Tyranny of Dragons

Book 2, Episode 12: The Fourth Council of Waterdeep

The fourth council is the final meeting between the faction leaders and the adventurers. Hundreds of chromatic dragons have been sighted near the Well of Dragons, and the time has come to strike. At the end of this council, the delegates make their final decisions of support for the adventurers.

At an appropriate point in the council meetings, Rian Nightshade approaches the characters and asks for a private audience. She explains her position as an emissary of the Zhentarim, and of the Zhentarim’s interest in current affairs. She bemoans the dithering of the other factions, stating that the Black Network is willing to act immediately and unflinchingly if the party can help arrange agreeable terms for the Zhentarim’s support. Rian points out that the Zhentarim have a keen interest in Xonthal’s Tower. Ownership of the tower is under discussion by the council, but the tiefling wants to deal directly with the adventurers, who have claim to the tower by right of conquest. The Zhentarim are willing to purchase the adventurers’ interest in the tower for 50,000 gold pieces, and Rian can throw in a potion of greater healing, a potion of frost giantstrength, and a scroll of earthquake to sweeten the deal.

Any alliance with the Red Wizards is a mixed blessing. More pragmatic factions and delegates—including the Harpers, King Melandrach, Dagult Neverember, and Taern Hornblade—are impressed by the diplomacy such an arrangement demonstrates, and know that regardless of the Red Wizards’ character and previous plots against the Sword Coast, they are a significant asset. Sir Isteval, Ambassador Brawnanvil, and the Order of the Gauntlet object to the idea of even opening dialogue with the Red Wizards, and believe that the Thayans would agree to an alliance only if it furthered their own plots to rule the Sword Coast and all Faerftn. Lady Laeral and Ulder Ravengard both think the Red Wizards unpredictable but necessary, believing that the only important factor is how the Thayans influence the outcome of the final battle.

The outcome of the support of the metallic dragons (as allocated in the third council) is accounted for in this fourth council. Factions that did not receive draconic aid suffer terribly in the cult’s raids, and some delegates resent the adventurers for withholding the service of their dragon allies. Only Isteval, Connerad, and the Harpers maintain their respect for the adventurers regardless of how the dragons were assigned. Cormyr remains largely untouched by the cult, whose operations remain focused on the Sword Coast. The Harpers have no strongholds, and so suffer less than other factions. Ambassador Brawnanvil appreciates the value of dragon guards, but his strongholds are deep underground and hard for the cult to reach—and all dwarves know how even good dragons covet dwarven gems and gold.

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Book 2, Episode 11: Mission to Thay

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Tharchion Eseldra Yeth
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“We find ourselves bound in common cause against common enemies. Those who sought to destroy us in ages past now seek to destroy you. Our thirst for vengeance is strong, as is your thirst for continued life. Our enemy has become your enemy. We know their weaknesses and the ways of destroying them forever, without destroying their usefulness. You have the opportunity to discover their hiding places in your struggle against their cult allies. Together, we can remove them as a threat to us both. Our agent, Nyh Ilmichh, will return with you to your city of Waterdeep, there to serve as our liaison to your council. What you learn of the enemy, she will relay to us by means of our own. You need only find the enemy. We will deal with them, as is our custom. I am authorized by our eternal master, Szass Tam, to say these things, for I act in his name. Please tell of what you know of the Cult of the Dragon."

Wights
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The Dream
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Nyh Ilmichh
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Book 2, Episode 10: The Cult Strikes Back (part 2)

Cult of the Dragon Warrior
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Red Dragon
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Book 2, Episode 9: Xonthal's Tower

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Flowers
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Gorgon
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Earth Elemental
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Fire Elemental
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Efreeti
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Book 2, Episode 8: The Third Council of Waterdeep

-The Emerald Enclave
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Dedicated to maintaining balance in the natural order and combating the forces that threaten that balance. Members of the enclave live in the wilderness or in small communities, and the order has almost no representatives in towns and cities. They are not opposed to civilization, however. Rather, they seek to prevent civilization and wilderness from harming one another.

-The Harpers
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The secret society known as the Harpers has been disbanded and rebuilt several times over its long history. The latest incarnation of the group retains its focus on gathering information, keeping a close watch on the balance of power in Faerun, and promoting fairness and equality in quiet, unobtrusive ways. Harpers try to keep out of the public eye, preferring secrecy to fame and using knowledge to win the day over brute force.

