How large is Waterdeep?

I’m going to be running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for my group soon. As part of this I would like to work out how long it would take characters to travel around the city on foot, both from top to bottom, and from side to side. In order to do this I need to figure out the scale of the city.

There is a wonderful map provided with the adventure, however it has no scale attached to it, or at least none I can find!

Is there official material which details the size of Waterdeep in geographic terms?

What happens when a large creature stops squeezing in a space that they had to use squeeze to enter?

This is a follow up question relating to What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

So far, everything for the player playing the large Minotaur has been balanced. If anything, not being able to move between enemies that had a one square gap between them has shown that the character is actually weaker than a medium sized Defender.

So here’s what happened:

The party’s rogue ran into a room by himself, jump on a 10×25 foot table, and hit an enemy that was eating. Enemies that had been hiding rushed him from all corners (The players had been very noisy in the previous room). He was surrounded and in one enemy round he was unconscious.

The Minotaur fighter decided to Squeeze to move into the same square as the prone rogue.

After fighting (at a -5 penalty to hit because of the Squeeze) he decided to stop squeezing and push the enemies off the table.

Fortunately, he hadn’t only decided to stop using Squeeze, but he had also decided to Jump and smash the table with malicious intent.

We ruled that he broke the table in half and sent one of the enemies flying into the wall after they failed their acrobatics check. This gave the Minotaur space to land at full size to continue fighting the enemies.

Had he not had a table to break, how would a large creature that is being flanked by four enemies that stops using Squeeze work?

We talked about it after, and because he’s 10 feet tall and weighs 850 pounds we decided that if he did it again they would all get an attack of opportunity on a successful acrobatics check or be moved one square.

How should this actually go?

After Tiny Hut has been cast, does the dome disappear when a large creature appears in it?

Our wizard casts Tiny Hut:

Nine creatures of Medium size or smaller can fit inside the dome with you. The spell fails if its area includes a larger creature or more than nine creatures.

My druid is a humanoid when the dome appears, but then shapes into a Dire Wolf. He’s now a large creature, but wasn’t when Tiny Hut had been cast. Does the hut stay or disappear? It’s unclear to us whether the "spell failing" refers to the spell being cast or being active?


Related: Can a Large creature enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

Are Goliaths able to wield large sized weapons in 5e?

With the new Elemental Evil Player’s Companion released awhile ago, Goliaths were added to 5e. I’m unfamiliar with 3.5 and previous editions, but I know that they were included and wielding large weapons was a thing you could potentially do.

Goliaths in 5e have the same trait as 3.5 it seems

Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

So, does this mean a Goliath can wield large-sized weapons? The pushing/dragging/lifting capacity for a strong Goliath (say 16 str) would be nearly 1000 lbs (16 * 60) and the carrying capacity half of that. A heavy weapon weighs between 10-20 lbs, but this IS significant weight to be throwing around in battle, but I am unsure of the weight of a large weapon. My DM and I are unsure of the mechanics if a Goliath could. We talked about doing an extra die roll for damage, which is extremely strong, or treating the Goliath as if he were under the Enlarged Creature spell, which gives a +4 to damage, which seems more balanced in our opinions.

Are there rules for wielding large weapons in 5e? Can a Goliath wield large weapons out of the box with no feats?

Solution for a large amount of user logins [closed]

I’m looking to build a site for a friend but it has to support user logins (with custom roles) in the thousands and this is where I’m stuck.

I’m looking to make it a static site hosted on netlify and netlify has an identity service that lets you have 1000 user accounts with roles in the free version and a bit more but at a big price jump of $ 99/month.

I also looked at auth0 because it offers 7k user accounts for the free tier but no custom roles and in order to get custom roles you need to upgrade to the next tier which actually cuts down the amount of accounts you can have to 1k.

I’m not sure how else to handle this many user accounts without a hefty price. I could maybe host a database on a cheap server but I feel like costs might get out of control with that as well.

If a paladin becomes Large, at what point does the paladin’s aura originate?

If you enlarge a paladin (so that they take up 2×2 squares on a grid), what point does their aura’s radius start at?

For Medium/Small creatures (who take up a 1×1 square on a grid), it radiates from one of the corners of the square. For Large creatures, is it still at one of the corners of the 2×2 square, at the intersection at the center of one of the sides of the creature’s space, or at the intersection at the center of the creature’s space?

Additional info:

  • According to the designers, the point of origin of a spherical area of effect is at the intersection of squares on a grid.
  • According to Mike Mearls, paladin auras work the same way.

How would a large character use stealth?

Being that a large creature is larger than most things on the battlefield (and even in normal circumstances), how can one reasonably say that they were unable to see it? Even if it moves quietly, its sheer size should give away its presence (not to mention “a giant shadow is suddenly cast over you” would be a dead give away!

So, how could a large creature reasonably sneak about without being seen or heard, without breaking “suspension of disbelief?”

(note, I’m excluding things like the spell Invisibility)