The Gaming Group
Tyranny of Dragons takes place mostly on the Sword Coast of Faerûn. However, I don’t know anything about Faerûn beyond the few tidbits that have come up in this season of Organized Play, so as far as I’m concerned, we can do anything with the setting we want. I don’t think anything much will come up, anyway. I’ll keep all the names for my own convenience, but otherwise we can pretty much ignore anything specific about the Forgotten Realms.
The general layout of the area is dominated by several major settlements along the coast of the Sea of Swords. Smaller settlements are strung out along the roads and trails, tucked in between the sea and the harsher wilderness inland.
The story begins on the way to Greenest, a smallish village in the Greenfields, the plains on the south edge of the Sword Coast. The main enemies for Horde of the Dragon Queen are members of the Cult of the Dragon, an organization whose name is pretty self-explanatory. They have been increasingly active of late, but it is not generally known what their current goals might be. It is not uncommon for the cultists, mostly Kobolds and Humans but including a motley collection of other Humanoids, to hire bandits or other mercenaries to supplement their forces.