A Curriculum Of Chaos Art & Extracts From Pages [EXCLUSIVE]
Screen Rant can exclusively reveal some of the beautiful illustrations and page excerpts from D&D’s upcoming book Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos.
Strixhaven: a program of chaos is a reference book for Dungeons & Dragons that transforms the magical Strixhaven University of Magic: The Gathering in the location for an epic campaign. It is easy to insert Strixhaven into one of the D&D campaign settings, or even a homebrew, but gamers might not want to leave their school days behind.
Strixhaven is a school for world magic enthusiasts. Once a student has completed their first year of study, they choose which of the five colleges they want to join, in order to hone their skills. Choices include Lorehold, Quandrix, Silverquil, Winterbloom, and Prismari. Lorehold is the place for scholars and adventurers, Quandrix is for students of magical mathematics and physics, Silverquill is the one who wields words like weapons, Witherbloom is for those who study the powers of life and death, and Prismari is for artists and those who want to master the elements.
Screen Rant may exclusively reveal some of the illustrations and excerpts from pages of Strixhaven: a program of chaos. The assets involve the faculty and students of Prismari, the College of Elemental Arts. Dungeons & Dragons Lead designer Amanda Hamon and game designer James Wyatt also spoke to Screen Rant about Prismari and her role in the game.
D&D: The Faculty of Prismari College
The exclusive assets sent to Screen Rant mentioned several faculty members at Prismari College, including Uvilda Mistcoiler (the Dean of Perfection) and Zaffai (the Thunder Conductor). Will the faculty be an important part of Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos? If players want to focus on their peers, is it easy to push the faculty into the background?
James Wyatt: The focus of the adventures relies heavily on the player characters as students and their interactions with their fellow students. The relationship mechanics and rules around extracurricular activities and jobs ensure that players keep their focus on how they relate to other students. Faculty members hold a backdrop of adventures, sometimes a prominent place, due to the story of the adventures, but never as central as other students.
D&D: Prismari’s student journey
The exclusive assets showed the new Prismari Student background that players can choose for their character. Does each of the five colleges have its own associated experience? Can players still use other backgrounds with the campaign? Do characters have to purchase a school uniform (as Prismari students get one for free) if they want to attend?
James Wyatt: Every college has a course, and I strongly encourage players to choose the appropriate course for their character’s college. You can certainly use other backgrounds to represent what we would call a non-traditional student – “Yes, I had a life as a sailor or a sidekick, but now I’m at Strixhaven pursuing a second career! You can take the Strixhaven Initiate feat for your school without having the fund, and of course you can buy your school uniform using your character’s starting money.
Zanther Bowen – Member of the Prismari Mage Tower Cheer Squad
Strixhaven: a program of chaos has relationship / romance mechanics that involve NPCs in the campaign. How do they work with other school systems? Are characters like Zanther part of this system? How much information does the book provide about their personality and role in the school?
Amanda Hamon: Characters like Zanther are absolutely part of this system! In fact, 18 NPCs are part of the relationship system, and they all have unique personalities, backgrounds, motivations, and interests that are detailed in the book. If you’re a friend of the character, you’ll get a little story-driven boost, and if you’re their rival, they’ll go out of their way to undermine or annoy you. For example, if you’re friends with greta Gorunn, a fun-loving and affable bodybuilding dwarf, members of the Iron-Lifters Society might come forward to help you with any difficult physical tasks you come across. If you bored her one night when you return to your dorm you will likely find a pile of heavy furniture standing in your way to your room.
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Strixhaven: a program of chaos will be released on December 7, 2021.
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