• Justin Handlin

Elminster's Candlekeep Companion

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

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This week Crit Academy discusses Elminster's Candlekeep companion. A Platinum best seller DMsguild Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition supplement.


Elminster Aumar, Chosen of Mystra, invites you to explore the grandest repository of knowledge in the Forgotten Realms: Candlekeep, the Library Fortress! The Sage of Shadowdale has assembled this companion to help seekers of wisdom navigate the Castle of Tomes. Be warned! Elminster requests that you bring a suitable entrance gift, lest you be turned away at the front gates.


This book is the definitive guide to Candlekeep and includes the first-ever comprehensive map of Candlekeep. Dungeon Masters can find a history and overview of Candlekeep developed in consultation with Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms, new variant rules, 26 new magic items, and 11 new creatures found in the library fortress. Players can create characters from four new subclass options and 34 new spells, and embark on stories involving the Castle of Tomes and the lore held within. Elminster’s Candlekeep Companion also includes an adventure for use in Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, written by M.T. Black.


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Elminster’s Candlekeep Companion aims to be the definitive guide to Candlekeep in Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition. Players and Dungeon Masters can use this book to create characters and adventures relating to Candlekeep and the knowledge it contains.


Chapter 1 provides new character options for creating Candlekeep-inspired characters.


Chapter 2 presents a general overview of Candlekeep, such as requirements for entry, major locations, and the monastic order known as the Avowed.


Chapter 3 includes an in-depth look at the Great Library of Candlekeep, its rules, and the books contained therein.