Duke Pwyll "Greatshout" Daggerford was the ruler of the duchy of Daggerford circa the mid–14th century DR. He defended his people during the Second Dragonspear War of 1366 DR, having become duke after his father's death in the First Dragonspear War seven years prior.[note 2]
He spent much of his time out of town hunting or exploring new opportunities and ways to make better the lives of his people. He often visited the Happy Cow tavern to mingle and talk to his subjects as well as to stay on top of Daggerford's rumor mill. There he often interacted with the establishment's manager Demetira Landscraper, who later accompanied him on the faithful boar hunt.
As a young man, Pwyll lived the life of a daring adventurer. That came to an end at the age of 25 however, when his brother Merovy died while romping around the Unicorn Run. Pwyll's father Duke Pryden, bid his son return home to Daggerford in order to learn how to properly rule their people. While he protested in spirit, Pwyll knew his true duty was to his people and not his own lifestyle.
Duke Pryden fell in battle while fighting the armies of Dragonspear Castle, during the First Dragonspear War, in the Year of the Worm, 1356 DR. As he was the only heir left, Pwyll succeeded him as duke and took command throughout the rest of the campaign. During the sacking of the castle itself, Pwyll found and readily drank from an unidentified potion. It gave him the ability to vocalize a "great shout", that blew foes away in battle.
When the forces of the Dragonspear Castle began a second war, in the Year of the Wyvern, 1363 DR, Duke Pwyll raised the militia of Daggerford and locked down the town in order to keep it well-defended. This time, the armed forces of Daggerford were led by Dauravyn Redbeard and a band of adventurers, rather than their reigning duke.
Pwyll "Greatshout" met his perceived demise in 1372 DR when he was presumed killed by a wild beast during a hunt. Daggerford mourned the death of the city's leader even though many found his death's circumstances highly suspicious. Shortly after, a wealthy merchant and a member of the city council Matagar Bugo proclaimed himself the new Duke. During Matagar's short reign a group of adventurers alongside Astriel Shalyn, an agent of the Lords of Waterdeep, discovered Zhentarim's plot to instate a puppet ruler, and take over Daggerford. Pwyll and his sister Bronwyn were kept alive in the mines of Illefarn, guarded by Zhent slavers and corrupt Griffons Mercenary Company. Astriel's adventures managed to rescue the Duke and his sister and aid the city against the united forces of Zhentarim and Gorgomorz. Matagar Bugo's short dukedom came to an abrupt end in Gorgomorz' hellfire. Following the Daggerford's victory, Pwyll Daggerford returned to his throne to the city citizen's joy.
Rumors & Legends
- According to The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier, Pwyll was 25 when his father summoned him back to Daggerford. He was around the age of 25 in the events of Under Illefarn, which took place during or shortly after the year 1356 DR.
- The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier states that Duke Pryden died while fighting the "forces of Dragonspear Castle". This is believed to occur during the First Dragonspear War as Pwyll is already duke at the beginning of the Second Dragonspear War, according to Hordes of Dragonspear.
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- William W. Connors (October 1992). Hordes of Dragonspear. Edited by C. Terry Phillips. (TSR, Inc.), p. 10. ISBN 1-56076-333-7.
- slade, et al. (April 1996). “Daggerford”. In James Butler ed. The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (TSR, Inc.), p. 2. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.