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D&D’s Next Anthology ‘Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel’ Focuses On Adventures By Creators Of Color

Following in the footsteps of anthologies like Candlekeep Mysteries and Tales from the Yawning Portal, Wizards of the Coast is excited to announce Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel. This new D&D book provides adventures set in a variety of all-new locations Dungeon Masters can add to ongoing games, stream as one-shot sessions, or use as the basis for entire campaigns. Each adventure is connected to the Radiant Citadel, a mysterious city at the heart of the Ethereal Plane. Co-led by Ajit George (writer on Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft) and F. Wesley Schneider (Senior Game Designer on the D&D Team at Wizards), this collection features adventures by writers drawing inspiration from their connections to various real-world cultures and mythologies. Journeys through the Radiant Citadel will be available everywhere on June 21, 2022.

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel cover art
Cover art by Evyn Fong

“This book is stunning in its scope and ambition. It blows open the D&D multiverse with a fresh set of exciting adventures that serve as gateways to new lands, monsters, characters, and more,” said George, who is the Director of Operations of the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in addition to his RPG work. “Talented writers from around the globe came together to make something truly special. There’s never been anything like this in D&D before.”

According to George, the idea came during his work on Van Richten‘s while creating the Indian-inspired Domain of Dread Kalakeri. The act of creating something that connected with his identity struck a chord, and he immediately petitioned the D&D team to create a book that focused entirely on Writers and Artists of Color. Journeys is a culmination of that.

Each of the thirteen adventures in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel highlights a different location, introducing new characters, monsters, and more. The tome also contains gazetteers for the Radiant Citadel itself, as well as two additional lands. All these adventures can easily be added to both homebrew worlds and existing D&D settings. The stories were deliberately set outside of traditional settings to both allow for that flexibility and allow the creators to truly create some special places to explore.

The adventures in this 224-page anthology range in level and tone. The 1st-level adventure, “Salted Legacy,” presents a comedic mystery set in a bustling night market. It draws on writer Surena Pridgen‘s own cultural background and her desire for a recognizably fun adventure that’s more inclusive.

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel art
Art by Vicki Pangetsu

“Written in Blood,” the 3rd-level adventure, sends characters to investigate a farm with a terrifying haunting, written by sci-fi author and TTRPG freelancer Erin Roberts and bringing her experiences in the American South to the fore.

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel art
Art by Jabari Weathers

The 11th-level adventure, “Shadow of the Sun,” encourages adventurers to choose allegiances while navigating the escalating tensions of an angel-ruled city. Its writing was handled by Justice Arman, formerly of Beadle & Grimm’s, now Senior Game Designer at Wizards, infusing his Iranian background into the setting and story of the adventure.

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel art
Art by Claudio Pozas

Along with these, the thirteen adventures (running through level 14) in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel are
Salted Legacy by Surena Marie
• Written In Blood by Erin Roberts
• The Fiend of Hollow Mine by Mario Ortegón
• Wages of Vice by TK Johnson
• Sins of Our Elders by Stephanie Yoon
• Gold for Fools and Princes by Dominique Dickey
• Trail of Destruction by Alastor Guzman
• In the Mists of Manivarsha by Basheer Ghouse
• Be
tween Tangled Roots by Pam Punzalan
• Shadow of the Sun by Justice Arman
• The Nightsea’s Succor
• Buried Dynasty
• Orchids of the Invisible Mountain
by Terry Hope Romero

Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel is a collaboration between the D&D team and a talented collection of artists, storytellers, games designers, and other creatives. It includes contributions by Justice Ramin Arman, Dominique Dickey, Ajit A. George, Basheer Ghouse, Alastor Guzman, D. Fox Harrell, T.K. Johnson, Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Surena Marie, Mimi Mondal, Mario Ortegón, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Terry H. Romero,Stephanie Yoon, and many more.

Journeys through the Radiant Citadel will be available digitally and in North American stores on June 21 with a cover designed by Evyn Fong, while a limited number of copies with an alternative cover designed by Sija Hong will be available only through game stores. This is the first time both covers have been drawn by women of color!

More information on Journeys through the Radiant Citadel will be revealed soon. Check in on to watch interviews with the writers and co-leads as the book’s release approaches.

Images via Wizards of the Coast

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