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A last, lamentable look at the L's (Alas, poor L's! I knew them, Horatio, letters of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy)

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Lorraneen the Warder
The Enchanter of Invisible Encasements. A Trades Ward hire-spell. Willowy and weak-chinned. Wavy auburn hair, bright blue eyes. Bright and cheerful except in the course of carrying out her duties, where she leans hard into the solemnity of her "arcane responsibilities." Wears long, flowing garments of pastels and white that accentuate her frame and contrasting, many-beaded necklaces which glint of evening and flicker as flame (one of which, everpresent, fashioned of dark beads of jet, acts to enhance and extend her warding spells). Her castings are not as powerful as the spells of those who ply their trade among the wealthy of the upper Wards, but her sales pitch is no less silvery – "Charms of Warding and Sealing both incomparable and ineffable; starlit, majestic, outlined and traced by the deftest of hands. All manner of magical guardianship, barring only the strange effects and adventures of the Necromantic order."

Lullannyn Brossfeather (N HM Aris3)
The youngest son of House Brossfeather, and an aspiring adventurer. He has taken to wearing two daggers in crossed hip-sheaths, the hilts of which give off an eerie greenish glow. Lullannyn boasts the daggers are powerful magical items, claimed from the depths of a Netherese lich-lord's tomb. His rivals sneer that they are merely the subject of minor glim-magics, such as any backstreet Trades Ward hire-spell can provide.

Lunaven "Moonstar"
The founder of what is now noble House Moonstar [b.912/d.1090]. Half-elven cleric/mage. One of the "Touched" of Selūne (bearer of one of the four great rings that form the Moonweb and the heart of the Selūnite faith). With the passing of the priestess Engalathae, Moonseer of Waterdeep, in 985DR, Lunaven received the ring Amglaer and founded the first Waterdhavian temple of Selūne atop his tower. Married the half-elf Yhauldyth [b.941/d.1067]. Five children – Tenathan, Alaundae, Valadorn, Athlaunae, Andvarran. Ambushed and slain by Malarites in 1090DR, who then used the magic they plundered from his body to burn and despoil the Selūnite temple. [ Source: Powers & Pantheons, p.154 and Prayers From The Faithful, p.63-64. Name/Occupation given. Additional detail by me. ]

Lustral Blackalbane
A late addition to (and now retired member of) the Knights Errant adventuring fellowship. The rare result of a mixed union between a gnomish mother and a halfling father, though her only noticeable halfling characteristics are a light dusting of downy hair on her feet, and a fairer complexion than most gnomes. Short, cheerful, and always bustling about on some project or other, her luminous green eyes sparkling with mirth. She now dwells in a simple third floor domicile in Trades Ward, above Ilstaryn's Alcove (a bookbinder, scribe-for-hire, and seller of used tomes and rare chapbooks), and the floor-level Merryminstrel's Wander-Round ("The Merry-Min," a Hin tankard house whose provender consists solely of the traditional halfling "cakes and ales" [the small midday repasts otherwise known as, in rough order, brunch, noon-tea, highsunfeast, after-lunch, and secondscones]), and keeps a close eye on Shaerendylee, a scullery maid in the kitchens of New Olamn (the daughter of the deceased Knight Tcharess Brandeth, Lustral's former friend and confidant).

Lyratha Talltankard (NG HaF SP6 of Lathander)
The Golden Hin, Lathander's Little Maiden. A member of the Buckleswashers adventuring fellowship. Wife of Bungobar Talltankard. Calm and gentle, but possessed of an iron will and furious glare. Her rare (for a Hin) golden hair is widely seen as a sign of favor from the Morninglord. She often holds sunrise prayers to Lathander at the Plinth, and has recently been tasked by high priestess Ghentilara to spread the Morninglord's faith amongst the growing halfling population of the city. [ Source: City of Splendors - Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.67. Name/Description given. Additional detail by me.]


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Larondras Brokengulf [ Source: Forging The Realms: I Gloat In Your General Direction!, <dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/i-gloat-your-general-direction>. Name/Description given ]


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Ondathra
Sells pottery in the Market. Old, toothless, deeply wrinkled. Always arranges her blanket and her wares, a huge pile of pale green earthenware pots of various sizes and shapes, in a way that allows her to sit and bask in the midday sun when unoccupied with customers.

Ondel Orm and Dosta Whorlstone
Trade factors to Waterdeep from the gnomish realm of Ulversdeeping (the Forgotten Folk settlements north of Secomber). They supply tin ore, salt, a variety of sturdy and serviceable pots and pans and implements for cooking and eating, and gnomish-made jewelry, fashioned mostly of garnet and the opalescent shells of the Underdark white snail. They also facilitate the trade of svirfneblin fraelim, or crystallized fungus, a sought-after confectionary treat (sarafrae, a type of fraelim which is infused with a variety of surface flavorings, is particularly prized, both above and below) and the rare, bulbous faershak fruit.

Ondzalyn Ilder
Master (captain) of the Brave Orlumbor, a freesail merchantman that ferries goods and passengers on the Waterdeep – Baldur's Gate – Mintarn triangle. Often hired out in service to the maritime-minded members of the Merchant's League. Has a dour, bass voice and thick, wavy, tangled black hair. Wears numerous ringlets of gold and copper braided into his impressive beard. Does not like elves, believes it bad luck to have one aboard his ship.

Onthis Calamourn (LN HM Aris2/F6)
From the minor Tethyrian noble house of Calamourn (originating as the Kalamourandra clan of early Calimshan). An equally minor member of House Silmerhelve (by marriage to Faerūne Silmerhelve). Dusky-skinned, dark-eyed, immaculate. A civilar (captain) of the Waterdhavian Griffon Guard (Gold Wing). Rides the griffon named Russet Wing. Haughty and condescending, believes that one day soon the griffonriders will be the paramount defenders of the city.

The Opened Eye
Beholder-cult. Members have seen the truth, and the truth is the supremacy of the eye-tyrant. Gold, glory, power by steel or by Art: all things that can be provided by the mighty beholder, provided proper obeisance. Members often wear ring or pendant or gorget carrying the sigil of some god or other, but quietly fashioned underneath in the form of a staring human eye. Was once the concern of the beholder Xullorn, later slaughtered by the rising tyrant-orb known as the Eye (now the Xanathar). The cult itself survived, first under the disguise of the human wizard Ildeth, then the mage Gulshond of the Arcane Brotherhood, and again as a short-lived scheme of the dopplegangers of the Unseen, each slain in turn as they caught the beholder crime-lord's attention anew. The ardent passion displayed by cult members after each "culling," and their increased devotion in atoning to the Opened Eye for their obvious lack of faith, finally amused the Xanathar enough that he installed his own "Mouth of Tyranny," the urbane and smooth-talking Barloun, and now directs the cult as another "stalk" of his many-eyed network.


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One-Eyed Jack [ Source: The novel Silverfall: Stories of the Seven Sisters. Name/Description given ]

One-Legged Alram [ Source: Broadcryers of Waterdeep III: Know Thy Sources <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20031001a>. Name/Description given ]

Ophyl Ramstel [ Source: Waterdeep News: Controversial Book Published <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20061011a>. Name/Description given ]


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Tammathann "Flying Tamm" Cromhaerl (LG HM F6/P4 of Selūne)
Master (captain) of The Lance of the Moon, a small sky-skiff used to ferry important clergy and visiting dignitaries over the rooftops of the city. The Halruuan artisans that crafted the Lance claimed a small fortune from the coffers of the Selūnite church, but its' high, ornately carved railings and gossamer windsails have made it quite a status symbol for the church of the Moonmaiden since it arrived in the city in Mirtul of 1372DR.

Tanlurtukk
In common northern legend, the faery or spirit that dances from rock to rock on the River Mirar, capering happily over the rapids that are so treacherous for mortal man and vessel. Takes the form of blue-skinned dwarf or spindly old human, both wild-eyed and wild-bearded, with outsized hands and feet. Said to associate with will-o-wisps and the hwurla, the water weirds unique to the swirls and billows of the Mirar.

