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Na-Gang
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Posted - 11 Nov 2008 :  15:23:32  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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[Oh Gods. Uhm, well, the names and dates of the rulers, towns/villages now lost, details and names of the surviving splinter kingdoms, before they were allied by the Duke of Calandor, details of King Davyd's assassination by the Sharran fanatic.

ANY information not in LEoF would be most appreciated!



The humans kings of Phalorm/Delimbiyran were surnamed Snowsword and ruled as follows:


Javilarhh I, "the Dark" Born: 479DR Reigned: 511DR-528DR
Darnorth I Born: 502DR Reigned: 528DR-559DR
Darnorth II Born: 530DR Reigned: 559DR-594DR
Javilarhh II Born: 563DR Reigned: 594DR-646DR
Haryd I Born: 599DR Reigned: 646DR-665DR
Haryd II, "the Brave" Born: 627DR Reigned: 665DR-688DR
Haryd III Born: 655DR Reigned: 688DR-695DR
Davyd I Born: 677DR Reigned: 695DR-697DR

Surviving 'splinter' kingdoms of the Kingdom of Man included the aforementioned Calandor, Scathril, Loravatha, Harpshield, Talmost, Stonegard, and Ellermere.

The death of the monarch of Delimbiyran was something that a cabal of Sharran assassins, the Hand of Loss, had planned for more than twenty winters since their formation in the Year of the Shrouded Slayer (671DR). The Hand of Loss was created by Baelthara Kelkarn, one of the True Servants of Shar, who had submitted herself to the service of Lalondra Worul. Baelthara worked dark magic to put the five assassins of the Hand into spellthrall and history records only the names of two of them: Arthun Lemast, "the Shadeblade", and Drannar of Merilth (a now-ruined town that was located on the Sword Coast, south of the Troll Hills, about mid-way between present-day Lathtarl's Lantern and Roaringshore, known to have been destroyed in an assault by the young green dragon Halathormagarl in the Year of the Bloody Stone [775DR]. Halathormagarl is thought to live still, her lair deep within the northern fringes of the Wood of Sharp Teeth, but she has not been seen for centuries). The transformation of Lalondra into a lich brought about the death of Baelthara and in turn caused the members of the Hand of Loss to go insane. They commenced an orgy of slayings that culminated in them assaulting the royal holding of Brightoaks, a manor house on the western fringes of the Misty Forest, and its surrounds in the hope of drawing King Davyd out of Delimbiyran.

Their gambit worked all too well and Davyd rode with a hastily gathered retinue of men-at-arms and personal manservants to come to the aid of his sister Garantha who was spending the summer months there when she had sent word that the nearby villagers of Telthin's Mill were being attacked by strange "shadow creatures" and that members of the royal servant household at Brightoaks had begun to disappear. By the time Davyd and his party arrived, the Hand of Loss had done its work - the occupants of the manor were all slain and the place had been prepared with a host of deadly traps. It is unknown how Davyd met his end exactly, for he and his party were slain to the man, but his head was delivered by magic to the palace gates of Delimbiyran, the mark of Shar branded on his shaved pate.

His death saw an instant power vacuum in the realm (he had died without producing an heir) and there was no immediate successor to take power. By the time the Sharran turmoil had been quelled a handful of nobles claimed the throne but none were able to assume the mantle of power before the orcs swept down in a sea of fire and slaughter in 702DR. What were left were isolated towns, villages and cities with no common purpose and intent on survival. The Kingdom of Man as a unified realm of the Sword Coast North was finished.

-- George Krashos




Awesome! Thanks GK, you're my favourite now!
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Na-Gang
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Posted - 11 Nov 2008 :  15:37:57  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by George Krashos

Surviving 'splinter' kingdoms of the Kingdom of Man included the aforementioned Calandor, Scathril, Loravatha, Harpshield, Talmost, Stonegard, and Ellermere.




I know that the descendants of the Talmosts are now Waterdhavian nobles and that the descendants of the Harpshields are now part of the Majarra family also in Waterdeep, but don't know anything about the others.

Do you know or have any clue what happened to the descendants of these shortlived royal families?
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 12 Nov 2008 :  00:48:32  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Na-Gang
Awesome! Thanks GK, you're my favourite now!



I wasn't always your favourite!?!



-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 12 Nov 2008 :  00:54:51  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Na-Gang
I know that the descendants of the Talmosts are now Waterdhavian nobles and that the descendants of the Harpshields are now part of the Majarra family also in Waterdeep, but don't know anything about the others.

Do you know or have any clue what happened to the descendants of these shortlived royal families?



