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The Lords of Waterdeep are the ruling council who have ruled the city of Waterdeep for the most of the last 300 years. Throughout that time, there have been between 50 and 80 lords, four of whom have reigned as Open Lord. The Lords come from all walks of life and while predominantly comprised of humans, has had members of various races throughout the Realms.[2]

While no other Lords are formally named, some individuals become the subject of widespread rumors that can even become a general consensus.[3] The penalty for impersonating a Lord, whether by dressing in a set of their indentical clothing or by a false claim is punishable by the imposter's immediate execution.[2]

The Lords only appear in public when deliberating on high crimes or when asked to by the lower court but even then only four generally appear and one is always the Open Lord: Piergeiron. All save him wear black formless masks and robes and speak through the Open Lord, Piergeiron, to keep their identities secret.[citation needed]

Open Lord Piergeiron the Paladinson and a Masked Lord in official garments.

Open LordEdit

See also: History of 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.


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.[2]

Known current lords (1479 DR)Edit

Deceased lords as of 1372 DR (Third and 3.5 edition Forgotten Realms)Edit

Deceased as of 1479 DR (fourth edition Forgotten Realms)


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