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Ssendam
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Posted - 15 Jun 2015 :  15:33:36  Show Profile  Visit Ssendam's Homepage Send Ssendam a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
... and The Holdfast Inn.

Hi All

I'm running a campaign where this hamlet features heavily but there is scant information on it. There is a mention of it in Volo's and in the Daggerford Adventure but as far as I know no maps/plans.

Before I go designing it myself does anyone know of any deeper resources out there on this settlement? A map of the hamlet and a plan for the inn would be good.

The only thing I can think of is that I think it is in a Bio-ware game so there may be plans there?

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I believe it is featured in the original never winter nights game. A side quest.

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Ssendam
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Posted - 17 Jun 2015 :  17:47:12  Show Profile  Visit Ssendam's Homepage Send Ssendam a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So that's probably the only place you can find a map? Are there any resources for the maps NWN I wonder?
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It was part of the canceled premium module for NWN, Darkness Over Daggerford.

I haven't seen much about the place in any written source. A pity it didn't show up in Hoard of the Dragon Queen.

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Ssendam
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Looking at the description in Volo's Guide to the North this is the outline I get:

http://www.ssendam.org/blog/wp-content/gallery/sundry/The_Holdfast_Inn.jpg?i=1925679512

Has anyone played 'Darkness over Daggerford'? Is The Holdfast Inn of Liam's Hold plan along those lines?
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If you are going to use it for an adventure, I'd add-in a guy who says "I have a unique set of skills. I will find you, and I will kill you".

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Ssendam
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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

If you are going to use it for an adventure, I'd add-in a guy who says "I have a unique set of skills. I will find you, and I will kill you".



I'll need an evil party for that ... presumable ones who kidnap his family ...
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Not necessarily - perhaps his 'unique set of skills' includes contacting the party to get his family members back.

(ohhh... and he's a mage... and his daughter left her crystal ball 'on' LOL)

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ChoucrouteGarnieDu42
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Posted - 23 Mar 2017 :  21:48:41  Show Profile Send ChoucrouteGarnieDu42 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey buddy, still need help? I've played Darkness over Daggerford extensively, I can take screenshots of environments, maps, list quests, little trivia and anecdotes, whatever you need just ask.
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If you can grab maps out of the game, that would be pretty sweet. I could either doctor-them-up for posting here at the keep's map-room, or - if they look good enough - post them as-is to the map room.

Either way, it would pretty cool to get maps for another FR settlement. You can never have too many maps.

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Ssendam
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Posted - 24 Mar 2017 :  12:11:54  Show Profile  Visit Ssendam's Homepage Send Ssendam a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, any help would be much appreciated!

I want to do my own map of Liam's Hold and The Holdfast Inn so any resources that aid accuracy (and keep the FR canon) would be useful.
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Markustay
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Yeah, if and when I get back to this region, I will probably add-in some of the stuff from the VG (even though it has Daggerford on the wrong side of the River). I did this with some of the Baldur's Gate stuff as well.

Hmmmmm... and the in-game map of the place (I found some pretty low-res ones around the 'Net) doesn't look anything like Daggerford, and its WAY too small. That actually helps - rather than hinders - reconciling everything. There could be a small keep and few more buildings on THAT side of the river, and thats the part of Darkness over Daggerford goes to.

I found a map of Gillian's Hill as well, but also low quality (barely legible). If you can get those sceenshots it would be much appreciated. If you want I can PM you my Email.

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ChoucrouteGarnieDu42
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Yeah this extension is a nice source in itself, done by fans for fans, they really wanted to make you feel as if you were part of a grander world, not just a standalone story in a standalone map. Plenty of books, places and little references to the lore and previous D&D games scattered all around. Alright here's the first batch, with some annotations for clarity's sake (plus the source files on OneDrive so you can make your own maps from it at will https://1drv.ms/f/s!As0Q3Cfz-2o3hTC2eDra_KUaH8Q-). They still seem quite small to me, but it's the best I can do (maximum minimap zoom in 1920x1080).

