Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle
Some five centuries ago, legend holds, a caravan
made its way south from the bustling metropolis of
Waterdeep. As a long day of travel drew to a close, a
wagon master sent his teenage son ahead to scout out a
place for the wagons to cross the Shining River.
T he lad, named Tyndal, discovered a ford perfect
for the wagons to cross, but in the dark he was waylaid
by a band of lizardfolk. Armed only with an old
dagger, he supposedly slew six of the creatures before
aid arrived from the caravan and the raiders were
driven off at last.
T his remarkable story spread among the merchants
of the caravan, then up and down the length of the
Sword Coast. The crossing was called Dagger Ford,
and as a town grew up on the banks of the river it took
the same name, gradually combined into Daggerford.
To this day, the dukes who govern Daggerford claim
descent from brave Tyndal.
T his story exemplifies the spirit of the Sword Coast.
In the face of ever-present threats of lizardfolk, trolls,
orc hordes, and harsh winters, the human settlers who
founded the cities of Waterdeep, Neverwinter, Baldur’s
Gate, and all the towns and hamlets in between
were indomitable, determined, resourceful, and brave.
Their descendants cling to that legacy.
T oday, as worlds are torn asunder and gods work
maddening schemes among mortals, the region
around Daggerford is still fraught with peril. Its militia
still guards the town with spears clutched tight
against every threat, but Daggerford is a place in need
Town of Daggerford
Daggerford is a small, walled town dominated by the
keep of the local duke. Situated on the flood plains of
the Delimbiyr River (also called the Shining River)
and built against the side of a low hill, Daggerford is
the largest stop on the High Road between the cities of
Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate, making it key to trade
along the Sword Coast despite its relatively small size.
A ll told, around 1,200 people live under the rule of
the Duke of Daggerford, most of them in the twenty or
so tiny farming hamlets scattered within a day’s walk
of the town proper. A few isolated farms and noble
estates dot the countryside as well.