Tareskur Nalask
Patriarch of the Nalask, one of the saskra (the "Floating Families," twenty-four tightly-intermarried merchant clans who view their ships as most noble families do their manor-holds – also the answer to the question of "what happens when Tharsalan far-traders meet and merge with Illuskan long-raiders." The Families range the length of the western coast of Faerūn, hiring themselves out as independent shippers and mercenary privateers, and engage in a bit of both on their own time). He has a sharp mind and a sharp sense of the motivations and weaknessess of those around him, but keeps his own counsel and is a man of few and sour words. Stout, dark-skinned. Keeps his severely receeding hair pulled into a great braid in the back and his magnificent beard flared out into numerous gold-braided dagger-spikes in the front. Constantly surrounded by a cloud (miasma, really) of thick, pungent pipe-smoke. Rumors that the smoke that lazily coils about his head and shoulders and seems to resist even vigorous hand-fanning is actually a defensive spell or bound servitor creature are baseless....probably. His flagship, upon which he raised four sons and eleven daughters (seven adopted) is the grandiosly-titled (even by saskran standards) caravel The Mer-King of the Western Waves. His eldest son Tanglammar can be found captaining the Waveflame, and his second-eldest daughter Asklurra now commands the Lovely Lliira (or 'The Lovverly,' as the spirited and scenery-chewing Asklurra exaggeratedly pronounces it).

Tarhandro
Author of A Collection of Voyages (1354DR). "'The Realms Afar' is a word-spell that has charmed many a sail across the seas, from the pale dawn of the First Men, through the far-spanning conquests of the Netherese, till now."

Tarlastra
Soap-boiler, active in the soap and candle trades. Rents half a store-front in Trades Ward (Tarlastra's Scented Treasures). Has a tremendous gift for small-talk and dancing. Ally of the Red Sashes (often hides small items encased within her wares for surruptitious delivery). Keeps two needle-thin daggers hidden in her bodice.


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Tammert Landral [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

Tamsil (CG HF War2) [ Source: Ruins of Undermountain – Campaign Guide, p.8 and "The Reports From Undermountain," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #227, p.15 and A 05/12/06 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Tarlon Tchazzam [ Source: Monsters of Faer#251;n, p.86. Name/Description given ]

Tarm Urmbrusk (LE HM [Illuskan] Aris4/Exp1/merchant prince3) [ Source: A 05/23/12 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Eric L. Boyd. Name/Description/Stats given ]


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Rathan Ready-Ale (NE HM T2/War2)
Proprietor of the Ever-Ready Ale tankard house in Dock Ward. The "Ready Ale" is somewhat famed for its' nightly bawdy-shows. Rathan pays any troupe or raggedy-cast willing to perform a show, the more obscene and bawdy, the better. Satires of the Lords and the noble houses are especially preferred. He is also an agent of the Xanathar, and his cellars are often utilized by the Cold-Bones thieving fellowship.

Rathurr
Street performer, found most often in Caravan Court or the Market. Wears the skeletal, articulated, legs, spine and head of a horse, mounted to a harness. Carries hand-props to simulate hoof-falls and neighs. Prances about "bold and noble knights" in the street, asks them to accompany him on a quest "for the cause of lawful good." When drunk, accosts "fair beautiful maidens" and invites them to mount him and claim a different sort of glory.

Raurlor's Ravens
The Black Helm's Handmaidens. A feared adventuring company of "devil-shes," hardened female mercenaries and outcast lesser daughters of local noble houses. They take their name from Raurlor, the "Black Helm" whose great deeds were ended by the jealousies of Ahghairon and his puppet Lords. The leader of the Ravens, Sheraela "Swift-Promise" (CN HF F7/Bar3), is a direct (although unrecognized) descendant of the War Lord, and wields both his standard (a double-horned full helm atop which sits a double-headed raven) and his weapon of choice, Aravil, "The Blade That Slays Orc And Man" (a broadsword +2, +4 vs. Orcs, forged during the dying days of Phalorm for the endless warfare with the goblin races there).

Raven Uthansblood (CE HM F8/T5)
Seamaster (captain) of the Ravenous, a "black-sail" that plys the sealanes between Waterdeep and the Moonshaes. Currently wanted in the City of Splendors for a naval skirmish that resulted in the looting and sinking of the merchantman Jhavaen's Pride and the naval raker Swiftsails. Commands a force of some thirty brigands and sea-dogs, including the freestaves Berovhan (LE HM W7) and Gleghast (CN HM Inv7), and the battle-priest Hammerlungs (CN HM P9 of Tempus). The Ravenous winters in Raven's home port of Iskandelve, on the isle of Ruathym.

Raveneyes (CN ½EF F4)
A mercenary and hiresword from somewhere east of Calimshan. Raveneyes is a rather unattractive woman of sinew and bone, with piercing eyes and a harsh laugh. She wears patchwork chain-and-plate armor, and is proficient with thrown daggers and dual shortswords in combat. Can be contacted for employment at Virgin's Square.


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Raulinvur [ Source: Waterdeep News: Ship Sinks at Docks <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20060524a>. Name/Description given ]

Raumorthadar "Razorfang" (CN mature adult male fang dragon) [ Source: Dragons of Faerūn, p.35. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Ravithara Silmerhelve [ Source: "Wyrms of the North: The Wyrm Who Watches," Ed Greenwood, Dragon Magazine #250, p.80. Name/Description given ]

The Ready Axe [Source: A 12/03/19 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Rebeleigh [ Source: The novel Elfsong. Name/Description given ]


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quote:
Originally posted by AJA
Rathurr
Street performer, found most often in Caravan Court or the Market. Wears the skeletal, articulated, legs, spine and head of a horse, mounted to a harness. Carries hand-props to simulate hoof-falls and neighs. Prances about "bold and noble knights" in the street, asks them to accompany him on a quest "for the cause of lawful good." When drunk, accosts "fair beautiful maidens" and invites them to mount him and claim a different sort of glory.



On occasion, he has been known to be taken up on his offer for a mounting. All reports are that the maidens are forced to wear horse tack with blinders and mounted from behind. The "fair beautiful maidens" have been known to giggle and titter afterwards about his "being hung like one", and to suffer from a waddling walk for days afterward. In one instance, the maiden, a notable wanton, became pregnant shortly afterwards, though was unsure of who the father was as there were at least a dozen prospects. The child delivered had a long mane of black hair, red eyes, cloven hooved feet, and small horns on its forehead, and was said to be stolen by a believed cultist of Gargauth shortly after birth.

In truth, the "horse skeleton" that he wears has taken possession of his mind, for it is the remains of a nightmare (who despite being called "mare" was in fact a stallion) whose wings and hide were ritually removed after being bodily summoned to the plane. Its wings were then used in the creation of a variant "cloak of the bat" that also offered additional abilities such as fire resistance. The summoner, a wizard reportedly using a book named The Libram of Malevolent Manufacturing recovered from Undermountain, did not realize that the nightmare's remains would still be a problem for him and had simply discarded the bones after boiling the flesh off as well and using it to make a sausage which he sold to a night hag in skullport. The nightmare seeks "justice" for the misdeeds visited upon him, and he seeks to corrupt a noble knight into helping him get his vengeance upon the wizard who treated him so ignobly.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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The Haunt of the Hanging Cellars
Phantasmal haunting or spectral apparition, South Ward. A hideous face with a lolling, twisted tongue,and a neck that seems to wring and elongate itself more the more one looks upon it. An undead wraith of a long-dead killer of men, who hung his victims from the rafters of his subterranean vaults. His depredations were eventually discovered and he was hung in turn, his body bricked up and forgotten. Steals out to the streets above to hunt on occasion. Cannot be turned when in his crypt.

Hazramn the Tanner
Night Mask assassin. Gaunt and balding, with glittering black deep-set eyes. So heavily scarred, burnt, spell-lashed and sun-darkened that his skin resembled well-worn leathers. His epithet referred to the elaborate arcane ceremony used to skin his victims. He could then cloak himself in the enchanted epidermis and pass for the deceased. Tasked with killing the Knights Errant adventurers. He accompanied them for awhile under the guise of the hireling Thulf. Upon discovery, he was left stranded in the Vah-Go Wends (a Netherese pocket-plane created to ape the topography of Golden Age Netheril and populated by descendants of the archmage Vah-Go. After the death of its' creator, the realm was invaded by astral cloakers, who periodically swept down upon the inhabitants and carried them off – to the Halls of the Gods and eternal reward, the Vah believed, although the truth was far grimmer).

Hazenlyn
Dread Wavelord of Umberlee. Found dead in his chambers on the eve of the 1370DR Fleetswake Festival, consumed by a quantity of green slime enspelled into the mattress of his bed. Master of the junior Umberlants Shalmeira Thelthryn and Meritid Archneie.

The Headsmen
One of Waterdeep's many street gangs. Based in Blackcobbles (a neighborhood of Dock Ward). Thier symbol of leadership is the huge meat cleaver "Headcutter," originally the favored weapon of Hevryn the Knife. Rivals with the Hobgoblins. Currently led by Jindrek. Notable Members: Bakkan and Glerd ("Soot" and "Sot"), Gobbo, Lalor Luskalan, Majie "Sour Mouse," Thellae "Little Mouse," Whael "Softwheedle."

