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George Krashos
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I love the idea of the Obfuscated Order. What a grand “get out jail card” that is for Realmslore snafus. Ace.

— George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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AJA
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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
I love the idea of the Obfuscated Order. What a grand “get out jail card” that is for Realmslore snafus. Ace.
That was a combination of two separate ideas, one poking fun at Steven for his constant "clear as mud, right?" answers and the other was a bit of meta-commentary on how one day a new edition comes in, tears everything up and says "no, see, now we're doing it like this." I did a lot of re-writing to try and make the two "fit right" and I wasn't sure how well they came together, but I'm glad you liked it!

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I remember discussing something to do with Voadkyn priests a few months back in this thread as well. Something wants me to think they were related.
That was the Belhaera of Silvanus entry (30 Jul 2019) back on Page 11, which you expounded on a few posts later. I don't have any connection for them, but if you have any thoughts I'd be interested to read, as always.

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Did you have anything in particular in mind though about the shape of the pine cones (that kind of stands out for me)?
No, that's as far as I went with that entry.

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what if the piper is only an illusion... and its the pipe that's intelligent and playing the song on itself.
I could certainly get behind this idea. I tend to overuse ghostly spirits and phantoms, so this is a refreshing spin for me.



Also, I had a side-query on the Cult of the Elder Eye entry (06 Oct) which I figured I'd note here as well;

Re: Making 'splashes of color'
If asked, the men will simply say that they see that which they see, and they paint that which they have been given to paint; the more they 'paint' the more truths they acknowledge; that there is a feeling of harmony and of larger purpose, but it is not yet given of them to understand their place in the grand vision.
Who is the cult's Patron?
Never really sat down and definitively hashed it out. Should be obvious that I was cribbing pretty heavily off of Clarke Ashton Smith (with a little Lovecraftian underbite as well). Tharizdun would be the obvious, Ghaunadar if you want to play the name straight. Aboleths as a strong possibility, depending on whether you want to go heavier on deity or psionics. Also, if you're 4E-inclined, it could be that the "cosmic gulfs" the Cult is committed to bringing together are those between Toril and "Abeir" (or if you really want to get a little meta-setting and have a reason to break out that old "Faerūn-Oerth" map, the Cult wants to re-unite The East and West That Were Lost, thrown rent, howling, sundered into the Cosmos, by being meta-physically drawn and quartered by the immeasurable violence of the Great Conflagration / Rain of Colorless Fire – Invoked Devastation ).


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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Sleyvas
I remember discussing something to do with Voadkyn priests a few months back in this thread as well. Something wants me to think they were related.
That was the Belhaera of Silvanus entry (30 Jul 2019) back on Page 11, which you expounded on a few posts later. I don't have any connection for them, but if you have any thoughts I'd be interested to read, as always.

quote:
Originally posted by Sleyvas
Did you have anything in particular in mind though about the shape of the pine cones (that kind of stands out for me)?
No, that's as far as I went with that entry.



Thank you.... so to bring together all these entries and the add ons I did

Belhaera of Silvanus
Wood-Walker, Snow-Strider. Priestess of Silvanus, long-famed in the North. It is said of old that Belhaera met a giant of a man in the forest, who carried a magnificent shimmering fur cloak over one arm; he was thoughtful and measured in conversation, and wise in the ways of the woods, and when the night came he threw his magnificent cloak over his massive shoulders and disappeared there into the darkened depths, for he was in truth a were-creature walking in the skin of a man, perhaps one of the oldest of his kind. It was from this odd companion that Belhaera gained the curious moss-covered stones which are sacred to Silvanus, those same stones that now form the base of the holy altar at the House of Peat and Pine, that ancient temple which sits in the deep twilight and the great silences north-east of Sundabar.

