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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.

  • 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 environments, fauna, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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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    • The book is available in both hardcover and paperback.
    • The paperback is available in both standard and premium colors.
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    • 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.
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Callum R April 06, 2020 4:04 pm UTC
Heya, I’m a little bit confused about how Tanarukks are treated in Acheron. Page 36 says that they’re among those trained in the Barracks by Ilneval, but page 73 says that they’re blasphemous creatures that are barred from Nishrek in the afterlife.
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Marc A April 06, 2020 6:48 pm UTC
Hi again, Callum,

Tanarukks were originally intended to be treated like other orcs. The further we delved into the lore, however, the more it became clear that it just didn't fit.
So, naturally, we made revisions to make it cohesive but the mention on page 36 must have slipped past our radar.

Nice catch though and thanks for bringing it to our attention!
I'll be adding it to our errata.
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Peter S April 06, 2020 9:55 am UTC
Please tell me there are plans for a Shadowfell POD release.
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Marc A April 06, 2020 10:03 am UTC
Hi Peter,

We would absolutely love to do that.
Unfortunately, we can't promise anything as it ultimately isn't up to us.
Thank you for voicing your support though!
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Damian F March 29, 2020 7:06 pm UTC
Oh, I just noticed - the PDF is missing several pages. 131-142 are missing, and the PDF bookmarks don't work. Will the missing pages be a problem in the Print-on-Demand version?
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Marc A March 29, 2020 7:33 pm UTC
Hi again,

I just checked and they work fine here.
I suspect the file may have been corrupted during download.
Could you try and re-download the document?
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Damian F March 29, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
Ah... No, no, I see what happened. My apologies, I downloaded the Preview file instead of the main file. That's embarrassing.
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Marc A March 29, 2020 7:45 pm UTC
Don't worry about it, stuff like that happens :)

There's also a document with links to a few surveys.
It'd help us out immensely if you ever find a few minutes to go through one or two of them.
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Damian F March 28, 2020 3:31 pm UTC
Ah, I remember testing some of the things for this. Shame my group was so homebrewed that I couldn't get any meaningful data out of it! :P
I look forward to buying this next month. Skimming through the preview, it looks very fun.

Do you know how the POD handles different countries like the UK? I prefer physical books but have my concerns about surprise import fees... assuming the customs is even working right now. xD
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Marc A March 28, 2020 3:38 pm UTC
Hi Damian,

Yea, for playtesting we really need a comparative baseline across the board.
But Hiten is the expert here :)

Regarding print copies, I believe European copies are printed in the UK and sent from there.
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Damian F March 28, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
Ah, I see. Thanks for letting me know. I had no idea!
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Hiten D March 28, 2020 4:35 pm UTC
Hi Damian,

I'm really sorry I forgot to add your name to the list of folks receiving complementary .pdf copies! We had so many playtesters and for some reason your name slipped through the crack. You were extremely thorough in the feedback you did provide, so you absolutely deserve one.

We'll get rectify this ASAP! Email coming soon. Thank god you posted.
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Damian F March 28, 2020 5:37 pm UTC
Thank you very much, though I hadn't actually thought I was going to be on that list anyway! Either way, I still bought a physical copy to support you all for making quality content!
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Daniel C March 27, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
Hardback copy made it. It is currently baking the garage as I wait a few days to make sure any invisible monsters are dead. Then I will crack it open and let you know what I think :)
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Marc A March 27, 2020 4:50 pm UTC
Hi Daniel,

Glad to hear that you're taking precautions!
And really looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Daniel C March 29, 2020 4:41 pm UTC
gave you 5 stars. Good work! Seeing the Hundred Handed Ones in print was awesome. Beat me to it :)
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Marc A March 29, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
Thank you, Daniel! We appreciate it greatly.

And that monster was a blast to work on :)
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Callum R March 25, 2020 3:03 am UTC
Heya, I've noticed that Deep Duerra's innate spellcasting trait mentions a spell called Odeon's Blank Slate. It says that it's in chapter 13 of the book but I haven't been able to find it. Is this a mistake or am I blind?
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Marc A March 26, 2020 8:20 am UTC
Hi Callum,

At the end of development, we always have a good chunk of spells, subclasses, monsters, and more that end up on the cutting room floor.
Some won't ever see the light of day and some might appear in another Ulraunt's Guide in the future, perhaps after a few more iterations.