Helm Hard Alee
Legendary figure in the folklore and tavern-tales of the city (not to be confused with Helm Fullsails). The mythical patron of the Master Mariner's Guild. Master of the great ship Taellvyn. Bond-brother of Valkur Far-Sailor, lover of Selūne Starry-Eyed. Said to have cast his anchor at sea, from which flourished the island of Mintarn; to have wrestled the Great Northern Kraken and bound him as his mount; and to have sailed his ship to the Waters at the Edge of the World (where the wind blows bleak from the stars), whereafter he and his crew were feasted and fźted in the halls of the Wend Perilūne, Selūne's holy redoubt in the heavens.
        The panoply of the Taellvyn is also claimed to be artifacts in their own right; Mlast (the Mast, the great tree from which sprang the bountiful forests of Orlumbor), Carina (the Keel, reforged into the legendary Cutlass of Valkur), Pūgh (the Deck, whose planks provided the solid foundation for the mighty Free Port of Velen), and Velha (the Sail, the soul of the ship, rebirthed as the foremost of Selūne's Handmaidens of the Moon).


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Haunzro Thlam [ Source: Waterdeep News: Monster-Man Found Murdered <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20050907a>. Name/Description given ]


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Raelar Hosthann (LG HM Pal9 of Tyr/grey guard5 of Tyr)
(RAY-larr HOSS-thann) The Most Merciful, The Reborn Hand. A native of Tethyr and renowned paladin of Anachtyr. After falling from his faith and rejecting divine favor, Raelar sought solace in the church of Kelemvor and was appointed head priest of the Lord of the Dead in Waterdeep. Later events involving the Kormallis noble clan and the doppelgangers of the Unseen brought him to the realization that his supposed spiritual crisis was not genuine, but rather a necessary part of a gambit made by the Lord of Justice himself. His faith restored, Raelar was initiated into the secret order of Grey Guards of Tyr. He has since left the city, acting on visions sent by his god. He wields Vishuultyrn, a flanged mace of everbright steel and magical powers, and The Blade of the Righteous, the holy broadsword returned to him by the church.

Raesalra "Hurlstars" (CN HF Inv9/F3)
A member of the Swords of the Lucky Lady adventuring fellowship. Hard-drinking, garrulous. Broad-shouldered, fierce-eyed, short dark red hair. Can swear like a sailor and fight like a dockhand (her tavern brawls, aided by an oft-used ring of the ram, are the stuff of legend). Dresses in shabby, shoulder-baring, side-slit floor-length dresses and overlarge footman's boots. Wears abundant copper and bronze bangles, baubles, and wristlets on each arm (the arm decorations aren't magical, but the boots are). At one time the apprentice of the dwarven mage-smith Dunbamn "Bam" Hammerhelm.

Raerivel
An inventor of Gond. Famed for his wood-treating oils, which turns the wood a silvery-grey sheen, and makes it quite resistant to rotting and warping. Travels with a company of Gondsmen and Amnian armsmen, fronted by the large, stout, thin-lipped dwarf, Raslemdra.

Ralandra
The Rosy Flame. Local Castle Ward table-dancer and festhall girl. Keeps the severed head of her grand-sire (Xemdurr Manthar, though her birth was illegitimate and unacknowledged by the larger Manthar clan) in a curtained alcove, preserved in a foul, pulsating mucus. It converses with her, but not in any sort of spoken manner.

Rassavva Laugharn
A noble of House Moonstar (by marriage to Tharan Moonstar). Long, curly, raven-black tresses, a well-rounded figure, and a voice that often erupts into deep, throaty laughter. Rassavva's family hails from the isle of Ruathym, where they have long held reputations for smuggling and wrecking ships for later salvage. She is a true free spirit, whose love of challenge and vibrant attitude towards life drew the young noble Tharan to her. She chose to remain in Waterdeep after Tharan died during the Time of Troubles, and even now her spirit burns bright and her sharp tongue still serves well enough to turn aside any snide comment from her mother-in-law Mauralynn (who still regards her as a "common serving wench"). Has two children, Rober and Feluna.


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I DELVED ELMINSTER'S BACK DOOR (and all I got was this glimpse of his third bookshelf)

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* The Lore of the Hamadryad (Lamarlasse of Tethdale, 1312DR) (well-received and considered a definitive effort)

* A Year's Merriments Amongst the Green-Men of Chult, or; My Time Among the Tasloi (Robsyl Crownsilver, 1360DR) (fanciful travelogue and nonsensical naturalism)

* Solitudes and Firesides (Donethra Maradool, 1153DR) (essays and poems on nature and life and companionship)

* 'Starling-Winds' and 'Sea-Blue Elms': The Lore of the Evensong Coast (Namlauvra Storm-Thrush, 1229DR) (well-researched compilation of local lore and superstitions)

* River and Brook: The Shining Roads of the Savage North (Ningask of the Cart-Tracks, 1362DR) (a topic well-trod in in numerous other, better tomes; shamefully omits a host of smaller courses)

* A Song For Wild Mirtul (Tsaunrala Summerflower, 1319DR) (decent collection of springtime field-songs and planter's tunes of the Dalelands)

* Old Brier and Willow-Wren: Feyfancies of the Lower Dessarin, Including Emmer Odd-Ivy and the Night Maids of Spider-Downs; the Winter Gloomworms and Teasel-Swift; Cricket-Winds and Oat-Field Gossamer; and The Eve of Autumn-Dawn and the Berry-Harvest Hunt (Yurlanta Windlespar, Wry Sage of Red Larch, 1283DR) (as it says; a brisk and delightful read)

* In Search of Summertide (Ardaerus Daskember, 1044DR) (volume of the author's collected poems; wistful, mournful, melancholic; still popular along his native Chionthar Valley)

* A Most Mysterious Company, bound whole with such follow-afters as A Company More Mysterious; The Mysterious Company Returns; Song of the Mysterious Company; and The Mysterious Company In Cormyr (Eldren the Lion-Quill, 1351DR) (collection of the middling Mysterious Company chapbook series)

* Talks and Traveller's Tales (Joyvrae of Impiltur, 1118DR) (a mix of travelogue and recorded conversations and a decent collection of useful folk-remedies)

* Delzoun and Dammelthar, and Times More Ancient Still (Faethlaskra Maeruné, 753DR) (ancient Eaerlanni tome on the history and legacies of neighboring dwarven realms)

* I Delved Elminster's Back Door (Volothamp Geddarm, 1352DR) (nonsense, utter nonsense, scurrilous, scandalous, ill-advised, pigeon-pox-worthy nonsense....that bumbling fool never even made it past the Burbur Stairs before turning tail and scurrying back to the taproom of the Old Skull!)



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Thamrick Thindleflavver
Dark, stout, old sea dog. Affable, with a wide smile that displays two impressive rows of crooked yellow teeth. Master of Wharf-Shadows Hall, an "old-bones" lodge for retired and infirm members of the Master Mariners Guild. Makes an impressive side-income selling chapbooks and sea charts of dubious accuracy, based off the half-remembered, half-mad mutterings of his charges.

Tharal
Waverider of Valkur. Author of To Tame The Faithless Sea (1340DR). "In truth, I have found myself more alone and tempest-tossed amidst the cities of my birth than I ever have under the wild grace of a squalling sea. The faceless waves of men are are just as uncaring, yet far colder and crueler."

Tharan Moonstar
A noble of House Moonstar (younger son of Uthglar and Mauralynn / husband of Rassavva / father of Feluna and Rober; deceased). The middle child of Mauralynn and Uthglar. Tharan was less sheltered than his sister and less disciplined than his elder brother, and developed a taste for adventuring early on, touring the lands of the North, Amn, and the High Moor. Married his favorite serving girl at the Blushing Mermaid, something that caused quite a stir in highborn circles (but has died down with the passage of time and the naming of Rober as heir of the House). Died during the Time of Troubles, defending citizens of the city from Myrkul's Minions.

Thardulph Brozz
A Castle Ward hedge-mage. Does a brisk business enchanting door-knocks and ornamental wind bells to produce more pleasing sounds than they would otherwise be capable of (faerie's laughter, crystal chimings and burbling brook are currently most popular). Such castings are only temporary, of course, and he is kept busy with regular re-applications. He was once assaulted by a cabal of elven smiths from Silverymoon who were convinced that he had stolen their secret methods of making such devices through physical (non-magical) craftsmanship, and has traveled under armed escort ever since.