Well, the short answer to that is ... "no". Unlike Ed, I don't have a pile of realmslore-filled boxes in my basement to draw upon or, truth be told, his talent and skill at world weaving. This "making stuff up" thing isn't as easy as it looks, you know.

Given that the above information is never going to be expanded upon in published realmslore, you are free to make the descendants anything you want them to be for your campaign. Go for it!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Na-Gang
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Posted - 12 Nov 2008 :  07:46:52  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by George Krashos

Well, the short answer to that is ... "no". Unlike Ed, I don't have a pile of realmslore-filled boxes in my basement to draw upon or, truth be told, his talent and skill at world weaving. This "making stuff up" thing isn't as easy as it looks, you know.

Given that the above information is never going to be expanded upon in published realmslore, you are free to make the descendants anything you want them to be for your campaign. Go for it!




Hehe. My thanks for your help GK. It serves my purposes to have a lot of room to mould these families anyway, but I always like to build on Canon lore.

Thanks again!
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 12 Nov 2008 :  19:32:33  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed has stated that he made a general rule about the Realms for other designers working on it, back when TSR first bought it -

"For every plothook, mystery, or storyline you use up, explain, or bring to an end, create three more."

George, like Brian and Eytan, adhere to his wisdom.

And thats all I'm going to say about that.......

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 12 Nov 2008 19:32:55
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Jakk
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Posted - 12 Nov 2008 :  22:59:07  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by George Krashos

Given that the above information is never going to be expanded upon in published realmslore, you are free to make the descendants anything you want them to be for your campaign. Go for it!

-- George Krashos



Hrm... that was said about a certain now-infamous line in the Original Grey Box too... and that led to the Spellplague. Should we be terrified now?

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Jakk
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Posted - 13 Nov 2008 :  09:21:16  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Markustay

Ed has stated that he made a general rule about the Realms for other designers working on it, back when TSR first bought it -

"For every plothook, mystery, or storyline you use up, explain, or bring to an end, create three more."

George, like Brian and Eytan, adhere to his wisdom.

And thats all I'm going to say about that.......



I agree completely; it's the best way to keep a shared world growing, and that's exactly why I want more answers. More answers means more mysteries.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 14 Nov 2008 :  12:07:52  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by PaulBestwick

George, I posted this question in the running the realms section of the Forums, it was suggested that I ask it here as you are the master sage with regard to all things related to Impiltur.

I have just started my new campaign in the Great Dale. I am running the exploration of a large crypt and as a puzzle I want to do something with dates in Faeruns history, but I am unsure as to what Calendar to use. So what I want to know is what dating system would have been in use in Impiltur during the reign of Bellodar I, known as the Conqueror who ruled from 562DR to 588DR.



In the tongue of the Nar, a year is a 'sarn' and years are 'sarnar'.

The founders of Impiltur were mostly of Jhaamdathi stock and spoke Chondathan.

The word for a year in Chondathan is 'dael' and the word for years is 'daelin'.

Over time, in the melting pot that gave rise to the Damaran human racial group and Damaran tongue, the word for year/years was derived from both of these root terms into 'sardal' and 'sardalar' respectively.

The Chondathan tongue also had a word for leap-year which was 'ildael' but this didn't transfer into the Damaran language.

However, to return to your campaign query, the ancient realm of Jhaamdath used the term 'daelarth' to signify the 4 year grouping of 3 normal years and a leap year. It was this term which became the most commonplace method by which historians measured the passing of the years in Impiltur with the first daelarth commencing in the Year of Splendor (-74DR) by the royal decree of King Inrath I.

Hence when Bellodar I came to the throne in 562DR he did so 636 sardalar since the formation of the realm and at the end of the kingdom's 159th daelarth. He died during the kingdom's 166th daelarth.

In terms of a calendar, the months of the year prior to the Fiend Wars and Triad Crusade were an amalgam of Nar and Chondathan terms. The advent of the Elethlim dynasty saw the Calendar of Harptos replace the old Impilturian calendar which went as follows:

1 Dolnoth
Annual holiday: Whitewind
2 Nilnam
3 Paldari
4 Tamram
Annual holiday: Greenbloom
5 Lorgal
6 Ayalt
7 Herethil
Annual holiday: Redblaze
8 Udrik
9 Caldruin
Annual holiday: Brownfall
10 Ommsur
11 Vargax
Annual holiday: Grayskies
12 Fornoth

The term used for the present-day leap-year holiday of Shieldmeet was the Talegathering.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
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Posted - 14 Nov 2008 :  12:16:16  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Astute readers picked up on the fact that the Roll of Dragons, which was released as a web-enhancement when "Dragons of Faerûn" was published, contained some dragon names that had hitherto not been found in published FR sources. One of them was my creation and included because I was pitching an article to Dragon magazine at the time. It was a write-up in "Wyrms of the North" format for a dragon named Ouranalathra "the Mistmaiden".