to which I added
Belhaera of Silvanus
Its thought by some that the giant of a man that Belhaera met was in fact a powerful being of ice and snow whose name is Ulutiu wearing a skin which allowed him to take humanoid form. Others say it was simply a Voadkyn druid (worshipping variously Ulutiu, Othea, or Hiatea depending on the speaker). The moss covered stones that she was given are believed to be stones "born" of Othea, or rather a "petrified afterbirth" from the birth of the Voadkyn race (a race birthed from the union of Ulutiu and Othea). The Voadkyn (or "wood giants") are in particular to be found amongst Silvanus' temple known as "the House of Peat and Pine", and it is unclear just how many of the humans, wood elves, and half-elves in the surrounding area are in fact disguised Voadkyn. There are even those who whisper that Belhaera herself is a wood giant posing in human form, and the "House of Peat and Pine" is known to also have small shrines dedicated to Ulutiu, Othea, Hiatea, and Rillifane Rallathil which are visited by not just the giants, but also the humans, elves, elf-kin, and dwarves of the area.

and this new entry
Leirlaun
(LEER-Lawn) The Warrior Who Wed The Pines. According to elven legend a beautiful young lordling who warred at length with the Peoples of the Lakes (Ice Hunters of the Ice Lakes region). Was to be wed to an elf maid not of his choosing. Escaped in solitude and bathed in the waters under the shade of a ring of pine trees. Lamented his fate there under the pines, and was astonished when the pines responded. Married the dryads of the trees and with the divine grace of the goddess Hanali Celanil became one with them, which is why the pines of the region have cones not of the same shape or color as elsewhere, and why hunters crossing the mountain for game claim to hear echoes of laughter and merriment and, come upon the trees at sunset, say that they have seen a handsome youth there in company with a circle of equally handsome maids, who suddenly vanish as they approached. Some also say that the voadkyn that inhabit the region are the offspring of this mating, but most sages dismiss this as "nonsense on top of feyfancy."


So, to take these two entries and try to make something of the two together..... Leirlaun is a legend amongst elves, so he came first. He came to some mythical "pool" in the hear of a pine grove, lamenting that he had to marry an elf he didn't love. Hanali Celanil transforms him by making him "become one" with the spirits of the dryads of the wood, and that the Voadkyn of the region are possibly the result of this "mating". Later comes "Belhaera of Silvanus" who meets with a "giant of a man who is a shapechanger" wearing a fur, who gives her the moss covered stones that end up being part of the House of Peat and Pine. So, maybe this "giant of a man who is a shapechanger" is Leirlaun, and the moss covered stones are in fact the petrified afterbirth of the Voadkyn race. Maybe it was his use of the stones which allowed him to take on the traits necessary to transform himself into a being with ties to the forest. Maybe he gave Belhaera the stones so that she could place them in the place where long ago a pool existed... the pool where he had lamented his fate and met the dryads with Hanali Celanil's blessing.... and this is now where the "House of Peat and Pine" stands. Maybe Leirlaun is a former wood elf who was transformed into a wood elf with a "woodling" template, with some kind of druidic powers, including wildshape abilities that let him become a giant (such as a firbolg, voadkyn, etc..) or a plant (such as a treant, wood woad, volodni, etc...). His dryad lovers may be centuries dead, but he still lives, and he actually works to promote the "rebirth" of nature... perhaps he's even a father to a race of "woodling" template elves, half-elves, and half-dryads. He may have mated with Voadkyn and firbolg races to further their races in the area as well. Maybe his life force is even tied to the forest itself, and so long as it lives, so will he (unless of course, he is killed, which may affect the forest as well).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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AJA
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My thoughts on the "man" Belhaera met were that he was indeed a shapechanger and "one of the oldest of his kind," one of the few such remaining servants of the Oakfather:

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Common Silvanite religious myth speaks of elder times when Faerūn was young and there was only the Forest and the animals and all were in harmony and balance, gathered under the wise hand of Silvanus.

Then came the sylvan elves and the first gnomes poked up their heads up above root and turf, but they knew of the language and the ways of the forest and for untold ages they lived there in harmony under Silvanus as well.

But then to the wooded verge came the creature known as Man. And Man was unlike anything yet seen in the forest, ignorant of the law or the languages of the forest, and he was relentless, armed with fire and axe and and bloodlust.

Man could not or would not learn to converse with the Forest, and as Man hewed down the forests and slaughtered the animals Silvanus called together the greatest and wisest of his champions and gave them the power to walk and talk like the humans, that they might travel forth and parlay with the invaders, and guide them in the ways of the Forest.

