Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk is a continuation of Lost Mines of Phandelver, the starter set before the current essentials set. LMoP was the first WOTC published 5e adventure I ever ran, and holds a special place in my heart. I DM’d two separate groups through it and had a blast both time. I like the think the players did to, but I won’t speak for them. Phandelver and Below incudes the entire first adventure, so don’t make the mistake of buying both.
I’ve had a chance to look through the new adventure. I’ll try and tell you what you get without spoiling to much. The adventure picks up after the events of Wave Echo Cave. There is a new threat to Phandalin, and our adventurers have to get right back to business. Cultist are attempting to forge a link to the Far Realm, a plane that hosts all manner of abberations and evil gods. In addition, as the link between Phandalin grows stronger, the area is more and more affected by the reality-twisting energies of the realm.
Phandelver and Below: Eldritch Horror
One of the things I really liked was ‘mutate” creatures. These are creature that have been warped by exposure to the Far Realm. Their flesh grows transparent and their bodies are twisted. Hence, The otyugh mutate takes what is one of my favorite lower-level monster are cranks it a notch.
Indeed, this is one example of the type of eldritch horror that Phandelver and Below weaves into the world of Faerûn. As the adventure continues, the world is more and more impacted by the energies of the far realm. The town of Phandalin progressively deteriorates until it falls into corruption and violence.
While you think about whether or not you need a copy of Phandelver and below, why not check out some of the missing stat blocks I put together for you?