Rather than letting her languish on my HD, here she is in all her glory ...

Ouranalathra, "the Mistmaiden"

While the lands of the Easting Reach have for the moment been spared the wild speculations of the notorious Volo, there is never a shortage of ill-informed “bluntquills” who seek to lay bare the mysteries of the Realms, better left unrevealed. Such a one is Varloriath Nardrimm of Tsurlagol, or “Varlo” to his acquaintances, whose haphazard regard for the tenets of scholarship and learning has garnered him the disdain of many a sage and loremaster in the lands of the East. Nevertheless, the recent pryings of Varlo have uncovered long-hidden lore regarding the legendary Ouranalathra, the great mist dragon of the Sea of Fallen Stars, and it is this information that is presented below.

Ouranalathra was first noted in the annals of the Realms during the aptly named Year of the Mist Dragon (231 DR) when she spent the better part of three seasons challenging and destroying many dragons lairing in and around the lands of the Inner Sea. During this time she is known to have slain the red dragon Klithalrundrar “the Flamemaw”, the green wyrm Theslacramillos, in his demesne on a verdant, isolated isle off Altumbel, and the copper dragon Dizmallorthan “Shimmerwing” who laired in the Dragonjaw Mountains. In doing so, Ouranalathra exhibited powerful magic, including the ability to summon denizens of the Elemental Plane of Air and spells particularly suited to combating aerial opponents. Her dragon slayings meant that she swiftly amassed a huge hoard, which she removed to her own hidden lair deep within the Earthfast Mountains.

What few sages know is that Ouranalathra’s mastery of the Art dates to the time when she served as a steed to the archmage Malanthus Stormstaern, who was the Magister from 154 DR to his death in 177 DR.
The Magister Malanthus encountered Ouranalathra in the Year of the Bloodties (170 DR) when challenged by the evil wizard Osbarnus of Arrabar. Osbarnus had spell-charmed a number of creatures including Ouranalathra and sent them in force to assail the Magister so as to weaken him prior to Osbarnus challenging him for his office. When Malanthus shattered these bindings with powerful magic of his own, Ouranalathra offered herself to him as a steed so as to hunt down and slay her erstwhile captor. Over the next handful of years, Ouranalathra served Malanthus faithfully, even after they had slain the haughty Osbarnus in a mountain-toppling battle high above the Orsraun Mountains. In turn, the Magister worked mighty spells upon his companion dragon, augmenting Ouranalathra’s size, protections and spellcraft.

When Malanthus perished in 177 DR, Ouranalathra made his former safehold, mountain-top tower, deep within the Earthfast Mountains, her new abode. At that time, the orcs of Vastar held sway in the region and civilised, human settlement north of the Easting Coast (the lands stretching between the present-day cities of Procampur and Hlammach) was practically non-existent. Ouranalathra dwelt there in isolation for the next several decades, honing her skill in the Art and carefully exploring the greater Realms by means of a series of portals that the dead Malanthus had created.

When she felt her magic was strong enough, Ouranalathra left her lair to take to the skies, seeking a mate purely out of instinct and also curious to meet with a dragon of her own kind. Within a season, she espied from afar the mist dragon Shalamalauth, who had his lair in the coastline cliffs on Starmantle Bay, north of the Gulthmere Forest. After courting him and gaining his trust they became mates and Ouranalathra swiftly found herself the mother of a large brood of hatchlings. Tragedy struck the pair in 231 DR when Shalamalauth was slain by an unknown wyrm near the present-day Pirate Isles. This event set off Ouranalathra’s dragon hunt of that year as she unsuccessfully sought her mate’s slayer and received the sobriquet “the Mistmaiden” from observers and sages alike. Following that terrible time of battle and slaughter, Ouranalathra disappeared from the skies of the Inner Sea and retired to her tower abode, intent upon raising her brood of wyrmlings.

