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Faction Folio: Waterdeep - Dungeon Master's City Guide


Waterdeep, City of Splendors and Crown of the North! This iconic city is perhaps the most influential in all of Faerun. It has been a rough century, but she is quickly regaining her former glory.  What better place for your characters to call home? 

Faction Folio: Waterdeep – Dungeon Master’s City Guide is a resource to help you bring this magnificent city to life. This guide describes seventeen NPCs including a friendly Thayan with revenge on his mind, a blind pirate with a secret, a rising gnome merchant queen, and an old crone in the darkest depths of the Downshadow.  Characters can visit more than forty locations, including a high-end private social club that fronts as a time travel gift shop, a bustling casino with a giant silver hippopotamus statue, or a quiet temple to Chauntea in an outlying farming village. Explore more than twenty rumors, ranging from an information-broker allied to the Lord’s alliance, a Calishite thieves’ guild operating out of Little Marekh, or a shadowy bazar that sells all manner of things for a favor or a piece of your soul.


This guide contains:

  • Simple suggestions for running a vibrant and complex city.
  • Brief overviews of Waterdeep’s Wards (Field, Sea, North, Castle, City of the Dead, Trade, Dock, South, Downshadow, Undercliff, and the Rat Hills).
  • Rumors, random encounter tables, and locations for each Ward.
  • Descriptions of NPCs representing all five major and a few minor factions.
  • Suggestions for using a Tarokka deck for fortune telling.
  • Organizers to help connect player characters to each other and to NPC contacts
  • A Player’s City Guide that removes the Dungeon Master’s secrets.

Author's Note: The structure of Waterdeep in this guide is based on previously published materials.  However, the vast majority of locations and NPCs in this document are unique, so you do not need to worry about causing conflicts with future official products.

Download the stand alone Faction Folio: Waterdeep - Player's City Guide for free! This product provides an overview of the Ward's with all of the Dungeon Master's secrets removed.


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Eric C M August 22, 2018 12:05 am UTC
This is a great product. I am going to so have use for this. Please see the upcoming Eastwall Adventuring Company Module in the future.
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Curtis Y May 14, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Really love this content, thanks so much. One question, there are references to player archtype stats and some modifiers, where do these stat blocks come from?
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Eric B May 16, 2018 1:45 am UTC
The bolded "archetypes" refer to either a creature or NPC in the monster manual.
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Curtis Y May 30, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Thanks, I did figure that out eventuall. Trying to get back in the game after a 35yr hiatus is a bit challenging ;-)
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Eric B October 21, 2016 2:42 am UTC
I started reading Greenwood's Death Masks. He burned down the Field Ward -- If you are using my "book," just move the stuff in the Field Ward to Undercliff. The two wards have a similar feel.
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Eric B June 13, 2016 1:20 pm UTC
Thanks for checking this out. I'd love to see any feedback. Hearing how this is used motivates me to write more!
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