Liam's Hold https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s12.jpg
1: to Gillian's Hill
2: to the Wild Pastures
3: abandoned Bhaal temple (which can become your adventuring stronghold, gifted by the mayor after you gain her trust)
4: Nell's Pie Shop
5: Michael and Xanda's house
6: Hester's house
7: Rab's place
8: Mayor Wisley's house
9: Holdfast Inn
10: Vejoni's tent
11: to Baldur's Gate
12: to the Brush of Barbs
13: crevice in the cliffs

Stronghold https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s30.png
1: portcullis
2: garrison bedroom
3: dilapidated storeroom
4: stairs up to the tower
5: stairs down to the Bhaal temple
6: stairs up to the roof (main Liam's Hold map)

Tower https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s29.png
1: stairs down
2: your bedroom

Bhaal temple https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s33.png
1: stairs up
2: loose flagstone (with a mechanism to open a small secret doorway)
3: Bhaal's altar (with said secret doorway behind ; for the record that's how I stumbled upon this topic, I was desperately looking for a way to open that hidden door like, weeks ago, and I just now found it during this little charting mission. Karma's awesome :D)
4: treasure room, guarded by three dormant gargoyles (contains literal piles of gold, gemstones, potions, a Talisman of Pure Evil and Shadow Cut, a unique rapier)
5: bookcases (magic parchments)

Nell's Pie Shop https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s22.png
1: exit
2: Nell Kirschtorte
3: Jemmy Kirschtorte (Nell's daughter, who is part of a very well written quest of ghostly apparitions around the hamlet and a touching character)

Michaels and Xanda's house https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s23.png
1: exit
2: Xanda Pennywell

Hester's house https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s31.png
1: exit
2: Hester

Rab's place https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s25.png
1: exit
2: Rab Bitnez
3: Rab's room

Mayor Wisley's house https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s24.png
1: exit
2: Mayor Wisley

Holdfast Inn https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s26.png
1: main entrance
2: innkeeper
3: original door (swollen and unusable)
4: secondary and service exits
5: toilets
6: kitchen
7: stairs up to the bedrooms

Holdfast Inn upper floor https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s28.png
1: stairs down

Vejoni's tent https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s32.png
1: dimensional door (dude's not ****ing around)
2: Vejoni

Inside the cliffs https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/11/17/47/46/liam_s27.png
1: exit through a crevice
2: ancient web-covered unusable door
3: secret mechanism
4: secret passage
5: Sieronius Diethick

So that's that, but I could add screenshots of the actual places, a quick list of NPCs with a brief summary about them, etc. Just tell me what you need!

Last but not least, the ingame world map! Pretty neat feature for a module, Baldur's Gate style. https://1drv.ms/i/s!As0Q3Cfz-2o3hUCIksj9Zy622MhN Well. Appears I'm not out of the woods yet.

Edited by - ChoucrouteGarnieDu42 on 25 Mar 2017 23:00:06
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Markustay
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WOW, thats great! Thanks for sharing.

Do you have anything for Gillians Hill?


EDIT: Who's Sieronius Diethick?
EDIT2: Where's the stronghold located on the main map? Is it abandoned, in use, and by whom? Is it from the 'Lonely Barrens' area? If not, then what is that as well?

Okay, just realized there mus be two "Baal's Temple", and one is the abandoned one in-town, and the other is under the stronghold, am I right?

EDIT3: I just recalled a problem I had with the original maps when I was working with Erik Boyb on this region. Daggerford is supposed to be a 'ford' - no bridge. Problem is, ships dock and Daggerford, and even travel further upriver. So there can't be a bridge there, unless the bridge was VERY high, or a drawbridge. However, the canonical ford makes even less sense - how are people able to walk across a river ships use?

Not quite as bad as the amazing moat that went up and down hills...

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ChoucrouteGarnieDu42
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Affirmative, I'll take care of Gillian's Hill next. And then Daggerford!

Sieronius is the guy with the most painfully hard name to recall ever. Kept forgetting who he was every two map jumps, just to see him pop in my quest log like "eeaaah I ain't acquainted with no Severus Dietetic who's that cupcake now? č_é" Also he's a vampire lord (I'll do something more exhaustive next time).

Ah no it's my bad, I wasn't clear enough. Liam's Hold is an ancient place where things have changed names a lot, for example what is now the Holdfast Inn was Sunder Halyndliam's tower (which was the starting point for the hamlet itself), and what is now called "the stronghold" was the Bhaal temple. I just used the maps' names to stay true to ingame information, but the stronghold/Bhaal temple is one and the same building (namely, the big one west of the village). To better explain, story-wise, nobody recalls it had ever been dedicated to Bhaal. Even the mayor thinks it's nothing but an abandoned fortlet (I think I heard her and maybe some villagers mention it as a "temple" too, but I'd have to replay the module to be sure). That's why the developers only named its lower level "Bhaal temple", they didn't want to spoil the surprise right off the bat!
Concerning the abandoned thingy in town (inside the cliffs), it has nothing to do with Bhaal, however I can't remember what it was supposed to be. Maybe some kind of crypt, but there is also an old (kinda) throne inside. It's linked to necromancy, that I'm sure of. Aaaah well. Guess I will indeed have to replay the whole story!