Alone but for the company of her progeny, Ouranalathra spent most of her time poring over the extensive library Malanthus had collected during the years both before and after he became the Magister (some of which is rumoured to have been stolen from Candlekeep itself, ere its mighty, present-day defences against such thievery had been put into place). As well as books on magery and spellcraft, Malanthus had an interest in history and the arts and had created a series of magical lecterns, which automatically turned book pages, ‘remembered’ where an individual had left off reading a particular book and had large, glass-like, oval lenses attached to them, which provided the continuous benefits of comprehend languages and true seeing spells. In this way, Ouranalathra devoured a torrent of knowledge, which awakened within her a thirst for more. Her collection of unread books dwindling daily, the Mistmaiden sought more knowledge and learning and through her spells, established magical contact with sages and other masters of learning around the Sea of Fallen Stars, including such luminaries as Arlith Karn, the Loremaster of Chancelgaunt, Mountar Graelyn, the hermit sage of Wystvale (a now-vanished village west of present-day Telpir) and Halthetes “the Highsage” of Cimbar.

Over time, Ouranalathra came into contact with the High Scrivener Eldrus Laelinth, then leader of the first great temple to Deneir in the Inner Sea lands, located near present-day Teziir. The Tometowers, as this temple complex came to be known, was built on a bluff overlooking present-day Teziir’s harbor and as the years passed, more and more worshippers made the journey to Tometowers and stayed there to live and work. In time, a small settlement was born near the temple and was named Teziir after a local beauty who married its first lord. Eldrus and Ouranalathra built a friendship based upon their love of learning and desire to safeguard the knowledge of the ages. In the Year of the Dusty Library (469 DR) however, Tometowers and fledgling Teziir were assailed by the armies of Myntharan the Magus King of Westgate as he sought to expand the holdings of Mynth, his self-styled realm. The approach of Myntharan’s armies threatened the safety of the collected knowledge contained at Tometowers, for he was known to have sacked the shrine of Deneir in Westgate when he came to power, keeping for himself what lore he deemed useful and destroying the rest so that no other individual could glean any benefit from it. Guided by visions from Deneir himself, Eldrus called upon the Mistmaiden to help move the library of Tometowers to her abode in the Earthfasts for safekeeping. This task was accomplished over the course of several weeks with the raising of a temporary portal and happened none too soon. The forces of the Magus King burned Tometowers and the surrounding settlement a scant tenday after the temple was emptied of its collection of books and scrolls, and many priests and monks were put to the sword in attempting to defend the temple grounds.

After the fall of Tometowers, countless Deneirrath sought and obtained permission from Ouranalathra to make the pilgrimage to the Earthfast Mountains to study the valuable books and tomes of lore stored within her lair. In those times, before humans and dwarves had conquered the ever-present threat of the orcs, this journey was fraught with danger and so Ouranalathra took it upon herself to safeguard and protect these devout travellers, shadowing them from the skies and slaying any monsters that came near. One of the first of these pilgrims, Jaloth Thornsarr, gave the name Iron Dragon Mountain to the peak upon which Ouranalathra’s tower abode sat, after he crested the final rise leading to his destination and espied the grey mist dragon, still as a statue, perched atop it, gazing at him intently. To him, she seemed like a dragon statue made of cold, grey iron and his account of their first meeting was widely dispersed throughout the faithful to encourage them to follow in his footsteps. As the winters passed, the dragon protector of “Laelinth’s Library” as this trove of lore was originally known to the faith of Deneir, gave up her home to the many pilgrims and priests who stayed on, ordering and maintaining the library and establishing a house of worship to the Lord of All Glyphs which is now the Master’s Library, greatest temple to Deneir in the Realms. She did so with a glad heart, tasking her now full-grown offspring with the temple’s protection, and taking to the skies seeking adventure and excitement.

Ouranalathra's Lair

Though she has several caverns in the Earthfast and Sunrise Mountains (caves that have their own pools of water but which she keeps otherwise bare), the Mistmaiden's lair is a nameless ruined tower that lies on the northern shore of Almorel, the Lake of Mists. She has sealed all the surface entrances to the chambers and extensive passageways beneath the tower and the only entrance is through an underground river that flows off the Lake of Mists to a large, deep pool in the biggest chamber of her lair. The surface portions of the ruined tower are home to a vast number of slime and ooze-type creatures, which thrive in the humid, constantly damp environment of the shores of Almorel. As such, the area is usually given a wide berth by all travellers.

