Meet Some of D&D’s Fanciful New Patrons Your Adventurers Could Work For

Meet Some of D&D’s Fanciful New Patrons Your Adventurers Could Work For
Will he gather your party, so that they may venture forth? (Image: Andrew Mar/Wizards of the Coast)
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Look at this merfolk. Look how regal he is. His mer-money? Adventurers, it could be yours.

In a few weeks, Wizards of the Coast is bringing another major upheaval to the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons with the arrival of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. It’s set to be a radical expansion of new rules for dungeon masters and players alike and will bring some huge options to tabletop groups who incorporate it into their campaigns. Everything from major new subclasses, sweeping changes to make character creation more open than before, to brand new spells and artifacts are included, but Tasha’s is also expounding on a major opportunity to tie together your group’s campaigns in the form of Group Patrons.

First introduced in the Eberron: Rising from the Last War sourcebook, Group Patrons are optional, powerful characters with the potential to be major movers and shakers in the world of a campaign. They’re characters with the agendas, coin, and influence to either be the unifying force that brings your party of heroes together and guides them from mission to mission or even play a more sinister role should your group decide not to use them. They’re great opportunities to overcome some typical narrative hurdles for players looking to start a fresh campaign.

“I think the thing that’s going to surprise people most is how much liberty they have to customise their character,” D&D lead designer Jeremy Crawford told Gizmodo at the announcement of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. “There are a bunch of new feats in this book, and if you combine them with the new class feature options, the new subclasses, the ability to create your own lineage or to customise an existing race, the group patrons, or even the ability to have your character have magic tattoos on their body…combine [them] with the new magic items, new spells. There are even more new levers that people will be able to use to customise their characters than even Xanathar’s had to offer.”

If you want to see a sneak peek of just how Group Patrons could help shape your group’s next adventure, Gizmodo is excited to reveal an exclusive look inside Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything below. It covers the introduction to Patrons, as well as a glimpse of the titular Tasha’s history — and some new artwork from the book!

Image: Wizards of the Coast Image: Wizards of the Coast
Image: Wizards of the Coast Image: Wizards of the Coast
Image: Robson Michel/Wizards of the Coast, Other

Image: Robson Michel/Wizards of the Coast, Other

An elven Noblewoman welcomes your adventurers into her office.

Image: Andrew Mar/Wizards of the Coast, Other

Image: Andrew Mar/Wizards of the Coast, Other

Or does the Merfolk king look upon your arrival in his domain?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything will release both as a hardback book and digitally on November 17.