Rise of Tiamat
Purple Dragon Knight of Cormyr.
Sir Isteval is a former adventurer and Purple Dragon Knight of Cormyr. Though not an actual member of the Lords’ Alliance, he is present at the Council of Waterdeep as the alliance’s nominal representative for Daggerford. That small settlement can contribute little to the effort to defeat the Cult of the Dragon, however, and in truth, Isteval has been drafted by Cormyr to gain insight into what looks to be a war brewing on its western border.
Isteval has too much respect for the other delegates to hide this information from them, and he assures those present that his loyalties—to Daggerford, to Cormyr,
to the Lords’ Alliance, and to all good folk—are not at cross-purposes.
A veteran dragon slayer, Isteval bears a wound in his leg that resists magical healing, and he walks with a cane made from a bone of the green dragon that dealt him the injury. The paladin can be a helpful source of dragon lore, but his advice is always guarded. He sees his infirmity as a reminder from his god Lathander of the dangers of hubris. As befits his deity’s ethos, Isteval has chosen to treat his injury as a reason to encourage the heroics of others even as his own legend fades. Still, at times like these when the world needs heroes, he doesn’t like being reminded that he must watch the fight from the sidelines.
He defends the party’s decision to kill dragons before their hatching. King Melendrach and Lord Neverember want his removal from the council, fearing a conflict of interest. He is vouched for by Ontharr, Brawnanvil,and Hornblade. They point out that he is the only authority on dragons, having faced and slayed one whereas no other council member has done so.