Ouranalathra has made this underground complex her home only recently, discovering it by chance in the Year of the Catacombs (1308 DR). Whilst no adventuring bands have ever penetrated her lair, Ouranalathra and her presence in the lands east of the Sunrise Mountains are suspected to have come to the attention of at least three Red Wizards of Thay, although none of them have acted upon this knowledge. The Simbul, Mage-Queen of Aglarond, also knows of Ouranalathra’s close proximity to Thay and has long-considered manipulating or influencing the Mistmaiden into subtle confrontation with that land of evil mages for her own ends. The Simbul has told Elminster that Ouranalathra has amassed a sizable hoard of gems and magic, but her treasure holding does not measure up to the legendary hoard obtained from her year of dragon-slaying when his grandsire’s realm of Athalantar was still young. Elminster believes that she divided much of her hoard among her offspring before leaving Iron Dragon Mountain, binding them to service with the clergy there and neatly negating the treasure-lust of all young dragons. In this way, she avoided her children leaving the Master’s Library undefended whilst they roamed lands far afield in search of treasure to amass a hoard of their own. Her lair is known to have at least a half-dozen dragon-sized portals to places close to major centres of worship to the Lord of All Glyphs, including the Spirit Soaring in the Snowflake Mountains. Ouranalathra’s relationship with Cadderly, Chosen of Deneir, is currently in its infancy, she having met him and conversed with him only a few times in the last handful of years. Some observers postulate that the Mistmaiden may be envious of Cadderly’s special status with the Lord of All Glyphs, while others dismiss such idle talk, noting that their areas of interest and spheres of influence are governed more by their geographic location than any perceived rivalry.

The most interesting feature of Ouranalathra’s lair is that it appears to be a remnant of the ancient land of Raumathar, perhaps a military outpost or wizard’s residence. Early on, the Mistmaiden discovered several small, secret antechambers containing riches and strange magic, not seen in the lands of Faerûn for over a millennium. Her chief discovery was a bipedal automaton made of some unknown alloy that proved to be stronger than adamantine. Inscribed with three large, intricate runes, it demonstrated a broad range of very diverse immunities and spell-like abilities. After having the automaton described to him by the Simbul, Elminster postulates that the automaton is one of a group of such constructs created by a cabal of Raumathari wizards who stumbled upon a cache of Imaskari magic. Mentioned in one of the Old Mage’s tomes of lore, the wizards’ names are not noted, but they are said to have toiled over many years to create several such automatons, which they called “banedrinkers”. These constructs were said to absorb the power of lower planar beings they slew and were created to combat the fiend armies of their great enemy, Narfell. The one now controlled by the Mistmaiden may be the last surviving specimen in the Realms, for they were very rare even in those distant times.

Continued in Part 2 ...

-- George Krashos


"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

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Part 2 ...

Ouranalathra's Domain

From her underground lair, Ouranalathra roams the eastern edge of the Sunrise Mountains as far south as the Mountains of Copper and as far north as Winterkeep. To the east, the Mistmaiden has flown as far as fabled Kara-Tur but considers the area up to the Quoya Desert as her hunting ground. She seems to like cooler climes and avoids deserts and the hotter southern lands. She flies over the Inner Sea lands on a regular basis and has two or three uncharted, island outcrops in the Sea of Fallen Stars that she uses to sleep and rest, covering them and herself with an impenetrable mist.

The Mistmaiden regards the lands around the Lake of Mists to the foothills of the Sunrise Mountains as her exclusive territory. Peaceful travellers, merchant caravans and other harmless folk are allowed passage, but armed groups and other evil creatures are always watched and in the case of orcs and bandits, usually destroyed. The rest of the area she flies over she rules lightly by watching events more than enforcing her will.

The Deeds of Ouranalathra

The Mistmaiden keeps a low profile in the lands of the East and the Inner Sea, content in her role as the hidden protector of the clergy of Deneir and in her constant accumulation of learning, knowledge and lore. After leaving Iron Dragon Mountain, the Mistmaiden wandered the lands around the Sea of Fallen Stars, seeking to expand her knowledge and experience of humankind. In this regard, she resolved to adopt human shape and live a human “life”, doing so on at least a handful of occasions. She favoured the persona of a sage for hire or loremaster and lived in places such as Impiltur, Cormyr, Sembia and the Dalelands. She is believed to have served in the role of Undersage to the Royal Court of Impiltur in the reign of King Bellodar III of Impiltur, from 648 DR to the end of his reign in 673 DR. Similarly, she later assumed the guise of Astramas Revendimar, and was appointed the first of three Court Sages of Cormyr in the reign of King Baerovus, serving under the first Sage Most Learned of the Royal Court, Felindar Crownsilver. She served in this fashion until her ‘death’ in 1189 DR during the reign of King Pryntaler. Elminster believes that Ouranalathra met and befriended the Mage Royal Jorunhast of Cormyr before assuming the guise of Astramas and subsequently ‘looked in’ on the kingdom after his banishment, forging ties with The Silent Room, temple to Deneir in Suzail and its then leader, Loremaster Beldrath Opalnarr.

