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Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: Acheron

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Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes: Acheron

Quill & Cauldron presents to you a very special 300+ page tome, aimed at both players and dungeon masters.

It is narrated by none other than Ulraunt, the Keeper of Tomes at Candlekeep, and also supports epic level play (as introduced in Epic Characters).

Below is a short description of what you will find within each part of the book.

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  • A narrative told from the perspective of Ulraunt, designed to inspire and create story hooks, as he descends through Acheron's four layers with his band of misfits.
  • Details on Acheron and each of its four layers, including environmentsfauna, and flora, how to get there, what hazards to avoid, and much more.
  • A detailed look at each cube face of many of the cubes that exist on the various layers, such as Nishrek, home of the orc pantheon, and Clangor, home of the goblinoid pantheon.
  • Tables to help you quickly create your own cubes.

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  • We explore a total of 16 deities, including Bane, Laduguer, Deep Duerra, Urdlen, and the entire goblinoid and orc pantheons.
  • Each deity includes nifty tips for roleplaying them, mighty stat blocks, awe-inspiring lairs, and templates for creating versatile avatars.


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  • One new playable race and one new subrace.
  • Eighteen new and unique subclasses, such as the exploration-focused surveyor artificer, the sinister blood hunter of the order of the warmonger, or the malleable druid of the circle of warshaping.  
  • Over 50 new spells of all levels, each inspired by the prevalent themes of Acheron such as atrophy, cold, magnetism, metals, psionics, and storm.

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  • 138 new stat blocks, some based on existing lore, others seen here for the first time.
  • Four war mounts.
  • Three new war machines.
  • Seven unique characters from the Forgotten Realms, such as the fabled Obould Many-Arrows.

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  • Print
    • The book is available in both hardcover and paperback.
    • The paperback is available in both standard and premium colors.
    • The hardcover is only available in premium colors for a truly premium experience.
  • PDF
    • The PDF is available as single pages and as spreads.
    • Both versions are hyperlinked throughout the table of contents and the appendices.
    • The page number is clickable on every page, allowing you to instantly return to the table of contents.
Charity
  • With the recent global pandemic affecting several lives and taxing medical resources, it is important that we each do our part.
  • We wish to help an organization that has worked against the spread of misinformation and consistently provided care around the globe.
  • For that reason, a portion of every sale will go to Doctors Without Borders.

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ToC1 ToC2 Avalas Clangor Thuldanin The Gray Cube Shargaas Nomog-Geaya Character Options Artificer Bard Long Blade Monk Spells Duergar Arduke Gorebrute Mercane Rot-Guard Gyrocopter 1 Gyrocopter 2 Obould Appendix

Other Works
Epic Characters Shadowfell Acheron Heroes' Handbook
Help
  • Ulraunt is already exploring another plane and working on bringing it to life.
  • We need your help to ensure that he portrays the local fauna and inhabitants accurately.
  • If you're interested, there are several ways you can help us out. We appreciate all the help we can get.
  • Playtesting
    • If you are interested in becoming a playtester, please send us an email via mmp.playtests AT gmail DOT com
    • If you are selected and provide us with useful playtest feedback, you get a free copy of our next title.
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    • If you can spare a few minutes, we'd also love to hear your feedback on this title.
    • To provide feedback, download the file UlrauntNeedsYourHelp.pdf which shows how to do so.
  • Ratings and Reviews
    • Lastly, you can also help us by simply rating this title or giving it a review - it helps us out a lot

 
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Riccardo B September 24, 2021 4:46 pm UTC
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Hello, Will any other book like the Ulraunts guides be published in the near future ora has anyone created Monsters using the CR system in those books that wants to share them?
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Riccardo B September 24, 2021 4:57 pm UTC
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Maybe mostly CR 40-45 Monsters the Ones that are really powerful, thanks in advance of anyone replies.
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Terrelle S July 02, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
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Are any other "Ulrant's Guides..." coming out or in the process? Looking forward to other planes
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Liz M June 02, 2021 6:28 pm UTC
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Update : Sorry for not updating you guys here about my experience with Acheron! Three of my players were out for most of Q1, and I was able to get only so much data. Thankfully, sessions are starting to pick up now that my coffee shop is open, and I should have a full review of a Lvl 17-22 campaign in a week or two.
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Joshua S May 30, 2021 12:33 am UTC
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Any updates? Do not mean to rush you, I understand the past year has not exactly been forgiving!
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Daniel T December 19, 2020 11:31 pm UTC
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So im just after buying the book verson or this. Do you have a book verson of the shaowfell counterpart for sale? Will you be making more books in the series?
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Damian F December 20, 2020 12:26 am UTC
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The Shadowfell book doesn't have a print version because DMsGuild is weird like that.

