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The Lords of Waterdeep were the ruling council of the city of Waterdeep, who had reigned for almost three centuries by 1372 DR Throughout that time, there had been between 50 and 80 lords, four of whom reigned as Open Lord. The Lords came from all walks of life and while they were predominantly human, they had had members of various races from throughout the Realms.[4] A full council comprised 20 Lords, though this number might vary from 16–29.[5]

While no other Lords were formally named, some individuals became the subject of widespread rumors that could even become a general consensus.[6] The penalty for impersonating a Lord, whether by dressing in a set of their identical clothing or by a false claim was punishable by the imposter's immediate execution.[4]

The Lords only appeared in public when deliberating on high crimes or when asked to by the lower court but even then only four generally appeared and one was always the Open Lord. All Closed Lords wore black formless masks and robes and spoke through the Open Lord, in order to keep their identities secret.[citation needed]
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Open Lord Piergeiron the Paladinson and a Masked Lord in official garments.

Open LordEdit

See also: History of the Open Lord of Waterdeep

The Open Lord of Waterdeep is the sole member of the Lords of Waterdeep whose identity is publicly known. There is only one Open Lord at any one time, but when the previous one dies or steps down, he or she is replaced by a new one.

HistoryEdit

There has been one Lord through the institution's history who has abused his position; Kerrigan the Arcanist. Through subterfuge and hired agents, Kerrigan killed three of his fellow Lords before he was routed by Ahghairon. The conflict resulted in a spell battle within the streets of Waterdeep, which ended in the South Ward with Kerrigan's death.[4]

Deceased lords as of 1372 DR (Third / 3.5 Edition Forgotten Realms)Edit


Lords of Waterdeep as of 1372 DR Edit


Lords of Waterdeep in 1479 DR (Fourth Edition Forgotten Realms)Edit

Lords of Waterdeep in 1491 DR (Fifth Edition Forgotten Realms)Edit

  • Laeral Silverhand: Open Lord[16], one of the Seven Sisters. She was instructed by Mystra to seek the office of Open Lord to provide stability in the Sword Coast North and to prevent unknown persons from misusing magic, which would lead to the persecution of magic users on a massive scale[17].
  • Original Lords who were not killed in the Death Masks assassinations.
    • Lords who still have identities secret from the public.
      • Omin Dran,[18] a half-elf male who felt safe enough after the deaths of other Lords that he did not seek to hire bodyguards like his fellow lord, Landarmyn Voskur.[19]
      • Mirt [20]: Human Male returned to Waterdeep in 1491 DR after almost a century trapped in a magical weapon. [16]
      • Three unnamed lords called The Three Neutral Lords. [21]
    • Lords who have been compromised by having their identities made public.
      • Gruthgar Hrimmrel[22]: Human Male and prominent landlord, also was a retired shipwright. His identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which he was forced to attend unmasked[23].
      • Lammakh Heirlarpost[22] Human Male who had inherited his business from his mother. He made money by undercutting prices compared to smaller businesses, and being a middle man for guilds and those providing raw materials. He was very overbearing. His identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which he was forced to attend unmasked[23].
      • Kassalra Maremthur[22] Human Female made ointments which she sold in custom blown glass vials. Merchants in the Heartlands could not keep her products in sufficient stock due to their popularity. Her identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which she was forced to attend unmasked[23].
      • Sarathue Serendragon[21]: Half-Elf Female[21]. She nominated Daranthra Xathnout of Trades Ward as a possible candidate for becoming a Masked Lord[24] Her identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which she was forced to attend unmasked[23].
    • New Secret Lords.
      • Daerrask Querreth, a human male who was a well known investor in Waterdeep.
      • Zuzeena Qeldur, a human female who owned a massive collection of small shops in Waterdeep. Her nomination recommendation was that she would understand the needs of Waterdeep's shopkeepers.
      • Cadraethe Haulhenarr, a human female who became an entrepreneur (only after she was widowed).
      • Vaelra Kallo of North Ward, a human female dressmaker[24]
    • Additional Compromised Lords.
      • Zereth Keltaerond, a human male who held extensive trading arrangements with Calimshan. His identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which he was forced to attend unmasked[23].
      • Halark Tarncrown, a human male who was a merchant and investor of great success. His identity as a Masked Lord was revealed during a volatile Lordsmoot to which he was forced to attend unmasked[23].
  • Lords who were killed in the year 1491 DR during the Death Masks assasinations.

ReferencesEdit

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