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Icewind Dale: Cult of the Shattered Peak
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Micah T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/03/2022 20:46:39

This is an excellent suppliment. I'm honestly surprised that WotC didn't lean in to the Cult of the Shattered Peak themselves in the adventure module. Pitting the Arcane Brotherhood against the cult provides a clean way to tie the final act into the previous sections and makes for a dramatic race to Ythryn.

This PDF is laid out to be easy to read, easy to cut up between player-facing and DM-facing material, and easy to run alongside Rime of the Frostmaiden.

For players: The subclasses and group patron information are great. I especially enjoy the fighter option. They can be used in any campaign, not just Rime.

For DMs: There's plenty of background here to run the organization in any campaign--Rime or otherwise. It's not really a cult-it doesn't meet any part of the definition of a cult actually-but it is a fun faction to include. There are a couple points where information for NPCs is scattered through the text instead of neatly collected (example: the goliath NPC's backstory is kind of important but isn't in her intro blurb) and the leadership structure in Icewind Dale is a bit convoluted (it appears the high-ranking up-and-coming agent is reporting to a low ranking veteran?), but those are exceptions. Overall, this is the best faction document I've read for any campaign.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Icewind Dale: Cult of the Shattered Peak
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Curse o. S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/16/2020 20:38:40

The Cult of the Shattered Peak by Steve Fidler (@vorpaldicepress) & Bryan Holmes (@FallenWyvern)

This is simply one of the most impressive and comprehensive faction supplements I’ve had the pleasure of reading! There’s just so much here to bring the Cult of the Shattered Peak to life in supplement so mythically powerful the Cult themselves might seek to destroy it!

From a detailed history and lore, full Renown system, an array of Player Options, including Background, Secret, as well as the Sundering Knight Fighter and Agent of the Cult Rogue Subclasses imbued with magic to control and contain, a Group Patron complete with Contacts, Perks, Operatives, Roles and Quests, an in depth chapter by chapter companion to Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden focused on the Cult with NPCs, Motivations, Subplots, Advantages and Complications for Agents, as well as ways to earn and lose renown, and much more, which add a whole new weight of storytelling and focus that grounds the Cult’s Agents in the story, giving players greater motivation and intrigue, not to mention the quality NPCs who may well become part of the team! Finally, there’s an array of new Magic Items, with my favourites being the Proximity Explosives and Blasting Rod because you can never have enough bang!

This is an incredible amount of bang for buck written in an engaging and thoughtful manner. It’s clear this is a labour of love. The Cult of the Shattered Peak are back and things will Nether be the same!

Credits Writing & Design: Steve Fidler & Bryan Holmes Editing: E.R.F. Jordan Art Direction & Graphic Design: Steve Fidler Layout: Steve Fidler Cover Art: Steve Fidler, with Cult logo by Brian Patterson. Inspired by Nathanaël Roux Cult Logo Design: Art by Brian Patterson informed by design elements by Ed Greenwood Interior Art: Philipp Urlich, Brian Patterson, Storn Cook, Christina Bindon, Sergiy Abramov, Dean Spencer, Ginho, Forrest Imel, Jack Holliday, Colleen O’Dell, Carlos “Celurian” Torreblanca, Brett Neufeld, Adobe Stock (Microstocker, warmtail, James Joong, info@nextmars.com, Mia Stendal, Liuzishan), Wizards of the Coast, some vectors by Vecteezy.com, some brushes by Brusheezy.com Playtesting: Nicolo de la Merced, Israel Moreira

My Affiliate Link: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/338277/Icewind-Dale-Cult-of-the-Shattered-Peak?affiliate_id=1507682



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