Yeah this is quite puzzling (not to mention the shipyards are on the wrong side of town in the module, from what I'm seeing everywhere on the web). Bridges were often built over fords, this could explain why only said bridge is visible now (though it doesn't solve the boats problem). However there is no clear mention that the actual town was built on the site of the legend of Tyndal (which got the city its name, a brave boy who held off lizardfolks on a ford with only his dagger), it may have happened miles away from the settling place. Still, there would have been a ford somewhere on the Shining River soooo... doesn't solve anything. Bah, let's go with the usual: IT WORKS WITH MAGIC.
(Last minute theory: river trading boats usually had small draft, small enough to cross fords that weren't excessively shallow. So maybe this ford was the kind you only cross with your shoulders out of the water. Overland trade of sensible goods would require ferry transportation, and carts would be a no go for sure, but other than that the usual pack animals could carry bales across without too much struggle.)

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I'll have to check my notes on the matter, but when I looked at some unfinished maps I had been working on as part of the Under illefarn Anew project, I had a bridge going across the river as well, and I 'think' (maybe) a bridge was built later at the site of the ford where Tyndal did his thing.

Its still doesn't explain the boats. I could swear Erik and I had a discussion about all that, but I can't recall what was decided - perhaps the boats are only 'river boats', and travel up and down stream on the river shining, and don't go any further than Daggerford (so they aren't sea vessels... even though every single artist has depicted them as such). Plus, a sea-going vessel would have to sail through the Lizard marsh, and that ought to be rough (plus there was ancient - as in 'THE first' - temple of Mystra on a small island in the river mouth that has since sunk into the marsh there).

The 'Blade cliffs' area looks to fall out near the site of another ancient elven ruin - the Seatower of Ilinyth, so it might be a good idea to combine the lore (many elves left for Evermeet using the small, secretive docks there, in centuries past). Perhaps the cave complex is all thats left of the sub-cellars of that place.

Thanks for all the info.

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Whats this about the first temple of mystra. Where is that mentioned?

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I'll have to check my notes on the matter, but when I looked at some unfinished maps I had been working on as part of the Under illefarn Anew project, I had a bridge going across the river as well, and I 'think' (maybe) a bridge was built later at the site of the ford where Tyndal did his thing.

Its still doesn't explain the boats. I could swear Erik and I had a discussion about all that, but I can't recall what was decided - perhaps the boats are only 'river boats', and travel up and down stream on the river shining, and don't go any further than Daggerford (so they aren't sea vessels... even though every single artist has depicted them as such). Plus, a sea-going vessel would have to sail through the Lizard marsh, and that ought to be rough (plus there was ancient - as in 'THE first' - temple of Mystra on a small island in the river mouth that has since sunk into the marsh there).


I'm pretty sure the Delimbiyr is navigable by sea-going boats as far as Shining Falls. Perhaps there was a ford there in Tyndal's time, but eventually it was dredged to allow boat travel to and from Ammarindar Loudwater and Gray Vale.

Edit: Forgot Tyndal dates to post-Ammarindar.

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Just checked the Volo's Guide and t says the old ford is still there, right next to a bridge. That just confounds the problem.

I've been thinking on re-working Daggerford for 5e, combining all the stuff for the area (basically updating Erik's Illefarn project, map-wise, to 5e), and including all the material from the VG (I always try to make whatever video games sites I can work within the greater context of FR - no sense in tossing out good lore). This is why I am asking so many questions in this thread - so that when I get to this area with my FR mapping project (which I hope to get back to very soon), I can provide references and small entries cyclopedia-style on them.

If it were me, I'd say Daggerford dredged the river to make it deeper (hired mages or dwarves), which eliminated the ford, and they made that a drawbridge (and perhaps collect tolls, although they could easily cover that with taxes on ships docking at Daggerford proper). You can't really have both - a ford AND sea-going traffic - on the same river (unless its seasonal, but even then, that's kinda 'iffy').

quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Whats this about the first temple of mystra. Where is that mentioned?
Its called 'Mystra's Dance', but I can't seem to find which source its from. It was in my old notes, ut I don't have those anymore, sadly.