The spell you mention falls firmly in this category.
We're usually pretty good at scrubbing all mention of such things but evidently we missed it in this case.
Nonetheless, thank you for bringing it to our attention!
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Callum R March 28, 2020 1:26 am UTC
No worries, another question about Duerra though is how did you decide on what divine rank she'd have? Seeing as she's been just a demigoddess in some editions.
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Marc A March 28, 2020 2:17 am UTC
Good question!
Though we tend to delve heavily into the lore of past editions to fill a lot of blanks, we first and foremost rely on what's canon for fifth edition.
Duerra is mentioned as a god in several fifth edition books. One of these books is Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide.
I'd rather not mention the other books by name as they're adventures and might be slight spoilers.
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Dominick F March 24, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
So I haven’t got a chance to read the full book yet. I’ve skimmed it, but I’m planning on ordering the POD option later tonight. And seeing as how I much prefer to read a physical book over a pdf, I’ll give a full review when it comes in and I’ve had time. However, here’s my first thoughts from skimming it.

Overall, like the previous book, I am thoroughly impressed. If your future books are anywhere near this quality, you can consider me a regular buyer.

I like the lore section from the little I’ve read. I’ll give a more thorough read-through when I have a chance to read the physical book. But I like the more section.

I like the deities. Definitely a lot more than last time. I guess I’m a little sad that there aren’t many deities I can use in my games, seeing as how I use the Critical Role pantheon. But that’s nothing against the book. It is by no means a criticism. I understand that there aren’t many settings allowed under DMs Guild. And even if...See more
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Hiten D March 25, 2020 1:02 am UTC
Thanks for the kind words, Dominick! Your feedback on the Daggerspell wizard was valuable, and I'm glad you liked the change!

It's great that you can use Bane and Gruumsh in your Exandria campaign! Remember also that that Laduguer is another deity mentioned in that world as well. They referred to him very early on in campaign 1 (the "Throne Room" episode, if i'm not mistaken). So you can use him in your Exandria-based campaign as well without "breaking canon." Just reflavor his lore to fit the "Betrayer God" narrative.

You can also re-skin the other deities as you see fit. For example, Kelemvor's stat block from Shadowfell can be adapted for Exandria's Raven Queen (adding a bit of Shar too), Maglubiyet can be reflavored as Asmodeus, and Shargaas/Urdlen can be combined and reflavored to form a stat block for Torog :)
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david M March 23, 2020 10:13 pm UTC
Hi, I was wondering, in this guide, and also in the previous one, who wrote the notes in green text? (I understand that some notes are Elminster's, some are Drizzt's, and some are Minsc's, but I'm having trouble figuring out who wrote the rest of them). p.s. I haven't been able to buy the book just yet, but it looks absolutely amazing!
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Marc A March 23, 2020 10:27 pm UTC
Hi David,

Thank you for your kind words!

The authors for some of the notes are ambiguous by design and I'd rather not ruin whatever speculations people might have.
Perhaps not being overly clear with their own identity is part of their personality? That might give you an idea.

We try hard to make each personality distinct, meaningful, and fit their personalities as explained in the lore of past editions.
Rest assured, however, all authors will eventually reveal themselves as we progress through the planes.
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Callum R March 24, 2020 5:59 am UTC
I bet it's Cyric, the god of lies.
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Brandan W March 23, 2020 6:50 pm UTC
They are my favorite dnd additions ever I love them, you guys are amazing. This before the question will there be more?
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Marc A March 23, 2020 7:12 pm UTC
Hi Brandan,

Thank you for the kind words, we're happy that you enjoy our titles.
So long as there's a demand for more Ulraunt's Guides, we're more than happy to keep exploring the planes of existence.
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Martin H March 27, 2020 12:00 am UTC
Hey Marc,

at least for me there will always be interest and demand for more of these guides! Awesome quality, great job! Keep them coming :-)
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Marc A March 27, 2020 12:53 am UTC
Hi Martin,

I'm glad you like them as well!

If you want to help shape future titles, please have a look at the UlrauntNeedsYourHelp.pdf file.
It links to a couple of surveys that are invaluable to the development of future titles.

Simply rating the title or leaving a review also helps us out greatly.
We appreciate any and all feedback!
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Stijn V March 22, 2020 10:40 pm UTC
I must say, I am in love with these books! Great job!

