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AJA Posted - 04 Nov 2018 : 06:57:13

(Or Silverymoon, or Irieabor or Westgate, feel free to change any proper nouns and place names)

quote:
Originally posted by OMNISCIENT DM VOICE
As you are shouldering through traffic on the High Road or lifting a jack of zzar in your favorite tavern, you look over and see....

Brief FRA-style blurbs of local Waterdhavians.
Entres are taken from a loose 1E - 3E timeframe.
These NPCs are obviously from my personal Realms; non-canonity abounds! "Published" NPCs that I've altered have their original references noted. Speaking of, I've also included reference notes for various minor official NPCs (published or "Ed Says,") for those who can use more Waterdeep lore but aren't interested in any of my natterings.


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Aaletha Emmara Raeena Margaster (CN HF Aris)
A noble of House Margaster. Perennial loser of the "Lady Frost" contest at Mother Tathlorn's Annual Snowbound Festival. "Letha" is well known among Waterdeep's high society for her scathing tongue, loud tantrums and black temper. She fled the city in Eleasias of 1370, eloping with the noble Bragaster Raventree and several stolen family heirlooms, but recently returned (without Bragaster or the missing items).

Abaldar Bambrusk (NE HM Aris2/War4/T2)
The Golden Captain. Patriarch of the Bambrusk merchant clan. The Bambrusks, much like their distant blood relatives the Urmbrusks, are plentiful in the eastern parts of Alaron and Gwynneth. They are allied to House Hawkwinter through the marriage of Lord Eremos Hawkwinter to the lady Kyrin Bambrusk. The Hawkwinters regard them as lesser, "rural" cousins, but admire their skill at fighting and forestry. Abaldar divides his time between Waterdeep and Alaron, and is often found at sea aboard the caravel Gloaming Sails, flagship of his small merchant fleet. He specializes in trading elaborate Moonshaen tapestries and floor carpets for good steel weaponry (swordblades, halberd heads, arrowtips, etc.). It is whispered that much of the Bambrusk fortunes were made through supplying Northmen raiders and Moonshaen highwaymen with weaponry, but such tales are best told outside the hearing of Abaldar or his family members.

Abbast el Ammarkhan (N earth genasiM Bar2/F6)
The Red Colossus, The Unbeatable Abbast. A native of Calimshan. Perhaps the most popular "dare-all" (martialist) at the Field of Triumph. These days he prefers unarmed contests of wrestling and brute strength, but in his prime was one of the greatest bloody-blades in Waterdeep. Owns a masterful suit of gold and red mail gifted by the Lord Baerom Thunderstaff, a highcoin patron.

Abradan Lardahar
A master weaponsmith of Silverymoon. Renowned as the crafter of Athar's Shining Blades, a collection of seven masterwork blades (four longswords, two long daggers and a single broadsword) highly sought-after by collectors. The blades are unenchanted (though they would take one easily), with a natural +1 to hit and damage. Their real value lies in their craftsmanship and in their appeal to collectors. Indeed Lord Hawkwinter, owner of the largest single collection, proudly displays his three Lardahar-blades (Righteous Cleave, Knight's Honor and Solemn Duty) on the wall of his private study. Each weapon is etched with intricate details of the life and legend of Athar the Shining Knight, father of the current Open Lord Piergeiron, and all seven are hilt-wrapped in Abradan's trademark white dragonhide.

Adaphra
The Golden Smile. Festhall downdancer, named for the impressive rows of glittering false teeth lining her mouth. Her originals were lost due to the blows of a brutally sadistic Amnian merchant. In return she took his life, his gaudy gold rings (melted down and re-fashioned into her current opulent dentition) and his vitals, which she also had dipped in gold and wore around her neck for a time until her employers claimed they were making customers ill, and demanded she remove them.


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Aaldric Talzon [ Source: "Arcane Lore: Spells of Defense," Owen K.C. Stephens, Dragon Magazine #271. Name/Description given ]
Adama Miiralin (CG HM P5 of Tymora) [ Source: "The Reports From Undermountain," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #227, p.15. Name/Description/Stats given ]


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sleyvas Posted - 12 Nov 2019 : 19:22:16
quote:
Originally posted by AJA



Nathlue of Spindle Street (LG HM Div)
A gossipy Waterdhavian mage who maintains a farspeaking service with the mages Sheldendar "Longshanks" of Luskan and Tuljack "Twoflasks" Lhaeroun of Mintarn. Handsome-faced, somewhat overweight. Loves cats of all kinds and colors, and his Castle Ward domicile is overrun with them (including Afelos, his calico familiar).


Nelessrar Shining-Shell
The Great Turtle of the South, whose gnashing beak could devour islands whole and whose rigid back was mailed like bright mithril plate and banded in beljuril and amarantha. Slain by Torm the True, who had Gond the Greatsmith forge Nelessrar's mirror-bright shell as his war-shield, and who placed broth simmered from the beast's flesh in a great tureen and gifted it to the mighty Haryd the Marching King (The Trod of Steel and Terrible Swift Sentence) of the Kingdom of Man, who later used it to bathe the corpse of his lover Embrethorn, laid low by ogres near Elkantor, the powers of which later resurrected him in the form of something not undead but not quite man.




Unbeknownst to many, Nathlue the diviner is actually a Paka posing as a human who uses his cats as his personal spy team.

http://www.mojobob.com/roleplay/monstrousmanual/p/paka.html

Nathlue, unlike others of his race, is notoriously good, but this is due to his exposure to a helm of opposite alignment by a paladin of Nobanion who helped the young Nathlue escape the bounds of Ravenloft. This paladin also helped him join the watchful order of magists and protectors, and he has cheerfully aided the churches of Nobanion, Sharess, and Lurue ever since. Most inhabitants of Waterdeep assume him to be just another normal human, and do not think twice about a cat in the background, especially when it moves on and another cat moves in somewhere else nearby to listen in on their conversations.

