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Tiamat returns in new D&D storyline

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Wizards of the Coast announced its latest storyline for Dungeons & Dragons today, Tyranny of Dragons, in a cross-platform launch that will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of tabletop role-playing game.

The Dungeons & Dragons site outlines the plot:

For years, the evil Cult of the Dragon has devoted itself to creating undead dragons in a vain attempt to fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, the cultists were misguided. They misunderstood. But now, under new leadership, the cult believes that the prophecy does not speak of undead dragons, but of a dragon empire that’s been extinct for 25,000 years. Tiamat, the queen of evil dragons, has languished in the Nine Hells for millennia. The cult believes that the time of her return is at hand.

The cult has a new face and a new mission. It seeks to free Tiamat from the Nine Hells and bring her into the Forgotten Realms. To accomplish its goal, the cult needs five ancient dragon masks and the support of evil dragons everywhere. The cult leaders—each one a "dragon whisperer"—have reached out to the evil dragons of the Sword Coast and earned their allegiance.

Tyranny of Dragons will feature a battle against the legendary five-headed dragon, Tiamat. Brett Molina explains in USAToday:

Tyranny of Dragons pits players against throngs of dragons, led by their five-headed queen Tiamat. Players will get to battle Tiamat -- who has appeared in D&D lore as a key villain since the mid-'70s -- for the first time in an official D&D adventure.

Also noteworthy is the multi-platform launch of the storyline:

Through video games, mobile games, in-store play at local hobby stores, and more - this year will be a major milestone in Dungeons & Dragons history. Wizards of the Coast has even enlisted best-in-class partners who will bring these epic adventures with friends to life by further immersing players into the Tyranny of Dragons!

It's virtually guaranteed that the launch will be for the 5th Edition of the game and judging from D&D-themed Arena of War, the mobile game will likely be developed by DeNA Santiago.

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