The Thelark (LE HM F15/Sor7)
(THAY-Lark) The self-styled "Baron of the Waves," a former pirate captain and Scourge of the Sword Coast. His flag, once flown at the scene of many pirate raids, consists of a black claw crushing a golden crown (symbolic of the realms along the coast). The Thelark (and his ship, the Death's Deliverer) were captured by Waterdhavian marines in Ches of 1370DR, but the pirate thane was soon spirited from the city by the former Luskar envoy, Neruudan. He now resides in the City of Sails, having been appointed "High Admiral," and tasked with rebuilding Luskan's naval might.


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Thandar Buckblade [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

The Thann Guardian [ Source: Realms By Night, Part 8: The Thann Guardian. Name/Description given ]


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Feladadra the Daring
"A Lady of All Promising Manner of Delights" (thief, stone-delver, 'handful-of-coins swindler'). Auburn hair, steady blue eyes. Pompous, ostentatious. Has increasingly taken to announcing herself as Feladadra of the Seven Magical Disguises, though in the commission of her crimes she has only ever been identified as (or admitted to) using one. Also known to sometimes call herself 'Felūndra,' or 'Fela Flame-Kissed.' In social situations prefers heavy finger jewelry and also ornate nose-to-ear adornments, in a style native to the southern Sea of Stars. Often described as "an ambitious little emptyhead."

Feldroon Grummerglaun (LG DM)
The Hammer of Harpendruin. Adbarran envoy (ambassador) to Waterdeep and the Lord's Alliance. An immense frame (in all directions), ruddy complexion, deep blue-black eyes that blaze when excited. Rugged yet expressive features. Full head and magnificent beard of silver-white hair. Wields the ancient Grummerglaun (and Clan Harpendruin, before them) warhammer Nightaldark (a bluesteel warhammer +2 with the ability to cast globes of darkness and conjure deadly ice storms).

Felglost
Gnomish sneak-thief and hiresword (when hired for combat wore chainshirt and helm, and bore shield and war pick). Ill palor and ill manner. Nasty persistent rattling cough, but could move silently enough when needed. Often feigned ignorance of the Common tongue, preferring to communicate mainly through non-verbal harrumphs, tsks and sarcastic snorts. Native of Gorm Odder, on the eastern reaches of Ulversdeeping. Crushed by a falling-block trap somewhere in the Undermountain.

The Fellowship of the Blue Blade
A short-lived company of adventurers and crypt-delvers. The Fellowship was last known to be involved in a series of hit-and-run skirmishes with hobgoblins in the mountains north of Silverymoon, although one member, the dwarven warrior Ozstar Baelgrym (CN DM T2/F4), is known to have since travelled to Luskan, seeking employment with the High Captains there.

The Fellowship of the Lifted Lantern
Local adventuring fellowship. Also and formerly known as Ieiriglūn's Lantern's Aloft and Littlegeld's Lanterns (and, in the purple odes of the resident bard, The Lighted Lanterns Aloft Against the Despairing Darkness). Led as such by Ieiriglūn [EERIE-gloon] the Bold. Other members include Lamander Littlegeld, Ramrabo Sternthistle and the self-appointed "Black the Sharp-Blade" (Black Bless).


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Galraun
Has a stall in the Market, Galraun's Legendary Finefeasts ("hearty helpings of savory sea enchantments as will entice any man or demi-man"), near the Cynosure. Serves up sauteed seafood, fresh from the Docks – scallops, shrimps and brightfin, all mixed with minced spice berries and then blanketed under a layer of hot melted cheese and served up to go in a bowl of thick-crusted bread.

Gamandar "The Basilisk"
Named for his fierce gaze and icy demeanor. One of the city's numerous mercenary recruiters. Fought for many years as an initiated member of the Uthgardt Griffon tribe, and still bears many of their ritual branding and scarrings. Why he left is unknown, although many whisper that the parting was acrimonial.

Garskul
Local cutpurse and bullyblade. Known as "Golden Garsk" for his boyish appearance and wide, disarming smile. Can talk his way out of difficult situations. Enjoys the company of both sexes, especially in numbers. A member of the Hobgoblins street gang.

"Giant" Gurghryn (N ½OgM Bar6)
A fan-favorite martialist at the Field of Triumph. Not the most subtle or flamboyant of digladiates, but he makes up for his lack of skill with sheer strength and enthusiasm. When not entertaining crowds at the Field, he can be found spending coin at a number of Trades Ward tankard houses and festhalls (where his appetites for wine, women and brawling are legendary), or at his lodgings at The Bright Wood-Fires, paid for by the Sultlue family, his noble patrons.

Glak and Gurgle
A common stage sight as a pair of "gargoyle" observers perched on the battlements or balconies of many a backdrop, offering sarcasm, jeers, heckling, or straight-man commentary to the ongoing contents of a play. Originated from the Waterdhavian slang "glak, clack and gurgle" (the answer to an old joke about a cat coughing a hairball, a bard with a scandalous snippet, and an adventurer spit on a spearpoint). From that followed a familiar shorthand for any type of babbling, nonsense, or flowery run-on, often shortened to just "glak and gurgle."


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When you are done in about another 10 years AJA, can you send me the master list? This cutting and pasting and alphabetising is killing me!

So, apologies in advance to Krash and his poor c/p buttons, but as we are now much nearer to the end than the beginning of this project the usual 'five-in-a-relative-row' entries are become increasingly infeasible, which means that 'scattershot' entries like the one below will be the norm going forward. Prepare your alphabetizations accordingly.

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Enavrun Var
The elder brother of Ammathan Var. More commonly known as "The Smiling Swordsman." The Swordsman was once the terror of the upper Wards, a dashing, witty rogue always concealed by a smiling mask and a well-swashed cloak. Known for crashing the balls and parties of many noble clans and absconding with their brightest jewels and prettiest maidens. He met his doom in 1359DR, when he was run through by the noble Daramaer Hawkwinter after quite a lengthy bout of fencing and "table-dueling" during a Midsummer ball.

Mūrth Thongolyr (CN HM War3)
Younger brother of Estrar. Jovial and quick to make friends, though he has a fiery temper when crossed. Loves to laugh and loves a good contest or test of strength. Given to fighting, makes a contest out of the simplest disputes. Mūrth's forefathers divorced themselves from the noble house Thongolir (and resumed the ancient Chondathan spelling of the family name) in disgust at house members interbreeding with dragonkind. Since that time they have served faithfully in the watch and guard of the city, and regard their noble cousins as weak and debased.

Phendalm Quenrune
Author of A Handful of Glitterdust: The Life and Living Memories of an Illuskan Illusionist (1341DR). "Everything is only what we think about it – what we think or feel, however, is not necessarily true or rational."

Tymander Seasblood (N water genasiM P4 of Istishia)
The Ever-Rimed. A sun-bronzed, eldery, still-spry seasman. A long-time and fairly well-known shipsmage (quells weather and pirates, repairs sails and leaks) on the merchant caravels of the Sea of Swords. Has a luxuriant head of silver-blue hair and a matching "down-dagger" moustache. Noticeably hard of hearing, an impairment that he variously denies or claims as a professional hazard ("too much salt water in m'ears!"). His genasi heritage (and his sobriquet) manifest in the visible sheen of salt that habitually coats his exposed extremities every time he nears the sea.

Tyrvald Rozmeer
Owner of Rozmeer Harbor Rowings, a fleet of ship-to-shore ferries consisting of the Lee-Plough, the Stout Llendra, the Harbor-Cheer and the Gallant Storm-Bird, all easily identifiable by the colorful silken tassels strung across both gunnels (tassels replicated on the sea-caps his hired rowers uniformly wear).


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Elender Tanturho [ Source: A 04/08/20 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Emmurgan [ Source: Ed Greenwood's Spin-A-Yarn 2004: The Night Tymora Sneezed. Name/Description given ]

Emurra Scaradath [ Source: Prayers From The Faithful, p.64. Name/Description given ]

Engelvaer [ Source: Small Presses of Waterdeep II: Titles of Note, Part One. Name/Description given ]

Phelorna and Teirist Taurntyrith [ Source: Realmslore: Dawntree, Part Two <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20040107a>. Name/Description given ]

Tymos (NE HM T1) [ Source: "The Reports From Undermountain," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #227, p.15. Name/Description/Stats given ]


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TANRALANRA'S TRESSES

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On the journey of the Aluskathra, (the Lucent Dancer of the elves, or the Silverspill of later dwarven prospectors out of Besilmer), not far from its' origin in the southern Star Mounts of the High Forest, lies a forested ridge down which the young 'Skath falls. The dark hardstone cliff here forces the stream into two sprightly, energetic cascades, divided by an upthrust knob or outcropping topped by a healthy thicket of fluttering elm and, halfway down the rough slope, a small, irregularly-sided altar carved into the stone. This altar was rough-carved, and has since been weathered by long years, but the remnants of faces and figures can still be discerned upon its sides. It is reached by a series of steady footholds climbing up from below, accessible by wading though the rocky, waist-high pool here. This pool then exits to the south, as the shining Aluskathra continues on its' merry way, roughly parallel to the Unicorn Run, before turning and merging with that larger watercourse some ways south of the elven settlement of Nordahaeril (just upstream from the ruins of Daurlask and the Brown Oak Bridge).

