Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle is a 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure for the Forgotten Realms.
|“||In Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle™, adventurers clash with a grave threat to the Sword Coast. Backed by Sir Isteval, a hero of yesteryear, they descend into dungeons to keep the secrets of an ancient elemental cult from falling into the clutches of the Red Wizards of Thay. Along the way, the adventurers face an immortal foe from Isteval's past, leading to an epic confrontation in the ruins of Dragonspear Castle. Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle contains four adventures that connect to form a Forgotten Realms® mini campaign, taking characters from level 1 to 10. This book also includes all the D&D® Next rules a Dungeon Master needs to run the campaign, including monsters, spells, and magic items. Six pregenerated characters are included, or players can create their own characters using the rules downloadable for free at www.dndnext.com.||”|
|“||Adventurers can change the world, but the choices they make may come back to haunt them.||”|
A group of Red Wizards of Thay have constructed a base that contains a quartet of netherese portals that each lead to powerful elemental nodes. In order to access the power of those nodes, they need the portal keys. A Red Wizard managed to acquire one of the keys by attacking the Floshin Estates but was caught and executed in Daggerford after he passed the key on to an agent.
Sir Isteval, a retired paladin from Cormyr, hires a group of adventurers to go on a series of quests that result in acquiring the remaining three keys, taking the group to locations such as the Lizard Marsh and Mount Illefarn before engaging in a climactic battle in the ruins of Dragonspear Castle with vengeful red wizards and the rakshasa who has been manipulating events.
- Chapter 1: Daggerford Campaign
- Chapter 2: How to Play
- Chapter 3: Magic
- Chapter 4: Equipment
- Chapter 5: DM Guidelines
- Chapter 6: Bestiary
- Appendix: Pregenerated Characters
- This adventure was originally only available in print to those who ordered it and attended GenCon 2013 but a few copies were put up on eBay. Presumably, fan demand was the reason for its eventual public publishing in December.
- The adventures contained within were designed as a preview for D&D Next and almost half of the book is taken up by rules.
- Some of the Realmslore provided in the book is taken from Under Illefarn Anew, a work compiled (but at the time unpublished) by Eric L. Boyd, that contains work by several Realms authors and contributors.
- This module acts as a sort of prelude to the 'Dreams of the Red Wizards' modules.
- Project Leads: Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins
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- Cover Illustration: Kekai Kotaki
- Cartography: Jason A. Engle
- Interior Illustrations: Dave Ailsop, Kalman Andrasofszky, Steve Argyle, Dave Arneson, Den Beauvais, Ralph Beisner, Eric Belisle, Greg Bell, Noah Bradley, Sam Burley, Milivoj Ceran, Conceptopolis, Stephen Crowe, Ned Dameron, Diesel, Tony DiTerlizzi, Vincent Dutrait,Jeff Easley, Jesper Ejsing, Wayne England, Emily Fiegenschuh, Gonzalo Flores, Ken Frank, Dan Frazier, Lars Grant-West, Paul Guzenko, Des Hanley,Jared von Hindman, TylerJacobson, Michael Kaluta, Jorge Lacera, Roger Loveless, Howard Lyon, Victoria Maderna, Slawomir Maniak, Will McLean, Christopher Moeller, Lee Moyer, Jim Nelson, William O’Connor, Erol Otus, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Darlene Pekul, Steve Prescott, David Rapoza,Scott Roller, Richard Sardinha, Craig J Spearing, David C. Sutherland IIII, Gabor Szikszai, Stephen Tappin, David A. Trampier, Beth Trott, Eva Widermann, Sam Wood
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|5th edition sourcebooks|
|Core rulebooks||Dungeon Master's Guide • Monster Manual • Player's Handbook|
|Sourcebooks||Acquisitions Incorporated • Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes • Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide • Volo's Guide to Monsters • Xanathar's Guide to Everything|
|Adventures||Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus • Curse of Strahd • Ghosts of Saltmarsh • Hoard of the Dragon Queen • Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden • Out of the Abyss • Princes of the Apocalypse • Storm King's Thunder • Tales from the Yawning Portal • The Rise of Tiamat • Tomb of Annihilation • Waterdeep: Dragon Heist • Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage|
|Starter sets||Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set • Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit|
|Supplements||Elemental Evil Player's Companion|
|Playtest||Confrontation at Candlekeep • Dead in Thay • Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle • Legacy of the Crystal Shard • Murder in Baldur's Gate • Reclaiming Blingdenstone • Scourge of the Sword Coast • Vault of the Dracolich|