June 9, 2023

Beyond Mushrooms: Imagining A Better Underdark Ecology

Some of D&D’s most iconic monsters and villains make their homes deep underground. There’s entire dark cities, Duergar fortresses, and Mindflayer laboratories all connected by a near endless network of tunnels, caverns, and cave systems. In this nefarious subterranean system they make their evil plots and wage brutal campaigns of conquest, unbeknownst to the surface dwellers above. For all the life and activity down there, there sure isn’t a lot of information about what fuels these creatures. Specifically I’m talking about their food.