I just checked the pertinent Volo's Guide, so its not in there, so maybe something like the Magister or Seven Sisters books (possibly even in PftF or PftM)? I'd hope Erik comes along with the info, but he's so busy with a new job I doubt it. Maybe Krash has the info as well?

You know what... the coffee just kicked-n... give me a sec...

EDIT:
Dragon Magazine @228, which of course is a treasure-trove of FR lore because of Ed's article, The Athalantan Campaign. Its at the very top/beginning of pg37. Also mentioned nearby is the rich citystate of Tavaray, now sunken into the marsh (which wasn't there then), just before that on pg.36.

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Mystra's Dance is also featured in "Elminster: The Making of a Mage".

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Regarding the ford, apparently in the D&D Next era (1480s) both it and the bridge exist, as in VGtN, and the ford "forces traffic to stop":
quote:
From Scourge of the Sword Coast

Despite its small size, Daggerford is an important hub for trade. The Delimbiyr River becomes shallow at Daggerford (thus the “ford” in its name), so boat traffic from the east has to stop. This traffic meets with caravans traveling north or south on the Trade Way.

The same source also gives a brief description of the bridge, repeated here (because I know many on this site don't have this source).
quote:
Approaching Daggerford from the south, visitors cross Tyndal Bridge, a low stone structure named after the hero of a local legend that tells about the founding of the town. A boy named Tyndal supposedly fought off lizardfolk at the ford using only a dagger, hence the name of the settlement. Darfin Floshin knows this tale is no legend. He can remember when Tyndal, having grown to manhood and married the daughter of the area’s ruler, took the title of duke and built Daggerford atop the ruins of an earlier castle.

The Cyclopedia of the Realms mentions the ford as a safe crossing at the time it was found, but then Waterdeep and the North says that the Delimbiyr is navigable from its mouth to Shining Falls. Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast mentions the bridge across the river, and says the "old ford" is still there beside the bridge.

My best guess after all this revolves around the idea of a narrow channel being dredged through the ford. That would mean the old ford has become impassable on foot (though still largely present), and thus the bridge is needed. It also allows sea-going traffic to pass through the channel, which allows all of the old sources to be true.

As far as the ford in the time of SotSC goes, the language in that source isn't actually all that specific, it just says boats have to "stop". Perhaps this doesn't mean they have to stop permanently, and there is still a narrow channel. Maybe that channel is heavily controlled by the militia, and boats have to dock and pay dues before moving on. Or perhaps the channel through the ford simply collapsed somewhere in the "lost century", and now boats can't travel past it anymore.

Just floating ideas mainly, but I like the idea of Daggerford exacting taxes on those that wish to sail up and down the river, forcing them to stop in town (and buy things).

Edit: Though the bridge being a "low stone structure" makes it even less likely boats still pass under it in the SotSC era, so perhaps boats can't pass Daggerford post-Spellplague.

Edit 2: Maybe it always made sense for boats to not be coming in from the sea, due to Lizard Marsh as Markustay suggested above.

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Yes, the whole problem revolves around the bridge being too small to allow traffic under it, and a working ford to be able to allow such ships to pass.

However, we could use the 'seasonal' angle and tweak a few things. Suppose the original ford was where the town is, or more likely, just upriver from it. Like maybe right at the eastern edge of town. That means ship traffic would have to stop at the town, being able to go no further. Barge traffic, however, could takeover, and navigate the shallow river the rest of the way. So goods must be transferred at Daggerford, which makes lots of sense.

Slightly further west we run into a problem. Lets say there was a second, seasonal ford there, but thats not really the ford that the town was named after (the two were confused with each other over the years), so 'Tyndal's Bridge' may be the site where he fought some Lizardmen, but the older ford still exists a mile or so to the east. This crossing became more famous, and got the bridge, because of the road going through, but before the bridge, it would not have been usable in the spring, during the thaws (when rivers run much higher).

Now, the river was probably more passable in the past, because we have some lore that it was, and we also had the busy trade-city of Tavaray sitting right there where the marsh now is. The existence of the marsh - and its previous non-existence - leads me to believe that silt carried downstream over the years lead to the last few miles of river becoming 'clogged' (perhaps because of the ruins of Tavaray, which should sit astride the formerly deep river's path). so although that lead to there being several good spots to cross in later years, it also meant the sea-going traffic that used to be able to use the river no longer can.

