DDDD: Mercenary Menagerie & The Princes of the Apocalypse
Rising from the shores of its deep harbor to ring the great mountain standing tall out of the Sea of Swords is Waterdeep, the City of Splendors and the Crown of the North. To all of Faerun, this great metropolis stands as the pinnacle of what a great city might be, in wealth, influence, and stability. Waterdeep's shops and merchants offer goods of every sort from every corner of Toril, and even the rarest of items can be procured, given sufficient coin and patience.
Waterdeep is administered by the Masked Lords. One of this group, now Laeral Silverhand, acts as the Open Lord to act as the face of the government. Every Waterdhavian has suspicions as to whether this or that influential citizen is or isn't a lord of the city. Not hidden at all are the nobles of Waterdeep whose high-nosed behavior and heavy-handed spending establish fashion in the city. They believe their status should not be tainted by newcomers.