WARNING: THESE MAPS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR CANDLEKEEP MYSTERIES.
With the release of Candlekeep Mysteries, we’re here to provide further resources to help Dungeon Masters set their adventures in this famed library citadel. This issue, we’ll look at the anthology’s first two encounters, providing you with their maps and illustrations (including material from Candlekeep Mysteries, as well as added creatures from the Monster Manual). Enjoy!
Standing atop a rocky crag overlooking the Sea of Swords, the massive citadel of Candlekeep has endured the elements for centuries and defied the degradations of time….
As noted in Candlekeep Mysteries, each adventure in this anthology embraces one of the following narrative ideas:
- The characters discover a book in the library that contains a mystery. Getting to the bottom of this mystery requires embarking on an adventure.
- The characters come to Candlekeep on a quest for information, perhaps to solve a crisis elsewhere in the world. During their research, they uncover a book and the mystery it contains, which leads to adventure.
If you’re looking to dive straight in, we suggest keeping the following points in mind when introducing Candlekeep:
- Candlekeep is a massive citadel, housing a cloistered community of scholars and the largest repository of written lore in Faerûn.
- A legion of scholars and sages called the Avowed look after the library and remain vigilant in the care and cataloging of the knowledge it holds.
- The required entrance fee into Candlekeep is a work of writing not already collected therein.
THE JOY OF EXTRADIMENSIONAL SPACES
In this adventure for 1st level characters, a book leads parties on a quest to find a missing sage. Written by Michael Polkinghorn, you can read our interview with him from the previous issue.
Looking to get started quickly or run the adventure as a one-shot? In order to set events into motion as quickly as possible, consider the following:
- Have the characters already at Candlekeep. Presume they know each other, and have connections with a stricken town in need of aid.
- Inform the characters that the sage Matreous can provide their town the assistance they need; and that Matreous is also here at Candlekeep sequestered away studying a book on extradimensional spaces.
- Begin with the characters just outside Matreous’s private study room, and the knowledge that he has not left it. As soon as they enter and find him missing, the adventure begins!
Two mysteries must now be solved. The first is the whereabouts of the missing sage Matreous. The characters can resolve this question by using the book found in the study room to open a portal to an extradimensional mansion. The larger mystery, however, is how to escape once they are trapped inside!
MAZFROTH’S MIGHTY DIGRESSIONS
In this adventure for 2nd level characters, a monstrous revelation sheds light on a book merchant’s scam. Written by Alison Huang, you can read our interview with her from the previous issue.
The adventure itself centers on a collection of essays called Mazfroth’s Mighty Digressions, delivered to Candlekeep only a few days ago. It was donated by a scholar from Waterdeep who purchased the journal in the markets of Baldur’s Gate. Seven inches wide and nine inches tall, the book’s brown leather cover is worn from time and use and contain a collection of eclectic essays.
Unbeknownst to the characters, the book is… perhaps a little more than it seems (we’ll save the full extent of that mystery for now).
Candlekeep Mysteries is available now at your local game store, bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or online at retailers such as Amazon. A digital version is also available at D&D Beyond, Fantasy Grounds, and Roll20.
As always, our appreciation goes out to our amazing cartographers for Candlekeep Mysteries, including Tim Hartin, Dyson Logos, Sean Macdonald, and Mike Schley; as well as its illustrators including Mark Behm, Zoltan Boros, Filip Burburan, Christopher Burdett, Sidharth Chaturvedi, Clint Cearley, Nikki Dawes, Wayne England, Caroline Gariba, Sam Keiser, Julian Kok, Katerina Ladon, Andrew Mar, Simen Meyer, Irina Nordsol, Robin Olausson, Claudio Pozas, April Prime, Domenico Sellaro, Ernanda Souza, Brian Valeza, Tyler Walpole, Zuzanna Wuzyk, and Kieran Yanner.