Since Wizards of the Coast officially purchased the digital platform D&D Beyond, the studio has released free content for its users. To celebrate the purchase, they gave away two supplements for free, including 5e's first starting adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver. After the announcement of a return to the world of Spelljammer, they released Volume 1 of the Monstrous Compendium, which included a taste of the new monsters and threats that awaited adventurers that braved the Astral Sea. They even released a new statblock for the iconic archlich Vecna. Now, ahead of the official release of the latest anthology adventure book, Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel, the first chapter of the book is now free for all D&D Beyond users.
What Is In Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel's First Chapter?
If you want to read the first chapter of Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel, simply login to D&D Beyond, and claim your free content here. As the page states, this is a promotional supplement that you can access on your D&D Beyond account through either your web browser or your smart device.
As for what is in that first chapter, it is mostly worldbuilding lore about the titular Radiant Citadel itself. Like other D&D 5e anthology adventure books, Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel treats this central location as a hub that threads the various adventures together. The chapter goes into detail about how the Citadel is a land mass that floats through the deepest parts of the Ethereal Plane, its source of light and life coming from the massive Auroral Diamond at its center. It discusses the various cultures of peoples from across the D&D multiverse, including their culture, artistic endeavors, and political philosophies.
Those civilizations are even given distinct tidbits of lore such as the Concord Jewels, which are large building-sized vessels that link parts of the Material Plane to the Citadel itself. There is even an area dedicated to healing magic called The House of Convalescence which, thanks to the raw magical power of the Auroral Diamond, eschews diamonds and precious gems as material components for high-level revival spells.
However, what this sneak peek at Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel does not provide are any of the book's official prewritten adventures. There are suggestions for how to use the Citadel itself in your own original adventures, but if you want to experience the official adventures, you will need to pre-order the full book. If you want to learn more about those adventures you can read more about when we had a chance to hear from the authors themselves about their adventures.
Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel will be available on July 19. This preview chapter will be available for all D&D Beyond users until June 28.