Dungeons: The Dragoning
Neverwinter, also known as the City of Skilled Hands or the Jewel of the North, was a metropolis sitting on the northwestern Sword Coast of Faerûn. It was so named because, even though the town is situated in the cold north of Faerûn, the Neverwinter River that flows through it and originates in the nearby Mount Hotenow is perennially warm.
Once known as the Jewel of the North, Neverwinter was badly damaged when nearby Mount Hotenow erupted about 50 years ago. It took a decade before some settlers came back and The City of Skilled Hands began the long and arduous process of working to rebuild itself as a wealthy trading city known for its clocks and other superbly made local items. Neverwinter’s reconstruction is far from complete, however. Entire sections of the city still lie in rubble, plagued by brigands and monsters, and sinister factions scheme to take over the place.
The process was helped by the arrival of Lord Dagult Neverember, the Open Lord of Waterdeep, stepped up during Neverwinter’s time of need and assembled a force of Mintarn mercenaries to return law and order to the ravaged streets of the once prosperous Jewel of the North.
Neverwinter is part of the league of city-states known as The Lord’s Alliance. Lord Dagult Neverember rules over the city as the Lord Protector, even though he isn’t the true heir to Neverwinter’s crown. He supports the alliance’s efforts to establish civilization throughout the North, although his primary concern is to rebuild the city and its economy.