I do have a question: for Obould Many-Arrows, his multi-attack says that he can use Demand Obedience, but I can't find the action in his statblock. Is this a mistake or is the ability somewhere else in the book?
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Hiten D March 23, 2020 1:05 am UTC
Hi Stijn,

That's on me - it was a last minute call from me to remove the action. It will be put into the change log. Thanks for pointing that out!

Please do consider leaving us a review of your thoughts on other parts of the book :)
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Callum R March 21, 2020 8:12 am UTC
Great job on this one, guys! From what I've seen, it looks amazing! I really like the novelesque aspect of some of it too. I was wondering, however, why the gods of this book have the humanoid type. I'm curious why they'd have it but Kelemvor (who ascended in a manner similar to Bane) doesn't.
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Marc A March 21, 2020 6:05 pm UTC
Hi Callum,

Thank you for the very kind words.
That brought a smile to my face :)

As for the creature types of deities, we try to take everything about them into account.
For Kelemvor, it's very much the fact that he has his own plane and plays an integral role in making the multiverse function.
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Liz M March 19, 2020 12:51 pm UTC
Wow! Good Job Marc & Team! This is quite a feat!
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Marc A March 19, 2020 1:34 pm UTC
Hi Liz,

Thank you so very much!
We've been eager to share it with the world.
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Liam B March 19, 2020 12:16 pm UTC
Fucking great book, love the inclusion of the war machines, can't wait to play a screaming barbarian flying a helicopter into a BBEG
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Marc A March 19, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
Hi Liam,

That's great to hear! We love that you love the book!
I'd suggest landing a floating tower on the BBEG though, rather than "just" flying a small machine into them ;)
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Justin M March 19, 2020 1:35 am UTC
Absolutely loving the book. I noticed one oddity in a few of the god statblocks though. Some of the orc gods have an ability that lets them move through magical force as if it were difficult terrain. However they also have a deity trait that says they basically just ignore difficult terrain. So do they walk through magical force no problem, or do they treat it as difficult terrain and it costs double movement even though any other kind of difficult terrain would be ignored?
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Marc A March 19, 2020 11:53 am UTC
Hi Justin,

We're so happy that you like the book.

As for your question, a bit of thought went into the best way to go about it.
Deities ignore difficult terrain, yes.
Moving through objects of force counts as difficult terrain - which deities ignore.
The reason it is worded like that is twofold:
Firstly, we wanted a universal restriction when moving through objects of force. Something that is always applied, even if it later is applied to non-deities.
Secondly, there might be a feature or spell down the road which removes a creature's ability to ignore difficult terrain.

So while it might be worded a tad odd, we've done so in an attempt to try and design it to fit into an evolving ruleset.
I hope that makes sense :)
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Dominick F March 18, 2020 10:38 pm UTC
So I haven't looked through all of the book yet, seeing as how I'm getting ready for a session later tonight, but I intend to take a closer look at it later. But if the previous installment is anything to go by, and the bits that I've seen, I'm going to be thoroughly impressed. I'm also excited to see a Blood Hunter subclass. I love the class, and I'm happy to see it getting some love. Here's my question however, I assume the subclass is intended for the old version of the Blood Hunter, and not the new one. But I wanted to make sure it is, is it? This leads to my follow-up question, do you have any intention of updating Epic Characters with the new version of the Blood Hunter?
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Marc A March 18, 2020 10:48 pm UTC
Hi Dominick,

Thank you for your kind words.

It is indeed designed for the older version of the Blood Hunter.
The book was already going through the PoD process when Mercer released his new version.
We'll update it in the future, however.

And yes, we will also redesign the base Blood Hunter class for epic levels.
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Jorge F March 18, 2020 8:21 pm UTC
I have just skimmed through the guide and i have to say: You guys are making an absolutely amazing series with these guides. I didn't originally plan to include much planar stuff in the campaign that i'm currently DMing, but with these guides i'm definitely including a few planar travels when they reach epic levels! Consider me a loyal purchaser of this series from now on. Out of curiosity, are you planning on making a plane for all planes of the great wheel or are you choosing from the most interesting ones? It would be a massive amount of work for you to do all the planes, but i definitely wouldn't complain if it happened haha.
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Marc A March 18, 2020 9:27 pm UTC
Hi Jorge,

Thank you very much for your kind words.
We're stoked that you enjoy our work!

We have quite a few planes in the pipeline, but how many we can go to depends entirely on how well each installment is received by the community.
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