Prep for D&D 5e Demo Day: Background and Characters

For those attending the D&D demo day, here’s what you need to know. You can show up with just a smile, no prep necessary. However, if you want to create your own character prior to game-day, that’s cool, just read below.

Setting:

In the world of the Forgotten Realms, it is the year 1485 DR (Dalereckoning). You and your companions have journeyed to Phlan in the Moonsea region in search of your fortune. Originally constructed over a thousand years ago, Phlan has grown rich from trade with the untamed wilds to the north of the Moonsea. Those seeking their fortunes flock to the town before venturing out into the enchanted Quivering Forest, the mysterious Sorcerer’s Isle, and the savage Dragonspine Mountains.

You and your companions are meeting with a man named Neistor, overlord of the village of Darkshelf, just to the West of Phlan across the Stojanow River. Dark things are afoot and Neistor has a job for you.

Map:

Here’s a map of the Moonsea region: http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh142/Hyderlic/MapofVaasa.jpg
Phlan is on the Southwest corner, and Darkshelf is slighly west of that across the Stojanow river, not marked on the map.

Here’s a close-up of the area:
darkshelf

Characters & Backgrounds:

You don’t need to do anything to prepare! I’ll have 1st level pre-gens, but feel free to create your own 1st level characters based on either the free
basic rules at http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules or using the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook.

If you create your own background (with Ideals, Flaws, Bonds, etc.), you might want to tie it in to the Moonsea region. You can read more about the Moonsea area at http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Moonsea. The D&D Expeditions games I’ll be running at WaCon will all be set in this same region.

You can get character sheets here if you’re making your own: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets

And starter set pre-gens here if you just want to pick one of those characters:
http://media.wizards.com/downloads/dnd/StarterSet_Charactersv2.pdf

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