I know they were playtesting more content (I was participating!) but then 2020 got weird and I didn't get any further correspondance.
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Liz M December 21, 2020 4:28 am UTC
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Ah, good to hear that some progress has been made.

I would play test myself, but I’m a bit full writing notes for the Grim Hollow Kickstarter.
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Liz M January 28, 2021 3:02 am UTC
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Has any further progress been made on this new content? I’m just curious since we haven’t gotten much correspondence since October
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Damian F January 28, 2021 3:44 pm UTC
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At least you got correspondence up to that point! I hadn't heard anything back since my last feedback email which was sent in late April. I had to cancel my playtest campaigns for lack of content. I revived it for Grim Hollow at least.
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Liz M January 29, 2021 12:45 pm UTC
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I guess we will just have to wait and hope. For now, I’m just going to finish the feedback essay for the Fey transformation.
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Marc A February 08, 2021 1:03 pm UTC
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Hi everybody,

Apologies for everything coming to a bit of a halt in the latter half of 2020.
Last year severely affected several team members and has been quite a struggle.
But yes, some progress has been made, though it has been quite slow.
We're currently trying to ramp back into gear.

We'll soon be needing some beta reading for a new title.
If any of you are interested in helping out, feel free to contact me via e-mail.
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Liz M February 10, 2021 2:53 am UTC
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Thank you for the update! I unfortunately can’t playtest any more content at the moment (most of my group is on hold right now). But if there is any other way that I can help, I am more willing to do so.
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Marc A February 10, 2021 8:52 am UTC
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Honestly, an update was long overdue!

As for beta reading, we're just looking for some feedback on some material.
Is the flavor good, is anything unclear, does it seem fun, that sort of thing.
We could use input from one or two more people.
We have a discord set up for this very purpose where we're looking at just a couple of things at a time.
Beta readers can look through it and comment at their leisure. There's also no expectation that everybody comments on everything.

Let me know if that sounds at all interesting to you :)
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Liz M February 11, 2021 11:10 pm UTC
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Good to know! I’ll start re-reading Acheron tonight :). I don’t know about discord, but I’ll comment on any insights or suggestions down here.
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Njål M March 20, 2021 7:29 pm UTC
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I had the privilege of playtesting Acheron and I'd love to help out with this product as well, I've already sent an email to the official channel but does this mean that there's been a change in the procedure due to the pandemic?

Edit: Also I don't have your Email address.
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Paul A November 10, 2020 1:51 am UTC
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I'm curious to the Blood Hunter Warmonger Blood Curse of War. Does it only do something if you amplify it? And with Blood Hunter being updated does it use Intelligence instead of Wisdom for the DC?
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Marc A February 08, 2021 12:51 pm UTC
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Hi Paul,

The blood curse affects others with what you already have. Use it to buff an ally or on an enemy caster who suffers the detriments but can't reap the benefits.
I've uploaded a separate .pdf with the updated Blood Hunter. The file is currently mistakenly named "(UGttP_Acheron_v1.0_spreads.pdf)" - and I can't seem to change it.
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Paul A October 19, 2020 2:44 am UTC
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This book is awesome. I'm currently playing a Stormsmith in a pirate-themed campaign and playing an arcane trickster-going Daggerspell Wizard in another campaign. I'm very excited!! Conjuration Wizard is my favorite School, but Daggerspell could very match or surpass it!
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Marc A October 20, 2020 2:24 pm UTC
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Hi Paul,

I'm so happy you like it!
While we do a lot of playtesting and take multiclassing into account, I can't recall if we had anyone try arcane trickster + daggerspell.
I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts once you've played it through a few levels.
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Paul A December 02, 2020 3:06 am UTC
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Will this be available on Fantasy Grounds? My gaming group switched to FG due to recent circumstances, and I want to keep my character a Daggerspell Wizard.
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Marc A February 08, 2021 12:17 pm UTC
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Hopefully, yes, though I don't have a timeframe.
There's a limited number of people who do FG conversions and there's a ton of conversion going on these days (for obvious reasons).
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Callum R October 14, 2020 9:44 pm UTC
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I was wondering what the reasoning behind the difference in spellcasting between the deities from the Shadowfell book and this book was, specifically how the ones from the former didn't require any components to cast spells while the ones listed here only eschew material components.
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Marc A October 20, 2020 2:20 pm UTC
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Hi Callum,

Great question!
So, all of the deities presented in the Shadowfell guide are part of the Faerûnian pantheon.
Those deities (and perhaps some other deities who are very magical in nature) don't need any components for their spells.
The more specific pantheons, such as the orc pantheon, the goblinoid pantheon, etc. only eschew material components in comparison.

