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The Field of Triumph was a large outdoor stadium located in the Sea Ward of Waterdeep[1] at the southern end of the Street of the Singing Dolphin, adjacent to the House of Heroes, and bordered by Julthoon Street, Jelzar's Stride, and Seaeye's March.[3] The main entrance was at the end of Gulzindar Street, known as the Lion Gate because it was carved to give visitors the impression they were walking into the maw of a gigantic lion.[3][4]

The Field of Triumph was the venue for many public spectacles from late spring until late autumn, weather permitting. The Open Lord of Waterdeep used the Field as a public forum to give proclamations to the city, but most of the time it was host to exciting events such as horse races, shows of magic and illusion, martial displays of formation and skill, gladiatorial combats, and exhibitions of strange and wondrous creatures and monsters from all across Faerûn and beyond. Attendance often numbered in the thousands.[1][5]

History

In the Year of the Turret, 1360 DR, the director of the Field of Triumph was the head of House Phylund, Lord Urtos Phylund I. His tenure ended in the Year of the Sword, 1365 DR, when he was killed by an owlbear that broke out of its cage while being transferred to a holding cell in the basement of the Field.[2] A few years later, Prendergast Brokengulf married Urtos' widow, Aridarye Phylund, and eventually took over as Director. It was under his tenure (and at Aridarye's urging) that he initiated the Champion's Games.[6]

Once every four years, during Shieldmeet, the Lords of Waterdeep gather on the Field of Triumph to be reaffirmed as leaders of the city. They appear in person, seated on the sixteen thrones and wearing covered helms and robes that disguise their identity.[7]

Appendix

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Campaign Guide”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tito Leati, Eric L. Boyd, Keith Baker, Richard Pett, F. Wesley Schneider and James Lafond Sutter (November 2005). Dungeon #128 Map & Handout Supplement (PDF). Paizo Publishing. p. 8. Archived from the original on 2017-05-06. Retrieved on 2020-08-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Map included in Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). City of Splendors. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-1560768685.
  4. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Adventurer's Guide to the City”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  5. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Adventurer's Guide to the City”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  6. Tito Leati, Eric L. Boyd, Keith Baker, Richard Pett, F. Wesley Schneider and James Lafond Sutter (November 2005). Dungeon #128 Map & Handout Supplement (PDF). Paizo Publishing. p. 9. Archived from the original on 2017-05-06. Retrieved on 2020-08-13.
  7. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfsong. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207, 297. ISBN 0-7869-1661-3.
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