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This campaign module has been under production since early 2021 and will bring you a bit more of the Forgotten Realms for 5e… But outside of the Sword Coast! This product will explore the Old Empires, focusing on Chessenta. You’ll get access to a gazetteer for that region, as well as for a couple of settlements, besides the main attraction: the campaign that will take your party from 1st level to 10th level. 

Chessenta’s Tyranny is about Shala Karanok, the war hero who defeated the evil dragon Tchazzar and decided to put an end to the endless internal conflicts that have ravaged Chessenta for centuries. Before she ended the wars that the Chessentan city-states waged off and on against one another, she gave them a last war, this time against an external enemy: the realm of Unther. She struck them after they were weakened from a Tymanther attack and conquered the nation.

She then started implementing her actions to bring peace to Chessenta once and for all. However, she ended up becoming a tyrant herself, as she would do anything to ensure that her ideas and plans would be executed. After over a decade of her draconian measures, the people now suffer under high taxes, a slight hint of hunger, and the confiscation of all their weapons . All these actions were enforced by strict laws and severe punishment.

The party will have a chance to start a rebellion to rise against this tyranny, though they will find out at the very end that a greater evil threatens the nation. Will they side with Shala to defeat this threat?

Find below more information on the project. 

The Team

I’m the Project Manager, Cartographer, and also one of the Writers. The project also includes two other writers:

  • Beatriz T Dias: she has worked on several DMsGuild products, including Mask of Theros
    Priscilla Lagares: she worked on the Cities of Myth: Atlantis Kickstarter and is bringing important insights based on the Griffon novels.

Currently, chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5 are finished, with chapters 4 and 6 in progress.

Chapter 5 is about to begin playtesting and editing is finished for chapters 1–3. 

Chapters 1–3 are the introduction and gazetteer chapters, while chapters 4–6 are the campaign itself.

The Art

The official cover is OUT!
Chessenta's Tyranny Cover

Check out some of the other art we got from Mike, so far.

Shala Karanok

Shala Karanok, the War Hero

Mysterious NPC

Chariss, the party’s mentor

Zahala the Merciless

Malaggar T’sazza, leader of the former Silence of the Night thieve’s guild

Skuld

Skuld, Mulhorand’s capital

Project Update

Currently, chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5 are finished, with chapters 4 and 6 in progress.

Chapter 5 is being playtested and editing is finished for chapters 1–3. 

Chapters 1–3 are the introduction and gazetteer chapters, while chapters 4–6 are the campaign itself.

Map Peek

Here’s a peek at the labor camp map for chapter 4, showing the previous version (right) from earlier this year to this week’s version (left).

Labor Camp Map