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HOARD of the DRAGON QUEEN

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TYRAN N Y of D RAGO N S.

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Pr

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Ba u r ,

 

St e v e

W i n t e r

Designers: W Editor: M i r a n

d a

H o r n e r

Interior Illustrators: A a r o n

 

H u b r i c h ,

T y le r

Ja c o b s o n ,

 

G u i d o

Ku ip ,

M a r c e l

Br y a n

Sy m e

 

Cartographer: Ja r e d Art Director: M a Producer: W o l f g a n g

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M e r c a d o , Bl a n d o

Ra d le Ba u r

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e

C o

a s t

 

D&D Lead Designers: M i k e

M e a r l s ,

Je r e m y

C r a w f o r d

Producer: G r e g

Bi l s l a n d

Adventure Contributors: M i k e

M e a r l s ,

C h r i s t o p

h e r

Pe r k i n s ,

M

a t t h e w

Se r n e t t ,

C h r i s

Si m s ,

Sh

a u n a

Ro d n e y N a r c i s o

Art Directors: K a t e Cover Illustrator:

Ir w i n Ra y m o

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n d

Sw a n l a n d

T h o m p s o n

Graphic Designers: Br e e

 

H e i s s ,

Em i

Sh i n k l e ,

T a n j i Jo h n

H a y

 

Project Management: N e i l Production Services: C y n d a

C a l la w a y ,

Je f f e r s o n

D u n

la p ,

 

D

a v i d

G e r s h m a n

 

Brand

and

Marketing: N a t h

 

a n

St e w a r t ,

Liz

 

Sc h u h ,

C

h r i s

Lin

d s a y ,

Sh e l l y

M a z z a n o b l e ,

H i l a r y

Ro ss ,

L

a u r a

T o

m m e r v i k ,

Ki m

 

L u n d s t r o m ,

T r e

v o r

Ki d

d

 

Playtesters: M e l i s s a

Ba s s e t t ,

A n d r e

Be g i n

,

M i k

C a l o

w ,

M

e l a n i e

C o t e ,

M a n o n

C r e v ie r ,

Be n

D a n

d

e r s o n ,

D a v e

Ea d i e ,

Fr a n

k

Fo u li s ,

Ro d r i g o

G

o r g u l h o ,

Pe t e

G r i f f i t h

,

L

ia m

G u l l i v e r ,

Jo n

H

a r

v

i

l

l

,

Jo s e p h

K a u f f m a n n ,

Yan

 

L

a c h a r i t e ,

Re n a t a

L a n d i m ,

Ro d r i g o

L a n d i m ,

Er i c

Le r o u

x ,

C

a r l o s

Ed u a r d o

L o p e s ,

 

Ju l i a

s ,

D a v i d

M u l l e r ,

C l a u

d i o

Po z a s ,

Pa u l a

Po z

a s ,

T h a y e r ,

C o u n t

i

L o p e Re s p

o n s e ,

Sa r a

Se r

v i n ,

Ro b in

St a c e y ,

Ja i m e

Keo k

Yo u n g

 

Disclaimer: The following adventure cont ains chromatic cannot be held liable f o r charact ers who are incinerated, electrocut ed.

dragons. Wizards o f the Coast dissolved, frozen, poisoned, or

F o

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d

Y o u

h o ld

in

y o u r

h a n d s

th e

in a u g u r a l

c a m p a ig n

fo r

th e

 

e d itio n

o f

D u n g

e o n s & D r a g o n s . W ith W o lf g a n g

fifth B

a u r

h

a n d

s .

a n d

S t e v e

T h e y

b o th

W in t e r

h a v e

a t th e lo n g ,

r e in s ,

s t o r ie d

y o

u

a r e

h is t o r ie s

g o o d w ith

in

D

& D

. Hoard of the Dragon

Queen r e fle c t s

n

o t

o n ly

th e ir

v

iv id

im a g in a tio n

a n d

c o m p

e llin g

e n tu r e

d

s k ills

b u t

a ls o

e v e r -e v o lv in g

s e t

in d e b t e d

to

th e m

w o r k

in

c r e a tin g

th e ir

a d v th

a b ility t o ju g g le

is

e s ig n w ith

p r o je c t

a n

o f c o r e

fo r s u c h

th e ir

a

r u le a

p g r e a t

T h e

s . tie n c e ,

D

&

D

c a m p a ig n

d e s ig n

a n d

t o u g h

t e a

m h a r d

is

in g e n u ity ,

u n d e r

c

i r c u

m s t a n c e s .

