A rogues gallery is a police collection of pictures or photographs of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes. However, in this case, it is a collection of visual references to help players of the Forgotten Realms campaign remember who exactly the bad guys are … with the hope that one of them will stir up some in-game hate.
THE BLACK SPIDER
The Black Spider is a rogue Drow who operates along the stretch of road between Neverwinter and Phandalin. He is searching for an artifact called The Forge of Spells. However, he has drawn on several resources to help him carry out this goal including aligning himself with the Cult of the Dragon and the Cragmaw tribe. He was defeated and humiliated by a fellow Drow outcast named Vrae’ree Everhurden. He has sworn a blood oath to Lady Lolth to hunt down and kill the Drow.
The Dwarf assassin known as Darrak Ambershard is wanted in several cities throughout the Sword Coast. He works with the Dead Rats, a wererat thief’s guild based in Luskan. Darrak claims to be the best at what he does, and recently managed to steal the Crown of Neverwinter right out from under the nose of Lord Neverember himself.
The half-dragon known as Sable is the ruthless commander of the forces that attacked Neverwinter. His one goal was to track down and kill the Regent. Having failed in his mission, rumor has it that he plans to seek Neverember out and put an end to the man face-to-face. Afterwards, Sable plans to capture the monk known as Fo and sell the man into slavery.
The necromancer known as Arvik Zaltos was sent to Neverwinter to recover the keys that would allow the Red Wizards of Thay to rengage the Dread Ring of Neverwinter Wood. With the unwitting help of a group of mercenaries, he managed to accomplish this goal. However, he was captured and placed into the prison located beneath the asylum of Helm’s Hold. With the assistance of the Drow of House Xorlarrin, he managed to stag a prison break. During the siege of Neverwinter, he reactivated the Dread Ring at the request of the Dragon Cult.
The green dragon known as Chartilifax has been a resident of Helm’s Hold since it became a refuge for victims of the Spellplauge. Driven mad by the wild magic of the Weave, the dragon is dangerous and unpredictable. Until recently, he was a captive and patient within Helm’s Hold. However, he escaped during a jail break executed by the Drow House Xorlarrin.
Cyanwrath is a warlord for the Cult of the Dragon. He masterminded the invasion of Greenest, and led the Council meeting that was infiltrated by the Company. His main mission is to make sure that the Dragon Queen’s horde arrives safe and sound at the Well of Dragons.
The vampire lord Gulthias penetrated the Halls of Justice and nearly killed Lord Neverember. He is a cleric of Asmodeus and ally of the Dragon Cult. He has vowed to kill Brûne. The vampire accidentally let slip that Asmodeus is playing an active role in the plot to bring Tiamat to the Prime Plane.
A former war wizard of the Purple Dragons, Elden Vargas is a powerful merchant in Neverwinter. He is known to visit Helm’s Hold often to check on the welfare of his wife, Karis. Elden is arrogant, and dislikes Lord Neverember.
Severin is the young, visionary leader of the Cult of the Dragon and the steward of the Red Dragon Mask. When he was a young cult member, he decided that if he really wanted to know the nature of dragons, he must find one and talk to it. He doesn’t believe that raising dead dragons teaches the cult enough about draconic nature. He sought out a red dragon and managed to make a connection with it—a connection that continues. The dragon saw something interesting about the young man and decided to let him live. For Severin’s efforts, Tiamat gifted him with a “grain of sand,” a scrap of knowledge about the existence of the ancient dragon masks. Lesser men might have done nothing with the knowledge, but Severin has been relentless in tracking down the masks. It has taken years to find them all.
In the wake of the Sundering, the gods have stepped back and left their mortal worshipers to govern their own destinies. This has opened the door to Tiamat’s return. Brought together by the cult, the evil dragons forge a powerful alliance. The leaders of the Cult view Tiamat as the unstoppable weapon they need to achieve total dragon supremacy and forge a powerful draconic empire, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in millennia.