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As I understand it 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far will 5e take it, if at all?

Will there be many changes to the story?

I am using many realms characters, such as Jarlaxle, in my campaign.. my campaign takes place in 1499 DR and I try to follow the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting as closely as possible; will I expect drastic changes in things like deities come 5e? Or will 5e be more about mechanical changes, etc.?

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What point do you need the changes relative to? There have been some fairly big changes even within 4e, especially if you follow the novels, and 5e isn't even out yet. –  The Spooniest Jun 27 at 17:37
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Honestly, we won't truly know. The past few seasons of Encounters have all taken place in the Forgotten realms (Icewind Dale, sword coast, Thay wizards, and other things) so you could get those from Drivethrurpg. Beyond that and the official setting they are keeping the events of the upcoming organized play a secret, you'll have to wait and see what events come out of D&D Expeditions and D&D Epics. It might be better to ask this question after Organized play begins. –  Joshua Aslan Smith Jun 27 at 17:59
    
Wonder if the recent D&D novel publications could shed any light on this. Largely though it's too early to tell. Considering that the Sundering seems to be a major event, I'm guessing rather profound story changes are afoot. What those may be I don't have the knowledge to speculate –  wax eagle Jul 10 at 2:56

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Just from reading the product blurbs on Wizards' product catalog, the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons series of adventures sees the Cult of the Dragon trying to bring Tiamat into the Realms, and the Harpers & Zhentarim banding together to fight against them. This could conceivably lead to mass destruction and upheaval.

As Joshua said, to know for sure, we'll have to wait and see.

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