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Learn more about The Shattered Obelisk, D&D’s official return to Phandalin and beyond

Investigating banditry leads to the discovery of a horrifying plot threatening the existence of Phandalin in the return of this beloved D&D adventure setting ...

Phandelver and Below early D&D Beyond digital access begins Sept. 5; hardcovers out Sept. 19 …

A couple months back, Amazon’s product description revealed the back cover blurb for the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons adventure book Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk. Releasing Sept. 19, the 200-page hardcover volume is a return to the setting of the popular D&D Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver.

Today, we now have more details and a look at some of the haunting artwork and creatures that lurk around and below the surface of the now-iconic setting.

Phandelver and Below The Shattered Obelisk
Phandelver and Below The Shattered Obelisk

A growing settlement for trade and prospecting, Phandalin is a sleepy village in the northern region of the Sword Coast. Unbeknownst to anyone, something horrible lurks in the darkness below, and it threatens all of Phandalin. If left unchecked, this threat could consume all of Faerun. It’s up to the characters to save the day!

Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk returns players to the location of the first Starter Set for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, but the stakes now are much higher and more challenging. This new adventure takes parties from level 1 to 12. It includes a fresh take on the town of Phandalin, new secrets for players to discover, and unexpected story twists that lead the characters deep into the Underdark and beyond.

In Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, players are immersed in a story that gets stranger and becomes more ominous as the adventure goes on,” says Amanda Hamon, senior designer in the D&D Studio and the book’s lead designer. “Once the nature of the threat to Phandalin becomes clear, the characters must race against the clock to save this beloved town against classic D&D villains we’ve given a fresh, terrifying twist.”

The quest to avert impending doom is available on Sept. 19 with early access to digital content on D&D Beyond on Sept. 5. After the encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver are presenteda brand-new journey unfolds that is tinged with horror as well as new creatures and magic items.

An evil and growing corruption has warped some new creatures beyond recognition. Multiple dungeons and new maps of the Phandalin region will keep parties enthralled while discovering the source of the corruption and how to stop it from taking over Faerun.

“The corruption doesn’t appear only in the story’s characters and locations, it is a part of how the book’s art and visual design shifts, too,” says Bree Heiss, art director in the D&D Studio. “We wanted to create an immersive and thoughtful experience for the players that was as visually compelling as the story is exciting.”

More details about Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk …

Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk
Here is a look at the gorgeous, hobby retailer-exclusive cover variant (tell me that isn’t inspired by H.P. Lovecraft…):
  • Offers Dungeon Masters and players a chance to test their mettle in a classic dungeon crawl
  • Retains the beloved Lost Mine of Phandelver quests that unfold into a brand-new adventure with classic D&D themes and a tinge of horror
  • Presents a bestiary with more than 20 new creatures that showcase psionic magic, mutates, and more
  • Provides a magic appendix that includes new consumable metamagic items and duergar magic
  • Includes a double-sided poster map with the Phandalin region on one side and the town of Phandalin plus multiple dungeons featured throughout the adventure on the other
  • 200 pages of high fantasy adventure

Creatures of Phandelver and Below …

More scenes from The Shattered Obelisk

Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk (Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Book)

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