The notable Guilds and organizations of Waterdeep are listed below.

Arcane schools and practitioners[edit | edit source]

Blackstaff Tower 
The home of Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun and Laeral Silverhand and an academy of arcane apprentices.[1]
Eltorchul Academy 
The magic school of Lord Thesp Eltorchul.[2]
Enclave of Red Magic 
The Red Wizards of Thay use the Thayan Embassy in the Castle Ward to conduct their trade, via a portal to this enclave in Skullport.[2]
Halaster's Heirs 
A hidden academy for dark arcanists, situated on the first level of the Undermountain.[3]
New Olamn 
A bardic education centre formed after Iriador "Garnet" Wintermist's anger at the Harpers' deviance from their original ideals.[4]
Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors 
Originally formed to provide protection for weaker spellcasters against people opposed to magic, now serves as the largest arcane school in Waterdeep.[5]

Criminal and underground[edit | edit source]

Agents of the Eye 
See Xanathar Thieves' Guild
Black Boar Tribe 
A barbaric gang in the Dock Ward.[6]
Bull Elk Tribe 
A gang of primarily Uthgardt barbarians led by Chief Hagar Hlutwigsson.[6]
Plague Rats 
An elite organization of thieves and assassins operating mainly in the Dock Ward.[7]
Savants of the Dark Tide 
A foul organization run by aboleths deep in the Waterdeep sewer system.[7]
Shadow Thieves 
The largest and most prosperous thieves' guild in Faerûn.[8]
The Unseen 
An organization of shape-changers, thieves and illusionists.[7]
Xanathar Thieves' Guild 
Agents of The Xanathar (or "the Eye"), the most powerful beholder in Waterdeep.[9]

Secret organizations[edit | edit source]

Harpers 
An organization believing in the goodness of humankind and its allies.[10]
Knights of the Shield 
An organization that exists to gather and manipulate information.[11]
Kraken Society 
A secretive criminal organization dedicated to gaining information.[11]
Red Sashes 
A vigilante group particularly active in the Dock Ward.[11]
Moonstars 
A group of renegade Harpers and allies of the Blackstaff.[12]

Registered guilds[edit | edit source]

The following guilds were active in Waterdeep prior to the Spellplague and after the Second Sundering.[13][14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 23. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 26. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  3. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  5. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  8. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  9. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 73. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  12. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 75. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  13. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 51. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 14.26 14.27 14.28 14.29 14.30 14.31 14.32 14.33 14.34 14.35 14.36 14.37 14.38 14.39 14.40 14.41 14.42 14.43 14.44 Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
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