The story so far… Much jerking and skeeting has been done by the party all over the Sword Coast region of the Forgotten Realms. The Sword Coast is a strip of Civilization stretching down Faerun’s western shore.
The adventurers have fought long and hard against the two deadly factions, the Cult of the Dragon and the Red Wizards of Thay who have forged an alliance. The adventurers were able to capture Skyreach Castle and return it to the Cloud Giants, in the process capturing one of the major treasure stores of this deadly alliance. In the process the players were able to uncover the cult’s plans to summon Tiamat out of the Nine Hells through a series of letters in Rath Modar’s chambers upon Skyreach Castle. It is assumed that the wizards are helping the Cult to learn and perform the summoning ritual required. One of the major components that they have are the five dragon masks central to the ritual, which they have used to persuade or cajole many of the oldest and strongest evil dragons of Faerun into supporting them.
The party has been summoned to Waterdeep for a council with several of the most prominent factions. The Harpers view any alliance between these factions as an abomination, as does the Order of the Gauntlet. The Lord’s Alliance recognizes the obvious threat to the lands, while the Emerald Enclave suspects that anything involving Thay is bound to disrupt the natural order. Even the mysterious Zhentarim fear the union of two such powerful forces. Stories of abductions and raids undertaken by the Cult of the Dragon increase daily, and refugees are fleeing from their burnt-out regions under cult attack to major cities and fortresses.
Many cities have begun an all-out panic that has created a growing movement in favor of agreeing to the cult’s demands in the hopes of some concessions being giving in return. To often people are afraid to volunteer for the call to arms because of the fear of being burned by dragonfire. It is time for a group of heroes to step up and inspire the people of Sword Coast and that’s where our story begins…