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Were some of the NPCs in 'Waterdeep: Dragon Heist' player characters at some point?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure has some rather colorful NPCs that, as part of their backstory, were adventurers exploring the Undermountain in the past. Among them are: Durnan, the propietor ...
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What pop culture Easter Eggs are hidden in the Dragon Heist adventure? [closed]

Adventure authors sometimes include hidden references to other material that inspired them (so called "Easter Eggs") into their adventure modules. For example: There are already a few posts ...
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How can a party move 10,000 pounds of gold?

The party has found the Vault of Dragons from the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module. They've managed to play two of the BBEGs against each other and have neutralized the 'enemy' factor of the module, ...
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Dragon Heist: What is in Dalakhar's pouch?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and early in chapter 3 there is a paragraph about Urstul fleeing the scene and that the players have a chance to pickpocket him. It also specifically says that the ...
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How would you dig through stone to build a cave? [closed]

We're playing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and we I play a gnomish Artificer/Wizard and want to build my workshop What kind of spell, non-magic or half-magic solution (ie. machines) could do the trick? I ...
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Where is Gralhund Villa located within Waterdeep?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, a significant portion of one of the chapters takes place in "Gralhund Villa". There are locations given for several of the noble Houses in the first chapter, but ...
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Is there a canon map/layout for the House of Inspired Hands?

The Gondar temple The House of Inspired Hands is in Waterdeep and appears in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. This only contains a brief description of its exterior and interior, is there any more detailed ...
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In Waterdeep, is magistrate another word for magister?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, both magistrates and magisters are mentioned throughout. The lore chapter, ch. 9, "Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion," discusses the role of magister in depth, but ...
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What is a joiner, with regard to Waterdeep's "Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners"?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners (listed in the introduction of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a joiner in this context? Merriam-Webster ...
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What is a cordwainer, with regard to Waterdeep's "Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers"?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers (listed in the introduction to Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a cordwainer in this context? Merriam-...
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What is the scene depicted in the second "Waterdeep Digital Background" art?

In the Free Remote D&D Resources archive that Wizards of the Coast is providing, for April 30, 2020 there is a "Waterdeep Digital Backgrounds" zip file that includes artwork that one might be able ...
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How do I narrate Laeral Silverhand's Silver Hair attack?

Laeral Silverhand's statblock appears in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (p. 207). Among her action options, she has an attack option labeled "Silver Hair": Silver Hair. Melee Weapon Attack: +...
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Where is the Cassalanter contract?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, is there a physical copy of the Cassalanter's contract with ? If so, where is it? I know that Victoro's desk drawer contains contracts, but I believe those just record who ...
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Players starting their own faction in Waterdeep

I'm running Dragon Heist and introduced the players to the faction choices last night. They decided none of them wanted to join a faction, individually or together, but they did want to start their ...
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How are characters expected to find the vault entrance in the "Dragon Season" phase of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure in Spring?

I'm preparing to run my table through the "Dragon Season" phase of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure on Spring setting, but there's one thing that looks like its going to be a big problem: the ...
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For the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, can the season be chosen at a later point in the story?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, it says you have to choose the season at the outset. Is it possible to choose it at a later part in the story? Or is it possible for the players to wait for a specific ...
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Is the Kolat Towers map properly drawn?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, players can access a zone known as Kolat Towers. The map (on p. 151) is drawn strangely though. It seems like the 2nd floor is not aligned with the 1st floor. Not very ...
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How does this familiar Gazer work?

Our Wizard has the Find Familiar spell, and we're running through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. At a point of the adventure, adventurers find an albino Gazer. If I understand correctly, the Wizard can now ...
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If the Sending spell is cast to communicate with a character whose body is inhabited by an Intellect Devourer, what happens?

I have just had a PC become inhabited by an Intellect Devourer ("ID") via the ID's Body Thief ability. I am going to let the player continue using the character, but now the player will play ...
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Is Zhent just the term for any member of the Zhentarim?

I'm starting to get confused by the term "Zhent" as I read it in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and how it is used. Is it just a term for any member of the Zhentarim? I attempted to look this ...
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Which of the Walking Statues does this art in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure depict?

The following art, Walking Statue of Waterdeep by Sidharth Chaturvedi, was made as interior art for the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. However, there doesn't seem to be any consensus in Reddit ...
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Is there a recommended party size for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

I'm planning on starting a campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist tomorrow, but it's looking like we may only have two players (plus me as DM) for it. The other published adventures I've used (Lost Mine ...
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Why is this weapon searching for a new owner?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Meloon Wardragon wields Azuredge, the legendary greataxe (p. 189): Players discover that (p. 210)... So, my question is: My players have handled that problem with a ...
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Are "sambar" (electrum) coins minted and used in Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 13 ("Coin of the Realms") says that the various coins (copper, silver, electrum, gold, and sometimes platinum) are generally referred to by people in the world ...
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How much gold should be spent to optimally run this Tavern?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure gives the players the option to run a tavern. The "Tavern Keeping Expenses" sidebar (p. 41) specifies the regular running expenses and how to determine profit or ...
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Is it possible to create sulfur grenades? [closed]

My group is playing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. I have a Warlock of the Fiend who lives in the attic of Trollskull Manor. He has the Devil's Sight Invocation. He barred up the windows so it was pitch ...
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How do I pronounce the "Taol" coin from Waterdeep?

