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Shard Shunners - a Zhentarim Faction Mission and DM's Resource for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist


Shard Shunners - a Zhentarim Faction Mission

'Shard Shunners' is the name of the third faction mission given to Zhentarim characters in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign. In this elaborate version of the brief given in Chapter 2: Trollskull Alley, finding the missing Dasher Snobeedle is no longer a simple errand, but a deep delve into the seedier portions of Waterdeep, as the party must face the dangerous halfling wererats that inhabit Waterdeep's sewers. Will the heroes be able to brave foul sewage and the devious Rat Queen as they return a lost youth to his wealthy family (for a hefty reward, of course!) or will the Shard Shunners nibble on adventurers tonight?

This document includes: 

  • Additional flavour for the Zhentarim – more information about the Doom Raider Zhentarim and ideas that can help you make the Zhentarim more interesting as your players interact with them (Note: this section is nearly identical to the information given in our other products in this series, 'Hatred Surfacing' and 'Deadly Delivery').
  • Shard Shunners - a full-fledged faction mission based on the third mission brief in Chapter 2, that has the party delving into Waterdeep's seedy Dock Ward as they must deal with treacherous wererats, devious traps and the cunning Rat Queen to claim the reward for finding a young, wealthy halfling.
  • A Night Dock Ward Encounter Map - a full 48x48 battle map primed for virtual tabletops, showing several streets in the Dock Ward during the night, usable for this faction mission and other encounters in Waterdeep's Dock Ward!  (Note: this map is the same included in 'Hatred Surfacing').
  • A Rats' Nest Map - a 40x20 battle map showing part of the sewer and 'Rats' Nest', the Shard Shunners base.
  • A DM's Cheatsheet – we've made the notes for you, distilling the 'Shard Shunners' faction mission down into notes that can fit on a single page, as well as pages with statblocks for all enemies the party might encounter during this mission.
Note: Instead of buying just this product, you can save nearly 40% when you buy all four Zhentarim faction missions at the same time.
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Night Dock Ward Encounter Map

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Rats' Nest

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April 6th, 2019
Ran this last week, although in modified form. It was well laid out and enjoyable to run. In our personal story Dasher is actually a friend of one of the PCs so I modified it to make it more of a genuine rescue mission and changed one trap but otherw [...]
February 13th, 2019
Worth the price tag for the maps alone. Can't wait to run this one for my players! :) [...]
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