Oh, and I love the turtle and the fact that its giant shell was turned into a shield. I know there has to be something more to the king Haryd tie in, but I'm not up to date on that stuff Eric's been working on.
ericlboyd Posted - 12 Nov 2019 : 17:24:50
quote:
Originally posted by AJA


Nelessrar Shining-Shell
The Great Turtle of the South, whose gnashing beak could devour islands whole and whose rigid back was mailed like bright mithril plate and banded in beljuril and amarantha. Slain by Torm the True, who had Gond the Greatsmith forge Nelessrar's mirror-bright shell as his war-shield, and who placed broth simmered from the beast's flesh in a great tureen and gifted it to the mighty Haryd the Marching King (The Trod of Steel and Terrible Swift Sentence) of the Kingdom of Man, who later used it to bathe the corpse of his lover Embrethorn, laid low by ogres near Elkantor, the powers of which later resurrected him in the form of something not undead but not quite man.




I knew the reference was coming, but I didn't expect to see it here. Creates a whole new dimension for Haryd II.

Nicely done!

PS I think I've seen it before, but I'm blanking ... Elkantor?
sleyvas Posted - 12 Nov 2019 : 15:22:25
quote:
Originally posted by AJA


quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
As a result, Glimnegg Fimbulhammer and Brightshine Billy make an excellent pair for spying on the doings of folks within Waterdeep

I had to look up what an ibixian was. I approve, if only for the dig at Elminster. They would also seem a good fit for Force Grey.





Thank you. I had a lot of fun writing that one up (and yes, I couldn't help adding Elminster in). Your description of the character helped a lot drawing imagery.

After thinking about that, I do like the idea of shapechanging ibixians that shapechange into regular goats. I'm thinking it might be interesting if there were similar "lyncanthropes" amongst the minotaur/shatjan/hybsil/yikaria, etc.. populations that change into rothe, buffalo, bulls, yak, deer, elk, caribou, etc... So many shapechangers have a base form that is essentially very human-like (even if its an elf, hengeyokai, or some non-descript being like a doppelganger). Similar ideas with other races (gnolls that turn into hyenas/jackals, bainligor that turn into regular or giant bats, tabaxi that turn into jaguars, rakasta that become tigers, etc...) might also be an interesting "rarity" amongst those races.
AJA Posted - 12 Nov 2019 : 01:28:14


Nathlue of Spindle Street (LG HM Div)
A gossipy Waterdhavian mage who maintains a farspeaking service with the mages Sheldendar "Longshanks" of Luskan and Tuljack "Twoflasks" Lhaeroun of Mintarn. Handsome-faced, somewhat overweight. Loves cats of all kinds and colors, and his Castle Ward domicile is overrun with them (including Afelos, his calico familiar).

Nathmeira Raulencloak
Author of Fifty Years Anon: A Life in the Elf-Lands (1073DR). "Where many a fey knight, glittering, bright with gold, proud, shone in his armor; he looked upon treasure, on silver, on jewelery, on wealth, on this bright stronghold of the elder kingdom."

Nelessrar Shining-Shell
The Great Turtle of the South, whose gnashing beak could devour islands whole and whose rigid back was mailed like bright mithril plate and banded in beljuril and amarantha. Slain by Torm the True, who had Gond the Greatsmith forge Nelessrar's mirror-bright shell as his war-shield, and who placed broth simmered from the beast's flesh in a great tureen and gifted it to the mighty Haryd the Marching King (The Trod of Steel and Terrible Swift Sentence) of the Kingdom of Man, who later used it to bathe the corpse of his lover Embrethorn, laid low by ogres near Elkantor, the powers of which later resurrected him in the form of something not undead but not quite man.

Nentawr
There were (and are) an almost numberless legion of stars in the night sky and the ancient Talfir, carrying on from those who came before them, had names for every single one of them. In a later age many societies and faiths attributed (or had revealed to them) these names as servitors and celestial messengers of various deities. One of these that has survived into present-day is the Quoft (Amender) of Deneir, the monavic deva Nentawr (Nen-TAUR), which the Talfir knew as Nentabula (Nen-TAH-byoo-lah), The Star of Water and Owls.
      Alabaster skin (heavily marked with runes of unknown origin about the wrists and throat), great white beard (braided and forked, beaded with topaz and iolite), and impossible silver-violet eyes. Wears breastplate of rough tome-wood (birch) over flowing golden robes. Youthful face, somber gaze and smile. Has the soft hands and thin fingers of a scribe, and the thick, corded wrists of a warrior. As are all Amenders, Nentawr is tasked with the tireless pursuit and doom of all those upon Faerūn who destroy, hide or distort knowledge.

Neruudan (LE HM T8)
An agent of Luskan. Often poses as a purveyor of gemstones. Once tried to set up a smuggling ring in the city by gaining control of the upper levels of the sewers, but was uncovered and banished from Waterdeep. Returned as the Luskar envoy (ambassador) to the city in Uktar of 1369DR, but was banished for a second time after he harbored the infamous Scourge of the Sword Coast, the Thelark, from the Lords' agents. [ Source: FR1 Waterdeep and the North, p.60. Name/Former Occupation given. Additional detail by me. ]

AJA Posted - 12 Nov 2019 : 01:22:12

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
As a result, Glimnegg Fimbulhammer and Brightshine Billy make an excellent pair for spying on the doings of folks within Waterdeep

I had to look up what an ibixian was. I approve, if only for the dig at Elminster. They would also seem a good fit for Force Grey.

sleyvas Posted - 03 Nov 2019 : 16:50:48
quote:
Originally posted by AJA



Glimnegg Fimbulhammer
Gnomish mercenary and sellsword. Dark, deep-set eyes. Curly grey hair on head and heavy jowls. Enjoys loudy cracking his hairy knuckles. Mostly garrulous and amiable, but pugnacious and intractable when in drink or in argument. Has a great knowledge of military mining and sapping maneuvers. Fights with warhammer and crossbow. Often found in Virgin's Square and Caravan Court atop his steed, "Brightshine Billy," a large horned goat liberally decked out in tin and silver barding and accoutrements (it should be noted that he has a standing ban from the Dripping Dagger for repeatedly trying to enter the taproom while a-mount).