I see two solutions. The simplest one would be to say that the bridge has been built high enough to accommodate sailing vessels, OR, it is a drawbridge, operated and maintained by Daggerford. This second one makes the most sense, given the fact the 5e lore mentions the bridge (and describes it somewhat, without fixing the conundrum), and it surely doesn't sound like some massive structure. And because we have dwarves, gnomes, wizards, etc., a drawbridge isn't a stretch at all, and we could easily have the more modern 'two leaf' variety (or even something more exotic, like one that slides back into itself - something gnomes or dwarves could have come up with).

A third solution, which I only like because it keeps the bridge and everything else 'intact', BUT adds a lot of extra lore, is that Daggerford maintains an 'outpost' of sorts on the western side of the bridge, with more docks, and that allows merchants to transfer goods to wagons and get carted to Daggerford not far away. This may seem silly, but they already maintain a 'caravan grounds' right in that same area, so some auxiliary docks to go with those caravans isn't such a leap. However, this begs the qustion - why the hell isn't the town straddling the road and the bridge, and have docks on BOTH sides to accommodate both types of shipping? Was that old, ruined castle really that important to have built the whole town in the sub-optimal spot?

Plus, I already plan to add an 'outpost' of the town on the south side of the river, because of the Video games lore, and having pieces of the city all over the place like that is making Daggerford turn into a sprawling mess (which, I suppose, some day it would turn into anyway... if things worked in the Realms like they do RW... which strangely, they don't.

So we have to assume Daggerford IS the optimal spot, and that both types of shipping ARE accommodated there, one to each side of a 'sand bar' situation (where the old ford was). There is not second set of docks to the west (by the caravan grounds), and there is no honking huge 'sky bridge'. Just a drawbridge... which the designers keep forgetting to mention. There is also another ford - the one where Tyndal had his fight, but it was only shallow enough for crossing in the dry, summer months. Daggerford now makes some effort to keep the channel clear, even during times when the river is running low.

To that end, they've started a project to clear away some of the debris (once again, possibly the sunken ruins of Tavaray), which would cause the river to flow swifter as it did in times past, cutting its own deeper channel as it once was, and stopping the spread of the swamp (note that i think it was this 'clogging' that caused the marsh to grow there in the first place, with silt piling up against the sunken Tavaray ruins - it makes sense in the timeline that one thing caused the other). Eventually, the hope is that the river will run clear from the shining falls all the way to sea, as it did in centuries past (at which point, Daggerford may consider putting chains across the river to enforce its control/taxes of the river traffic).

Of course, the lizardfolk are quite happy with things the way they are (as are their yuan-ti masters*), and will make every effort to keep the old river bed clogged, going as far as attacking any engineers (and their adventurer-bodyguards) from trying to clear it. I smell a gaming session or three...


*My assumption here is that with all this going on, and the amount of traffic Daggerford gets - both foot/wagon and ship - it would greatly interest the 'scaly powers that be', and that marsh makes a nice mid-point outpost for the reptyl presence in the Serpent Hills (just on the other side of the high moor... which is riddled with underground passages) and the Mere of Dead Men to the north of Waterdeep, which does have Yuan-ti (who watch the goings on of Neverwinter to the north, and Waterdeep to the south). In fact, if you want to turn this whole storyline into an AP, you could have some history saying it was the Serpent kingdoms that brought Tavaray low, purposely creating the marsh to be used as an outpost of theirs. You could involve the elves as well (they had a major 'secret port' just to the south they may have wanted to remain secret, for the Retreat), but if it were me, I wouldn't, because the elves have their hands in everything and it would be nice if some other race caused a calamity... even if it was highly localized. But Illefarn was RIGHT THERE... and the High moor is covering the lost kingdom of Miyeritar... its your call. We also have fiends in Castle Dragonspear nearby (always a fun 'night on the town' for adventurers). And the hags of the Trollbark and Hagwood... sounds like a heluva party.

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KanzenAU
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To try and work from the most recent lore in SotSC, we have a river that becomes shallower at Daggerford (the ford), plus the low stone bridge over the river, next to the old ford. I presume the bridge is there because the ford is only passable on foot at certain times of year, if at all.

It seems to me that the easiest explanation is to say that sea-going vessels can make it to Daggerford, at which point they need to transfer their goods to other vessels to go the rest of the way. By this way of thinking, Waterdeep & the North just got one thing wrong.