-The Order of the Gauntlet
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The Order shares the Harpers’ dedication to justice and equality, but their methods and attitud eare quite different. Bearers of the gauntlet are holy warriors on a righteous quest to crush evil and promote justice, and they never hide in the shadows. Evil must be opposed openly and vanquished in the light of day, so that all can see and be emboldened by its destruction.

-Lords’ Alliance
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The Lords’ Alliance” is not a metaphor. This organization was created and is led by leaders and nobles from across Faerfln. Although many of its members have conflicting goals and long-standing rivalries outside the alliance, they band together in the face of events that are too big for any of them to handle on their own. The rulers of Waterdeep, Silverymoon, Baldur’s Gate, and other cities, families, and trading houses of the Sword Coast might never set aside their differences, but they can pull together when the survival of all depends on it.

The Zhentarim
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Also known as the Black Networ, is a loose affiliation of merchants, mercenaries, and malefactors. Common folk know the Zhentarim as the people to talk to when you need the best guards or mercenaries money can buy. And if the cargo is shady or the cause you’re fighting for is questionable or even unjust, the Zhentarim don’t mind.

-Council Members

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The third council features another new face—the tiefling Rian Nightshade, introduced as a special adviser to Lord Neverember. Characters who pay attention notice that some at the meeting—including Sir Isteval, Ontharr Frume, and Ambassador Brawnanvil—are doing their best to ignore her, who makes no statements unless addressed by the party.

News that the dragon attacks in the elven forest have ended is gratefully received by all on the council. However, King Melandrach responds with cold fury to news of his son Neronvain’s betrayal. He remains hesitant to put elves in the front lines of combat, but no longer acts as a roadblock to negotiations.

All the delegates are impressed if the party has gained the support of the metallic dragons, even if their own faction was asked to make concessions. The good dragons are wise and just creatures, and their acceptance of the party greatly boosts the adventurers’ standing in everyone’s eyes.King Melandrach is furious if the characters agreed to an apology for the Dracorage mythal. He makes the apology because honor demands it, but he resents the party for forcing his hand. Connerad Brawnanvil is similarly unhappy if a concession was made in response to the ancient dragonmoots of the dwarves. The traditions of the dragonmoot saved many lives in their time, and the fact that one metallic dragon was injured indicates that it was probably misbehaving. Dwarves have no patience for tolerating misbehaving dragons, no matter what their color.

At the summit, information comes to the characters revealing that a senior member of the Cult of the Dragon seeks to defect from the group, and that the cultist is offering a dragon mask as part of his plea for aid. Though the offer could be a trap, the council delegates believe that the risk is worth it. The defector is holed up in a fortress known as Xonthal’s Tower, recently taken over by the cult. Because a small team has a better chance to successfully infiltrate the tower than a larger force, the adventurers are asked to investigate.

The Red Wizards are integral to the cult’s plans for summoning Tiamat, but the Red Wizards allied with the Cult of the Dragon are exiles with no connection to Thay. The Thayan Red Wizards approach the Council of Waterdeep asking for an envoy to be sent to Thay.

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Book 2, Episode 7: Death to the Wyrmspeakers (part 2)

Misty Forest
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Altand
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Galin
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Female Druid
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Ettercap
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Large Spider
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Neronvain’s Stronghold
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Green Dragon
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Book 2, Episode 6: Metallic Dragons Arise

-Council of Dragons

Five ancient dragons make up the council charged with deciding their metallic kin’s response to the cult.

Protanther, Male Gold Dragon
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Concession
Protanther wants a formal apology from one who speaks for elvenkind for the abomination that was the Dracorage mythal. He is willing to trust that the adventurers can wring such an apology from King Melandrach on the council.

Ileuthra, Male Brass Dragon
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Concession.
Ileuthra believes that the dragon masks are too dangerous to remain in the world if the humanoid races are aware of where they’re hidden.If the characters agree that all dragon masks will be handed over to the metallic dragons as soon as they are found.

Otaaryliakkarnos , Female Silver Dragon
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Concession.
Otaaryliakkarnos knows that the skin of her slain kin was used to make armor for the dwarf lord who slew her. She demands the remains be returned and that Ambassador Brawnanvil make an apology on behalf of all dwarves for the wrongful deaths the Dragonmoots have caused.