Brightshine Billy, is an ibixian "lyncanthrope" similar to how the Lythari elves are considered "lyncanthropes". Rare amongst even his own people, his bloodline possesses the ability to shapechange into goats (some people relate this to some hengeyokai blood from an ancient ancestor who is said to have been a "goat" hengeyokai from the ancient kingdom of Raumathar who fell in love with an Ibixian princess while trapped by a curse in his hybrid form.... others say that it was simply a fey in the form of a Satyr and that the fey blood changed them to promote shapechanging). Thus, in his goat form, he does not attract much worry from those around him, and oftentimes he can infiltrate areas and listen in on conversations that others would be wary to have around an intelligent creature.

As a result, Glimnegg Fimbulhammer and Brightshine Billy make an excellent pair for spying on the doings of folks within Waterdeep, especially since Glimbnegg has a ring of minimal scrutiny which makes people simply forget that he is there and allows him to use suggestion several times per day to discourage those who are apt to take notice of them. Few are the individuals who know the truth of Billy, who possesses a hat of disguise (which he wears even in goat form, appearing as his tin barding), and when he travels in humanoid form does so often in the form of a minotaur, satyr, or elf. The two are believed to specifically works as spies for the Lords of Waterdeep and have been seen to share yam and carrot fried pies on the docks with another "old goat" believed to be a shapechanged Elminster.
AJA Posted - 03 Nov 2019 : 00:32:41


Glim-spinner
Wizards using illusions to provide animated "you are there" scenes of important battles and events to audiences at feasts and formal gatherings (with forewarning, to avoid upset or violence), or the illusions of spell effects at dramatic moments in a play. Visual enchantments as opposed to the more subtle sense-changing work of the tale-spell. (Note: Description based on A 10/18/04 Posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. See also: Agastra One-Eyed, Deventer, Starlingspell, Tessabra Dlarst)

Glimnegg Fimbulhammer
Gnomish mercenary and sellsword. Dark, deep-set eyes. Curly grey hair on head and heavy jowls. Enjoys loudy cracking his hairy knuckles. Mostly garrulous and amiable, but pugnacious and intractable when in drink or in argument. Has a great knowledge of military mining and sapping maneuvers. Fights with warhammer and crossbow. Often found in Virgin's Square and Caravan Court atop his steed, "Brightshine Billy," a large horned goat liberally decked out in tin and silver barding and accoutrements (it should be noted that he has a standing ban from the Dripping Dagger for repeatedly trying to enter the taproom while a-mount).

The Glittering Staves
Local adventuring fellowship, comprised mostly of disaffected young mage apprentices. Led by the charismatic, spell-scarred invoker Aglashandra. Claimed temporary triumph and fame in the city in late 1360DR, after risking the uppermost levels of the dwarven Thommerlask, "in that ancient hall where swirls the fiends of rust and grave-mold," and returning with much gold and several magic items. Said to have later met their doom in running battle against the scaly-folk along the reedy banks of the Tanaglim (the Bright Runner of the elves), the clear stream which empties into the southern reaches of the Lizard Marsh and, twice a day during the high tides, is lost into the shallows there.

Gloddar Hammerfist
Foremastman (first mate) of the Mistress of the Morning, the flagship of the Ulbrinter merchant fleet. Ruddy-faced, big chin, cheeks and lips fallen in upon toothless gums. Can still roar out orders, however slurred.

Glordyn Arnslance (LN HM Aris2/F8)
The Baldurian envoy (ambassador) to the Lord's Alliance. Stout of build, thick-bellied, deceptively strong. Has a rather haughty, sneering demeanor. Strongly believes that his city-state is the equal of Waterdeep, and that the City of Splendors has assumed too much power within the Alliance. He enjoys hunting with Smokingstaff, a massive brass-and-everbright-steel Gond Gunne (and he proudly displays it also, despite city ordinances barring such weapons).


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The Glittering Gauntlet of Glory [ Source: Ed Greenwood's Spin-A-Yarn 2002: Ladies Night at the Yawning Portal. Name/Description given ]

Lady Glunder [ Source: A 03/18/06 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

AJA Posted - 01 Nov 2019 : 13:43:19

quote:
Originall posted by George Krashos
Oh, and btw, where on the Dessarin would Battluth be found?

Between the streams of the Onistrael and the Taimertan, obviously.

These entries (The Grim Maid and the earlier Tolandor the Twice-Buried King) were originally made in service of fleshing out the ownership history (as I see it) of The Red Sword and it is only the reference to the "Orc Marches" that keeps them from being anywhere in the nebulous "long ago." The same goes for geographical placement, which was just sort of handwaved as well.

The reference points given are 1) along the Dessarin (presumably on one bank and not across both) and 2) somewhere overrun by the Orc Marches, which I believe rules out the southern Dessarin valley. I'd like to say that present-day Yartar sits atop the ruins of Battlebur, but that would mean the Surbrin and not the Dessarin. Maybe that's where the survivors re-settled after they were overrun.

Other than that I'd have to dig through AGHotR to find official word on where human settlements would-and-wouldn't-be appropriate in the North at that time, which I'm fine leaving up to you if you're at all interested. The only other thing I can offer is that I don't imagine Battluth/The Battluth Lands as being very big in scope; a walled tor around which are farmsteads clustered for protection; more "holding" than "realm," only surviving in the face of goblinoid attacks through the strength of the ruler's sword-arm.


George Krashos Posted - 01 Nov 2019 : 05:10:37
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Originally posted by George Krashos

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Originally posted by George Krashos

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Originally posted by AJA



The Grim Maid of Battlebur
Mélusandra the Grim, descended from the mighty Illuskan warlord, Tolandor the Twice-Buried King. Ably (and in bloody sequence, leading to her popular title) defended not only the walled tor of Battlebur but all the claimed Battluth lands between the streams of Onistrael and Taimertan (those Dessarin tributaries the elves call the Little Feet and the Laughing Runner) from repeated goblinoid incursions. Her realm was finally overrun and pillaged by the endless numbers of the Orc Marches. Her blade Flaenrūl (Uthlaur, The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) was lost to recorded history until it reappeared in the hands of the mercenary captain "Black" Logan during the First Trollwar.
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Hehe.

