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Get equipped for adventure with Beginner Baubles, the groundbreaking series from DeepDark Designs that makes 5th Edition character creation even more exciting, thrilling, and rewarding than ever before. Once you've experienced Beginner Baubles for yourself, you'll wonder how you ever got by without them!

So, What Are Beginner Baubles?

Beginner Baubles are rare, one-of-a-kind objects that are either magical in nature or else exceptional in some other way. The rules governing their acquisition and use are a little bit different to those that relate to Magic Items, but the two function similarly enough that anyone who's played 5th Edition should feel at home with their use right away. What makes them super fun and interesting is that unlike magic items, which are generally kept under lock and key until the players have chalked up hours and hours at the table (and their characters trudged through a litany of tasks and trials), Beginner Baubles instead serve as an exciting new facet of character creation and are usually provided before the players hit the table with their characters for the very first time.

With Beginner Baubles, every adventurer is blessed with a powerful gift at the start of their career. A boon worthy of the brave deeds and legendary feats of the hallowed heroes of yesteryear, in whose footsteps they will walk as they embark on their own grand adventure. Though their story is not yet written, the call to adventure is strong, and all true heroes must heed it.

And Esoteric Charms?

Esoteric Charms is the latest entry in the Beginner Baubles line. Released monthly, each new issue in the series is packed to bursting with weird and wonderful prizes just waiting to be greedily devoured by the gluttons at your table. In addition to the baubles themselves, each supplement also includes fully-playtested new rules and mechanics, outstanding presentation and production values, a torrent of premium-quality artwork, and extra materials designed to help you get the most out of the series. Additionally, Beginner Baubles are completely setting-neutral, ready to be dropped into almost any fantasy world that allows for magic items and objects. Best of all, adopting a completely modular approach, each entry in the series can be used as a standalone supplement or in conjunction with any others that you acquire.

Beginner Baubles: Esoteric Charms presents 20 obscure, opaque, and often occult baubles perfect for use by those with a firm heart and unflinching determination in the face of the unknown. Champions of the light, cultists, researchers into the dark arts, sectarians, shamans, vampire hunters, warlocks, witchdoctors, witches, and those who belong to secretive orders will all unearth a relic of cultural or religious significance to aid them in the fight against, or indeed for, evil here.  

Esoteric Charms includes the following baubles:

  • Dancer's Dirge. This unsettling music box is no ordinary carillons à musique, as even ghosts shudder as it falteringly strikes its offkey notes to form a children's lullaby in a bizarrely dischordant, moribund fashion. 
  • Phantasmal Rail. This gothic rail has long since lost its tarred canvas curtain, though it has gained a friend in the form of the ghostly apparition whose spirit resides within it and serves as both a bane and boon to the one who wields the rail.
  • Xeixaura's Hand. This perfectly preserved hand once belonged to a tiefling chiromancer and has been severed, deboned, mounted on a wooden stand, and decorated with dark musing and eldritch symbols–what dark powers could it posses?
  • Monstrous Matryoshkas. This collection of painted stacking dolls is anything but a child's toy. Each doll in the set is decorated in the style of a demon and at its heart resides a vial of demon's blood. 
  • Eye of Ojb. Formed of willow bound together with purple string to form a web and decorated with a pair of bird skulls, other bones, fangs, claws, feathers, beads, and gemstones, this creepy dreamcatching is as eerie as it is eye-catching.
  • Head of Zorbo. You'd be forgiven for assuming that the spark of life has long since departed this shunken, severed goblin head. However, thanks to ancient rituals and forbidden rites known only to practitioners of voodoo witchcraft, a semblance of life permeates it yet.

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