E11: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 0)






Listen in to a stream of consciousness character creation podcast. Attributes and skill determination, equipment, armour and weapons selection, plus dice rolls, page flipping, potato chip munching, with some RPG talk. Relaxing classical music in the background, from the Victoria II video game soundtrack, adds to the anticipatory atmosphere as we prepare to traverse northward along The Sword Coast. 







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RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System
SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).
MUSIC: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / BACKGROUND MUSIC & OUTRO (Victoria II soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

CAMPAIGN ARC: TYRANNY OF DRAGONS
The Sword Coast is under siege - In an audacious bid for power, the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seeks to free Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to bring her to the Forgotten Realms. The cult's forces are sweeping from town to town, laying waste to all who oppose them and gathering a hoard of riches for their dread queen. The threat is so dire, factions as disparate as the Harpers and the Zhentarium are banding together to battle the cult. Never before has the need for heroes been as desperate.
This campaign is set in the Forgotten Realms on Faeruns's western shore - the Sword Coast. A thin strip of civilization stretches down this coast, where widely placed 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 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 is changing (text adapted from HotDQ, Kobold Press, 2014).
Geography of the Sword Coast on the subcontinent of Faerûn (Forgotten Realms).

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