The time has come to gather your party and venture forth, as the next official Dungeons & Dragons campaign is called Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus and it will involve a trip back to the famous city that many fans visited in the video game franchise of the same name.
Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus will take players from level one to level thirteen and they will be sent on a journey to the eponymous city where they will discover a diabolical influence among the ruling nobility that leads to entire cities disappearing. The players will eventually journey to Avernus, which is the first layer of the Nine Hells. The adventure is going to give the player a glimpse of the Blood War, which is the name given to the eternal conflict between demons and devils that takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse.
The reason why fans believe that there may be more of a connection to the video games than the writers are letting on is due to the alternate cover, which shows the symbol of Bhaal, the god of murder. The story of the Baldur's Gate video games involved the mortal children of Bhaal fighting each other in order to empower the spark of divinity given to them by their father. The cover of the original Baldur's Gate also used the symbol of Bhaal.
The winged creature on the regular cover of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus (seen in the cover image above) is Zariel, who is an angel that became obsessed with the Blood War and eventually fell to the darkness and became the ruler of Avernus. Zariel will be a major antagonist in Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus and the players will have to somehow avoid or outwit one of the most powerful devils in the multiverse if they are to have any hope of completing their quest.
There are many lingering questions concerning Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, such as how Bhaal ties into the events of the adventure when it mostly involves devils and how Zariel is part of a plot that involves vanishing cities. The Dungeons & Dragons fans of the world won't have to wait long to learn the answers, as Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus will be released on September 17, 2019.