Since her last human “life” (as a sage-for-hire in Ordulin from circa 1332 DR to 1354 DR), Ouranalathra has devoted much of her time to a single area of study and instruction: elven High Magic. Fascinated by the different and communal nature of this form of spellcasting, and intrigued by the secrecy and hidden details surrounding it, the Mistmaiden has made earnest attempts to unlock the secrets of High Magic for non-elven spellcasters. To date, her efforts have met with abject failure, but the recent revelations regarding the genesis of the Rage of Dragons, a phenomenon that has plagued dragon-kind for millennia, and its link to High Magic have met with a redoubling of her efforts. Both Laeral and Alustriel believe that she will make little if any progress in her ongoing researches but also note that should she and her magical strivings come to the personal attention of Mystra that all this may change in an eye blink. A dragon wielding High Magic is a sobering and sombre thought, and something to keep very close attention to as the years roll on, Elminster has commented dryly.

Whilst her magical researches continue apace, the Mistmaiden’s other role as self-proclaimed protector of the faith of Deneir has dominated her activities throughout the lands about the Sea of Fallen Stars over many years. Rarely showing herself, and cloaked in a magical, shroud of mist that does not reveal her true form, Ouranalathra is known to have defended a caravan belonging to the Three Green Falcons trading coster out of Proskur from the attacks of Zhentarim-sponsored brigands south of Sunset Vale in 1359 DR. In doing so she safeguarded a trove of lore en route to Berdusk and then Candlekeep, where it resides now in safety. Other activities attributed to the Mistmaiden include her saving of the dwarven warrior Khanor of the Blueshield Brotherhood and his companion Peldraun, priest of Deneir, high up in the Dragonjaw Mountains. Assailed by orcs, Khanor tells of seeing a large cloud of mist travel purposefully down a deep valley, emitting forked lightning and rays of burning sunshine, decimating the tuskers intent upon slaying them. Similarly, in his book titled “A Bloody Life Remembered: Thoughts With My Sword In Its Scabbard”, the mercenary sea captain Ordrath of Sarshel mentions a great cloud of mist that enveloped the vessel of the pirate captain Glothan “Goldkeel” Thalabard as he threatened their merchant caravel heading toward the port of Selgaunt in 1365 DR. Chased down by Glothan west of the Wayrock, Ordrath gazed on in trepidation as the mist soared over his ship to envelop the pirate vessel. The cloud then seemed to glow for the space of three or four heartbeats before slowly dissipating, leaving nothing behind and no trace of Glothan, his crew of cutthroats or their ship. Ordrath notes as an aside how a group of passengers on his ship, high-ranking clergy to the Lord of All Glyphs, gave prayers in thanks immediately following this event and told him later in private that “the Mistmaiden watches over us always”.

Of late, Ouranalathra has heard of another mist dragon, which shares her passion for sagely learning and the accumulation of lore. Thalagyrt, the mist dragon of the North, is but a name to her, but her curiosity to meet him grows year by year and in her hidden and most secret heart of hearts the Mistmaiden entertains the possibility of finding a kindred spirit to share her life and passions with. These thoughts have been prompted by her increasing age and fears of infirmity and weakness as the centuries roll on. She has certainly lost much of the whimsical and carefree nature she exhibited in her youth and is now a more serious, brooding individual, prone to periods of deep introspection.

Ouranalathra continues to improve her mastery of magic but sees the Art as a dry, scholarly vocation to be analysed, measured and mastered by reason, deduction and hard work. In this vein, the Mistmaiden rarely creates new magic spells of her own but is talented at twisting or shaping existing dweomers into new forms. Her grasp of metamagic is flawless and her thought processes regarding spell selection and spell tactics are unmatched by any save the mightiest wizards and the Chosen of Mystra. Ouranalathra however lacks that spark of excitement and boundless creativity that marks those who truly embrace the Art and the service of Mystra. It is likely that her dry, scholarly nature – developed over the years in her service to Deneir – has denied her the tools by which she can truly come to love the Art and hence use it to achieve her goals. As the Simbul has commented, “Her eyes never shine when she grasps and shapes the Weave, standing but a finger tip away from the glory of Mystra.”

