Dragonlance: D&D’s Masterpiece

If you grew up in the 80s you played Dungeon and Dragons. You might have even bought some of those high fantasy pick your path books. And if one was really lucky, you grabbed a copy of Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman based off of Dungeons and Dragons.

If you were lucky, you got the chance to pick up all the books that came to life afterward before Wizards of the Coast stopped producing Dragonlance titles early in the 21st century.

It still confuses this reader why they stopped.

Laura and Tracy Hickman conceived Dragonlance and expanded by Tracy and Margaret Weis with Dragons of Autumn Twilight “under the direction of TSR, Inc.

It was the first novel to set up a universe of adventure, magic, and fantasy.

The World of Dragonlance

Takhsis, The Goddess of Evil

Set in the world of Krynn, a majority of novels take place in the various regions of Ansalon, a small continent, though some have taken place on the continent of Taladas, located northeast of Ansalon. The world’s major gods are the High God and his children: good Paladine, neutral Gilean, and evil Takhisis.

You may know Takhisis by another name: Tiamat the Dragon. As the Goddess of Evil, she is my favorite character, clever, cunning, ambitious, and absolutely malevolent. As the queen of villains and the main antagonist of the Chronicles Trilogy, .

Then you have the companions. Ever watch Leverage? Okay, this band of character is pretty much like them. I watch Leverage and I can’t help but connect every character to one of the companions.

The Companions

The Heroes of the Lance: from left Raistlin, Caramon, Tanis, Tasslehoff, Flint, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Sturm, Tika, and Laurana.

And these companies, they are a diverse group of companions. You have Tanis the half-elf. Caramon and Raistlin Majere, twin brothers (brawn and brains), fighter and mage respectively. Sturm the human night (lawful good). Flint the Dwarf (grumpy guy). The kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot (thief, but don’t call him that, he’s a sweetheart).

They are the opening heroes, companions quickly joined by the barbarians Goldmoon (my second favorite character) and Riverwind, elf princess Laurana Kanan, and barmaid Tika.

These band of characters will forever be known as the Heroes of the Lance.

And these characters are amazing!

The Hickman’s and Weis built amazing complex and riveting characters. They all come from different backgrounds and face all kinds of prejudice as they journey around Krynn to find the pieces that will allow them to stop Takhisis from taking over and covering the land in darkness.

Dragons, Dragons, Everywhere

And if you’re a fan of dragons, this chock-full of them. You have the chromatic dragons on the side of evil: black, red, blue, green, and white. Each dragon has its own special ability, i.e. black spews acid, blue lightning, white ice, green poisonous gas, and red fire. And they have magic. Some of them can shapeshift to look human or elf.

And they have their metallic counterparts on the side of light: gold, silver, bronze, brass and copper.

They are amazing!

This world was amazing. And the number of stories that came from this Trilogy, the added histories, the magic, the high fantasy, and world-building, it is honestly breathtaking.

I don’t think you can be a true Dungeons and Dragons fan without having read a Dragonlance book because it was given life by these authors came up with these characters by playing Dungeons and Dragons. This campaign setting is one everyone needs to read. It is a masterpiece of high fantasy that deserves recognition. It is full of wonder and fantasy and is one of the reasons I love fantasy.

This is not a world that should be forgotten.

Dragonlance Chronicles
The series that started it all.

So start with the Chronicles Trilogy and see where the adventure takes you.

Dragonlance Chronicles
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning

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