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I bought the D&D 5e Starter Set a few weeks ago, and I'm beginning to think about how to drive the scenario as I've already read it and I'm at the stage to get familiar with the rules.

Yesterday I created my first character sheet with one of my future players (we're not going to use pre-generated sheets) and we talked about his character's lore and background - he will be playing a nobleman, a prince).

I thought that there could be a king in Neverwinter (the closest bigger city to the location of the adventure) , so we could link his background to the scenario. Again, his character would be the son of a king, who, after finishing his Paladin training, wants to go an on an adventure to gain experience and prove his value and that he is adequately trained to potentially govern one day.

However, when I searched for Neverwinter lore, I found out that while there were indeed kings, they didn't exist towards the end of the timeline.

Given that, I tried to find out at which date the events of LMOP take place, but I didn't manage to find it anywhere in the books.

So, based on already existing modules or deductions based on facts in existing modules, when do the events of LMOP take place?

If the date is deducted instead of directly stated somewhere, you have to support your answer with official sources, not just a more or less educated guess. The better the answer is supported by sources, the better.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is it more important for you to know if Neverwinter has a king at the time of Lost Mine of Phandelver, or what the exact date is? \$\endgroup\$ – Theik Apr 29 at 9:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Theik I know both kings' born and death date, so have exact date will be more valuable for the general lore while also answering the concern about Neverwinter having a king. \$\endgroup\$ – Zoma Apr 29 at 11:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ I personally would recommend against having a PC roleplay a lore-heavy character like the heir to a major position. While it could lead to some good story moments, generally speaking an heir, especially a prince, is FAR to important to let go without guards on a random adventure. In addition, these characters tend to already have established power levels and archetypes from the lore and as such may lead to a messy campaign. However, if you wish to continue with the "royal son" line, it's better to go with a second or third son Those are more likely to be clergy or other adventurer roles. \$\endgroup\$ – Nzall Apr 29 at 15:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Nzall Yes, I'm going to make my PC as the second son. For the part where he goes without guards, I found on aideDD (a french site with D&D basic rules and others tips) a list of possible lore backgrounds for characters, and one was the heir of a king that go on an adventure without guards and else to prove his valor to him and his father. Plus, I know the player who's going to play that PC, and I know that he'll not abuse about the fact is an important lore character. \$\endgroup\$ – Zoma Apr 30 at 5:42
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1481 DR

If you look at page 30–31, under the "Ruins of Thundertree" heading, it mentions the eruption of Mount Hotenow as being thirty years ago. Mount Hotenow erupted in 1451 DR, so that means it would currently be 1481.

What this means for your player is that there is not a king. The current ruler would be Dagult Neverember, who has a son named Renaer. You could skirt your lore around a bit and erase Renaer from existence (he does not feature in LMOP) and simply replace him with your player's character.

This will, however, make things awkward for you if you plan to use those characters in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist however, as Renaer does feature there.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I missed this information into the scenario, thanks for pointing it out. As a little add question concerning Renaer : Does he appear in storm king's thunder module ? For now it's the most possible module I may follow starter set with, so it may be quite a concern if he appears here. But I guess I'm going to add my character as a second son more than erase the existing one. \$\endgroup\$ – Zoma Apr 29 at 13:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ He does not. I know he appears in Dragonheist: Waterdeep, which means he might also appear in Dungeon of the Mad Mage. I know almost entirely certain he does not feature in Storm King's Thunder. If he does, it's such a negligible role that I forgot all about it. \$\endgroup\$ – Theik Apr 29 at 14:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Renaer does not appear in DotMM. (It's mostly set in the megadungeon of Undermountain, the entrance to which is below the Yawning Portal inn.) \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Apr 29 at 21:27

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