-- George Krashos



Looking at this again, Illuskans running around at the time of the Orc Marches puts them in at -100 DR or so. A bit early when compared to the sources ...

-- George Krashos



Oh, and btw, where on the Dessarin would Battluth be found?

— George Krashos
sleyvas Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 23:09:30
quote:
Originally posted by AJA



Greyknife (NE ½OM War2/T4)
A street thug and blade-for-hire in the lower reaches of South Ward. He bears a constant sneer and greasy hair pulled back into a ponytail, and says little. Although he prefers to go about his "work" alone, for particularly difficult jobs he can call on three fellow miscreants: Ogo and Joss, the "Brothers Grimmar"; and the diminutive half-elven sneak-thief Cerrin (NE ½EM T3).

The Grim Maid of Battlebur
Mélusandra the Grim, descended from the mighty Illuskan warlord, Tolandor the Twice-Buried King. Ably (and in bloody sequence, leading to her popular title) defended not only the walled tor of Battlebur but all the claimed Battluth lands between the streams of Onistrael and Taimertan (those Dessarin tributaries the elves call the Little Feet and the Laughing Runner) from repeated goblinoid incursions. Her realm was finally overrun and pillaged by the endless numbers of the Orc Marches. Her blade Flaenrūl (Uthlaur, The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) was lost to recorded history until it reappeared in the hands of the mercenary captain "Black" Logan during the First Trollwar.

Grimwald the Grevious
One of the Lucubrators (the Night-Masters) of the Watchful Order. Yellowed hair, watery blue eyes, an enormous stomach and a pugnacious temperament. Earned coin as a sellstave for a time; was beaten so viciously one night by his fellow mercenaries over a gambling dispute that he was left blind in his right eye and lame in his left leg. The eye he had coin to cure; the leg remains hobbled to this day. Difficult and unlikable to those seeking nocturnal access to the Tower, but many of his fellows in the Order play on his love of gambling and strategy games (and Amnian mluirmeir [loo-WEIR-meer] wine) to make friends and gain favors from him.

Gryvjar the Ocilite
The mystagogue of a minor beholder beast-cult. Short and stout, balding of hair. Florid face, large, animated hands, bushy muttonchops and moustache. Masqueraded as a simple Trades Ward merchant. Proprietor of the Sign of the Shining Cup, a popular butcher-and-breads store where many of the cult's victims ended up as meats-of-the-day. A small-spells mageling, fought well with a dagger. Slain by the half-elven swordsman Gaeban Redharphin in 1358DR.

Gulfannar Strongsword (CN HM Bar)
Uthgardt barbarian of the Elk Tribe. Earned coin as sellsword and bullyblade. Exiled from the city after a brawl in the Hawkwinter villa which saw Gulfannar take down the centerpiece of the Hall of Clouds, the great Rhulzaunath Light (a chandelier of over 13,000 blue euclase prisms, 105 tiny magelights and two bound-and-spell-ensnared will-o-wisps), while attempting to swing from it.





Love the imagery of Rhulzaunath Light …. especially that it has a pair of bound will-o-wisps in it. I can just picture the rainbow colors coming off it like an even more kaleidoscopic disco ball.


A beholder beast cultist that sells humanoid meat cooked into his pastries.... love it.
George Krashos Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 21:18:27
quote:
Originally posted by AJA


If it makes any difference, I had "Illuskan" as general reference to the race, and not in specific as a resident of the once and future city of Illusk. And that was in mention of Tolandor, who lived an (undefined) age before Mélusandra. No telling what mixed bloodlines she and her people had in them by the -100s. But if there's something you think would fit better given the time and area (displaced Low Netherese?) I'd be interested in your thoughts.





Displaced Netherese might work better. I'll have a look at my Illusk stuff and get back to you.

-- George Krashos
AJA Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 13:00:06

If it makes any difference, I had "Illuskan" as general reference to the race, and not in specific as a resident of the once and future city of Illusk. And that was in mention of Tolandor, who lived an (undefined) age before Mélusandra. No telling what mixed bloodlines she and her people had in them by the -100s. But if there's something you think would fit better given the time and area (displaced Low Netherese?) I'd be interested in your thoughts.

George Krashos Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 04:13:46
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by AJA



The Grim Maid of Battlebur
Mélusandra the Grim, descended from the mighty Illuskan warlord, Tolandor the Twice-Buried King. Ably (and in bloody sequence, leading to her popular title) defended not only the walled tor of Battlebur but all the claimed Battluth lands between the streams of Onistrael and Taimertan (those Dessarin tributaries the elves call the Little Feet and the Laughing Runner) from repeated goblinoid incursions. Her realm was finally overrun and pillaged by the endless numbers of the Orc Marches. Her blade Flaenrūl (Uthlaur, The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) was lost to recorded history until it reappeared in the hands of the mercenary captain "Black" Logan during the First Trollwar.
{br]


Hehe.

-- George Krashos



Looking at this again, Illuskans running around at the time of the Orc Marches puts them in at -100 DR or so. A bit early when compared to the sources ...

-- George Krashos
AJA Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 02:14:42

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
Just wow, Jason. Amazing! Can I steal this for my FR collection?

Thank you George. And yes, you always have free reign to do whatsoe'er you wish with these entries....
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
Hehe.

....But I must need warn you to have a care sirrah, the Grim Maid cares not for your tittering.

