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sleyvas
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Posted - 17 Jan 2019 :  14:57:53  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by AJA


Baglaurbaun
The Wizard Who Went West. As excerpted from Norshaelra's Things Of Light and Shadow; "Both Tethyrian and Illuskan folklore of old have a variety of characters who 'went west,' including perhaps the best known, Balduran, 'The Warrior Who Went West.'

"Baglaurbaun 'The Wizard Who Went West' is said to have come to the Evermeet of the Elves on the back of a giant eagle he carved from obsidian and enchanted himself. When the secretive elves sent killing winds against him, his eagle transformed into a giant manta ray, and they swam underwater. When the wrathful elves froze the waves and boiled the depths with steam and lava, the ray transformed into a giant bulette, and they dove under the seabed, and tunnelled through the earth until they had reached dry land. And when the sanguinary elven knights and bowmen came a-searching, the bulette transformed into a mighty oak, in whose trunk Baglaurbaun stayed hidden until the faerie host had passed by. And so came Baglaurbaun to be the first human to stride upon the sparkling sward of the legendary Elf-Land uninvited.

"Baglaurbaun soon seduced and secretly married an inquisitive elf maid who saw through his glamors, a daughter of a king of that realm, and only her fair hand upon their discovery stayed the wrath of her father and spared the life of her new husband. Instead, they were both sentenced to exile, and together went even further west, where it is said their halfbreed children grew to populate those mysterious far isles now know as Anchoromé. And Baglaurbaun's magical construct, that which the elves called Hathorlûne, was a thing of wondrous intent to them, and was granted sentience and freedom by their fey enchantments. It mated with the silver dragons of the elven realm, and from that fateful union came forth the draconic breed that men now know as steel dragons, who have taken the curiosity of the lesser races from their silvered forebears, and their innate shapechanging abilities from their dark-flanked sire."




Love this. Would you link them to the Poscadari elves or make an entirely different group of elves? Maybe they were sent into the snowy northwest amongst some exiled Snow Elves? Maybe they were cursed to no longer be able to speak normal elvish. Maybe they were also forbidden to be spoken of, enforced by High Magic, such that modern elves have totally forgotten this instance. (or to make their language confused), and this curse spread to the Poscadari elves who were themselves exiles and it spread down through the generations? (or the reason the Poscadari elves and the Evermeet ambassador have troubles speaking could be some other reason as simple as time separating the cultures leading to language corruption, OR a total lack or similar origin, the Poscadari coming from another world where the language is different)


From Lands of Intrigue

Through the effort of the Flaming Fists, Fort Flame, the sole settlement of Balduran, survives despite frequent attacks by the wild elves in these northern jungles. The fort#146;s inhabitants have few resources to spare for trade, but their plan to gain #147;Calishite fire#148; (a nonmagical, alchemical incendiary) should allow them to burn away the surrounding jungle, giving them both agricultural land and a buffer zone against the elves. Strangely, elves who arrive here from Faerûn cannot communicate with the wild elves of this land, who show no willingness to talk with anyone.


I say this because the elves should have plenty of spells for translating languages, so the phrasing that they CANNOT communicate to these other elves COULD be a magical thing which deliberately confuses any communications even when aided by magical translation.

By the way, I don't know why, but I like the idea of linking this elven princess to worship of the Queen of Air and Darkness (aka Auril/Aurilandur). Perhaps even she led to a schism amongst snow elves, leading to some going south to become the Poscadari elves. Maybe even she led an uprising with some snow elves, and they were all exiled. Probably a dozen ways to spin it.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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I have my Anchorome more as a mix of Ed's endless island chain and wild "there be dragons" mainlander tales (true or false) than what is canon about northern Maztica but I did have the Poscador elves in mind as a possible alternative, yes. But only vaguely, because it has been forever and a day since I've read City of Gold. I do like your ideas, I do think they work very well going this route, both as example of Elven Dickishness and as example of the power of an elven High Magic curse echoing far further than its issuer foresaw. Not like that ever happened before...
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Originally posted by sleyvas

Probably a dozen ways to spin it.

As it should be! I like knowing what things are, but at the same time I much prefer knowing what they could be.


