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From My RPG Library – Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes


Alternate art cover for Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes.

Hello everyone! Welcome to episode 3 of From My RPG Library, the show where I grab a book out of my RPG Library and give you my thoughts on it. This week, we are taking a look at the supplement for Dungeons and Dragons 5E, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Don’t let the title of this book confuse you as it is not a massive tome of ne’er do wells in the DnD multiverse. Instead, this is a collection of great conflicts and their participants in the multi verse. For example, the Blood War between devils and demons.

What I like about the book is it’s presented in such a way as it made me feel like I am in the great mage’s library looking at some of his collected works. It’s not written in the first person, or anything, don’t get me wrong; however, you do get the feeling this is more than a rulebook.

Tome of Foes

Extensive section on the Blood War which was fought between Devils and Demons. Does a great job of giving DMs details about the different planes of Hell and the devil that runs it. I especially liked the section on Asmodeus and his trial.

There is a great section on customizing a devil for DMs to bring into their campaign. This would have been especially handy for my homebrew campaign where I had the party searching through the planes of Hell in search of one of their friends.

The section on demons does great in giving DMs ways to incorporate these powerful entities into their campaigns. Again, there is a great customization table for you to create your own demon and include it in your story. Great section on demonic cults also with customization tables.

Elves

The section on elves was particularly interesting as it details the elven origins. The book breaks how elves age, their reverie, rememberance time, and even a bit of elven outlook.

It goes fairly deep into the elf origin with the fight between Corellon and Gruumsh. It was from the blood spilled from Corellon during this fight that the primal elves sprung from the blood of Corellon, spilled from a wound from Gruumsh.

It also talks about how Corellon the more unique of the primal elves name and thus the elven pantheon was born.

It also discusses the varies types of elves from eladrin to drow. It includes some interesting elven subraces, too. It introduces the Eladrin, the Sea Elf, and the Shadar-kai (subrace aligned with the Raven Queen the) as possible options for players creating a new elf.

Dwarves

Mordekainen’s Tome of Foe also takes a deep dive into the dwarf race. It details the different types of dwarves on the major planes of DnD. The dwarven pantheon is given with a quick description of the different gods.

I especially like the mentioning of gullydwarves, not that I particularly like gully dwarves, but it was good to see them at least mentioned.

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