Tyranny of Dragons
Waterdeep is a sea side metropolis in the North Sword Coast region. It has a standing population of over 100,000 that can swell to over 2 million during peak trading seasons and festivals.
Also known as the City of Splendors or the Crown of the North, Waterdeep is perhaps the most important and influential city in the North and maybe in all Faerûn. It is ruled over by The Lords of Waterdeep
Waterdeep was named for its outstanding natural deep water harbor, and the city that grew up at this site became the commercial crossroads of the northern Realms. More than 100,000 people make their home in Waterdeep. The city sprawls northward from the sea, spreading along the flanks of Mount Waterdeep, which used to be home to the Melairkyn, a mithral-mining dwarven clan, and the entire length and great depth of the mountain was riddled with passages and tunnels, most of which were occupied by deadly creatures whose presence in the mountain pre-dated the founding of the city itself. The halls of Undermountain located beneath the city are a popular target for adventurers, who enjoy the close vicinity of the city’s main taverns and temples where aid can be purchased through donations.
Waterdeep is ruled by a council whose membership is largely secret. These hidden Lords of Waterdeep maintain their identities behind magical masks, called helms and while they rule in public, none know the true identities of most of them. The subject of who the Lords are is a common topic of noble conversation, and some consider it a game to discover the Lords’ identities, a game made more confusing by the fact the Lords themselves set their own rumors afloat. There is one Open Lord that is the face of the council. The current Open Lord is Dagult Neverember.
The city is protected by two standing armies, the Guards and the Watch, as well as the elite Griffon Calvary. It is also warded by extremely powerful magics.