George Krashos Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 01:23:11
quote:
Originally posted by AJA



The Grim Maid of Battlebur
Mélusandra the Grim, descended from the mighty Illuskan warlord, Tolandor the Twice-Buried King. Ably (and in bloody sequence, leading to her popular title) defended not only the walled tor of Battlebur but all the claimed Battluth lands between the streams of Onistrael and Taimertan (those Dessarin tributaries the elves call the Little Feet and the Laughing Runner) from repeated goblinoid incursions. Her realm was finally overrun and pillaged by the endless numbers of the Orc Marches. Her blade Flaenrūl (Uthlaur, The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) was lost to recorded history until it reappeared in the hands of the mercenary captain "Black" Logan during the First Trollwar.
{br]


Hehe.

-- George Krashos
George Krashos Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 01:19:13
quote:
Originally posted by AJA



Random Notes on Selūnite Lore and Mythology
<BIG SNIP>




Just wow, Jason. Amazing! Can I steal this for my FR collection?

-- George Krashos
AJA Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 00:40:21


Random Notes on Selūnite Lore and Mythology
"For months and months he sailed on until the sea became placid, and the waters were bright as silver, until finally he saw rising in the distance a far shore upon which he made anchor. In this unknown land, full of pleasant fields and wonderful trees, he saw a pavilion; and in the pavilion a beautiful woman sat weaving; she was white like moon-shine, and made a radiance all about her. As he approached her the moon came suddenly over the horizon, seeming larger than the sky itself. It illumined everything, and in the moonlight the woman looked transparent, very white and pure."
      In Search of the Moon
      Oglymna Tarth, Merciful Mother of Selūne
      Year of the Gulagoar, 1316 DR

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The Wend Perilūne
In Selūnite mythology, the holy redoubt in the heavens, overlooking the Great Sea of Night, the Roving Stars, and the Opalescent Bridge (to the Gods). Said to be where the Handmaidens of the Moon gather to weave the silvery twilight, and where the deceased champions of the goddess pass on to, to whelm for nightly battle against the dark evils of the goddess Shar. The greatest among them are allowed to pass through the shining Ethereal Gates and sail into the Starry Firmament, into the eternal heavenly bosom of the goddess.

The Opalescent Bridge (to the Gods)
That elemental highway forbidden to Man, manifold and grotesque, from which flows all of the weals and woes of the world. It is only seen from Faerūn when three of the five Great Tears sing forth with that ethereal shining white that Selūnites and the wild-men of the North call "ieiridlaur."

The Boon-Time of the Goddess
Bands of cloaked, chanting Selūnites wandering through the city streets on the darkest nights of the month. Alit in silvery, pale-yet-surprisingly-bright moonfire radiance which clings to the streets and alleys for a time after the Lady's faithful have passed. Such excursions on the deeply-darkened streets are often contested by faithful of Shar, and the resultant skirmishes between the two faiths are viewed by the Selūnites as a prime way to "battle-harden" their flock.

Sarashra
The great glowing jellies of the deep Trackless Sea, large as any ship, which sailors regard as favored of Selūne Starry-Eyed; the reborn spirits of those faithful mariners who lived their lives asea and died before returning to land. Some wizards, less sentimental, claim that the ichor of these luminescent, gelatinous beasts contains puissant magical properties and offer handsome payment for delivery of any such viscera.

Watchfires of the Faithful
In older Selūnite texts the stars are referred to as "the Watchfires of the Faithful," around which the souls of the departed stand guard against those terrible things that inhabit the vast and ineffable Void and cast hungry eyes upon Faerūn.

Moonbright (holy time of the goddess Selūne, on bright, clear nights of the full moon)
"Where threads of silver Selūne enweaves
And enfolds her champions in fair be-dight
Where bright her glory illumines the night
And pierces dark corners where loathsome Shar seethes
"

Sowing the Seeds of the Moon
Canteloupe, or moon-fruit is held holy to the church of Selūne, on account of the rind of a full fruit looking like a miniature of the orbéd goddess of the heavens. The sweet flesh-colored fruit within is said to be in imitation of the flesh of Selūne, and is featured prominently at services and holy days of the faith. Accordingly, seeds of the moon-fruit are only to be planted under the light of the full moon, and when such a moon falls upon a holy calender day a great process is held, with blessed water and sung prayer and consecrated gardening implements used.

The Birch-Tree
Moon-wood (which the elves call Ilthūnae, and believe to originate from the arrows of the goddess Sehanine, fallen down to Faerūn during the war with Gruumsh), with its mottled silver skin, is sacred to Selūne: also to Silvanus (druids and moonpriests exchange gifts of birch-bark and holly berries during the winter festivals) and Deneir (whose priests know it as tome-wood, and plant groves of it at their temples; this association is bittersweet, for they believe that every time a printed work is lost to flame, a tome-wood tree sprouts somewhere else in Faerūn)

Flowers and Plants of the Faith
moon's mercy (small pale white flowers that bloom under the moonlight, brewed into a tea that eases chills, aches and head-pain)
spindle-sage, rothé-bloom, moonfleet, bell-of-nine (all have special significance both to the faith of Selūne and to superstitions regarding the quieting of the restless and returned dead; often scattered or hung about doorstep and gravesite)
spindle-sage
Aromatic blue-grey leaves, small dull purple blooms along a single central spindle (hence the name). Folklore says the central stalk continually bends to follow (or genuflect) the moon's path through the heavens. Also called supplicant-of-Selūne, favored by faithful of the moon goddess.
moonfleet
Large white blooms, dark-dappled and with deep crimson rays. Bloom most heavily at night, in forest glens where the moon shines brightest ("there in darkened forest lee, a proud and shining moon-fleet, so fair and rare to see"). Claimed by the faith of Selūne.
bell-of-nine
Adult blooms do indeed have nine downward-pointing bell-flowers around a central stem; sky-blue coloration; all nine are in varying states of openness at any given time. Ancient superstition says this is in imitation of the phases of the moon, leading followers of Selūne to ascribe it as holy to their faith.
rothé-bloom
A moor flower, grows most often amid the droppings of rothé, hence the name. Folk of the High Moor often sew a pouch of herbs and flowers including rothé-bloom into the mouth of the deceased before burial, in the belief that such action hinders their raising as undead. When dried and burned in a fire alongside the dried dung patties they give off a subtle sweet fragrance, almost like that of the honeysuckle.

