Gm Notes

House Rules

Character Creation

  • In this setting races are heavily segregated. To represent this the following restrictions are in place, to be removed or readdressed when the party comes in contact with other races or organisations:
    • Dragonborn and Tieflings are unavailable for first character creation.
      • After visiting the Dwarven town of 'Stonehill' Dwarves are now available.
      • After assisting the elven realm of 'Elvandar' Elves are now available.
    • The Wizard class is now available, with character history relating to Surani.

Mounted Combat

Riding a mount in combat is dangerous. Every time a creatures takes damage in combat it's rider must make a 'Handle Animal' test or the creature will retreat from the source of the damage. This tests removes a Move action from the rider.

Warhorses or other war trained mounts give the rider Advantage on this test. A Paladin counts as having Handle Animal proficient for the sake of his magical mount.


Campaign Notes

Lost Mines of Phandelver

Recovered Dwarven Book:
More than five hundred years ago, clans of dwarves and gnomes made an agreement known as the Phandelver's Pact, by which they would share a rich mine in a wondrous cavern known as Wave Echo Cave. In addition to its mineral wealth, the mine contained great magical power. Human spellcasters allied themselves with the dwarves and gnomes to channel and bind that energy into a great forge (called the Forge of Spells), where magic items could be crafted. Times were good, and the nearby human town of Phandalin (pronounced fan-duh-lin) prospered as well. But then disaster struck when orcs swept through the North and laid waste to all in their path.

Letter from "The Black Spider":
Lord Albrek,
My spies in Neverwinter tell me that strangers are due to arrive in Phandalin. They could be working for the dwarves. Capture them if you can, kill them if you must, but don't allow them to upset our plans. See that any dwarven maps in their possession are delivered to me with haste. I'm counting on you, Iarno. Don't disappoint me.

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