Resources for The Descent
With the new Dungeons & Dragons adventure “Baldur’s Gate: The Descent into Avernus” coming out this year we are going to Hell. This adventure absolutely looks amazing. I started to think about ways I could add to what they are going to provide.
I have seen people talking about inspirations for their adventures to add their own spins to things and I had a few ideas. I have talked about books here before. Especially E Cobham Brewer’s “Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable” and Adele Nozedar’s “The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook“.
Brewer’s book was recommended to me via Twitter by Neil Gaiman. I was asking about his favorite reference books. I love love a good reference book. The stranger the better. He suggested anything from Dr. Cobham and so I grabbed his dictionary. As an example of the type of content that is in the book, here is the entry for a particular demon:
Tutivillus or Titivil
The demon of medieval legend who collects all the words skipped over or mutilated by priests in the celebration of MASS. These scraps or shreds he deposits in that pit which is said to be paved with “good intentions” never brought to effect.E Cobham Brewer’s “Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable“
When it comes to Adele Nozedar’s “The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook” it is a detailed, thick heavy book of symbols and their history in culture. From flowers, to the Tarot, stones, patterns, to various scripts and languages.
I just wanted to highlight a few resources that I have personally seen that could be used to add flavor into your descent into Avernus.