(excerpted from Bracegelt's The Annals of Celedrom and Histories of The Twiforked War)
"And Wreakful Selūne said to supplicated Araskloon, 'go forth and gather unto me every beam of moonlight, every pale shaft and silvery gleam that falls across the land this night. For if you bring these to me before the rising dawn I shall forge for your lords enough swords and arrows and sharp-tipped lances to arm a host the likes of which has never whelmed in all Faerūn; and I shall craft each of them keenly enough to pierce even the most obdurate devil's hide.'"

"Darkness, despair, I defy thee! Moonlight, mirthfulment, I go by thee!"
(Common Selūnite abjuration, accompanied by a crossing of the thumbs and a steepling of the fingers to form a full orb; as effective as a holy symbol in turning the least of undead, or may offer a +1 to perception or [if uttered beforehand] morale checks in darkened situations)

(excerpted from The Tenth Book of The Moon and The Lay of Lorusklorn)
"....and Selūne plucked from the many-linked necklace about her alabaster shoulders twelve round shining disks, which she then cast down to Faerūn, into the uplifted hands of her twelve most steadfast mortal servants....Twelve great enchanted targes, with names such as Cold-Bright, Shining-Mirror, Round-Glory, Silver-O'er-The-Tide and Long-Eye."

Aspects of the Goddess (other than Bright Nydra and She Who Guides)
"It can safely be said that as the moon changes, so does the nature of the moon goddess" (Faiths and Avatars, p.135)
Selūne the Archer (patron of bowmen and hunters and those who seek vengeance for loved ones)
Selūne the Great Portender (favored of diviners and seers and those who read the stars seeking knowledge of the future and the past)
Palisaded Selūne (The Argent Shield, The Defender Against The Darkness)
Selūne Shining-White (in her full battle panoply and lawful fury, gleaming of silver and mithril; crusader against evil and darkness)
Selūne Silver-Horned (The Lady of Wild Freedom and Were-Creatures)
Selūne Starry-Eyed (the great lover of sailors and sea-venturers; manifests as a silent, phantom maiden above the waves, eyes bright in the darkness, pointing to favorable winds or shelter and succor)
She Who Shines Above the Waters (archaic name for that aspect of the goddess now known as Selūne Starry-Eyed)
She Who Strings the Stones of Coral and Moon (elder aspect of the goddess, sometimes said to be a separate deity worshipped by a people older than the Netherese; ancient reference to coral and moonstone being "the blood and the flesh" of Selūne, and tying in to her influence over the tides of Umberlee; also patron of witches and spell-singers and female workers-of-Art)

The Moons of Selūne
There are many names, in many places and many religions, for the monthly moons; listed below are those common to the priesthood of Selūne, which are also widely used by the folk of the Heartlands – for who better to know what a moon would be called than one who speaks to (and for) it?
Hammer (Many-Snow Moon, The Unicorn-Horn Moon)
Alturiak (Thinbone Moon, The Rothé Moon)
Ches (Harpy Moon, Storm-Haggard Moon)
Tarsakh (The Sodden Moon, The Moon of Many Rains)
Mirtul (Merry Moon, Merchant's Moon)
Kythorn (Maiden's Moon, The Banshee Moon)
Flamerule (The Tarry-Long Moon, Red-Robed Moon)
Eleasias (Brighteyes Moon)
Eleint (Harvest Moon, Manyhands Moon, The Great Mead Moon)
Marpenoth (The Scrivening Moon, The Moon of Seven Sheaves)
Uktar (The Moon of Red Blooming [Uktar, when most battles are fought], The Weeping Moon [Uktar, when the Tears shine brightest]; The Moon of Omens, important to those blind seers who read the future writ large upon the face of the moon)
Nightal (Great Silver, The Cold and Silent Moon)
Every four years on the night of Shieldmeet the moon always comes forth in full bloom and majestic splendor; this is the Shieldmeet Moon, known as The Targe, The Great Meeting Moon, and The Heralds Moon. It is said that this springs from the first-ever Shieldmeet, when the sisters Selūne and Shar sat in the great hall of the Cynosure and made agreement to share the night sky between them.

AJA Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 00:19:46


Greyknife (NE ½OM War2/T4)
A street thug and blade-for-hire in the lower reaches of South Ward. He bears a constant sneer and greasy hair pulled back into a ponytail, and says little. Although he prefers to go about his "work" alone, for particularly difficult jobs he can call on three fellow miscreants: Ogo and Joss, the "Brothers Grimmar"; and the diminutive half-elven sneak-thief Cerrin (NE ½EM T3).

The Grim Maid of Battlebur
Mélusandra the Grim, descended from the mighty Illuskan warlord, Tolandor the Twice-Buried King. Ably (and in bloody sequence, leading to her popular title) defended not only the walled tor of Battlebur but all the claimed Battluth lands between the streams of Onistrael and Taimertan (those Dessarin tributaries the elves call the Little Feet and the Laughing Runner) from repeated goblinoid incursions. Her realm was finally overrun and pillaged by the endless numbers of the Orc Marches. Her blade Flaenrūl (Uthlaur, The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) was lost to recorded history until it reappeared in the hands of the mercenary captain "Black" Logan during the First Trollwar.

Grimwald the Grevious
One of the Lucubrators (the Night-Masters) of the Watchful Order. Yellowed hair, watery blue eyes, an enormous stomach and a pugnacious temperament. Earned coin as a sellstave for a time; was beaten so viciously one night by his fellow mercenaries over a gambling dispute that he was left blind in his right eye and lame in his left leg. The eye he had coin to cure; the leg remains hobbled to this day. Difficult and unlikable to those seeking nocturnal access to the Tower, but many of his fellows in the Order play on his love of gambling and strategy games (and Amnian mluirmeir [loo-WEIR-meer] wine) to make friends and gain favors from him.

