtal of Wired complimented the "particularly excellent" illustrations of the noble families, and stated that "this book is just the resource you need to run a campaign in the city or to inspire you to create your own evil city. Written by Ed Greenwood, Salvatore, and Douglas Niles, the box detailed the famous City of Spiders, the subterranean birthplace of the drow ranger, in three thick books and a set of gorgeous maps.
Packed with 20, drow inhabitants, hundreds of thousands of humanoid slaves, and countless secrets and simmering rivalries, the home of the drow was an ideal adventure site for intrepid and suitably high level players. The wait is finally over. Wizards of the Coast has released an updated version in Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, now available in hardcover". Rise of the Underdark is the latest entry in the history of the Forgotten Realms. At the outset of Rise of the Underdark , the goddess Mystra, the Queen of Magic, has been missing for a long time.
Apart from a brief resurrection in a mortal body, no one has known Mystra's whereabouts ever since her apparent death during the Time of Troubles Baldur's Gate fans will remember that Bhaal, the Lord of Murder, also perished during this era, kicking off BioWare's memorable series. The first book focuses on the mechanics of creating and surviving dungeons, particularly those in the Underdark, while the second deals with the layout, architecture, politics, and adventures waiting in 'the most infamous dark elf city.
Fewer details have emerged about a new deck of player-oriented Fortune Cards entitled Drow Treachery , but Chris Lindsay, an assistant brand manager, assures players that the title should tell them all they need to know". They just seemed overly angsty and dark for the sake of being dark. Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue tries exceptionally hard to be edition-free. Let's start by saying the production quality of Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue is top notch and makes for a fun reading experience.
Nothing seems out of place as far as layout and the artwork ranges from really good to absolutely stunning. Six chapters make up the book and make no bones about it, the focus here is on running a campaign in which drow are the central characters. This might shorten the number of gamers who'll feel a need to purchase the supplement but drow characters, and in reality playing evil characters, is the nature of this beast.
First off, the pricing seems a bit steep for the page count. Also if your gaming gang is up for playing drow, or evil characters in general, this is a great addition to your collection.
On the flip side, if none of the above fits your make up there shouldn't be a crushing need to grab Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. In fact if you don't like the drow, or don't include them in your gaming, I'd say to take a pass altogether as there isn't going to be enough here to warrant a purchase. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Evil Hat Productions. Diehard Gamefan. DMs Guild. The Escapist. ENnie Awards. Black Gate. The Gaming Gang. Dragonlance Forgotten Realms Greyhawk Ravenloft.
List of drow houses
It was the home of Drizzt Do'Urden , and many of his early adventures dealt with the political intrigue and characters of the city. It was located in the Upper Northdark , about 3. The deep gnome city Blingdenstone was located about 45 miles to the west of Menzoberranzan. Menzoberranzan was located in a huge arrowhead-shaped cavern, some two miles wide and a thousand feet high. The drow called the cavern, Araurilcaurak.
House Baenre is a family of powerful schemers and manipulators that holds more power than any other house in Menzoberranzan, keeping it so for over 2, years. Fiercely devoted to the drow goddess Lolth, as all houses in the Menzoberranzan society were, House Baenre was led by Matron Mother Triel Baenre, a shrewd priestess of Lolth who was able to succeed her slain mother Yvonnel, after Salvatore wrote her slain. Menzoberranzan was a city ruled by backstabbing and ambition, and Baenre thrived in it. It, the house, held the greatest favor of Lolth more successfully than any other family in Menzoberranzan history. As such, the family was successful at keeping hold of the prestige Deceased Matron Mother Yvonnel Baenre succeeded in acquiring and continually supporting throughout her over 2, year reign. House Oblodra is a deceased drow house of Menzoberranzan.
It is famed as the birthplace of Drizzt Do'Urden , the protagonist of several series of best-selling novels by noted fantasy author R. Menzoberranzan has been developed into a video game of the same name and a tabletop RPG setting. Menzoberranzan has been described as "a perfect unjust state" and compared to Glaucon 's vision of a state that is held together only by the fear of retribution. In , the character Drizzt Do'Urden was created by author R.
Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue details the drow city Menzoberranzan. Shannon Appelcline commented that " Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue brings together geographical details of the Realms that were previously available two decades earlier in FOR2: The Drow of the Underdark and the original Menzoberranzan It also contains some information simultaneously being published in 'Council of Spiders' Alongside this reprinted material — covering the setting of Menzoberranzan, the houses of Menzoberranzan, and the drow of the Realms — Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue also advances the timeline of the city. This includes details on how the War of the Spider Queen changed the city and totally new material on the Spellplague. The result turns the system-neutral Menzoberranzan supplement into an era-neutral supplement that allows players to run Menzoberranzan in any era, from its 2e origins to the 4e present-day. Some of Menzoberranzan also moves beyond the city into the Underdark that surrounds it: the Northdark.