Nymmurh, Male Bronze Dragon
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Concession.
Nymmurh needs no concession.

Tazmikella, Female Copper Dragon
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Concession.
Hazirawn turns out to have once belonged to Tazmikella, and was part of a hoard she took from an ancient black dragon she defeated. The item holds sentimental value to her or it did until a thief stole it from her hoard. She would like it returned to her

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Book 2, Episode 5: The Second Council of Waterdeep

-The Emerald Enclave
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Dedicated to maintaining balance in the natural order and combating the forces that threaten that balance. Members of the enclave live in the wilderness or in small communities, and the order has almost no representatives in towns and cities. They are not opposed to civilization, however. Rather, they seek to prevent civilization and wilderness from harming one another.

-The Harpers
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The secret society known as the Harpers has been disbanded and rebuilt several times over its long history. The latest incarnation of the group retains its focus on gathering information, keeping a close watch on the balance of power in Faerun, and promoting fairness and equality in quiet, unobtrusive ways. Harpers try to keep out of the public eye, preferring secrecy to fame and using knowledge to win the day over brute force.

-The Order of the Gauntlet
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The Order shares the Harpers’ dedication to justice and equality, but their methods and attitud eare quite different. Bearers of the gauntlet are holy warriors on a righteous quest to crush evil and promote justice, and they never hide in the shadows. Evil must be opposed openly and vanquished in the light of day, so that all can see and be emboldened by its destruction.

-Lords’ Alliance
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The Lords’ Alliance” is not a metaphor. This organization was created and is led by leaders and nobles from across Faerfln. Although many of its members have conflicting goals and long-standing rivalries outside the alliance, they band together in the face of events that are too big for any of them to handle on their own. The rulers of Waterdeep, Silverymoon, Baldur’s Gate, and other cities, families, and trading houses of the Sword Coast might never set aside their differences, but they can pull together when the survival of all depends on it.

The Zhentarim
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Also known as the Black Networ, is a loose affiliation of merchants, mercenaries, and malefactors. Common folk know the Zhentarim as the people to talk to when you need the best guards or mercenaries money can buy. And if the cargo is shady or the cause you’re fighting for is questionable or even unjust, the Zhentarim don’t mind.

-Council Members

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At the Second Council of Waterdeep, the adventurers see two new faces. Lord Neverember has been replaced as Open Lord of Waterdeep by Lady Laeral Silverhand, who now sits at the head of the council table. Dagult sits to her right, alongside a human female introduced as Elia.

The delegates discuss the raids in their various domains after receiving the characters’ report, providing flavor for the ongoing activities of the cult and giving a clear impression that the situation is escalating.

In response to the fate of Wyrmspeaker Varram, most are pleased with capturing Varram, the Emerald Enclave is nonplussed, believing that capturing him only complicates matters. Varram has already demonstrated a willingness to corrupt the natural order, making a trial excessive and potentially opening the door to a rescue attempt.

The Arcane Brotherhood are powerful allies, and all are pleased if the party wins their allegiance with the exception of the Order of the Gauntlet. Ontharr Frume knows that the Arcane Brotherhood does not police its members in what kinds of knowledge they pursue, and that they tolerate many evil wizards in their company. Bringing the Arcane Brotherhood into the alliance doesn’t lose Frume’s respect, but neither does it earn it.

Delaan Winterhound of the Emerald Enclave is involved with investigations into recent dragon attacks in the Misty Forest. King Melandrach waves away Delaan’s concerns, saying that dragon attacks in the area have stopped since his elves increased their patrols and fortified their positions.

During the council, the adventurers are introduced to the silver dragon Otaaryliakkarnos, in her human guise as Elia. She bears an invitation from the metallic dragons to a council of their own, and the council delegates ask the adventurers to attend.

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Book 2, Episode 4: The Cult Strikes Back

Azbara Jos
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Cultist Wizard
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Cultist Dragonfang
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Book 2, Episode 3 Death to the Wyrmspeaker

Boareskyr Bridge

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Tomb of Diderius
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Chimera
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Lizardfolk
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Yuan-ti Abomination, Yuan-ti Malisons, and Yuan-ti Pureblood
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Varram
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