S p e a k in g

o f t h o s e

c o r e

r u le s , y o u

n e e d

o n ly

th e

b a s ic

a n d

th e

Tyranny of Dragons o n lin e a p p e n d ix to

 

r u le s p la y

th r o u g h

b o

Rise of Tiamat.

th

th is

a d v e n tu r e

B o th

th e

r u le s

a n d

a n d th e

its

s e q u e l,

The

a p

p

e n d ix

c a n

b e

d

o w n lo a d e d

fo r

f r e e

at

D u n g e o n s a n

d D r a g o n s .c o m

.

W it h

la

u r e ls y o u

p la

n

r e s o u r c e s

c e d e e d

w h

t o

e r e e n jo y

th e y

b e lo n

g

a n d

c a m p a ig n

th e at y o u r

fin ­

g e r tip s ,

p r o c e e d

.

G o o d

lu c k ,

th is a n d

g o o d

(d r a g o n )

h u n tin g !

 

M

ik e

M e a r ls

M a y

2 0 1 4

O N THE COVER

In

t h i s

g l a c ia l

s c e n e

il l u s t r a t e d

b y

Ra y m o

n d

G l a z h a e l

Sw a n l a n d

t a k e s

ic e

, s c u l p t u r e

t o

t h e

w h i t e

d r a g o n e x t r e m e s ,

t u r n i n g

in t r u d e r s

in t o

g r is l y

d e c o r a t i o n s

f o r

it s

d r a c o n i c

lair.

T a b l

e

o f

C o

n

t

e n

t

s

Map: The Sword Coast

4

.........................................................

5

Third

57

Introduction

Map: Castle Naerytar Level 3

58

Background

.........................................................

5

Beneath the Castle

59

Overview

5

Map: Castle Naerytar Dungeon 60 ...............

Episode 1: Greenest in Flam

6

Rewards

......................................................

61

Character H

6

Episode 7: Hunting L

62

The

6

General Features

62

General Features

7

Castle in the

62

................................

7

Important Nonplayer

63

8

......................................................... Map: Greenest

............................................

10

Through the Gate

63

63

Episode 2: Raiders’ Cam p

.............................

13

Lodge Ground

65

Tracking the Raiders

14

Map: Hunting Lodge Ground Floor.......66

The Camp

....................................................

16

Lodge Upper

68

Map: Raider Camp 16 ......................................

Map: Hunting Lodge Upper

70

Rewards

.......................................................

19

Traveling to

71

Episode 3: Dragon

20

Episode 8: Castle in the Clouds...................72

Map: Dragon

23

Map:

Parnast

73

Rewards

27

Skyreach Castle

75

Episode 4: On the R oad.................................28

Map: Skyreach

76

Elturel

28

Concluding the Adventure 86 .........................

Baldur’s G ate

..............................................

30

31

Appendix A:

87

Fellow Travelers

Appendix B: M

88

Life on the

33

Appendix C: Magic Item

94

Random Road Events .................................33

Planned Road

37

Episode 5: Construction A h ea d

39

....................................................

39

40

Waterdeep

Northbound, Again

Carnath Roadhouse

40

Map: Carnath

41

Tracking the Load

42

Grudge

42

Episode 6: Castle

43

43

45

Traveling to the

Castle Naerytar

Squaring Off Against the Cult of the Dragon

48

Approaching Castle Naerytar 49 ....................

Outside Castle

49

Inside Castle

50

Ground Floor

50

Map: Castle Naerytar Ground Floor......51

Second F

54

Map: Castle Naerytar Level 2 ....................55

 

I n

t

r

o

d u c

t

i o

n

T yranny of Dragons is

tw o

a d v e n

tu r e

C h a r a c t e r s

b e g in

at

a n

e p ic o f w

p r o d u c t s

, 1st le v e l,

s t o r y h ic h a n d

t o ld th is

a c r o s s

is

th e first.

b y

th e

o f

Hoard of the Dragon Queen, th e y s h o u

ld

 

b e

7 th

e n d o r

8 th

 

le v e l

a n d

r e a d y

t o

c o n tin u e

w ith

id e a l

p

a r t y

iz e

fo u r

c h a r a c t e r s .

I f y o

u

The Rise of Tiamat. T h e

r

g r o u p

is

la r g e r

o r

s m a lle r,

s y o u

is c a n

a d ju

s t

th e

a d v e n tu r e ’s

d ifficu lt y b y

r e d u c in g

o r

in c r e a s in g

th e

n u m b e r

o

f

e n e m

ie s

p r e s e n t

in

a

g iv e n

e n c o u n te r .

Tyranny

of Dragons is s e t in

th e

F o r g o tt e n

o n

F a e r u n ’s

w

e s t e r n

s h o r e — th e

S w

o r d

C o a s t.