Ouranalathra's Fate

The Mistmaiden may yet unlock the secrets of elven High Magic, which would enable her to extend her lifespan beyond that of normal dragons. She retains good vitality and health for the moment but it is interesting to note that she has recently requested the assistance of the aged High Scrivener Melendilar Huantilar of the temple to Deneir in Selgaunt. Ouranalathra has asked that he and his clergy research and provide her with lore regarding preventative healing measures, both magical and mundane, designed to keep a creature fit and healthy and delay the ravages of time and aging. Like all creatures, Ouranalathra fears death and true to her beliefs, feels that if death can be delayed or avoided, the means to do so will be found in the wisdom of the ages past.

For their part, the Deneirrath acknowledge and recognise the debts they owe the Mistmaiden and will do all in their power to see her live on in her role as protector of the faith. Of enemies, Ouranalathra has thankfully few, but knowledge of her activities is spreading throughout the Inner Sea lands and the accompanying rumors of her vast hoard, supposedly amassed over the many centuries, may yet make her a target for ambitious adventurers. The Simbul has discovered of late that the Red Wizard Ghalaster of Tyratauros has been secretly scrying on temples to the Lord of All Glyphs in nearby lands. He is known to command spells that attempt to control dragons and the Simbul fears he may use Ouranalathra to access and plunder the lore holdings of the Church of Deneir. Events, as they say, are getting very interesting east of the Sea of Fallen Stars.

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If I was a woman, I'd want to have your babies.

(Okay... that was kinda gross....)

Permission to place the tower on my latest Hordelands Map? I just happen to be re-tuning it after reading Frostfell and this would make a wonderful addition.

Also, I'm glad we had a 'discussion' a long while back concerning Raumathar, Imaskar, and a certain Acorn...

This article compliments some of what I'm working on beautifully.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

If I was a woman, I'd want to have your babies.

(Okay... that was kinda gross....)

Permission to place the tower on my latest Hordelands Map? I just happen to be re-tuning it after reading Frostfell and this would make a wonderful addition.

Also, I'm glad we had a 'discussion' a long while back concerning Raumathar, Imaskar, and a certain Acorn...

This article compliments some of what I'm working on beautifully.



Glad you liked it. Feel free to use it any way you want.

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-Yes that was pretty gross Markus.

-Krash that was and is pure awesome!


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Krash, that is some good stuff. I just made a pdf out of that, and I'm putting it in the same folder as the published Wyrms of the North articles.

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I hope you prettified the formatting first, Wooly; there's nothing quite like a plain-text PDF to cause eyestrain.

Seriously: That is some great lore, Krash. My first question to you is: how far along are you on that Impiltur lineage project?

My second question is related to that project regarding lore already released: I was looking at the dates on the ASCII family tree that was released a while back (I believe through the REALMS-L postings) and noticed that there's a rather uniformly-long generation gap between the sons of Imphras II and their progeny. I'm guessing this is necessitated by dates in the lore, but it still seemed to me to be... extreme. I know the story of Lashilmbrar and the reasons for his delay in producing an heir, but considering the generally short lifespans and reigns of members of the Heltharn dynasty, you'd think he would have felt more urgency. What's up with the long(ish) gap across the board? Or was that Soneillon messing with the fertility of the royal line? Seems to me to be as good an explanation as any...

No third question. That's all I've got for now. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to seeing that completed lineage.

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quote:
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I hope you prettified the formatting first, Wooly; there's nothing quite like a plain-text PDF to cause eyestrain.



If not, I've put together a version that makes it easier to read.

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Krash, that is some good stuff. I just made a pdf out of that, and I'm putting it in the same folder as the published Wyrms of the North articles.

Indeed. Now all we need is a nice little portrait of Ouranalathra to go along with it -- WotN-style.

Krash, I don't suppose you'd want to try your artistic hand at something like that?

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quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
Seriously: That is some great lore, Krash. My first question to you is: how far along are you on that Impiltur lineage project?



Not as far as I'd like unfortunately. The early dynasty, the Mirandors, is a hodge podge of notes and how I 'know' things should/will be, but nothing written out in nice, lore-crammed prose unfortunately.

quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
My second question is related to that project regarding lore already released: I was looking at the dates on the ASCII family tree that was released a while back (I believe through the REALMS-L postings) and noticed that there's a rather uniformly-long generation gap between the sons of Imphras II and their progeny. I'm guessing this is necessitated by dates in the lore, but it still seemed to me to be... extreme. I know the story of Lashilmbrar and the reasons for his delay in producing an heir, but considering the generally short lifespans and reigns of members of the Heltharn dynasty, you'd think he would have felt more urgency. What's up with the long(ish) gap across the board? Or was that Soneillon messing with the fertility of the royal line? Seems to me to be as good an explanation as any...