Gryvjar the Ocilite
The mystagogue of a minor beholder beast-cult. Short and stout, balding of hair. Florid face, large, animated hands, bushy muttonchops and moustache. Masqueraded as a simple Trades Ward merchant. Proprietor of the Sign of the Shining Cup, a popular butcher-and-breads store where many of the cult's victims ended up as meats-of-the-day. A small-spells mageling, fought well with a dagger. Slain by the half-elven swordsman Gaeban Redharphin in 1358DR.

Gulfannar Strongsword (CN HM Bar)
Uthgardt barbarian of the Elk Tribe. Earned coin as sellsword and bullyblade. Exiled from the city after a brawl in the Hawkwinter villa which saw Gulfannar take down the centerpiece of the Hall of Clouds, the great Rhulzaunath Light (a chandelier of over 13,000 blue euclase prisms, 105 tiny magelights and two bound-and-spell-ensnared will-o-wisps), while attempting to swing from it.

AJA Posted - 31 Oct 2019 : 00:16:18
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Originally posted by sleyvas

does the root fry fairy wear yellow and have red hair?, with a first name Ronald?

I said "drizzled with honey," not "drowned in fatty oils."

Also, I recall an old issue of Dragon magazine (probably an April issue and no Eric, I don't recall the exact number) where they statted up Ronald and others as grotesque fiends from the Hells. Quick, someone @TheEdVerse and ask him what the Realms-word for nightmare fuel horror stories is, so I can add it in as an entry.

sleyvas Posted - 30 Oct 2019 : 23:26:54
does the root fry fairy wear yellow and have red hair?, with a first name Ronald?
AJA Posted - 29 Oct 2019 : 23:22:43


Felmaerae
The Summoner of Staves. An official of minor account at the House of Wonder. Her duty is to keep record on the names, residence and mastery of Art of all local pledged mages-of-faith (those spellcasters who have sworn their spells to aid the temple) and call them to the House if needed. Tall and possessed of grave dignity. Long tawny hair, wide, serious grey eyes.

Felphar Highsaer
(FELL-far) Sandy-bearded and stout. Steely-eyed. Formerly leader of the adventuring fellowship known as The Five In Silver. Currently the Master of Felphar's Battock, a fortified hunting lodge and trading post atop the steep-sided wedge where the Maesrill tributary meets the Dessarin south of the Stump Bog. The Battock was built over the bones of a number of similar settlements, most of which were laid low by orc hordes and the occasional dragon raid. He has also granted leave for the Tyrists of Waterdeep to establish a small chapel and waypost here and, as a result, at least one priest or paladin of the faith can be found in residence at any given time (currently the cleric Milaster of Elturel, balding, rail-thin, and practical and measured in all things).

Fenn Estelmer (N HM Aris6/F6)
A noble of House Estelmer. Blonde hair, not very bright. At one time smitten with Kyriani, the half-elven tankard-tender of the Selūne's Smile tavern. Fenn sailed with the crew of the Dreaming Sun for the Far Lands of Anchoromé, where he gained in maturity and was granted wisdom by the Elf-King of The Last Harbor. [ Source: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Comic Book, Issues #20, #29, #33. Name/Description given. Additional detail by me. ]

Fennelthan Manthar (LN HM Aris3/F5)
A young noble of House Manthar. Fenn is an accomplished duelist, and the prized student of the weapon-mastery school of Sharatheen. Possessed of shoulder-length black hair, bright blue eyes, and a perpetually calm demeanor.

Feyfancies
The Realms-name for fairy-tales, or simple children's stories of magic, fey creatures, and thinly-veiled life lessons. Far too many to list here, but a brief sampling known to every goodwife and nursemaid of Waterdeep includes;
      * The Many-Combed Cock of Sune Bright-of-Blee (each more dazzling and colorful than the last; and when it crows after the rains its combs shine forth as brilliant rain-bows upon Faerūn);
      * Mithrilocks and the Three Rothé (this one is too ill-fed to take for a pillow, this one far too rotund; this one is just right except that it is a were-wolf in disguisement!);
      * The Root-Fry Fairy (who brings crispy wedges of potatoes drizzled with glistening honey to the good children of the Realms);
      * Gobbo o' the Gobblins ("The e'enfast was laid on the long table splendid / When out comes a-roaring my young lad, Tharid / 'O Father, the goblins! A dozen or two / Are gobblin' the roasts, and the baby Hurf, too!'");
      * Snedd Halfseen (The White Sprite, dusted with the starstuff of Selūne, travels across the nighttime Realms collecting riverstones and the teeth of naughty awake children that both shine just such in the moonlight);
      * and also The Elfkin Who Warmed the Hearth-Stones, Whiskerando, The Maid Who Brings the Greenspears, The Branchcat and The Blackbird, Darty the Dimpled Dragon, and The Woods-Wife Who Was Neither Old Nor Young.
[ Source: Name and etymology of "feyfancy" from A 04/13/19 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. "Darty the Dimpled Dragon" from A 07/03/18 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. ]


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Felvor Elcaskur [ Source: Ed Greenwood Presents: Elminster's Forgotten Realms, p.165. Name/Description given ]

Ferentar [ Source: "The Eye of the Dragon," Ed Greenwood, Realms of Magic. Name/Description given ]

Froal [ Source: SSI Official AD&D Computer Product Treasures of the Savage Frontier. Name/Description given ]

Fronzil the Fierce [ Source: Ed Says: Forgotten Realms Nations and States <wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=fr/fx20010104b>. Name/Description given ]

sleyvas Posted - 27 Oct 2019 : 11:51:34
Oh, so the Sargasso must be an earlier entry you created? Or from another resource? I kind of like the idea you have with it of linking it to a netherese gate, and it MIGHT be able to fit in with an idea I was literally talking about yesterday. One of the ideas I was proposing was that the tree, Yggdrasil's Child, on Ruathym isn't the only such of its sort. I had it that perhaps a holy mission given to the kercpa race long ago was to plant seeds of Yggdrasil across Toril. What I further proposed was "what if some people cut down one of these trees and uses components of it in the creation of portals, and as that wood dies, the portal starts to malfunction". To go along with said idea, someone might also take a cutting from a spawn of Yggdrasil and grafted it to young ash tree and then took wood from that. So, maybe that atoll in the middle of the Sargasso Sea has a spawn of Yggdrasil at the top of say a mountain, and periodically things from old netherese grab-gates pop through to it and then roll down due to gravity. The undead may be because some magical devices broke and their magic infected some dead bodies that were sent through the gate as well. Maybe in desperation one day a malfunctioning mythallar even was sent through one such gate on the belief that it was about to explode.