In the city of Waterdeep, there's a coin called a "Taol" worth 2 gp. I find the description of the coin in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist on page 169, but it's not on the pronunciation guide on page 4. I'm ...
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How does one become a Waterdhavian noble?

While I had naively thought of a "noble" as being just somebody in a rich, influential family, I'm reading through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and it seems to be much more than that (at least in Waterdeep)...
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Does the Order of the Aster still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of my characters is part of the Order of the Aster. What is their presence in Waterdeep (circa 1492 DR)? I was able to find some information ...
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Does the Order of the Silver Chalice still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of the characters is a Knight of the Silver Chalice. I believe that this organization was originally founded in Waterdeep. Do they still ...
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When are the seasons in the Forgotten Realms calendar?

I'm planning on starting to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist soon, and part of the premise is that since the city looks and feels different in different seasons (people are less likely to be milling about ...
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What modifiers are added to the attack and damage rolls of this unique longbow from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

There is a unique longbow in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module (p. 201), whose description includes: This unique weapon can be used only by a Medium or larger creature that has a Strength of 18 or ...
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How can I make negative consequences for failure of faction missions by characters into productive play for players?

In the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, there is a faction mission for the Harpers to: However, the Harper in our party has failed in a way that is not obvious to them (the player or the character)....
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How do I choose a villain in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure?

In the first pages of Dragon Heist, you're told to When you run this adventure, you choose its main villain at the outset. Your choice determines the season of the year in which the story takes place,...
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Should the party get XP for a monster they never attacked?

Attempting to keep things vague to avoid possible spoilers for Dragon Heist During the first session, after the barfight, a couple monsters crawl out of the hole in the middle of the tavern, one big ...
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Are there issues with allowing parties to succeed at encounters in a published adventure with specified checks/DCs using creative roleplay instead?

During Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there are a number of faction missions, one of which is: With a suggested solution: Given that a suggested solution involves the party spending money and checks of a ...
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How are characters expected to traverse area B3 of the Cellar Complex (Encounter 9) in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

In reading through and preparing to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (looking at Xanathar, Spring variation) I was wondering about mechanisms/methods of gaining entrance to the Cellar Complex (the section ...
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Is Waterdeep faction membership mutually exclusive? [duplicate]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist has multiple factions which PCs can belong to, or join. These include Lord's Alliance, Emerald Enclave, Bregan D'aerthe, etc. If a PC matches the requisites for more than one ...
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Can any PC in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure join the Lords' Alliance after this event?

The requisite to join the Lords' Alliance faction in Waterdeep is to be a local resident (p. 16 of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure): To become a member of the Lords' Alliance faction in ...
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Can the Paper Bird magic item from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist be opened by the Dispel Magic spell?

The description of the Paper Bird in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (p. 191-192) says: After you write a message of fifty words or fewer on this magic sheet of parchment and speak a creature’s ...
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Who is depicted in Dragon Heist's cover?

Who are the characters depicted in the cover of Dragon Heist? I've just started DMing this, and I'm reading through the 1st chapter, but I don't recognize the characters here. The beholder in the ...
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How can the PCs make money in an urban adventure? [duplicate]

I'm running Dragon Heist for my players, and I've come to a bit of a roadblock so to speak. In chapter 2, the PCs are meant to open and run their own tavern, however it costs 1000gp+ to even open it, ...
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How can I mix up weapons for large groups of similar monsters/characters?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there is an encounter that requires a large number of similar NPCs/monsters, based on the (slightly edited for spoilers) text block: the City Guard arrives and cordons ...
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Are there any resources from other editions that are a good companion to the 5th edition Waterdeep adventures?

The 5th Edition adventure Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an urban style adventure based in a very large city. While the adventure itself is good and provides a lot of resources in the city, it is lacking ...
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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has their permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it, it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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How to deal with non-faction members helping on faction tasks?

I am running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. One of my PCs, Balastar, has been invited to carry out a task for the Zhentarim, who are selling themselves as a legitimate business. Balastar brought another ...
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How are large amounts of money expected to be made during the early parts of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure?

I'm currently running the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and want to stay in the book's materials. There's an opportunity for How can the party fund this relatively enormous expense, as a party ...
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How can I best run this encounter from the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure? [closed]

I'm reading through the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. On page 28, there's an encounter with This seems so lame! I'm confused, because I don't understand why the villains are acting this way. ...
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What changes would the City Domain (UA) need to work in Waterdeep? [closed]

I am hoping to start running Dragon Heist in the near future (leading in to Dungeon of the Mad Mage) and would like to make the Unearthed Arcana City Domain available to users. While it introduces ...
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Does Waterdeep have laws against Necromancy?

Is Necromancy illegal in Waterdeep? Nowhere in the Legal Code from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist does it say one way or the other, nor even is it implied within any other rule - not even those related to ...
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