"Tanralanra" is the name the elves gave to an ancient place-spirit they claim once inhabited the falls and clear pool; they have songs and ancient writings that speak of it, but those all date to what human bards refer to as "the age before Netheril," i.e., in a time of legend before the men of the North began keeping written chronicle. No such spirit has been known to have manifested itself here in all the subsequent generations of Man; the most common claim for this absence is that this spirit was captured at some point by the early humans of the region and subsequently bound into the carving of the altar.

There is a greatly-weathered inscription carved into the altar here, written not in elvish, but in the oldest of the druidic scripts (of the faith of Auld Chauntea, the Wild-Mother, from the ancient days when she walked untamed through the forested cathedrals of Silvanus, before leaving to cast her grace and her mantle down upon the furrowed fields of Man). Roughly translated into modern Common, it reads;

through a thousand streams
fierce winter, idle summer
shined sharpened and cleansed


Sages are divided on both the meaning of the inscription and the identity of those who built the altar. The sage Nanglorn, in his tome Dark Moss and Maidenhair, put forth the theory that this place-spirit was not bound into the altar, but instead bound upon it, and slain in ritual, in ceremony designed to harness its energies to defeat some deadly enemy (what he opines was a great thunderbeast, of the type that used to roam the expanse of the North). The sage Malraunna of Everlund is most famous for agreeing with this interpretation, but further adds that the essence of this spirit was bound instead into a weapon fashioned to slay the enemy – specifically what is today the sword known as Frost-Glimmer (her theory being that this sword was first brought to the attention of Man after being brought out of the High Forest from a burial cairn not far from the Tresses (the tomb, a great barrow whose sole occupant was guarded by the bones of something dragon-sized, but not quite dragon-shaped, was said to be of great antiquity and obvious importance to those who constructed it).

Whatever the truth of the matter, it would seem destined to remain forever a mystery. Not even the stone-singer Dammarthan Whisp-White, Weird Eye of Dugmaren, of the Society of Stone-Tongues, who held long conversation through the Dalereckoning years of 1328 and 1329 with the altar and the cliff and the most ancient and weathered of the boulders ringing the pool below, could divine the truth. The rocks spoke to him of freeze and thaw, and the pleasure of sun-warmth, and the passing of ages, and of the fleeting touch of man and beast and wyrm, and other such things as are tended to be noted by rocks, but of the spirit once known as Tanralanra or its fate, there was no word or acknowledgement.


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The Goblin of Gorl Street
Merry Hob, Bluster-Breeze. Minor haunting or phantasmal apparition, middle Gorl Street, Sea Ward. A scampering goblinkin of indeterminate race. Mottled gray-green hue. Often responds to passers-by by twirling his head round and round, rolling his great luminous eyes, shrugging his shoulders, and grinning a razored grin from ear to ear. Appears on the site of the now-vanished Goblin's Paradise festhall. Was once a programmed illusion designed to lure patrons into the hall. Why and how it has outlasted the edifice that spawned it is unknown.

The Goblin-Growlers
A Dock Ward street gang of minor importance. The Growlers recently ran afoul of a trio of Harper operatives and lost several of their number as a result. Led by Qurulghest One-Eye.

Jostryn Wolfspell (CN HM War3/P2 of Tempus)
A strongarm (hiresword) and frequent patron of the Yawning Portal. Weathered face framed by a mop of thick, greasy black hair and a well-trimmed goatee. Rather stocky and overweight, but moves with a grace that belies his physical appearance. Hands and lower arms heavily scarred. Carries a battleaxe, mace, and heavy crossbow. Known to be a friend of the Red Sashes.

Ondar
A native of Turmish. Dark skin, golden eyes. Long dark hair kept wrapt under spectacularly-plumed hat and ornate, begemmed hair-net. Clean-shaven, immaculate fingernails. Can be found in the Market, peddling his Ondar's Outstanding Preparations, either as oily, foul-smelling ointment ("Cures all malign forms of long-standing throat and lung afflictions. Relief is immediate and certain") or fiery, licorice-tasting tonic ("A quick and complete cure for all Urinary, Kidney, Bladder and Genital Diseases, in male, female, or elf. Festhall guaranteed!").

Oralantyr Merelarn
Gondsman and native of Lantan. Seamaster (captain) of the merchantman Queldor Vhul. Banished from the city in Kythorn 1369DR after being found guilty of importing and trading in the illegal alchemical substance known as smokepowder. Well-spoken and well-educated. Pale Lantanna skin and squinted green eyes, dark brown hair and bushy eyebrows, full beard that looks to have been dipped in molten gold. His unusual facial hair reflects his high rank in the Gondar society of The Inexplicit Order of The Full Flame (The Brothers of the Arquebus, the Star-Wheel, the Brightspear, and the Divinely-Granted Holy Gond-Gunne), the senior members of which, without exception, bear gilt beards of the finest golden color.


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The Golden Watchful [ Source: A 01/05/19 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]


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Aubertha the Well-Arrayed, Archimposer of Azuth
A prominent lay-member of the Azuthan church, active in spreading the tenets of the faith across the North in the 1100's DR. Tall, stout, brunette. Skin forever flushed from emotion and excitement. Energetic, animated when in conversation. Spoke authoritaitively and intractably on the matters that interested her most. Spent her adult life frail through a series of extended respiratory illnesses, a result of the Silverymoon plague of 1150. Seemed to take great delight in the opportunity to unleash her spells and the arcane energies of her favored staff against the orcs of the Black Horde who besieged the Gem of the North in 1235, though such exertion left her obviously drained and in failing health; died bedridden soon thereafter of winterchill (pneumonia).

Author of the 1200DR tome [1], On The Matter of Stability in Lasting Arcane Enchantments: Being a Treatise on the Conflicting Desires of Certain Fascinations Bound in the Same Vessel, Including and Alongside Proper Notes on the Warring Energies of Opposing Schools of The Art and the Differing Viewpoints of The Six Elemental Forms [2]; Steps Towards Choosing the Proper Durable Vessel, Innate Properties of Notable Woods and Metals, Their Commonly Accepted Values in Safely Holding Such Enchantments, and the Most Common Methods of Binding Chosen Magics Onto Such a Ready Canvas. [3]

[1] Vast sections of which, wholesale and uncredited, later imp'd the quill of the scandalous Volothamp Geddarm, in his notorious Volo's Guide to All Things Magical.
[2] Of The Six Elemental Forms: While the Four Elementals of Wind, Fire, Water and Earth are long-established and unarguable, there have long been additional claimants to their ranks: well-written mystics from the far east of Faerūn have waxed eloquent of the quality of "Wood"; those rare sky-sailors with their ships of strange and colorful shape would have you believe in "Void"; and of course, the School of Necromancy has long held "Flesh" as a fundamental form of reality. Further, the written works of scattered archmages and scholars undoubtably steeped too long in their aromatic incenses make outlandish claims about "Time" as a form as malleable and elemental in nature as water or flame.
[3] The bidding for which, at a Watchful Order auction, Midsummer 1366DR, was run up to unprecedented amounts by fierce competition between a number of arcane scholars and repositories of knowledge (agents of the Hosttower of the Arcane foremost among them) in attendance. In the end, it was won by factors believed to be in the employ of Pasha Eli yn Adnan, the Caleph Arcane of Calimport.


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So relieved to find you're still active! I used to use your Waterdeep Herald for background flavor in my old Waterdeep campaign and it's good to find it again using the Wayback Machine! I'm running a 5e campaign featuring descendants of our old characters, so I'm piecing things together! Cheers!
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So relieved to find you're still active! I used to use your Waterdeep Herald for background flavor in my old Waterdeep campaign and it's good to find it again using the Wayback Machine! I'm running a 5e campaign featuring descendants of our old characters, so I'm piecing things together! Cheers!

Yep, still here. I've gone off and done other things, invested in other hobbies, but I always find myself wandering back to the Realms, sooner or later. I'm glad you got use out of the stuff I've written, that's always really cool to hear. Cheers to you as well!