No third question. That's all I've got for now. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to seeing that completed lineage.



There are a couple of reasons for the 'longish gap'. Firstly, Imphras II was married twice, first to Lasheela Wellhaven (died in the early part of 1204DR) and then to Rebaera Osterhown. He had his first two sons, Talryn and Lashilmbrar with Lasheela and the last four, Kuskur, Velimbrar, Elphras and Fylraun with Rebaera.

The personality of Lashilmbrar didn't lend itself to the idea of heirs and succession simnply because he prevailed upon the court magician Calabrin to extend his longevity through magic (as indeed Calabrin had assisted him with magical seemings to pose as his father in the waning days of Imphras II's reign as his father was in no fit state to make proper appearances at court) and initially believed that such a state of affairs could continue indefinitely. The two were very 'close' and their relationship didn't lend itself to Lashilmbrar taking a wife and producing heirs for the realm.

Then of course, the aged but still vigorous Calabrin died in 1270DR and with him died a part of Lashilmbrar and his supply of longevity magics. The nature of his death, the failure of a 'potion of longevity', made Lashilmbrar understand for the first time that magic would not make him immortal and the risks associated with trying. Calabrin's successor, his great-nephew Selarbrin was a talented wizard but not equipped to assist Lashilmbrar in this regard anyway and truly, Lashilmbrar barely spoke to the man as he resembled his great-uncle in looks and that wound was still too raw for the king.

However Lashilmbrar had never been anything that could be described as sentimental and his practicality made him understand that if he did not produce an heir to the throne, the line of succession would transition to that of his half-brother Kuskur whom he dealt with (unfairly as it turned out) with barely concealed contempt. So it was that Lashilmbrar took a wife, Thelmara Rorntarn, in 1274DR who bore him two sons, Imphras III in 1276DR and Rilimbrar in 1280DR in a loveless marriage of dynastic expedience.

Of the other sons of Imphras II, Elphras was never wed and had no children and Kuskur was married late in life in 1253DR to Elthinda Balindre of Telflamm. The other two, Velimbrar and Fylraun married in their twenties and had lots of kids.

I hope that answers your question sufficiently.

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Edited by - George Krashos on 15 Nov 2008 00:07:15
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
Krash, I don't suppose you'd want to try your artistic hand at something like that?



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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

<chop>
I hope that answers your question sufficiently.

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It does, thanks!

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Yes I read about your mantles, good work by the way.
Here is a question I have: did you or one of the other writters ever think about a Personel Mythallar, from the Neteril magical past?

Me and a friend of mine when the 2e fr Neteril Empire of Magic made such a high magic device. I have up dated the Personel Mythallar
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quote:
Originally posted by Rolindin

Yes I read about your mantles, good work by the way.
Here is a question I have: did you or one of the other writters ever think about a Personel Mythallar, from the Neteril magical past?

Me and a friend of mine when the 2e fr Neteril Empire of Magic made such a high magic device. I have up dated the Personel Mythallar



Truly, honestly, I never liked mythallars and considered much of the material in the 'Netheril' boxed set to be outlandish, ill-thought out, unbalanced power concepts that caused more headaches than what they were worth.

'Personal' mythallars as I recall were created in the short story anthology "Realms of the Arcane" and again didn't float my boat much, if at all.

As a result, I don't like to visit that boxed set or the lore in it too often - it makes my head hurt.

So the short answer to your question is: "No, I haven't thought about personal mythallars and likely never will".

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-Yeah those Netherese gave us that dude Karsus. If he wouldn't have tried to off The First Mystrly(sp) we wouldn't have Mystra getting killed every other day.


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quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

<chop>
I hope that answers your question sufficiently.

-- George Krashos




It does, thanks!



Well... it did... and then I thought of something else. Was the magical longevity of Lashilmbrar something of a retcon to explain his appearance at a number of widely-separated canon dates, or perhaps to explain the wide gap between his birth and that of his son? Or was it part of Ed's notes on the Heltharn chronology from before you started on it? Just curious... it's a good thing I'm not a cat, as the old saying goes regarding cats and curiosity... because between you and Brian C./Garen, I've probably used up all my nine lives by now with my pestering for details. I'm trying to be very patient and non-pestiferous with Brian and Ed right now, in the hopes that we'll soon see the mythical Cormyr Lineage document in all its wondrous glory; right now, I'm working on integrating the Eorn/Lorndessar Westgate connection to the Obarskyrs... but now I need a better genealogy program. Thanks again!

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

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