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"[..] this tome is accurate and insightful, so I recommend it highly.." - Ed Greenwood (excerpt from Foreword)

"You see, I hadn’t found much literature written about the Underdark to this point. Most of what I’d read focused on places like Menzoberranzan, the drow capital, or spoke of mysterious lost locales that they assumed had sunk into the underground. I could not believe that a land on such an enormous scale could simply be devoid of anything interesting, so it had to be a matter of no one else having bothered to write about it yet. As long as I was writing about all of the other biomes of the world, I should include the Underdark. I had no idea at the time what exactly we were signing ourselves up for."

- Amarune Whitewave


Amarune's Almanac Volume 2 is the second book in a multipart series exploring the eight biomes of Dungeons & Dragons within the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

The Underdark gives an overview of Faerûn's "Realm Below"; and its flora, fauna, and some history. It does this through both narrative prose, written from the perspective of Amarune Whitewave (the great, great granddaughter of Elminster Aumar), and through occasional notes from her husband, editor, and traveling companion Arclath Delcastle.

Many of the details in this book were vetted and seeded by the creator of the Forgotten Realms himself, Ed Greenwood, who is acting as a consultant on the project!

Contained with this 67-page tome, you'll get:

  • 2 new subclasses

    • the Circle of the Dark druid which seeks to expand on the land (underdark) druid by channeling Faerzress.

    • and the Sharnbound, a conclave of Rangers who are tasked by the Sharn, and granted a limited form of their transformation, to act as agents of their will.

  • Variant rules: expansions to the Druid and Ranger classes to allow them more access to the new spells contained within this book!

  • 10 spells: each using a new spellcasting component, Environment, as they each rely on the boons of the world around them.

    • +1 bonus spell, druidic practice, which is the Druid version of the ceremony spell for Clerics.

  • 11 magic items: imbued with the power of the Underdark and its depths.

  • 20 monsters: new creatures for Wild Shaping, mounts, and companions! Including the Phaerimm, Sharn, and Deep Dragons!

  • 20 flora: the bounty of the Underdark. Mushrooms, lichen, moss, and even a few trees that you can collect and use to create all manner of items, as well as improve some spells.

  • Downtime activities: A gathering expedition specifically designed to find and collect the flora described in this book.

  • 5 location stories: Straight from the journal of Amarune Whitewave herself, stories of their expeditions into five notable Underdark locations: Araumycos, the Burgeoning Rift, the Firelands, Glimmersea, and the Sharnwall.

  • A map of Faerûn: Updated for 5th Edition, this book contains a two-page map of the Underdark covering the Northdark all the way to Deep Raurin. As with any map of the evershifting Underdark, it's more of a guideline of where things are roughly located, than a navigatable map.

  • Also included is a separate high-resolution PDF of the map, available to print on 8.5"x11" or 11"x17"

  • Journal-style sketch art by Shiah "Cinder" Irgangladen and Nathanaël Roux and several other full color pieces throughout the book, combined with a field-journal document style complete with spilled ink


  • A foreword written by the creator of Forgotten Realms, Ed Greenwood


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George P July 01, 2020 11:36 am UTC
This has been really helpful in prepping for Out of the Abyss. I had promised my players mushrooms and now I can deliver. I wonder if it would be possible for some of the "sketches" to be included separately so that they can be used as handouts, the way the map was? Minor minor wish...
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Alex M March 18, 2020 3:07 am UTC
Hi, before I purchase the book, did you guys create any homebrew content (apart from stats and subclasses, I'm talking about Lore homebrew)? I run my Realms games really close to canon, and is there a Reference page where I could do my own research and verify everything that's in the book? the same questions for the rest of the Almanacs.
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Steve F March 18, 2020 10:20 am UTC
Hi Alex!

I could break down a list of what was in the Realms before we started and what wasn't, if you'd like, just let me know. There is a list of references in the page with Volo's publisher note, if that helps.

Note, Ed Greenwood writes and consults on this project! So it really depends on what you consider Canon and not Canon.
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Alex M March 22, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
Yeah that helps, I'd rather you not go through the hassle of mentioning everything that's not "official", I usually consider whatever Ed says official.
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