Oh, and wow, just reposting that link. It looks to be several pages, and I have to go make breakfast, but it sounds like a fun read.
http://www.o-love.net/realms/samples/sam_elm0_4.pdf
AJA Posted - 27 Oct 2019 : 01:40:59
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
Love Kelubar… died in the "Sargasso Sea"... is there one in the realms or is that a hint he travelled to our world?

Sargasso Sea was another one of those "places that shouldn't be there," that the Dreaming Sun found on its' ill-fated way to Anchoromé.
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The Sargasso Sea
Region of unnatural becalming. No wind or breeze; fog, stilted air. Sound echoes a great way. Great atoll of refuse in the center. Built into great toppling mounds. Formed due to a concentration of Netherese "grab-gates," a number of such portals to other lands, worlds, dimensions, whose effluence created the garbage island. Unknown why (or under what auspices) these ancient devices were shunted here. Myriad forms of undead inhabit the atoll and the surrounding Sargasso.


quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
OMG, you made me laugh with The Night Tymora Sneezed …. now there's so many other things I'm thinking should occur that night... and I wonder just what MADE the goddess sneeze. Was it a case of ill luck sent by Beshaba to infect her sister.

Oh, I absolutely wish I could take credit for that, but the name comes from Ed's 2004 Spin-A-Yarn (of the same name). The old WotC/mirrorstone links are long gone, but it seems to archived here;
http://www.o-love.net/realms/samples/sam_elm0_4.pdf

sleyvas Posted - 27 Oct 2019 : 00:32:28
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Originally posted by AJA




Kelubar (N HM F6)
A tall, raven-haired Uthgardt "seaguard" (warrior carried aboard merchant ships to fight off pirate boarding parties and port thieves). Kelubar sailed with the crew of the Dreaming Sun for the Far Lands of Anchoromé. He met his doom in the Sargasso Sea, slain there by the undead inhabitants.

Khelvar's Colorful Doom (N Living Color Spray)
A vibrant cloud of clashing colors, whirring and pulsing with sudden flashes and possessed of alien intellect. Created in the magical chaos of The Night Tymora Sneezed. Left its' unintentional creator, the mage Khelvar of Bazaar Street, a babbling, blinded wreck. Believed to have escaped into the sewers, and from there possibly into the depths of the Undermountain.




Love Kelubar… died in the "Sargasso Sea"... is there one in the realms or is that a hint he travelled to our world?

OMG, you made me laugh with The Night Tymora Sneezed …. now there's so many other things I'm thinking should occur that night... and I wonder just what MADE the goddess sneeze. Was it a case of ill luck sent by Beshaba to infect her sister.
AJA Posted - 27 Oct 2019 : 00:17:44


Eanthalas of Memnon
Noted mage-sculptor. Favored in some highcoin circles. Uses his Art to make marble and stone flow like sculpting clay. Crafts giant statuary and man-sized busts of strong, noble men and willowy, beautiful women. Prefers to finish his creations in clashing, garish colors and bright limning magelights.

The Eaters-of-Bones
Orc tribe, believed to currently number near six hundred. Their standard is a stacked column of five thighbones, slanted down to the sinister, on a black field. The Eaters migrated out of the Spine of the World during the harsh 'Wolf Winters' of the late 1350s; they first settled in the Westwood, only to be driven out by the bloody efforts of the Lords and their hired adventuring groups, and have since seized upon the stony hills ringing the strategic Old Owl Well south of Conyberry. It is rumored that they have forged an alliance with illithids in the deeps, and have an understanding with certain noble or merchant families of Waterdeep, collecting heavy tribute for the safe passage of their caravans and the demise of their rivals. They are currently led by the cunning and evil chieftan, Gnaawur the Great Ulcerous.

Gnaawur the Great Ulcerous
(GNAH-wurr) Great Chief of the Eater-of-Bones tribe, the orcish scourge of Old Owl Well. Accepts tribute of gold and magic from the Zhentarim and certain Waterdhavian merchant families for safe passage, and ferries much of it to the illithids lairing below the Well in return for unknown concessions. Unprotected caravans and nearby settlements are left to face the full extent of his bloodlust, as chronicled in the sagas of the sage Amelior Amanitas; "And the Odious Ulcer bade his ravagers, 'kill them or capture them, to spirit them away, break their bones, burn their bodies, eat of them; and then return for more.'" Wears a mantle made entirely of the scalps of elf children. While in battle, the scalps laugh or cry (when crying, opponents are subject to great terror as per the fear effect of a dragon. When the laughter reaches its' peak [up to 3x/day], opponents must save as the spell power word stun). Ably advised by the cruel shaman, Grugnawruk [Grug-na-ROOK] the Blood-Filled Blister (The Fervent Eye of Gruumsh, Yellow and Gibbous).

Eftan Bladesbright
Author of the florid "true-tell-all" Down In The Depths: An Honest and Truthful Accounting of the Delving of Ammonsdeep (Or: What I Found There) (1246DR). "The wealth of a lost age flashed and called as we fled, there in that hall where the long shadows fall. It was then that I learned that gold is but gloss, when it comes with the dark promising of ruin and loss."

Eftan Smallswords
Notable adventurer. Disappeared in 1361DR, along with the Chessentan wizards Balajos and Ralajos, reputedly searching for the long-lost Book of Dragons.


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Eather Heilean (LG HF [Illuskan] Pal5[Milil]/harper paragon10) [ Source: "New Olamn Bard College," Elaine Cunningham, Dragon Magazine #335, p.27. Name/Description/Stats given ]


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