Important role announced this week that Campaign 3 will take a month break from the end of May for another new episode of Exandria Unlimited, titled Exandria Unlimited: Calamity† Unlike last summer’s version, which took place just before Campaign 3 (and featured characters still strongly in the Campaign), this version of ExU goes back a thousand years to the calamity – a groundbreaking event in the history of Exandria whose effects can still be felt a millennium later.
Despite keeping the name Exandria Unlimited, this is a different cast than last time. Previous Game Master Aabria Iyengar will be a player this time, and the new Game Master is co Dimension 20 member and veteran of the Sincere Citizen Brigade Brennan Lee Mulligan. Also comes from Dimension 20 is the comedian and actor Lou Wilson, while LA by night guest Luis Carazo will be the latest new addition to the cast.
three new Important role regulars will join ExU this time around: Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham, making Taliesen Jaffe and Laura Bailey the only members of the core team not yet having a chance in an ExU campaign. Matt Mercer’s role (outside of making the world it’s played in) is unknown, but he won’t be a player this time around.
When gods clash, mortals fall
The Age of Arcanum both preceded and led to the Calamity, which is when the campaign will take place. The Age of Arcanum was marked by experimental and miraculous magic (flying cities, constructions and new life forms such as minotaurs), necromancy and the desire of some to challenge the gods themselves. takes place in Avelir the city of crownsthe heroes will try to wipe out a corruption in the city that spells disaster for Exandria.
When is a big question, as the disaster itself spans more than a century and the events of the Arcanum era that directly led to it took place over many decades. This gives the Important role creative team a lot of freedom in decorating the story. Will it take place before the release of the? traitor gods or after secretly working on corrupt mortals? vecna and the Raven Queen were both key figures in the first campaign whose origins date back to the Age of Arcanum – will they appear, or possibly even act as one of the main adversaries?
Avelir himself is not previously known – which is not surprising given that much knowledge about the Age of Arcanum was lost during the disaster. An intriguing possibility is that it is actually the town whose pre-disaster ruins lie beneath Ank’Harel (known to those residents as Caer Marrow), featured in the published adventure Call of the Netherdeep. If so, the Netherdeep and its eldritch denizens may appear. Caer Marrow isn’t the only surviving site from the time of the disaster, so this is just speculation.
No matter when or where Exandria Unlimited: Calamity takes place, it should yield intriguing insights into Exandria’s past. With a notable and popular GM in Brennan Lee Mulligan leading the game, this episode of ExU should also be quite entertaining.
Exandria Unlimited: Calamity premieres Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. PDT.
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