Tyranny of Dragons

Tyranny of Dragons was the first Adventurers League storyline, which ran August 2014 to March 2015.

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The story so far . . .

For years, the evil Cult of the Dragon has devoted itself to creating undead dragons in a vain attempt to fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, the cultists were misguided. They misunderstood. But now, under new leadership, the cult believes that the prophecy does not speak of undead dragons, but of a dragon empire that’s been extinct for 25,000 years. Tiamat, the queen of evil dragons, has languished in the Nine Hells for millennia. The cult believes that the time of her return is at hand.

The cult has a new face and a new mission. It seeks to free Tiamat from the Nine Hells and bring her into the Forgotten Realms. To accomplish its goal, the cult needs five ancient dragon masks and the support of evil dragons everywhere. The cult leaders—each one a “dragon whisperer”—have reached out to the evil dragons of the Sword Coast and earned their allegiance.

Meanwhile, evil dragons in partnership with the cult seek to amass a treasure hoard worthy of their dark queen, not by plundering their own hoards (of course) but by stealing money from cities, caravans, good-aligned dragons, merchant ships, and other sources. Their ravenous hunt for treasure throws the Sword Coast into upheaval. Neverwinter, Waterdeep, Baldur’s Gate—no city is safe from their depredations.

The situation is dire. However, the Sword Coast is far from defenseless. Powerful factions are ready to rise up and put an end to the tyranny of dragons. Adventurers throughout the Realms must join forces to face Tiamat, destroy the Cult of the Dragon, and prevent the rise of a new dragon empire. The Harpers have since shared their intelligence with the remaining factions. To combat the Cult of the Dragon, Lord Dagult Neverember of Neverwinter proposes that adventurers representing each of the five factions be sent north to investigate—and to report back with haste.

In their hands, the future lies.

Current Timeline

1489 DR (The Year of the Warrior Princess)


The Sword Coast is a thin strip of civilization stretches down this coast, where widely spaced cities are arranged like beads on a string. A combination of roads and wagon tracks loosely connect the cities that stretch from Luskan in the north to Calimport in the south, passing through Neverwinter, Waterdeep, Baldur’s Gate, and other great ports along the way.

Additional Player Options

If you choose Tyranny of Dragons as your storyline origin, you can augment your background with these additional options.

Notable NPCs

Characters we’ve met along the way.

Greenest Citizens

Tarbaw Nighthill – Governor of Greenest
Castellan Escobert the Red – Defender of Keep Greenest
Leosin Erlanthar – Half-Elf Monk Infiltrator of the Cult

Cult of the Dragon

Langdedrosa Cyanwrath – Blue Half-Dragon Champion, raid on Greenest
Frulam Mondath – Human Leader of the raid on Greenest

Cult of Dragon Wyrmspeakers

Rezmir – Black Half-Dragon and Black Wyrmspeaker
Varramzord Dwarf and White Wyrmspeaker
Neronvain – Wood Elf and Green Wyrmspeaker

The Council of Waterdeep

Dagult Neverember – Lord Protector of Neverwinter and former Open Lord of Waterdeep
Ontharr Frume – Order of the Gauntlet liason

The Council of Dragons

Tyranny of Dragons

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