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The Red War: What Is It?

Arpil 24, 2018
As of late, tensions have been heating up and there are rumors of a showdown in Mulmaster with the Red Wizards! Gather your boots, strap on your swords, and prepare your spells – everyone is on the alert. Faerún’s future will be decided in the coming months as the Red War looks to be going hot. [[OOC: See additional information in the Out of Character section below.]]

March 13, 2018
You may have seen mentions of a certain “Red War” being mentioned in taverns across Faerún. If you’re confused as to what exactly this war is, look no further.

The concept of a Red War began with a declaration of war by certain members of the Emerald Enclave (see our article on the declaration and an interview by the creator) calling the Lords’ Alliance, Harpers, Zhentarim, and the Order of the Gauntlet into war with Thay, which is a nation chiefly ruled by wizards, openly practices necromancy en masse, and have been at odds with much of Faerún for years.

This declaration sparked much discussion and distension among the factions, some of who wanted to support the declaration and some who did not. It also prompted a response from Mulmaster and Thay (see their response here) where they denounced the declaration and any one who followed it.

For now, the factions seem to consider the signers of the declaration an unsanctioned action by a splinter cell of Enclave members and do not officially support it, but in the meantime, more areas of tension are growing between Thay and the rest of Faerún. Many heated words and encounters have occurred. The air is very cold at the moment as there is nervous preparation for a very possible war with Thay, which is being referred to as the Red War.

Out of Character Information

Arpil 24, 2018

Join your fellow faction members at Origins Game Fair to experience the first showing of The Red War. It will be running June 13 – 17 in Columbus, OH. If you can’t make it to the event, don’t fret, it’ll be making its rounds like the other epics.

DDEP 00-01 The Red War – D&D AL Epic: The Cults of Elemental Evil brought incredible destruction down on the city of Mulmaster. In its hour of need, Mulmaster received aid from an unlikely source- the Mageocracy of Thay, ruled by the lich Szazz Tam. With Mulmaster moving ever closer to Thay’s orbit and strife brewing within the Factions for action, the hour is ripe for conflict. A four-hour Epic adventure for characters level 1-20. The results of this event will change the campaign forever.

The lead-up of the Red War took place primarily over Facebook starting in Janruary. The Adventure League administrators have been wonderful in responding to the fan-driven conflict and are responding with rumors and hints that there will be a Red War epic event in the next season where players of the community can help change how the campaign works. We don’t know much yet, but everyone is very excited to see what’s coming next. There are many opportunities to get involved in the factions groups on Facebook and Discord. If you have characters in any of the following factions, join in to discuss the Red War and other matters both in-character and out-of-character.

If you would like to learn more information about Thay, consider checking out their wiki page, where you can get a summary of their information, books to read, and games to play. The Red Wizards of Thay have also been in the background of modules and campaigns since season 1.

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