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The Griffon Cavalry was the air cavalry of the city of Waterdeep in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries DR. Part of the City Guard, it was a militia organization made up of soldiers responsible for defending and patrolling the great city.[2][1]

HistoryEdit

The history of the Griffon Cavalry can perhaps be traced as far back as the second Trollwars when Ilithrew Belabranta rode his griffon into battle. One of his later heirs, Lord Palinor Belabranta, did the same versus the orc hordes of the Black Claw tribe in 1026 DR. House Belabranta had since been a noble family associated with the breeding and training of griffons.[5]

In 1235 DR Open Lord Ahghairon officially declared the Griffon Cavalry part of the City Guard during a huge orc siege on the city. The riders not only fought the orc hordes again, but were also used to shuttle in much needed supplies to the city.[6]

The Griffon Calvary later established a base of operations on the landward side of Mount Waterdeep called Peaktop Aerie, or Peaktop Eyrie. There they stabled over twenty griffons with another half-dozen housed at Castle Waterdeep.[7]

Notable Griffon Riders and/or TrainersEdit

Although not all of the following people were official members of the Griffon Cavalry, each was known to ride and/or train a griffon in Waterdeep's defense:

EquipmentEdit

A griffon cavalryman's uniform was similar to other guardsman's - polished armor, and a black tabard with gold trim - but the tabard was also emblazoned with griffon.[2]

Griffon riders were also given either a Ring of feather falling[3] or a griffon badge of Waterdeep[2], which performed essentially the same function.

In addition to their other armament, the Griffon Cavalry often carried lances of burning blackire into battle, wielding them to great effect atop their griffon steeds.[12]

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Adventures

GalleryEdit

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The Griffon Cavalry flying overhead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Fleisher (December 1988). “The Gathering”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1 (DC Comics).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33–34. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 197. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 76. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  6. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Campaign Guide”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  8. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  9. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  10. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 76. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  11. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 83–84. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  12. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.