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Senior Scribe AJA,

Do you know of a way to compile the list into one list so that a scribe doesn't have to go through (21) pages of responses to ensure they are not repeating something that was done before?

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The Goblin of Gorl Street
Merry Hob, Bluster-Breeze. Minor haunting or phantasmal apparition. A scampering goblinkin of indeterminate race. Mottled gray-green hue. Often responds to passers-by by twirling his head round and round, rolling his great luminous eyes, shrugging his shoulders, and grinning a razored grin from ear to ear. Appears on the site of the now-vanished Goblin's Paradise festhall. Was once a programmed illusion designed to lure patrons into the hall. Why and how it has outlasted the edifice that spawned it is unknown.

Ondar
A native of Turmish. Dark skin, long dark hair kept wrapt under spectacularly-plumed hat and ornate, begemmed hair-net, golden eyes. Clean-shaven, immaculate fingernails. Can be found in the Market, peddling his Ondar's Outstanding Preparations, either as oily, foul-smelling ointment ("Cures all malign forms of long-standing throat and lung afflictions. Relief is immediate and certain") or fiery, licorice-tasting tonic ("A quick and complete cure for all Urinary, Kidney, Bladder and Genital Diseases, in male, female, or elf. Festhall guaranteed!").

Phendalm Quenrune
Author of A Handful of Glitterdust: The Life and Living Memories of an Illuskan Illusionist (1341DR). "Everything is only what we think about it – what we think or feel, however, is not necessarily true or rational."



Male, Female, OR ELF you say? AND Festhall Guaranteed? Well that must very much be some good stuff. I can get a whole bottle for a mere 2 coppers? Sign me up goodsir!!

I do believe that I can provide a questionable answer to your little mystery with the goblin-kin. I do believe it can be related back to Goodsir Phendalm and his experiments with "living memories". Few knew it, but Phendalm was not only an illusionist, but also a mind mage, and he was a master of both arts, referring to himself as a "Cerebremancer". He was attempting to make an Awaken Illusion spell that gave intelligence and life to a spell. He got the idea after visiting the Ring of Gray Flames in Rashemen, a place of great magical radiations that is roamed by spell wards, or spells that seemed to possess intelligence and guidance of their own volition. There are those who say that he met an illusion of a giant violet dragon there and that the two became close friends. However, his curiosity gained the better of him, and its said he sought to touch the mind of the illusion. 'Twas rumored that he tapped into some mental component that tunneled itself to the Far Realm and he himself became a medium for the traversal of horrors great and small from that world to this one in the form of living illusions in the days leading up to and following the Time of Troubles. The illusions were indeed intelligent, but also insane. Furthermore, the more they believed in themselves, the more visceral they became. Its also said that many of Phendalm's previously cast illusions seemingly gained awareness and life, and thus the antics of this capering goblin-kin. Exactly what happened to Phendalm Quenrune in the end is not well known, but its rumored that he was taken captive by the wychlaran and that he was said to be imprisoned amongst the vremyonni as nothing more than a drooling mess. Some whispered though that his body didn't age.

In more recent stories, the scampering goblin-kin is said to occasionally possess seeming intelligence. On one such incident during the time of the Second Sundering, its said by a drunken sailor who was relieving himself upon the remnants of the Goblin's Paradise Festhall that the gray-green Merry Hob, who appears to be some form of mutated goblinkin, did appear in a burst of gray flames and begin muttering to himself about "The Hidden One". It then did jump into the man's yellowy stream and scream "The water of life is mine!" and begin moving its hands in what appeared to be mystical passes. The drunken sailor then said what appeared to be a human whose description COULD match that of Phendalm Quenrune did appear from thin air, though it could also match hundreds if not thousands of other humans as well. This human, at least according to the besot sailor, was also semi-transparent.

Naturally, this story made the rounds of Waterdeep's lowest bars, as any good story will, and within a month numerous "sightings" of this semi-transparent being began popping up. One such sighting seemed to be more truthful however, for it came from a mage of the watchful order, who reported that the man's semi-transparent nature must be due to wards surrounding his person, for he sensed a most powerful dweomer of illusion magic surrounding the man. Another later story came to Waterdeep from Skullport, where the man was said to be roaming in search of a yuan-ti by the name of Nhyris D'Hothek.

Some months after that the man was said to have appeared in a magic shop said to have once been a temple to Leira in the dead of night wearing a strange horned silver circlet with a large black diamond., The man woke the owner of the shop and had him and his wife gather up numerous components and minor wands, scrolls, and other trinkets. He then set about creating a ritual circle right there in the shop and began casting a spell, which according to the shopkeep "seemed to call upon the memories within the crown to awaken them in some form of strange illusion spell that was unlike anything I've ever seen. It consumed nearly all the magic in my shop, leaving me near penniless, but the results were the most spectactular thing. Right there, I saw the Open Lord herself form, in some sort of odd burst of gray flames." This story of course gained much notoriety, for the penniless mage appeared at Castle Waterdeep, demanding that Open Lord Laeral "have the city pay just recompense for ruining his shop" . The man seemed clear of mind and steadfastly accused Lady Laeral, though the Chosen of Mystra seemed to lack all knowledge of the occurrence. She did however privately have Elminster agree to pay the man, from her own coffers no less, if the man would simply deign to let Elminster purchase the edifice for the city and agree to provide more details about the occurrence in privacy.

Shortly after this occurrence, harper agents within Rashemen reported to Storm via Sylune of some reports of strangeness coming from the Running Rocks. Apparently the body of some prisoner had suddenly awoke, claiming to be a god, and heading himself in the direction of Narfell. Reports from the Narfellian Chieftain Abordabe that a being surrounded in gray flames appeared at Hark's Finger and proceeded into the ruins found there. What became of this being, little is known.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Do you know of a way to compile the list into one list so that a scribe doesn't have to go through (21) pages of responses to ensure they are not repeating something that was done before?

No, not at the moment. There is intent to compile it as some sort of .pdf when I have finished, but there is currently no timetable on that.

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Male, Female, OR ELF you say? AND Festhall Guaranteed? Well that must very much be some good stuff. I can get a whole bottle for a mere 2 coppers? Sign me up goodsir!!

Aha! A man wise in the ways of the festhall and of his own ways within them! A roaring-boy of the taverns to be sure, a true swaggerer of the dancing-tables! Such virility, a magnificent thing to look upon, by Sune! But quickly, quickly goodsaer, let us talk honestly now – surely one bottle, even of such immaculate alchemy as this I have before you, must still prove insufficient for a man of such inspired appetites as yourself? No no no, for you saer would suit nothing less than my entire stock, this generous satchel here, for a mere....say, five gold dragons. Robbery by half, 'tis true, but e'en so I must admit to finding myself unexpectedly staggered by your charms! Already, your first victim! So then, a grand bargain fit for even Golden Waukeen herself! Hesitate not now lad, act swiftly and rest assured of being preserved, now and forever, from the dark and poxy whims of the Maid of Misfortune!

Ah! and there we have it, a bargain well struck, well-struck indeed! Blessings upon you and your newly-fortified constitution my savvy lad! May all of Waterdeep well remember this day! Ho, my fellow 'dhavians, mind my words! 'Ware your wives and weird your elves! A true Lion of Lathander walks amongst us this morn! *disappears into the Market crowd in a well-practiced nonchalant-yet-curiously-swift-saunter*


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Male, Female, OR ELF you say? AND Festhall Guaranteed? Well that must very much be some good stuff. I can get a whole bottle for a mere 2 coppers? Sign me up goodsir!!

Aha! A man wise in the ways of the festhall and of his own ways within them! A roaring-boy of the taverns to be sure, a true swaggerer of the dancing-tables! Such virility, a magnificent thing to look upon, by Sune! But quickly, quickly goodsaer, let us talk honestly now – surely one bottle, even of such immaculate alchemy as this I have before you, must still prove insufficient for a man of such inspired appetites as yourself? No no no, for you saer would suit nothing less than my entire stock, this generous satchel here, for a mere....say, five gold dragons. Robbery by half, 'tis true, but e'en so I must admit to finding myself unexpectedly staggered by your charms! Already, your first victim! So then, a grand bargain fit for even Golden Waukeen herself! Hesitate not now lad, act swiftly and rest assured of being preserved, now and forever, from the dark and poxy whims of the Maid of Misfortune!

