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D&D: Solving Candlekeep Mysteries

Candlekeep Mysteries is an anthology of seventeen mystery-themed one-shot adventures for experienced and new D&D players!

Ever craved to explore a mystical library filled with mysterious, one of a kind books? Do you want to introduce your friends to D&D but you’re too afraid that they won’t be able to commit to a full campaign? Search no more! Wizards of the Coast published a new sourcebook called Candlekeep Mysteries, filled with all sorts of short stories that you can use as one shots for your players.

Solving Candlekeep Mysteries

To clarify, this is a collection of seventeen stand-alone D&D adventures that are designed for characters of level 1-16. Each adventure begins with the discovery of a book, and each book is the key to a door behind which danger and glory await. Certainly, you can even drop them into an existing Forgotten Realms campaign or even adapt them for your own. It’s up to you how you choose to use them!
In addition, there are all kinds of new different magic items, characters and monsters to discover from all kinds of different cultures. This is especially for people who always wanted to put that multicultural note in their stories. Therefore, it is encouraged for all the Dungeon Masters out there to put this library anywhere they want on the map of their campaign, even in a Ravenloft or an Exandria setting (Matthew Mercer‘s homebrew campaign setting).

According to Wizards of the Coast: “Candlekeep attracts scholars like a flame attracts moths. Historians, sages, and others who crave knowledge flock to this library fortress to peruse its vast collection of books, scribbled into which are the answers to the mysteries that bedevil them. Many of these books contain their own mysteries—each one a doorway.

The Library

Candlekeep has a humongous archive with the rarest books ever existed. The cost of entrance to the library is a book or scroll that is not already found within the library, so the quality and not just the quantity in their archive could be achieved. However, every book has its own story, puzzle, riddle and mystery to solve. It’s an inception of books. A book within a book if you might say. In other words, the concept behind Candlekeep Mysteries is that it’s a book filled with other books, each one taken from the shelves of its fictional library.

Every chapter of Candlekeep has a unique name, the name of the in-fiction book’s title. However, these books aren’t just books that the adventurers can read. They can also interact with them, sometimes the books might not even look like books, they can be like magical artefacts filled with mechanical puzzles that need to be solved.

Natural 20 on all charisma checks

The stories are magnificent and inspiring and feature some of the best writing of this generation of D&D. In addition to the great storytelling material that is found in Candlekeep Mysteries, the art direction is exceptional. Most importantly, maps and illustrations of characters are extremely well-made making it impossible not to want to use them. That is to say, this sourcebook is not just for usage exactly, but it works also for people that are interested in reading all this magical stories. For all the bibliophiles out there, this is your next book to read!

Chris Perkins, Principal Designer for Dungeons and Dragons notes that the anthology is meant to “reflect the incredible creativity of the D&D community.” You can find the list of all the authors below:

Graeme Barber (@POCGamer)
Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (@kellylynnedang)
Alison Huang (@Drazillion)
Mark Hulmes (@sherlock_hulmes)
Jennifer Kretchmer (@dreamwisp)
Daniel Kwan (@danielhkwan)
Adam Lee (@adamofadventure)
Ari Levitch (@AriLevitch)
Chris Lindsay (@ravens_watching)
Sarah Madsen (@UnfetteredMuse),
Christopher Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD)
Michael Polkinghorn (@MiketheGoalie)
Taymoor Rehman (@DarkestCrows)
Hannah Rose (@wildrosemage)
Kienna Shaw (@kiennas)
Brandes Stoddard (@BrandesStoddard)
Amy Vorpahl (@vorpahlsword)
Toni Winslow-Brill (@vorgryth)

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Val Kapourani

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Val is a 26 year old geek at heart, who studied Library Science but is also an aspiring Writer with a huge passion for all kinds of fantasy RPG Tabletop and Video Games (also books) like Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire the Masquerade, The Witcher, Dragon Age etc. She was always that druid friend who played with the cat instead of socialising during a party.

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