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While reading and setting up the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, the setting season impacts a few things,

including the season being tied in combination to the villain.

How essential are these combinations in further play, and how interchangeable are they?

Could I pick and mix/replace something from the suggested summer set-up with the winter set-up, or roll between them?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Apologies if this question is vague, but I have to keep it vague since I don't want to expose any story issues. Hopefully it's meaningful and answerable as is. \$\endgroup\$ – StuperUser Nov 2 '18 at 15:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ You could add Spoiler boxes for specific content. I think this would improve the question and allow us to provide more useful answers. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex Millette Nov 2 '18 at 15:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm going to agree with AlexMillette, here: I've run W:DH through two seasons already and I really don't have a clear idea what you're asking. I think some spoiler tags (>! spoilertext) and more-specific questions would be good. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Nov 3 '18 at 0:55
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The seasons exist in Dragon Heist to allow for some replayability - each one comes with a different "main bad guy". It also controls how the encounters in Chapter 4 are stitched together to form the "main quest".

Chapter 5: Spring Madness doesn't really have any hard ties to the season. The main antagonist can be (and is) a lunatic at any time of the year.

Chapter 6: Hell of a Summer has some specific time cues related to a holiday and birthdays, but sufficient knowledge of the Realm's Calendar of Harptos could easily shuffle that around by picking a different holiday.

Chapter 7: Maestro's Fall likewise is tied to a particular event. This one is a bit more difficult to find another event to tie it to. It would be better to move the event to a different season, but note that a parade in winter is not terribly likely.

Chapter 8: Winter Wizardry has a winter-specific scene described in it, but it really doesn't have anything to do with the plot or the "main bad guy". It could easily remain in winter even if the "main bad guy" is different.

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