Ah! and there we have it, a bargain well struck, well-struck indeed! Blessings upon you and your newly-fortified constitution my savvy lad! May all of Waterdeep well remember this day! Ho, my fellow 'dhavians, mind my words! 'Ware your wives and weird your elves! A true Lion of Lathander walks amongst us this morn! *disappears into the Market crowd in a well-practiced nonchalant-yet-curiously-swift-saunter*





Aye Lassies, gird your corsets, for I've an invasion formin' in me pants and a potion of invulnerability ta protect me!! Sharess has surely smiled upon me this day for delivering me to Goodsir Ondar, and I be meaning to give her a wink and a nod in return! <takes a swig of the licorice tasting concoction HOOOO!!! But that puts a fire in me belly, I can already feel >it going to work. <stomach let's forth a querulous noise> Hmmm, what's that now...

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Arshal Abardan
A cleric of Gond and semi-successful inventor (the various metallic inks and cleaning solutions he developed are widely used in the North by scribes and metal-armored warriors, respectively). Found murdered in his home in Hammer of 1370DR, with one of the Six Secret Names of Gond ritually carved into his chest.

Asmura Darthaun
Local artist. Began her career doing excellent reproductions of the works of the master painter Eglarth of Silverymoon (a variety of beautiful men or women, clad or unclad, popular with Suneites and Lathanderites). Gained noteriety with The Flames of the West Wall, an original piece depicting the defense against the hordes of sea-creatures; this was quickly followed by a commissioned painting showing Lord Marlus Eirontalar in full battle-dress defending the doors of the Palace, a pile of slain fish-men underfoot. While the subject matter was laughable the quality was undeniable, and has led to a flood of highcoin patrons clamoring for their own personal rendition of battle glory.

Astleon Lorastaff
The Wandering Seed of the Goddess. Highest ranking travelling priest of the Chauntean faith. Rarely seen in the City of Splendors; when in the North, his visits commonly take him to Silverymoon, Goldenfields and Neverwinter.

Aszundar Zul
A noted Neveren diplomat and long-time envoy (ambassador) to Waterdeep and the Lord's Alliance. Passed away in his sleep in Elesias of 1369DR. Said Lord Piergerion upon his passing, "Aszundar was a rare soul; a man who could discuss troop strengths, harvest quotas, and fine poetry all with expert knowledge. Both Waterdeep and Neverwinter are poorer for his absence." Replaced by his assistant, Mhaurin Geldaunt, as interim (and later official) Neverwintian envoy. [ Source: FR1 Waterdeep and the North, p.14. Name/Description given. Additional detail by me. ]

Aulavvan of the Swords (CN HM)
Strong, slender build. Dark, thick, curly hair, deep, rich voice. Bored and jaded, but deadly calm and effective when mocked or pressed in combat. One of the city's best swordmasters. Does not attempt to gild his coin-cry ("a master sword-arm in the vulgar arts of wounds-giving and maimery, and other common manner of grievous bloodshed") to sooth the delicate sensibilities of potential noble patrons. Has expensive weaknesses for gambling, women, and horses (the debts from which lead him to hire out for dungeon delving and honor-dueling-for-hire from time to time).


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Asmurar Kormallis [ Source: A 09/21/05 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Asohs the Daring (CG HaM T5) [ Source: "I Sing A Song By The Deep-Water Bay," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #211, p.34. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Astel Turjan [ Source: Broadcryers of Waterdeep III: Know Thy Sources <archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20031001a>. Name/Description given ]

Aszyra Thunderstaff [ Source: "Wyrms of the North: The Sunset Flame," Ed Greenwood, Dragon Magazine #239, p.32. Name/Description given ]


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Divers & Sundry Feyfancy, Sage-Lore and God-Saga
"When Sune held court in gardens green
And Milil harped all thru the 'een
along the blossomed aisles of Kythorn
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      Excerpted from The Laughter of the Elves
      Various Fair Folk Legend and Prose
      Faithfully Collected and Translated by Nlaskra Aummelweave
      Most Delicate Desire, Lady Foremost of the Firehaired
      Year of the Spouting Fish, 922 DR


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THE FIREBRIGHT TRIO
In the western heavens, a tight triangular cluster which glows most brightly in the night-time sky, dancing in time to the flicker of trail-fires.

Sage Knowledge
Once the foremost servants of the god Lathander; the Anneth Awnnatar, three planar devas interchangeably described as swanmaiden and swordsman, who kindled the Fires of Dawn after that terrible day When Auril Was All, and the Hissing Garlanth and Great Mugtooth and Red-Spined Willerwamp froze in their dens and crawled upon the face of Faerūn nevermore. Met what is considered the end for their kind during the intercine godly strife of the Dawn Cataclysm, after which they were granted a place of honor in the celestial heavens overlooking Faerūn below.

Popular Lore
In popular lore they are named Ëost, Azrubeh, and Nelimbrar, originating from the Talfir. Their bards-names (presented in parenthesis) are long believed to have come first, common translations (and re-translations) from an elder, unknown tongue.

Ëost (The Golden Glimmer In The Darkness) with throat of gold from having swallowed the darkly burning, red-brownish-black, dravite tourmaline that was the cinder of the fire arch-elemental Azozuz of the Red Angularities;
Azrubeh (The Sword That Stalks The Gloom) whose beak was like deadly, curved mithril, and whose feathered breast was as of rose-colored satin, a stained phylactery of all the lifesblood spilled by his silvered snicker-snack;
Nelimbrar (The Weaver of Bright Bindings), who danced with nimble purpose and great precision, a head-pivot here, a leg-lifting there, a slow dip of one wing before the other, drawing out runes of power whose names were unutterable in the tongues of Men, but before whose enchantments all were awed and felled.

Arcane Whisperings
There is evidence that the Firebright Trio did not always follow Lathander and in fact, may even predate him as some sort of divine or celestial presence. Several gatherings of swanmays (elder mysteries, or "beast cults," to use the vulgar Common term) think so, as they say that the lifting of The Day When Auril Was All came not at the break of any common dawn, but when the first green shoots poked their heads above the frost, after having been roosted on and nurtured by the body-warmth of the three. Lathander's involvement only came about later as he attempted his great Cataclysmic re-ordering of the divine host, absconding with and co-opting the myth and legend (and veneration that came with) of a host of gods and godlings that predated him, including the Trio. Some brazen few even whisper that the Trio led the charge against Lathander during that time and were not rewarded as such, but rather imprisoned in the stars for all eternity as punishment for their effrontery.


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WARRAGH BRIGHT-SPRING
(or 'Aenroon' in older tales) An impossibly ancient korred, a messenger between the houses of Silvanus and Chauntea. Clever, humming, deft of touch and agile of step. Has a distinctive blue-green shock of hair and matching beard. Escorted on his travels by rippling lark-song and murmurous bees. Spends his evenings gently puffing on his pipe and singing the deep, sonorous songs of spriggan and hybsil, bedded down in a spacious stand of purple elm, sun-riddled, carpeted with green, a faerie bower which disperses with the first coming of the morn.

His implements are four in number, foremost among them his long knife with its broad flat blade, with which he is equally practiced in spreading butter on his bread; spading a hole for the crocus seedlings that are his hallmark; and flaying long strips of skin off of an enemy. These strips he does not give back until the creature performs a geas in the service of forest or field; he writes upon them in the language of the celestials, and keeps them rolled up and placed them in his satchel for safekeeping until such time as the commanded task is complete (in some tales he ties them to the top of his powerful staff, a length of entwined ash and holly, sacred to Silvanus, where they twirl and flutter in the wind).

Third is the colorful leather satchel round his waist, from which he is known to draw forth substances mysterious and potent and cast his fist downwards, making golden splashes upon the ground, which then quiver with rich, deep growth and questing green shoots. And last is a great winnowing basket woven of spruce branches and braids of his own hair, carried strapped to his back. It has proven as solid as any shield could ever hope to be, but that is not its true purpose. This basket he uses to sift pollen and dew, and needle and sunshine from the passing breezes, and from these mixtures he creates his bread and mead, as well as potions of various manner, which he may distribute to those in need.

Perhaps the most well-known tale of Warragh comes from folkore originating around the Chionthar Valley, passed down across waves of Tethyrian and Chondathan settlement. It is said that many ages ago (when Warragh was Aenroon), the great fiend Azabluu The Red Rowel was menacing the druids of the High Forest where Warragh had come to parlay. The korred beat the demon with his staff and then trapped it in his winnowing basket and shook vigorously, singing and hopping from hoof to hoof, until all the malign influences of the Lower Planes fell into the bottom of his basket as a fetid, incandescent lump. Taking this evil mass, Warragh then called forth a little sky-lark and gave it to this winged messenger to carry far eastwards in great haste, over hills and fields and rivers, and the star-shaped Inner Sea itself, away to the sealed barrows east of Thay, where the Sun prepares his daily charge and where the great Wall of Dragons separates The World of the West from The World of the East, where the remains of the horrid fiend remain sealed away to this day.