But as they mingled with Man one among their number fell in with the ways of the intruders, and he was corrupted by bloodlust and learned to revel in deceit and vice and barbarism. This evil being, called Malar, later known as The Savage, The Black-Blooded, took the gift of shapechanging given to him by Silvanus and taught it to men in return for obedience. And then he returned to the Forest and gathered animals loyal to him and held court in secret and did the same, teaching them not only the ability to change their shape, but of the evil ways of Man as well.

When news of these dark deeds reached the ear of the Oakfather he was wroth and sought to punish Malar, but Malar fled from him and hid in darkness and underbrush and so did the beasts that followed him and so ever-after their descendants. And through this base treachery Malar became a god, and the curse of lycanthropy spread through Faerūn (Selūne later battled with Malar and attempted to wrest control of his followers from him, which is how were-folk came to be partially bound by the moon, and some even follow her willingly, but that is a tale for another time).

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So Silvanus sent this servant, a contemporary of pre-deityhood Malar, to Belhaera to give her the "moss-covered stones which are sacred to Silvanus." Why he did so and their significance I never ascertained, but it certainly could further tie into Leirlaun and the voadkyn of the woods as you suggest.



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Kaulyn Maurestyn
A former magister ("black-robe"). Kaulyn was stripped of his duties by the Lords after one of his judgements against the city unleashed a torrent of similar claims and cost the city thousands of gold dragons from its' coffers. He now earns meager coin as an advocate (a paid orator who will appear in Lord's Court with an accused and give advice and speak and engage in debate with the magisters and the assembled court). He harbors a great deal of ill will towards Piergeiron and the Lords, and his bitterness has led him to fall in with Torst Juldharn, one of the priests of Gargauth of the House of Hidden Watchfulness. [ Source: Waterdeep News: Palace Fined Over Outlander Injury <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20060201a>. Name/Former Occupation given. Additional detail by me. ]

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.

Kern Dwarfblood
Captain of the Maernos villa guards. He is, as his name suggests, descended from the Stout Folk of the North, though his sire and grand-sire were both fully human. Broad smile and nose. Dark of eyes and hair. He wears his hair shoulder-length, and keeps a well-trimmed beard and moustache. Fond of singing old battle ballads and colorful tavern songs, even though he has what has been charitably described as "little talent for such things."

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.

Khembryn Blackmantle (N HM F4/P9 of Gond)
High Seeker of the House of Inspired Hands. Khembryn's holy office is responsible for seeking out new communities to spread the word and wonders of Gond, and to recover new or lost items of the faith. Fat, bearded, affable, even-tempered. Energetic and enthusiastic in his duties, although tempered somewhat by the knowledge that his predecessor, the priest Orngalum "The Southern Seeker," was assassinated by agents of Lantan after he arranged the dispersal (i.e., "stole") of several Lantanese printing presses from that southern isle. His most recent ventures include organizing bands of church-sponsored adventurers to seek out and recover Forge's Clamor, a magical blade sacred to the Gondryr church. [ Note: see <seankreynolds.com/rpgfiles/blades/html/gondforgesclamor.html> for more info on Forge's Clamor ]


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Kar [ Source: Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue, p.90. Name/Description given ]

Karmear [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Occupation given ]

Karrak Lhamphur [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

The Keeper of Secrets [ Source: "The Keeper of Secrets," Ed Greenwood, Realms of the Dragons Vol.1. Name/Description given. See also the entry for Taraunramorlamurla "Serenescales" in Dragons of Faerūn for more information. ]

Keldran Alklaedle [ Source: Ed Greenwood's Spin-a-Yarn 2009: Night of the Dread Pudding. Name/Description given ]

Kelthtor & Navarl [ Source: Ed Greenwood Presents: Elminster's Forgotten Realms, p.122. Name/Occupation given ]


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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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quote:
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.

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quote:
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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.


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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


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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

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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 ]


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

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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.


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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.


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"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.


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

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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.

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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....
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Hehe.

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


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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 ...

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.



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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 ]


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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.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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