Tyranny of Dragons
Cult of the Dragon
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The Cult of the Dragon, also known as Keepers of the Secret Hoard or, more recently, Wearers of Purple, is a semi-religious evil organization venerating undead dragons, or dracoliches.
The Cult of the Dragon was founded by Sammaster, a powerful wizard, centuries ago. Sammaster possessed great power, in a manner similar to Elminster and Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun. In Sammaster’s case however, the additional power brought delusions of godhood and madness, and he came to believe in time that “dead dragons shall rule the world entirely” and began to work toward that goal, fighting the several Chosen of Mystra and even the god Lathander along the way. While Sammaster has died, risen as a lich, and fallen again, his cult lives on, and continues to threaten the Western Heartlands.
In the past, the Cult of the Dragon venerated dragons, evil dragons in particular, and specifically dead evil dragons. They reanimated the gargantuan corpses as powerful and fell dracoliches. The Cult acted as an information network for its draconian “masters”, brings gems and riches as offerings, and encouraged evil dragons to become dracoliches. They believed that dracoliches were destined to one day rule Faerûn and beyond.
More recently, the new leaders of the Cult of the Dragon seek to aid living dragons in dominating the world by bringing about the coming of Tiamat to Faerûn. While these new cultists have almost completely reformed the Cult’s beliefs, there are still several old guard members dedicated to bringing about a world ruled by evil undead dragons.
The Cult is active throughout the Realms, but is specifically powerful in the Cold Lands and the North, where dragons are particularly abundant. Cult member activities include gathering information on particularly rich caravans to be raided, stealing unique items to be offered to their masters, and leading raids against their enemies (who, in their minds, are all those who might oppose the rulership of the dragons).
Senior members of the Cult of the Dragon are known as Keepers of the Secret Hoard or, more recently, Wearers of Purple, and they are the sole keepers of the secret of creation of dracoliches. Prominent members include: