Return to Eberron

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Eberron was special.  Keith Baker’s award-winning setting was the first official setting for D&D 3.5 and was unique in many ways.  Magic-as-technology, Warforged, Elemental-powered transports, Dragonmarked tattoos (and Houses), it could have almost been accused of have too many new (and crazy!) ideas, and probably was. I’m sure it wasn’t for everyone, but I lapped it up.  I bought, and still own, all the setting guides for D&D 3.5 (I didn’t get any 4E versions) and started DMing it.  This was way back in 2004-2005(!)

We started with the adventure at the back of the original Eberron Campaign Setting guide – ‘The Forgotten Forge’, and then followed it up with ‘Shadows of the Last War’, and a couple of other adventures, one from Dungeon magazine and another I made up.  ‘The Forgotten Forge’, and ‘Shadows of the Last War’, were followed by ‘Whispers of the Vampires Blade’ and finally ‘Grasp of the Emerald Claw’ to complete a campaign that would take PCs from 1st to 7th level.  There was a problem with it though, in my opinion; the plot became disjointed in the third Act (as it were) and I felt so strongly that it needed fixing that I created another ‘bridging’ adventure between ‘Shadows’ and ‘Whispers’, changing the plot as well. This part, called ‘Machinations of the Makers House’ is available for free here if you’re interested.

Anyway, after I had DMed my own amended version of ‘Whispers’ I then started the first part of the other published Eberron campaign ‘Eyes of the Lich Queen‘.  After that though, we became distracted with other RPGs (I can’t remember which), D&D 4E came out and basically we stopped playing D&D in the most part.

As far as I can remember we last played Eberron in 2010..

Fast forward to 2015 and I start looking at D&D seriously again after the release of 5E.  Additionally Wizards release the Unearthed Arcana: Eberron PDF and this gets me thinking that I’d not completed the last part of the original Eberron campaign (‘Grasp of the Emerald Claw’) or continued the ‘Eyes of the Lich Queen’ campaign.  Both have been sitting in my cupboard for eight years. I decide to convert them to 5E, convert the PCs (6th level) and continue.

So that’s what we’re about to do in a couple of weeks.

Another thing you should know.  When we started originally Nick would write up the events of the games and Jon put them online on our website.  About the same time as we were playing our last couple of Eberron games, Jon left the group (he moved away) and our Eberron site was never completed.  I still have Nick’s RTF files on my computer and it’s time to raise them from the dead, like the game itself.  I’m not going to change the original, incomplete, site but instead will post them here in order.  If you’re interested in reading them, go to the old site first and hopefully, once my work is done, you’ll then come here to read the rest of the tale.

That’s the plan.