A

R e a lm s th in str ip

o

f

c iv iliz a tio n

s t r e t c h e s

d o w n

th is

c o a s t,

w h e r e

w id e ly

a c e d

s p b in a tio n

c itie s

a o f r o a

r e

d s

a r r a n g e d

lik e

b e a d

a n d

w a g o n

t r a c k s

s lo o s e l y

o n

a

s tr in g .

A

c o n n e c t

c o m ­ th e

c

iti e

s

th a t

s t r e t ch

fr

o m

L

u

s k a n

in

th e

n o r th

t o

C a lim p o r t

in

th

e

B a

ld

s o u th

G

p a s s in

, a te ,

a n d

g

th

r o u g h

o th

e r

g r e a t

N e v e rw in t e r , W a t e r d e e p ,

p o r t s

a lo n g

th e

T

h

e

u r ’s b u lk

o

f th is

a d v e n

tu r e

t a k e s

p la c e

o n

b e tw e e n

B

G a te

a n d

N e v e rw in te r.

th e

w a y. s tr e t c h

a ld u r ’s

Adventure Supplements. Y o u c a n p la y th is a d v e n tu r e

w ith ju s t th e D u n g e

o n s

&

D

r a g

o n

s

b a s ic

 

r u

le s

a n d

th e

Tyranny of Dragons

a p p e n d ix

o n lin e ,

w h

ic h

c o

n t a in s

 

a ll th e

m o n s t e r s

a n d

m a g ic

ite m s

n o t

o o k .

B o th

o f th

s u

p p

le m e n t s

a r e

d e s c r i b e d

in

th is

b

e s e

a v a ila b le

a s

fr e e

d

o w n lo a d s

o n

D

u n g e o n

s a n d

D

r a g o n s .c o m .

Character Advancement.

A

t y o u r

o p tio n ,

th e

m ile s t o n e

e x p e r ie n c e

ru le .

U

n d e r

th is

ru

y o u le ,

c a n y o u

u s e p ic k

c

e r t a in

e v e n ts

in

th e

c a m p a ig n

th a t

c a u s e

th

e

c h a

r a c t e r s

t o le v e l u p . In Hoard of the Dragon

Queen, th e c h a

 

t e r s

g a in

a

le v e l

a

ft e r

c o m p le tin g

e

a c h

e p is o d e

e x

r a c ­ t

c e p

e p is o d e

5.

Ba c k g r o

u

n

d

 
 

T h e

C u lt

o f th

e

D r a g o n

h a s

b e e n

a ctiv e

in

F a e r u

n

fo r

c

e

n tu r ie s .

It h a s

f o c u s e d

o n

m a

k in g

u n d e a d

d r a g o n s

to

fu lfill

a

p r o p h e c y

m o s t

o

f th a t tim e ,

b u t

th

a t’s

c h a n g in g .

D

r

a

g

o

n

M

a s k

s

T h e

n e w

le a d e r

o f th e

c u lt

is

a

C a

lish it e

ilr a jin ,

w h o

b e lie v e s

r e a l

d

r a c o n ic

n a m e d

S

e v e r in

S

th a t

k n o w

le d g e

a n d

p o w e r

b e lo n g s

t o

d r a g o n s ,

n o t

u n d e a

d

o n e s .

S e v e r in ’s

a m b itio n

liv in g d

a m u s e

T ia m a t,

s o

s h e

 

r e v e a le d

th e

e

x

is t e n c e

o f fiv e

d r a g o n

m

a s k s

t o

h im — o n e

fo r

e a c h

c

h r o m a tic

d r a g o n

c o lo r .

In d iv id u a lly ,

th

e s e

a

n c ien t

m

a s k s

a

ll o w

w

e a r e r s

t o

c o m m u n ic a t e

w ith

d

r a g o n s .

M

o r e

im

p o rta n tly ,

a

p e r s o n

w h o

is

e

ru d it e

in

d r a c o n ic

lo r e

b

e c o m e s

a

w y r m s p e a k e r

w h ile

w e a r in g

th e

m a s k

,

m

w h ic h

fa v o r ior. W

a llo w s

a m o n g

h e n

th e

w e a r e r

to

b r o u g h t

th in k s u b tly

lik e

a

d r a g o n

, th e ir m a g

g a in b e h a v ­ ic a lly

d r a g o n s ,

a

n d

a re

in flu e n c e

th

e y

a ll fiv e

t o g e th e r,

e r g e

in t o

a

s in

g le Mask of the Dragon Queen. W ith th e

a s s e m b le d

m

a s k ,

th e

c u

lt

c a n

r e l e a s e

T ia m a t

fr o m

h e r

 

p r is o n

in

th e

N in e

H e lls .

