You have all been invited to dinner with Duchess Morwen of Daggerford. You are well known in the area, and the Duchess has been both a benefactor and friend to you. The meal is sure to be a fine one, and whilst autumn is upon us, it seems that summer is determined to have its last gasp. A hint of chill in the air suggests that there will be mists later, as the temperature drops.
Things to consider for when we do character generation: Why does the Duchess favour your character? What service have you performed for her or Daggerford in the past? Why might she look to you to help her with an unusual problem that her retainers may find challenging?
Daggerford is a town that lay along the Shining River on the Sword Coast in the Western Heartlands. It is a walled town with a population of approximately 900, with a number of outlying hamlets, farms, and estates bringing the population to over 2,000. The town is strategically placed along the Trade Way and fortified by the local duke's dwarven-built castle. It is primarily a farming community, but a desire to grow and be seen as an alternative to the northern city Waterdeep has caused the town to actively seek craftsmen and artisans. Its streets are unpaved and the buildings are slightly ramshackle in appearance.
The Duchess of Daggerford as of 1486 DR is Lady Morwen Daggerford, inheriting the title from her younger brother Maldwyn when the practice of primogeniture was suspended in the town of Daggerford. She looks as though she is in her 20s, but you know she is older. Most day-to-day issues are handled by the Council of Guilds. The council is full of itself, thinking that it has more power than it truly does, meeting in concealing robes with faces covered to emulate the meetings of the Lords of Waterdeep despite their faces being publicly known. It exists by the Duchess' grace.