A better but more complex explanation might be that the river was navigable all the way from the mouth to Shining Falls in Mirtul of 1357 DR (the time of Waterdeep & the North), but only when the river was deep enough over the ford (say, from autumn to spring). Then, a bridge was built by the time of the Volo's Guide (1360s) to deal with the fact that the ford was only traversable by land in summer, when the river was low. Previously folk and armies would have had to use barges maintained by the locals outside of the summer months.

Building the bridge in the early 1360s (or even mid-late 1350s) makes sense, as it times to the Dragonspear Wars, a time where there would have been a lot of traffic over the bridge - and a high demand for such an artifice.
Edit: The first Dragonspear War saw Waterdhavian troops in the south for over two years according to the OGB (likely 1354-1356 plus some cleanup in 1357), and it could have been during this time that the bridge started being built. Or it could after been after, as Waterdeep desired to be prepared for a second war, if one should come. In any case, construction wrapping up anytime after Mirtul 1357 (W&tN) and before 1366 (VGttSC) works well.

Such a low stone bridge as is mentioned in SotSC would serve the folk of Daggerford quite well, in that it would force vessels to stop and change boats - which are maintained by the locals - even when the river is high enough for boats to safely travel over the ford. A drawbridge would work well too, but it feels a little bit more like cheating to me, as I feel it would have been mentioned in the lore if it was there.

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Edited by - KanzenAU on 29 Mar 2017 07:55:18
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Did you click on the link to a pic of a drawbridge I posted above? it doesn't have to be that big. Perhaps only the non-mobile parts are made of stone (probably being built by dwarves), or maybe dwarves figured out how to do a drawbridge made entirely of stone?

I did suggest the alternative - a 'weigh station' type of setup with some smaller docks over near the caravan grounds (and just west of the bridge), but once again, thats sub-optimal - the town would definitely grow to encompass it, and that would start happening almost immediately after that situation became a thing; smart merchants building shops and warehouses right there, and within a few years wanting their independence from Daggerford - something Daggerford would do everything in its power to prevent. Although that all works, its overly-complicated, creates a potential disastrous political situation, and still begs the question - why was the town EVER built to the east of the road, when clearly the best spot for transfer of goods was right there, AT THE ROAD. Settlements today are planned, but 'back in the ye old days' they just happened, and they happened for reasons. Daggerford doesn't make sense where it is unless ships can get to it from both directions (and the lore does say the town was built AT the ford, so then why is the ford also about a half mile away to the west?) Thus, building a bridge that would STOP ship traffic from coming in from the sea, just to have it carted in wagons to the town from a different spot (where a town WOULD spring up, creating a rival for Daggerford), makes no sense.

We are throwing simple logic out the window for a throw-away line from a sourcebook... written by designers who are 'only human', and have proven themselves fallible over and over again. IDEALLY, the whole setting should have advanced a century, but instead they are too frightened to even make logical changes at this point. Daggerford should have continued to grow into a city - like the guide books suggest - and by the late 1400's we should not even be discussing this problem, because the city would have overgrown its walls and BE a sprawling mess on BOTH sides of the river AND all the way past that bridge (which would then be INSIDE the town proper... like it always should have been). Seriously - Do you have any idea how much trade simply passes them by? Why not control the roads and collect taxes? None of that makes any sense UNLESS the spot where the town is is OPTIMAL, which means UNIMPEDED ship traffic in both directions (with a shallow, sandbar-ish situation going on in the middle... which also should have been cleared by the late 1400's, and CHAINS be set across, like RW cities did).

if they decide to do another AP based around Daggerford - the way they did the Neverwinter one - they should get Erik Boyd to work all this stuff out and do the history bits (since he already has 95% of that done), and upgrade Daggerford to the city status it SHOULD have in the 1490's, and then we have options - either the drawbridge (which should have been there circa 1370's), or have some docks and cargo cranes over near the bridge (which would then be 'part of the town' at that point). What we really need is THAT upgrade which they are too scared to do ("Changes bad! 4e Bad!"), so in the meantime, as far as I'm concerned, they have some weird, sliding, stone drawbridge there, built by the dwarves of Dardath of old (who traded with Tavaray, and were one of the groups that were part of the Fallen Kingdom).

