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Radiant Citadel's Bengali-inspired D&D adventure in 15 images

Mimi Mondal wrote “In the Mists of Manivarsha” as part of Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel.

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The titular Radiant Citadel is a bastion of hope and harmony deep within the Ethereal Plane at the nexus of numerous worlds.

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“I imagined Shankhabhumi to be a parallel of the Bengal region of South Asia, which includes Bangladesh and the West Bengal state of India, where I'm from,” Mondal tells Inverse.

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The Sundarbans in Bangladesh are vast, dense mangrove forests formed by the confluence of multiple rivers in the form of a delta. This geography is echoed in Shankhabhumi.

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Mondal says the posture and color pallet for a character named Nisha is based on the Vajrayana Buddhist goddess Vajrayogini. This strain of Buddhism was partially developed in Bengal.

This particular depiction of Vajrayogini is indeed remarkably similar in color and pose.

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Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel will be released on July 19, 2022.