was a land in north Faerûn
resting along the north coast of Inner Sea
, bounded by the Dragon Reach
in the west; the Earthspur Mountains
, the Gray Forest
, and Impiltur
in the east; and the Moonsea
in the north. It was a land of open spaces and rolling farmlands, sparsely settled but far from empty. It was home to fertile fields and hunting grounds; long rivers like the Fire
and the Vesper
; old-growth forests like the Brynwood
and Adhe Wood
that survived logging, as well as new-growth woodlands; and the great mountain ranges of the Earthspurs that girded it and the Earthfasts
that ran through to meet the sea at sheer cliffs.
Over its history, the Vast was home to many great cities and realms. There was the ancient elf city of Ylraphon, an outpost Cormanthyr and once the abode of the famed Srinshee. Among the oldest human cities north of the Inner Sea were Procampur, orderly, mannered, and proud; and Tsurlagol, oft-ruined yet the Gateway to the Unapproachable East; both settled by the fallen Jhaamdathan Empire. There was also Vastar, for which the land was named, an ancient orcish nation with a turbulent history of strife and hordes that poured into other lands. It fell to the dwarf kingdom of Roldilar, the Realm of Glimmering Swords, a brief but shining surface holding for the Stout Folk. Next came the so-called Time of Glorious Fools, a fresh wave of human settlement and human adventurers who carved a new land out of the ashes of the old, giving rise to the new cities of Calaunt, corrupt and gloomy and foul; Tantras, boisterous and home to many temples, and once even the god Torm the True; and finally the famous Ravens Bluff, the Living City, freewheeling, vibrant, and a city of adventurers. Lastly, these three united in the nation of Vesperin, a neutral land of trade and intrigue in the 15th century.
The peoples of the Vast were diverse: there were orcs and goblinkin; dwarves, halflings, gnomes, and elves; and a variety of human immigrants, Chondathan, Damaran and even immigrants of far-eastern Thesk. On one hand, Vast folk oft-preferred to keep to themselves, satisfied with home and community, feeling one with their land. On the other, they were known as adventurers, explorers, and pioneers, with a spirit of daring, optimism, and opportunity, more so than anywhere else in Faerûn. Here all the monsters and evils of the world seemed more easily defeated and the heroes to win out more often, by pluck, determination, or luck.
The Twilight Tomb
is an adventure module set in the Forgotten Realms
for the Dungeons & Dragons
3.5 edition ruleset, designed by Greg A. Vaughan
The adventure sees the PCs on an expedition into the Yuirwood of Aglarond, where they discover a passage to the Night Realm, a demiplane splintered off the plane of Sildëyuir, realm of the star elves. Here, they venture into a citadel of glass and are caught between the mad schemes of a corrupted star elf named Mourel Duskwalker, a yochlol sorceress named Savera, and contend with armies of skeletons and orc and hobgoblin mercenaries and much stranger monsters. The theme is one of weird horror, with bizarre undead and aberrations appearing. The storyline reveals some of the history and culture of the star elves first introduced in Unapproachable East, as well as their conflict with the nilshai.
|| Stand Against the Coming Night!
Shadows in the forest deepen as an oracle among the Yuirwood's half-elf inhabitants foretells the reemergence of the Duskwalker, an ancient and corrupt star elf wizard. Missing travelers and lost goods all point to a circle of standing stones within the forest. Perhaps, like its counterparts elsewhere in the Yuirwood, this stone henge allows for travel to another place—but where? And what growing darkness awaits those bold enough to find out?
was released on April 28th, 2017.
This issue contained a number of short fiction works to accompanying the adventures in Tales from the Yawning Portal, including the Forgotten Realms–set Dead in Thay.
In addition, Volothamp Geddarm tells of Durnan and the Yawning Portal inn.
Tales from the Yawning Portal
is a book of adventure modules for 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons
. It adapts and updates seven popular adventures from the current and earlier editions, including Dead in Thay
from the Forgotten Realms
|| When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.
Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are some of the most popular adventures ever printed. The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D's most storied dungeons are now part of your modern repertoire of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.