Suggested 'Fix':
The bridge was ALWAYS there, since those early days (about a millennia ago, so even at the time of Athalantar) - the 'ford' that existed then would have been the seasonal one where Daggerford now stands. When they say "the ford is still there, 'next to' the bridge", they are simply taking poetic license, since the ford is actually at the town proper, a short distance away (on a map of Faerūn, that distance would be unnoticeable and irrelevant). The bridge may have been 'out of service' for some time, because of the marshes (lizardfolk, etc.) and the fall of Tavaray (and Dardath, and just about every other nearby kingdom), which would have forced folks to use the ford. Being that there was an ancient keep already at THAT site, the town sprang up THERE, rather than by the road, with the bridge that was now right inside the edge of the growing (hazardous) marshlands.

Perhaps the bridge was even 'stuck open' back then, some 200 years ago, and it was repaired at the time of the first Dragonspear wars? I am going to try and illustrate that (being more of a 'mechanical drawing', I think I can handle it). That would mean as far as anyone was concerned, there was no bridge there at that time - they may have even thought it collapsed in the middle, when really, the two massive slabs of stone were just 'stuck' in the open position. that could fix everything, me thinks.

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I can't believe I overlooked the most obvious problem - the current.
Unless the current was particularly sluggish, sailing 'upriver' would be rough. With the widening/shallowing of the river over the past couple of centuries (that I surmised above), this might actually be the case. Still, at the times when the river is deepest - and therefor able to handle the largest 'drafts' of vessels - is also when the current would be the most profound, and hard to overcome. However, the lore does say the river is navigable to boat traffic in both directions, so it probably is a wide, lazy river. In fact, where the bridge is should be the narrowest (and therefor deepest) 'choke point' in the river.

I had only come to realize this as I am designing what I see as a workable solution for ALL the lore (based on that last thing I theorized above). Even though it supports an argument for 'auxilary docks and loading cranes' west of the bridge, I thought it a fair point to mention, and I also think the short distance involved (a few miles, tops) isn't going to make all that much difference, in regards to how slow the current is (especially since we can clearly see the river widens AT Daggerford, which is where it would slow down the most).

The river also widened quite a bit during the Return of the Archwizards novel series (the lowest parts of Daggerford were completely underwater!), but that should have all resolved itself by the end of that series (when the weather was righted).

If I am right about other things - the gradual warming of the climate and melting of the glaciers in the past 2-300 years (1-200 from the 3e time period) - then there should actually be less water (run-off) for the river now then in the past, which further supports my theory that it went from a narrow, fast river to a wide, shallow one over the course of a thousand years. Of course, with the 5e 'reset' of the geography, i am not even sure about the condition of all the glaciers anymore (for example, it seems the 'High Ice' in Anauroch returned in the 5e era, which makes little sense to me, since that had nothing to do with 4e - it was already disappearing, and should have done so by now naturally).

On the other hand, if the glaciers were returned to an even earlier state, like pre-ToT (which makes a LOT of sense, story-wise), than they could have even been returned to a time a right around when Vassa was first uncovered from the Ice (in which case, I'd still love to see Ed's original maps for that region - its one of the few pieces I am missing). Like maybe how Vassa was during that story with Melegaunt Tanthul - the year was 1269 DR - and the whole place was like one vast, cold marshland.

But more likely, the world would have been reset to the way the geography was at the start of 1e, because that's right around the time the Dark Chronology would have kicked-in, which sent the world spiraling down a side-path of dark prophesy.

BOY, does my brain get side-tracked... I just wanted to figure-out a bridge!

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Hah, yeah but these sidetreks occasionally yield gold!

As far as location goes, we know exactly where the bridge is thanks to the maps. Daggerford was built where it was because it was built on the ruins of Morlin Castle, but the ford is surely quite close (and to the east of the bridge from the sound of the SotSC writeup).

As far as population growth goes, Daggerford grows by 33% in the lost century (900-1200) from memory. Perhaps more could be expected with it being a trade hub, but who knows what's happened over that length of time. IIRC anyone that stays in Daggerford more than a short duration has to serve in the militia, which might discourage people moving there (as opposed to THE trade hub of Waterdeep not far away).

A drawbridge having always been there (in various states of disrepair) could work well enough, and it would make more sense than just blocking off the river entirely. Still not sure how I feel about saying the bridge was always a drawbridge, but keen to see what you come up with.

Edit: Have also reached out to ELB in his thread to see if he has anything to share.

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Edited by - KanzenAU on 30 Mar 2017 00:32:13
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