S e v e r in

(su b tly

g u id e d

b y

T ia m a t)

A ft e r

d is c o v

e r e d

 

s e c r e t,

h e

b e n t

a ll

c u lt’s

r e s o u r c e s

t o

fin d in g

th a t th e

lo

n g -lo s t

d r a g o n

W h e n

h e

r e c o v e r e d

th e a s k

m

th e

s r e d

in

th e ir

s e c r e t

m a s k ,

S e v e r in

fir st

o f th e

w y r m s p e a k e r s ,

b u t

o th e r s

s o o n

h id in g

p la c e s .

b e c a

m e fo llo w e d .

th e

Se c r e t s

T

h e

C u lt

o f th e

D r a g o n

h a s

k e p t

s e c r e t

its

g o a l

to

T

ia m

in to

th e

w o r ld

th u s

far.

M a n y

k n o w

o

f th e

c u

in c r e a s e d

a ctiv ity a lo

n g

th e

S w o r d

C o a s t,

b r in g

in

a t

e s p e c ia ll y

lt’s

th e

n

o r th ,

b

u t

th e

r e a

s o n

s

b e h in d

th e

r e s u r g

e n c

e

a r e

u n k n o w n .

B e s id e

s

h is

c u

ltis ts ,

S e

v e r in

h

a s

f o r g e d

a n

a llia n c e

w it h

a

s p

lin

te r

fa c tio n

o f

th e

R e d

W iz a r d s

o f

T h a y .

T h is

s m a ll

a

n d

R a

th

M

h is

e x c h a

s e c r e tiv e

p lo t s

o v e r h is

to th e h e lp

u

g r o u p ,

n R e d in

s e a t

le d

b y

W iz a

r e le a s in g

th

u t c a s t

o S R a th

a n

lic h

e r d s .

z a s s

T ia m a t,

n a m e d

T a m

fr o m

b e lie v e s

s h e

w ill

th a t

o d a r ,

p o s itio n

n

g e

f o r

in

g r a n t

h im

th e

p

o w e r

h e

n

e e d s

t o

o v e r th r o w

S z

a s s

T a m .

C

u

l

t

O

r

g

a

n

i z

a

t

i o

n

T h e

C u lt

o f th e

D r a g o n

is

o r g a n iz e

d

in

c e lls ,

w h ic h

v a r y

in

s iz e

f r o m

ju s t

a

h a n d fu l

o

f m e m b e r s

t o

s c o r e s .

in

th e

c u lt

a re

k n

o w

n

a s

W e a r e r s

a n d

e y

o u t r a n k

c u

b

u t

n

o

fo r m a l

g r a d e s

e x is t

e r s th

n o r m a l

ltis t s ,

o f P u r p le ,

L e a d ­

w ith in

th e

r a n k s th e

o f

cu lt

A lt h o u g h

th e

W e a r e r s

u s e s

r e g

a lia

o f P u r p le .

in

its

r itu a ls

a n d

its

d

is t a

n t

c a m p s ,

m e m b e r s

w h

o

o p e r a t e

in

p u b lic

p la c e s

d

r e T

s s

a n

d

a ct

n o

d

iffe r e n tly

f r o m

a n y o n e

e ls e .

h e

cu lt

is

n o t

a b o v e

h ir in g

m e r c e n a r ie s

w

h e n

it

s

ia l j o b s

t o

fu lfill.

In d e e d ,

m a

n y

o f

th e

ltis t s ”

h a s

p e c

“ c u

tha t

h a r a c t e r s a d v e n tu r e

c

e n c o u w o

a r e

n t e r r k in g

in

th e

fir st

fo r pay.

th r e e

e p is o d e s

o f th is

O v e r

v i e w

D

u r in g

th e

tim

e

c o v e r e d

b y

th e

fir st

h a

lf o

f

th

is

a d v e n ­

tu re ,

th e

cu

lt

h a s

s e v e r a l

o f th e

fiv e

d r a g o n

a lr e a d y

m

a s k

s . W h

il e

th e

cu lt

w o r k

s

t o

g a in

m o r e ,

S e v e r in

th e

s e c o n d

p a r t

o

f

h is

p la n

t o

r e le a s e

T

ia m a t:

in itia te s itin

r e c r u

w o r th

y

o

g

d r a g o n s

f th e

q u e e n

a n d

o

a f e v il

s s e m b lin

d r a g o n

g

s .

a

T

t r e h

s u r e e ffo r t s

a e s e

h o a r d

d r a

th e

c h

a r a c t e r s ’ a tte n tio n

to

th e

cu lt.

T

h e

a c tio n

b e g in s

w h

e n

a

t o w n

c o m

e

s

u

n d e r

a tta ck

b y

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d

a n d

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C

h

in t e r v e n e

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