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When it comes to farming fruits and vegetables, there is such a demand for produce that the farmers really have to keep up with it. In order to come close to guaranteeing fresh products, many farms have resorted to using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as pesticides and fertilizers. This is the main difference between traditional and organic farming. In an attempt to create perfect, resilient crops, farmers are treating their fields with chemicals. Potent pesticides protect the food from insect infestations, but in the end, the food can contain residual chemicals. Why should this concern you? Well, ultimately you will be consuming that product. According to Green America, the following furits and vegetables often have pesticide residue: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, spinach and strawberries. In essence, traditional farming contaminates their harvest and also breeds super organisms that grow to be resistant to certain pesticides. In addition to negatively affecting the crops, traditional farming harms the land. All of the chemicals soak down into the soil, which causes soil contamination and even groundwater contamination from the runoff.
While organic farming is an alternative to using chemicals and unnatural ingredients to grow food, it also comes with its disadvantages. Crops that are organically farmed don’t contain residual chemicals, because they’re not treated with these types of ingredients. In this respect, organic farming can be a healthier option because harmful ingredients don’t come along with the fruit or vegetable. However, there are still contamination risks with organic farming, because manure is often used as the fertilizer. If not composted properly, manure can transfer E. coli onto the harvest. By eating E.coli contaminated food, a person would experience food poisoning and sometimes even death if the person is elderly or suffering from serious health issues to begin with. But as long as the manure is composted at the right conditions, the bacteria isn’t present. Lastly, because pesticides and fungicides are not used in organic farming practices, there is potential for the plants to develop mold or mycotoxins, which can pose a health risk. Some argue that the nitrates, which are used traditionally, actually cause mold to develop so this isn’t necessarily a problem in organic farming. So Which Is Better? Organic farming versus traditional farming…which method is healthier? While there isn’t hard evidence that organic farming preserves the vegetables and fruits’ minerals, nutrients and antioxidants, this method provides an end product to consumers that isn’t pumped full of chemicals. There are pros and cons of each farming technique, but the extent on how wide the pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers reach is concerning. These chemicals are severely deteriorating the planet, and ingesting them isn’t going to benefit our body’s well-being either.
That means that there will be all these evil dragons in the air, flying around. They will spot this castle and most likely investigate. Additionally, having the castle will cause the PCs to miss a pretty cool section of Rise episode 2 in the Sea of Moving Ice, where the heroes sail a ship through the sea in search of another white dragon's lair. If You Are Going to Run Frozen Castle: If you are going to run the "bonus adventure", Frozen Castle, you are probably going to want to make sure the castle crashes in the Spine of the World. That adventure accounts for the possibility that Glazhael and Blagothkus (?) survive. The Draakhorn: Our heroes are requested to meet with a council in Waterdeep to discuss the Cult of the Dragon. When the PCs arrive in Waterdeep, the Draakhorn sounds. Remember, if your PCs hatched a dragon from the hatchery like mine did, your little baby dragon will feel drawn to answer the call, which could make for all sorts of interesting possibilities.
Meeting the Council: I am thinking of making a little precursor moment before the council meets, where the PCs split up and meet with their respective factions. This way, the PCs can buddy up with their faction NPCs and get a sense of what their faction's goals are. The section on factions is fairly massive. Remallia Haventree: A moon elf whose husband, a Masked Lord of Waterdeep, is killed by the cult "off-camera" (see page 20). She wants revenge, and is one of the major council NPCs. Leosin Erlanthar: The monk our heroes met way back in chapter 2 of Hoard. Lords' Alliance: Leaders and nobles from many different cities. Lady Laeral Silverhand: (Waterdeep) Has great arcane power. She is one of The Seven Sisters. Lord Dagult Neverember: (Neverwinter) Manipulative, ends up at odds with Silverhand. Ambassador Connerad Brawnanvil: (Mithral Hall) Dwarf who doesn't want to commit troops. Marshall Ulder Ravengard: (Baldur's Gate) Leads the Flaming Fist, likes the PCs. King Melendrach: (Misty Forest) Very cautious until certain events unfold.
Taern Hornblade: (Silverymoon) Silverymoon has wards against dragons, so he feels less threatened by the cult. Sir Isteval: (Daggerford) The NPC from Scourge of the Sword coast. He has a cane made of green dragon bone. Zhentarim: Shady mercenaries who want to secretly rule the world. Rian Nightshade: She wants the wyrmspeakers dead. Get Your Council Scorecard Out: In the council meetings, you track the PCs' accomplishments and how the various factions feel about them. 1. Lord Neverember runs down what we know so far, holding his wine glass. Remember that he will lose Waterdeep to Lady Silverhand the second meeting and will not be happy about it. 2. The council asks the PCs to speak of their adventures and what they know about the cult. 3. The factions discuss the dragon hatchery from episode 3 in Hoard and what should be/should have been done with the dragon eggs. 4. The council gives the PCs a writ, giving them "emergency investigative powers" but also gives the council "oversight" over their activities.