The Dragon's Jewel
High Wyrmspeaker Severin
Master of the Cult of the Dragon
Severin Silrajin, Male Calishite Human, Neutral Evil.
Severin is a visionary who brought the cult new life and new ambitions of dragon domination, but he’s young and prone to underestimate his enemies . . . or fail to see enemies posing as friends.
Severin is the young, visionary leader of the Cult of the Dragon and the steward of the Red Dragon Mask. When he was a young cult member, he decided that if he really wanted to know the nature of dragons, he must find one and talk to it. He doesn’t believe that raising dead dragons teaches the cult enough about draconic nature. He sought out a red dragon and managed to make a connection with it—a connection that continues. The dragon saw something interesting about the young man and decided to let him live. For Severin’s efforts, Tiamat gifted him with a “grain of sand,” a scrap of knowledge about the existence of the ancient dragon masks. Lesser men might have done nothing with the knowledge, but Severin has been relentless in tracking down the masks. It has taken years to find them all.
Finding the masks shifts the power dynamic in the cult. Each time a new mask is found, Severin gives it to a key figure or ally—talented people that can help ensure his leadership. While there are still cult members who refuse to follow Severin or buy into his ideology, by this point most of the cult has switched its focus from raising dracoliches to raising Tiamat and creating a dragon civilization.
Severin was a young Calishite member of the Cult of the Dragon, inspired by Tiamat. Severin carefully reread the version of Maglas’s Chronicle of Years to Come translated by Sammaster and later came to believe that the correct translation was “naught will be left save shattered thrones, with no rulers but the dead. Dragons shall rule the world entire…”, a translation that many sages believed correct but heretical with respect to Sammaster’s words. Thus the beings that should be the targets of their devotion were not dracoliches but living dragons. Armed with this new conviction, Severin decided he needed to meet and speak to a living dragon.
He went to Mintarn, to the lair of the famous dragon Hoondarrh. Severin managed to befriend the terrible dragon, impressing both Tiamat and his fellow cultists. Thus Tiamat gave him a scrap of knowledge about the dragon masks. Severin discovered the whole history of the dragon masks and in long years of travel he recovered all five masks. These he gave to his most trusted friends, and saved the red dragon mask for himself. With a reputation gained from this search, Severin quickly rose through the ranks of the Cult until he became the main leader.
He began a plan to resurrect Tiamat on Toril to bring Maglas’s words true, originating the Tyranny of the Dragons. Severin also allied with the exiled Red Wizards of Thay to gain the magical power necessary.