Maps of the Month: Rime of the Frostmaiden and Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl

As we head into the wintry dangers of Icewind Dale, we explore maps of snow and ice.

 

WARNING: THESE MAPS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ICEWIND DALE: RIME OF THE FROSTMAIDEN, AND TALES OF THE YAWNING PORTAL.

ICEWIND DALE

With the release of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, it’s time to plot our expeditions into these rugged, wintry lands. We’ve selected several maps to help you run the adventure, as well as untagged versions for use in other icy dungeons you may have planned.

Cauldron Caves

Here we are, in the season of Halloween! How could we possibly ignore this map to a cave network that’s home to the lake hag, Maud Chiselbone?

The caves extend into snow-swept cliffs along the shore of Lac Dinneshere, and once contained a sacred hot spring where elderly frost giants came to end their lives in a drowning ritual. Now, the waters have frozen over—and Maud has made the place her home. The hag previously shared the caves with her two sisters, but sadly the coven had a falling out. The bones of Maud’s dead sisters are among those on display in her home.

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Caves of Hunger

You may have seen the image at D&D Live and Celebration of adventures standing before a crack in a glacial wall. What lay within? Now we finally know—the following dungeon that was sealed off by the Frostmaiden long ago, a network of sepulchral ice caves haunted by ravenous beings. Including whatever that thing may be in area H31.

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Frost Giant Ice Lodge

Finally, we come upon a very Icewind Dale-esque home to visit while trick-or-treating. Namely, the lodge of a friendly local frost giant! Just kidding. There’s nothing inside but gloom and danger. This is Icewind Dale; there’s gloom and danger everywhere here!

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Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is available now with an MSRP of $49.95. Order your copy at your local game store, bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, or online at retailers such as Amazon. Also available as a digital version at D&D BeyondFantasy Grounds, and Roll20.

 


EVEN MORE FROST GIANTS!

When it comes to the abode of frost giants, we daren’t forget about another famed glacial rift. Namely, the icy fortress of Grugnur, Lord of Frost Giants, featured in G2: Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl. Originally part of the Against the Giants adventure series, it was later updated for fifth edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal.

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Plus, if you missed the original release of Jason Thompson’s cartoon walkthrough map, here’s his version of Grugnur’s glacial rift!

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Tales from the Yawning Portal is available now with an MSRP of $49.95. Order a physical copy at your local game store, book stores such as Barnes & Noble, or online at retailers such as Amazon. Also available as a digital version at Fantasy GroundsSteam, Roll20, and D&D Beyond.

 


CARTOGRAPHERS

As always, our appreciation goes out to our amazing cartographers; for Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, these include Stacey Allan, Will Doyle, and Mike Schley; as well as for this issue, Jason Thompson.