“Send back earth's gods to their haunts on unknown Kadath, and pray to all space that you may never meet me in my thousand other forms. Farewell, Randolph Carter, and beware; for I am Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos.”
–H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce The Dreamlands, a new expansion for Eldritch Horror!
It has been months since you saw the sunset city in a dream—towering minarets and domes, crossed by shadow and red light from the gently setting orb of fire that permanently rests outside the city. Since then, you’ve crossed these borders every night, searching for the city, hoping to set foot inside. You have seen wonders beyond compare: the sacred cats of Ulthar and the turquoise and tourmaline city of Celephaïs that rests beneath the gingko-covered slopes of Mount Aran. You have all but abandoned your waking life, eating less and less, spending more and more time asleep. But tonight is different. There, on the silvery, blade-thin horizon between wakefulness and sleep, the black ships from the moon have finally caught up to you.
Descend into a world of sleep and splendor with The Dreamlands, the latest expansion for Eldritch Horror. For the first time, you have the chance to walk upon the sweet-smelling grass of the Enchanted Wood, travel into the Underworld, or sail off the edge of the world and voyage to the moon—this expansion introduces an entirely new side board, portraying the mystical, ethereal Dreamlands. As the realm of dreams leaks into our waking world, you’ll find eight new investigators that stand united against two insidious Ancient Ones: Altach-Nacha the Dreamweaver and Hypnos, the Lord of Sleep. With a massive array of new Spells, Conditions, Assets, Adventures, Mythos cards, and encounters for every location, The Dreamlands promises adventures unmatched by anything in the waking world.
Everyone sleeps, drawn by invisible bonds to rest and heal their bodies. Yet as you rest, your mind is active, grasping at the mad, loose strands of your life and spinning them back to you in nonsensical stories. For most, dreams are an amusing diversion or a terrifying interlude—if they're remembered at all after you wake. But for a few, dreams are reflections of a life more real than the waking world.
Luke Robinson was given an unusual puzzle box by his uncle many years ago. Through that gift, he discovered the path to the Dreamlands and has spent the majority of his days traveling the land of dreams in search of adventure. From the jade streets of Celephaïs to the endless mysteries of the Enchanted Wood he wanders, unraveling the secrets of the land and the myriad dreamers who reside there. Yet an ancient chaos threatens to destroy not just the waking world but the world of his dreams as well. Luke could not care less about the Earth, but he will die before he allows the world of dreams to slip away from him.
Far more than most other investigators, Luke Robinson relates to the world through the gates that open across the globe. For a dreamer with his skills, traveling through the Dreamlands between these gates is just the work of a few hours—as an action, Luke can move to any space containing a gate that matches the current omen, potentially traveling across the world in an instant.
Luke is no great warrior, but he has little trouble slipping past the monsters in his path and crossing into other worlds. Simply by expending a focus or losing a little sanity, Luke Robinson can encounter a gate as though there were no monsters on his space. Then, once he has successfully closed the gate and safeguarded Earth for a little while longer, his Dream Box helps you by increasing his focus or helping him recover sanity. Though he may no longer call himself a native of Earth, Luke Robinson will undoubtedly do everything in his power to forestall its imminent doom, if only for the lands of dream that he loves so much.
… And the Dream
As you close your eyes to sleep, you see the stairs before you. They spiral downwards with neither walls nor railing to separate you from the soft grey abyss that surrounds you. You begin to descend, hesitantly at first, but faster as you gain confidence. There is no wind or gust of air that would threaten your footing. There are only the whispers—you should jump, you can fly, step off the edge, we will catch you…
Descending the endless stairs and passing through the Cavern of Flame while you sleep are one way to enter the world of the Dreamlands, and this can be done from anywhere in the world. Still, they are not the only path: there are many places where the boundaries between Earth and the realm of dreams may merge and spill into each other. These portals are first placed at the beginning of a game using the Dreamlands side board, and they allow free passage between our world and the Dreamlands, whether you cross the dark bridges of the Underworld, walk among the fungi forests of the moon, or set foot at last on the streets of Unknown Kadath or Dylath-Leen.
The Dreamlands are filled with wonders, but are also perilous for those who enter unprepared. Your path may take you beyond the Basalt Pillars of the West, or you may pursue a Dream-Quest that moves throughout the Dreamlands, perhaps leading you straight to the futures that spring from the Fountain of Alath-Zann.
No matter what signs and wonders you may see, however, you must never forget the dread purpose that led you to this place. There are still powerful beings from beyond our world intent upon destroying humanity forever. The monstrous, spider-like creature Atlach-Nacha is ever weaving, bringing reality and the Dreamlands closer together so that she may loose the horrors of the Underworld and lead them to war. A less overt threat, but no less deadly, is Hypnos, the Lord of Sleep himself. His whispers attend every sleeping mind, slowly and carefully pushing them over the edge into madness. You must venture into the Dreamlands if you wish to defeat these Ancient Ones, yet once you go in, there’s no guarantee that you can return.
Revelation Is the Province of Dream
As you sit chained to the deck of a black galley sailing to whatever horrors await on the moon, you reflect that your dreams have led you into this place. Foolish dreams, perhaps, of defeating a creature that existed for millennia before humanity’s existence. Yet foolish or not, only your dreams can lead you free again.
Look for The Dreamlands expansion at your local retailer in the first quarter of 2017!