Tyranny of Dragons
Cult of the Dragon
What is known of the Cult of the Dragon has largely been based on information provided by Drussa Brightcandle, and that which has been learned up to the current ongoing investigation by the Humble Gathering.
The Cult of the Dragon can be traced back to the early 14th Century DR, founded by a powerful wizard, Samaster. Traditionally, the cult of venerated dragons, evil dragons in particular, and specifically dead evil dragons. In particular the Cult utilized highly guarded magic to reanimate the gargantuan corpses of dragons as powerful and fell dracoliches. The Cult acted as an information network for its draconian "masters", brought gems and riches as offerings, and encourages evil dragons to become dracoliches. Their belief was that dracoliches were destined to one day rule Faerûn and beyond.
After Samaster's destruction in the late 14th century, the cult was thought to have no true leader, except for dragons who subjugated many cultists into servitude, and was held to largely been disbanded into sects and pocket cells that, for the most part, were considered a minor, non-threatening concern of leaders and factions among the forces of good.
The Humble Gathering was commissioned by the Harpers through Drussa Brightcandle to investigate recent raids of outlying towns and villages in the Western Heartlands, and rumors of Dragon Cult involvement. The Gathering went south to the the town of Greenest seeking a Harper contact Leosin Erlanthar. When the Gathering arrived at Greenest, it was being raided by the Cult who was supported by a small army of kobolds , mercenaries, and an adult Blue Dragon, Lennathon. Although the raiders naturally enjoyed working the hand of destruction and chaos, the overall intent seemed to be focused on the acquisition of treasure and valuables.