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Giltrude "Gilly-Merry" Merryminstrel
Proprietor of Merryminstrel's Wander-Round (more commonly called "The Merry-Min"), a Trades Ward Hin-house whose provender consists solely of the traditional halfling "cakes and ales" (the small midday repasts otherwise known as, in rough order, brunch, noon-tea, highsunfeast, after-lunch, and secondscones). Giltrude bakes every one of her cakes, but her own personal favorite is the lavender Hin-bread (Hin-bread being a sweet-bread, as the real-world English tea-bread), of a recipe she learned from the smallfolk of the Turmish foothills. During high holidays the Merry-Min also serves sweet-apples (roasted over the flame and then dropped into a bowl of spiced ale to stew for a time before enjoying).
        Has a husband, Emmas, who tends tankards, and four young daughters Cowslip, Buttercup, Meadowsweet, and Agrimony ("Cara," "Bettsy," "Mera," and "Aggie"), who are constantly underfoot. When business at the Wander-Round is slow she sends them all out into the street en masse to call in customers using a well-practiced sales-pitch ("Flour and meal, lard and flame. Fresh from the hearth! Beaten-biscuit, salted bread, root-bread, egg loaf. Get them hot! Mush-bread, crackling bread. Batter cakes, ash cakes, Hin-cakes, gnomekin cakes! Old-style, elf-style, all styles! Fresh from the hearth!").

Glanthrūne Tyrshand
Paladin of Tyr. Broad-shouldered, taciturn. Narrow grey eyes. Sacrificed his right hand in religious ritual to his god (hence his name). Has a great love for horses, displays great tenderness when caring for an ailing horse or handling a skittish one. Completed his apprenticeship (to the paladin Hethleen of Elturel) in 1369DR. Currently preparing for a church mission to the Delimbyr backlands, to bring common law and justice to the scattered villages and frontier holds there. Willing to partner up with any adventuring groups headed that way seeking to clear out dangerous ruins or monster dens.

Ordagleth Artemel
Heir to noble House Artemel (son of Bresnoss / Lydda). Suave and self-serving. Long and narrow face, with high cheekbones and a high "widow's peak" hairline. Brags of having "never bedded a woman from anywhere south of Waterdeep Way." Owns one of a trio of plate-and-shield armors crafted by the master armorer Hilmer from the mottled blue-green shell of the dragon turtle Zlaurgash "The Old Brine," slain during the Battle of Waterdeep Harbor (non-magical +1 to AC and also saves as an item against destruction by fire or steam-based attacks at +4), for which his father laid down good coin (shell-hilted broadsword and matching brace of daggers are still on order from the legendary finesmith Jalathro Haraldheer). [ Source: City of Splendors: Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.10. Name (as "Ord")/ Description given. Additional detail by me. ]

Orem Blue-Sash (CG HM T2/W6)
A native of the Tashalar. Earns coin aboard the merchant ships of the Sea of Swords as a shipsmage (quells weather and pirates, repairs sails and leaks). A medium-sized man of wiry muscle, sea-weathered skin, and thin silvered hair pulled back into a short tail. Has sparkling blue eyes half-closed in a perpetual squint, a mouth full of bad teeth and gold replacements, and a faded blue tattoo of a spiral of stars over his right eye and brow. Has a taste for both blackroot chew-weed (which he spits in copious quantities when on deck) and Tashlutan pipeweed (smoked from a simple long-stemmed scrimshaw pipe).

Worlūne "Lynx-Eye"
Uthgardt sellsword. Soft-spoken, grim-faced. So named for his dark grey eyes, the left one of which sometimes (usually when vexed or in the presence of great magic) "flashes" green like the sheen of the gemstone of the same name. Has the psionic wild talents all-round vision and radial navigation, both of which he believes are favors from the Great Griffon, beast-god of his clan.


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Glaerth Homblestaum [ Source: City of Splendors: Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.92. Name/Description given ]

Orgaz the Boar [ Source: "Nothing But Trouble," Ed Greenwood, Dragon Magazine #238, p.65. Name/Description given ]

Wotav the Curious [ Source: Realms By Night, Part Seven: Kahla the Ghost of Heroes' Garden <archive.wizards.com/forgottenrealms/DnD_RBN_007.asp>. Name/Description Given ]


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"Hurlhammer" Bambruck (CN DM F7)
Dwarven sellsword. Burly, scarred, blustering. An incurable braggart; he takes pride in his martial prowess but has the compulsive need to exaggerate his deeds. A veteran of a dozen forth-farings into the Undermountain (and claims some half-a-hundred more). Well-known to Durnan and the regulars of the Yawning Portal.

Hurondryn "Two-Boots" (CG HM Ra)
An expert tracker and mercenary crossbowman. Soft-spoken, always-alert. Trimmed gray mustache, deeply tanned face furrowed with large straight wrinkles the whole length of his cheeks, and a square chin. Hurondryn knows much of the terrain between the coast and the High Forest intimately. He is rumored to be descended from the Ice Hunters, the mysterious peoples of the Utter North. Good friends with the ranger Aluar Zendos (who he served with in the Waterdhavian Guard), and the Ice Hunter mystic Rides-the-Steel-Breeze (LG HM F3/Div6). His magical panoply consists of a suit of elven chainmail, the blade Angtar (a longsword +2), ten arrows +2, and a ring of fire resistance.

The Hurried Hand
A heretical cult of the Denierrath faith, largely active in Baldur's Gate and the Chionthar Valley cities. Believe that the act of putting ink to parchment draws from the same mystical energies that first created Faerūn and the multiverse, and that nay form of re-writing or spelling correction is an affront to Denier and the holy energies of creation ("to rewrite is to decieve and to lie, and is a betrayal of blessed thoughts. To try and correct the flow and the rhythm, the pre-ordained arrangement of the words, is an outrage against Deneir himself"), and that those who do so should be "put to the quill" (a variety of horrid mutilations to the fingers and hands and sensory organs which need not be further discussed here).
        Creators of the malignant artifact known as The Bespoken Doom (last seen in the possession of the sorcerer-thief Asūnea Dree, set upon in Baldur's Gate and slain by Night Mask assassins who claimed every object, jewelry, and article of clothing from her corpse; her rooms at the Inn of the Ready Respite were later discovered to have been plundered as well). Hand agents have been active in Waterdeep in the past as well, "avenging" the emendations and translations of historical works including Avamundine's Codex and The Hundred Vellums of Old Night.

Hüsthorn
(HOOST-thorn) Stocky, short-bearded, hook-nosed. Severely balding, with the remnants of a once-lush mane now only serving to cover his ears and neck and shoulders. A freestave "most knowledgeable in the ways of wave and spray, and billow and brine" (shipsmage; quells weather and pirates, repairs sails and leaks). Surprisingly good at the riddles and wordplay games of the Smallfolk. Has as his familiar the ring-billed gull Oskorn (mischievous, blunt, ungentle; lost one of his best tail-feathers to Whistlewing, the seagull familiar of the Guard mage Hlannadar of High Street, and nurses a grudge about it to this day).

Hycis Gentilore (NG HF Exp8/W2)
Hycis is a Sage of the Font, a member of the Council of Sages at the temple of Oghma. She hails from a minor noble family of Silverymoon, and is the product of several of the city's finest conservatoriums and schools. Her mentor, the elven sage Augathail "The Learned," was considered one of the foremost experts on the Tel'Quessir and their history and culture, and Hycis has followed in his path. When not at the Font of Knowledge, she can usually be found at the demihuman-centric library being assembled at the Maernos villa, where both Lord Maernos and the lady Cassala Thrundwick regard her as an old friend. [ Source: City of Splendors - Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.61. Name/Occupation given. Additional detail by me. ]


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Hyara Talmost I (NE HF [Chondathan] Aris12) [ Source: City of Splendors - Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.25 and City of Splendors 3E Web Enhancement – Environs of Waterdeep, p.5. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Hyara Talmost II (LN HF [Chondathan] Aris3) [ Source: City of Splendors 3E Web Enhancement – Environs of Waterdeep, p.5. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Hylla Eirontalar (NE HF Aris4/T12) [ Source: "Dungeon of the Crypt," Eric L. Boyd, Dungeon Magazine #127, p.74. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Hyrix Greentree [ Source: Wyrms of the North: Claugiyliamatar "Old Gnawbone" <archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wn/20020227a>. Name/Description given ]


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