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Leverage: Waterdeep - "Putting the Cart Before the Horse"


As more customers trickle into Trollskull Manor, you find that service has become standing room only. After much of the furniture was destroyed while the tavern stood derelict, you discover that you must replace most of your tables, benches and stools.

One of your neighbors has worse luck than you — he has a degenerate gambler brother-in-law who is about to lose his livelihood. Luckily for you, they’re both in the furniture business, and you’ve developed a reputation for helping these kind of people. If you can sneak into an elegant gala and recover the magical leatherworking tools from a dastardly coachman, they will fill Trollskull Manor with all the furniture you need.

When planning a job of this magnitude, it’s imperative not to put the cart before the horse. Can you infiltrate the gala and recover the leatherworking tools before time runs out?

Update 3/15/19: We have included an appendix on how to run the Coachmen's Gala as a Fey Day masquerade ball — perfect for runninf on St. Patrick's Day!

Leverage: Waterdeep is a series of adventures that help put the heist back into Dragon Heist. Set during chapter of the adventure, the PCs help the good folk of Waterdeep take back what's their in exchange for affordable repairs to Trollskull Manor. 

"Putting the Cart Before the Horse" is an heist-style adventure designed for 2nd level characters who are playing Chapter 2 of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. It also provides an early taste for the villains in all four seasons. Fret not - DMs can easily scale the adventure for play up to 5th level, and with a little work it can be inserted into any urban fantasy setting. 

This adventure makes use of the Complication Points mechanic. This narrative tool allows players fail forward to keep the plot moving, all while the DM sets up a bigger threat in the future. 

If you enjoy this adventure, check out the first two episodes in this series: One Hand Washes The Other and Waste Not, Want Not. For our other products on the DM's Guild, check out our author page

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