In response to Neverwinter’s server merger, they asked for lore submissions to explain the change. This was my entry.
Three powerful entities met in the Styx Oarseman; Joretha, a dragon, Ertharex, a beholder, and Mephorda, an illithid. Each wished to prove that they were the greatest tactical mind in all of Sigil.
“I am the greatest tactician,” claimed Joretha. “The traps and snares within my lair translate to a clear advantage on a battlefield. My ability to use the terrain will ensure my victory”
“No, I am the greatest,” challenged Mephorda, “for my ability to directly control the actions of my thralls ensures that every step they take is precisely in line with my masterful battle strategy.”
“Clearly, I am the greatest,” Ertharex interjected. “While you two focus on troops that can be slain and traps that can be bypassed, it is my ability to see the battle in its entirety that would make me the victor.”
They argued for what seemed like days. It wasn’t until a lowly goblin by the name of Sprock spoke up. “Why don’t you test your theories, then meet back and compare your results?”
This stopped the high-minded discussion in its tracks. Such a simple solution. And from a goblin, no less! The three agreed to the plan, each creating a shard of the northern Sword Coast from Abeir-Toril. With the location being equal, Mephorda reasoned, the only variable would be their individual tactical prowess.
And for four months, each mind tinkered with their shard, applying their individual schemes to the world under their sway.
At the end of that four months, the entities reconvened at the tavern of their original meeting. “We are agreed, then,” Mephorda began. “We combine our shards, merging them into a single shard of the Jewel of the North. Whomever has bred the last combatant standing will be declared the greatest tactical mind.” With Joretha’s and Ertharex’s approval, the three presented their shards, and the three began the ritual to bring their versions of Neverwinter into a single reality.