Now, there are never any rules without exception.
You might notice that Shargaas, for example, doesn't need verbal components whereas the other orc deities do. This is due to his stealthy nature.
The same can be said for Yurtrus, who, well, can't speak at all. Verbal components would render a spellcasting trait rather moot on him.

Though Bane is part of the Faerûnian pantheon, he still requires somatic components. Since he wields no weapons in the traditional sense and grapples with his left hand, we assume he'll always have his right hand free.
It allows room for a DM...See more
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Callum R November 05, 2020 12:04 pm UTC
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Oh cool. I was asking because it means the difference between one of them being difficult to counterspell and one being near impossible to.
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Bojan H September 23, 2020 5:38 am UTC
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won't let me buy the hardcover version every time I try to purchase it shows up as the watermarked pdf
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:39 pm UTC
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Hi Bojan,

That sounds strangely odd.
Have you tried using a different browser?
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Iulian-Ioan P September 04, 2020 9:03 am UTC
How's the updating and corrections of this product going?

I'm interested in getting a physical copy, but I abstained to get it when it came out because it was inevitable that there might be some mistakes (as it's normal in products of such a scale).
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:38 pm UTC
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Hi Lulian-Loan,

As you might imagine, things are moving a bit slower this year.
However, we're always working on new things and revisiting existing titles.
It's been six months since release now and while we've certainly found some mistakes (in no small part due to the loving community here), there haven't been nearly as many as one might have expected.
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Damian F August 29, 2020 10:39 am UTC
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There are some issues with the statblock for Yrrga on page 280:

- Its "Indoctrinate" ability mentions targeting creatures it can sense with its "Sense Nihilism" trait, but it has no such trait.
- It simultaneously has immunity and vulnerability to Pyschic damage
- Its ability "Mind Shatter" incorrectly calls itself "Aura of Madness" when describing a creature becoming immune to its effects at the end
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:35 pm UTC
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Hi Damian,

Thank you for pointing these out. You might imagine, we tweaked Yrrga quite a bit. Evidently not well enough though.
We'll make sure to fix it asap.

In the meantime, you can remove her psychic vulnerability and add the following trait:

Sense Nihilism. Yrrga is aware of the presence of giants and humanoids within 100 miles of it that have lost all hope or don't worship a deity. It knows the distance and direction to each creature, as well as its name, its ability scores, its social standing, and why it lacks hope or doesn't worship a deity, but can’t sense anything else about it. A creature protected by a mind blank spell, a nondetection spell, or similar magic can’t be perceived in this manner.
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Damian F October 20, 2020 4:35 pm UTC
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Thank you for the reply, Marc! Bit late now, Yrrga in my game has been defeated for a while. But I'll duly keep note of these suggestions should I ever need to repurpose her stat block for another creature - quite likely, given how my party are now plane-hopping and fighting gods, elder evils and hopefully soon primordials on the regular.
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Feodor R August 01, 2020 9:50 pm UTC
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I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I wanted to point out a few typos:

Page 146 in the Steel Warden Magic table, it says Spell Level but in the table it shows the Ranger Level instead.

Page 142 under the Ferrous Adept feature, when it says "the oxidization cantrip", the word cantrip is italicised.
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Paul A September 07, 2020 11:08 pm UTC
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Steel Warden is a ranger subclass, so I don't think it's a typo.
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Feodor R September 12, 2020 3:13 pm UTC
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It is a typo. The table says Spell Level as one of the headers but below it it doesn't show the Spell Level, it shows the Ranger Level in which you get them.
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:13 pm UTC
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Hi Feodor,

You're right on both counts.
We'll get it fixed, thank you!
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Matt W July 28, 2020 1:29 pm UTC
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Just wondering if there is a promo code for this book?
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:10 pm UTC
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Hi Matt,

There isn't, no.
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Alejandro D July 27, 2020 9:09 pm UTC
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I love the book and I have a quick question about the avatars. Can we use any stat block we want or only the categories of creatures listed under each god
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Marc A October 20, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Alejandro,

Thank you for your mighty kind words!
At your table, you can use stat block you want.
The intent, however, is that deities usually create certain kinds of avatars that suit them (ie. Bane using beasts, devils, humanoids, and giants).
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Callum R June 14, 2020 10:44 am UTC
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Not sure if this has been asked before, but what was the reasoning behind the decision to make some of the gods statted in the book not 30th level spellcasters? Iirc it was just Baghtru and Khurgorbaeyag.
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Marc A July 27, 2020 4:58 am UTC
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Hi Callum,

Good question!
For Bahgtru, it was simply that he doesn't really concern himself with magic. He's not the cleverest of the bunch and he just likes to smash things.
For Khurgorbaeyag, we went with the Booyahg route laid out for goblin magic. We think it makes sense that their culture and beliefs are reflected in their patron deity.
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