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The Nobility of Waterdeep

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The upcoming "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist" will undoubtedly be a launching point for many new campaigns. Waterdeep is a grand city with a storied history. Part of that history is the establishment of the noble families who live in the city and bring it prosperity.

Contained within you'll find a listing for many of the major noble houses of Waterdeep, what their interests are, where they are situated, and quest ideas for DMs running noble oriented games. This resource will be invaluable for providing the historical texture of Waterdeep to any game of intrigue set there.


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Juliet S March 03, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
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Great resource, though I was disappointed to find it wasn't text-searchable. Could we get a searchable pdf? Thanks!
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Bryan H March 03, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
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I run it through an optimizer. I think I'll add my original "uncompressed" version which should let you search.
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Todd W October 28, 2018 5:35 am UTC
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Nice resource, though I found it disappointing there was no mention of House Phylund. Did they lose their "nobility" within the last 20 or so years? I have a player wanting to be associated with the House [it's the "training, breeding and procurement of fearsome monsters" they find intriguing], and was looking for details when I made my purchase.
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Bryan H October 28, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
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My goal was never to detail all 200+ houses, but to provide enough context for the DM to include them should a house be needed. That's why there's names, goods, services, and a few quest lines. But to have elaborated on all the houses would have been an immense task, and honestly I'd worry that as an author I'd paint too many families with the same brush. That you'd really have 200 houses that feel like the same 20 with different proper nouns.

But, does that mean you favourite house has lost nobility? Nope! While at one table, Phylund might be gone, another could have them as a prominent member of the lordly order. It's up to you (as with all things D&D). However, that answer would feel like a cop-out to me, were I the one asking your question. So what would *I* have written for Phylund?

House Phylund
House Size: 20
Home Ward: North Ward
Other Holdings: A large lodge near the Ardeep forest
Patriarch: Urtos VI
Ethnicities: Tethyrian
Alignment:...See more
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Bryan H October 29, 2018 10:48 am UTC
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Oh in addition to the information below, I was pleased tonight when I finally got to crack open Dragon Heist and found that "House Phylund" is one of the noble houses they recommend for players with the "Noble" background. And (lucky for me) it doesn't conflict with my suggestions I posted before!
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lawren N October 06, 2018 5:17 am UTC
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Well done, this will be of great use in my campaign !
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Leigh P August 10, 2018 4:15 am UTC
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Super useful product! Just a couple of things. There are a couple of major houses missing. The two that spring to mind are Roaringhorn, Umbrusk, Cassalanter, and Neverember (who despite Dagult being in Neverwinter, his son is still in Waterdeep and a part of the nobility).

Only other comment would be that the page corners should be reversed, as the first read page is typically on the right (number in the bottom corner)
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Bryan H August 10, 2018 5:01 am UTC
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I appreciate the feedback. The "Big" houses I left out because I'm sure they'll be used in Dragonheist and I didn't want to stray too far from canon even preemptively.

The pages, I guess I could insert an intentional blank page, but I figured either you're printing it double sided (in which case the "cover" is behind page 1, and page 1 being on the left) or you're not in which all pages are on the right and the corners don't matter.

Do you think I should add the blank page?
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Leigh P August 10, 2018 5:04 am UTC
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No stress, I thought after I'd posted that it might be the case as I kept going... hannggg on what about XYZ like Jardeth and Amcathra. And no stress on the page count at all. Just an observation. Great product all round and beautifully laid out!
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