Hoard Of The Dragon Queen PDF
Wizards RPG Team
Tyranny of Dragons is an epic story told across two adventure products, of which this is the first. Characters begin at 1st level, and by the end of Hoard Of The Dragon Queen PDF, they should be 7th or 8th level and ready to continue with The Rise of Tiamat.
The ideal party size is four characters. If your group is larger or smaller, you can adjust the adventure’s difficulty by reducing or increasing the number of enemies present in a given encounter. Tyranny of Dragons is set in the Forgotten Realms on Faerun’s western shore—the Sword Coast.
A thin strip of civilization stretches down this coast, where widely spaced cities are arranged like beads on a string. A combination of roads and wagon tracks loosely connect the cities that stretch from Luskan in the north to Calimport in the south, passing through Neverwinter, Waterdeep, Baldur’s Gate, and other great ports along the way.
The bulk of this adventure takes place on the stretch between Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter.Adventure Supplements. You can play this adventure with just the Dungeons & Dragons basic rules and the Tyranny o f Dragons appendix online, which contains all the monsters and magic items not described in this book.
Both of these supplements are available as free downloads on PDFMaze.com. Character Advancement. At your option, you can use the milestone experience rule. Under this rule, you pick certain events in the campaign that cause the characters to level up. In Hoard Of The Dragon Queen PDF, the characters gain a level after completing each episode except episode 5.
The Cult of the Dragon has been active in Faerun for centuries. It has focused on making undead dragons to fulfill a prophecy most of that time, but that’s changing.
The new leader of the cult is a Calishite named Severin Silrajin, who believes that real draconic knowledge and power belongs to living dragons, not undead ones. Severin’s ambition amused Tiamat, so she revealed the existence of five dragon masks to him—one for each chromatic dragon color. Individually, these ancient masks allow wearers to communicate with dragons.
More importantly, a person who is erudite in draconic lore becomes a wyrmspeaker while wearing the mask, which allows the wearer to think like a dragon, gain favor among dragons, and subtly influence their behavior. When all five are brought together, they magically merge into a single Mask of the Dragon Queen.
With the assembled mask, the cult can release Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells. After Severin (subtly guided by Tiamat) discovered that secret, he bent all the cult’s resources to finding the long-lost dragon masks in their secret hiding places. When he recovered the red mask, Severin became the first of the wyrmspeakers, but others soon followed.
The Cult of the Dragon has kept secret its goal to bring Tiamat into the world thus far. Many know of the cult’s increased activity along the Sword Coast, especially in the north, but the reasons behind the resurgence are Unknown. Besides his cultists, Severin has forged an alliance with a splinter faction of the Red Wizards of Thay.
This small and secretive group, led by an outcast named Rath Modar, plots to unseat the lich Szass Tam from his position over the Red Wizards. Rath believes that in exchange for his help in releasing Tiamat, she will grant him the power he needs to overthrow Szass Tam.
The Cult of the Dragon is organized in cells, which vary in size from just a handful of members to scores. Leaders in the cult are known as Wearers of Purple, and they outrank normal cultists, but no formal grades exist within the ranks of the Wearers of Purple.
Although the cult uses regalia in its rituals and its distant camps, members who operate in public places dress and act no differently from anyone else. The cult is not above hiring mercenaries when it has special jobs to fulfill. Indeed, many of the “cultists” that characters encounter in the first three episodes of this adventure are working for pay.
During the time covered by the first half of this adventure, the cult already has several of the five dragon masks. While the cult works to gain more, Severin initiates the second part of his plan to release Tiamat: recruiting dragons and assembling a treasure hoard worthy of the queen of evil dragons.
These efforts draw the characters’ attention to the cult. The action begins when a town comes under attack by a dragon and its allies. Characters can intervene to save townsfolk, but not before attackers carry away an important scholar. While rescuing that captive from the raiders’ camp, characters learn they are up against the Cult of the Dragon, and they have the chance to destroy a subterranean dragon hatchery that the cult guards.
The hatchery provides clues to the cult’s operation and sends the characters on a long journey northward. During that trip, they face threats from the cult and gain some unexpected allies within the Zhentarim, a shadowy organization with an unsavory history.
North of Waterdeep, the cult’s contraband is offloaded at a smuggler’s den for shipment to a castle long ago abandoned. A portal beneath the temple connects to the stronghold of one of the cult’s most powerful and most disgruntled members, Talis the White, who can become either a deadly enemy or a crucial collaborator to the characters. With or without Talis’s help, the characters must get into a flying citadel that a cloud giant placed at the cult’s disposal and prevent it from reaching its destination at the Well of Dragons.
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