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Belammarth the Silver Cloot
The Silver Blaze. Ostentatious "glory-rider" (champion jouster). From a minor noble house of Tethyr. Jovial, wine-loving. Spends enormous amounts of coin in festhalls and taverns when in the city. All of his jousting horses are shod with everbright horseshoes, glimmed to emit spark and flash when the horse is run at anything faster than a trot. There are some who grumble that this bright flare distracts his opponents and is an unnatural advantage, but there is no denying that the crowds love the spectacle.

Beljuril Belaerra
Famous Calishite shaleira. Briefly married to Bragaster Raventree, the eccentric younger brother of Nandos Raventree (now disowned and disinherited). Raventree shocked the city's noble circles when he married the flashy courtesan, and then again when he ended their brief marriage in front of the Lord's Court, calling her a "screeching su-monster."

Bellithbow Juthboots (NG HaF healer2)
Daughter of Dulun Juthboots. An acolyte at the Shrines of Nature. Round-faced, large brown eyes and full lips. Keeps her auburn hair braided in two large tails down to her waist. Open and kind-hearted, but also possessed of a shrewd mind and searing wit. Friend to a large number of the songbirds that nest in the wooded confines of the Shrines. Trained in the use of sling and short bow by the hin ranger Cedda Proudbuck (CG HaF Ra2/P2 of Sheela Peryroyl).

Belmennor of Mintarn
Native of sea-girt Mintarn. Adherent of Torm the True. Found strangled to death nearby the Plinth, Ches 1369DR. His assailant is widely believed to have been the mysterious "killer-of-faiths" known as the Godstalker.

Belorphast of Lantan
The Daedal Hand of the Wonderbringer. One of The Watching Masters, several high-ranking clergymen of Gond who travel from temple to temple keeping tabs on new inventions and developments of faith. Bald at the crown of his head, with furious white shocks of hair overrunning both ears. Thin nose and lips, flashing, ever-staring eyes.

Belshareen "The Breathtaking" Azurean (CG ½EF W14)
The Lady Mage of Lion Street. A striking beauty, possessed of brilliant copper hair, sparkling green eyes, and a slim, almost boyish frame. She is tall as well, towering over most men at six and a half feet. Many are the noble blades who have fought for her attentions; indeed, such suitors often brought her into thunderous verbal spats with Kyriani of Selûne, one of the city's other well-known bachelorettes. Belshareen's specialties in the Art consist of transmutations and enchantments, and anything that produces sparkles, glim-effects, or otherwise eye-pleasing results. She was betrothed to the bard Dalcimer at one time, but his absence from the city (and rumored infidelity) has led her to take other suitors. She is now most often romantically linked with Tychander, the newly-appointed Ward Civilar of Dock Ward. Rides the dappled asperii mount, Glittergloam. Accompanied at times by The Serendipity of Dragons, a Dweomer Incarnate (Living Spell [Glitterdust]). A retired member of the Knights Errant adventuring company.


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Belarra "Hardknee" Hartulneeth (GF Pal of Garl Glittergold) [ Source: A 01/05/19 Twitter reply to @TheEdVerse by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

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

Beldar Roaringhorn [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

Beldrigar Stoneshield [ Source: The novel Elminster in Hell. Name/Description given ]

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

Belinda Gundwynd [ Source: The novel The Dream Spheres. Name/Description given ]

Belkerri Gulderhorn (LN HF Aris5/P7 of Siamorphe) [ Source: Powers and Pantheons, p.60. Name/Description given ]


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"Bootspice" Bannaghus (NE HM T/Exp)
Master (captain) of the Bobbin Jaene, a merchantman of the Helmfast fleet. Takes his name from his habit of constantly chewing Dragonfire Weed (Bootspice) to ward off the ill effects of the previous night's tankard crawls. Father of the infamous martialist "Bold-Tongue" Bannaghus (CN HM F).

Bornvhar Wyvernwise (LG HM Ra)
A civilized Uthgardt of the Red Tiger clan. Bornvhar is a Wing Civilar (commander) of the Griffon Guard (Long Wing). Dark hair, let unbound during most occasions but worn in a long ornate braid when in aerial combat. Intense, perpetually squinted blue eyes, wide toothy smile, and a booming laugh. In addition to a love of flying, he also has a love of wrestling and other physical games of strength. He rides the griffon mount named Flying Tiger.

Brace Bardrell
Mercinary warrior. Last seen in the possession of the Snoring Shield of Antalassiter, a minor magical relic. Both Brace and the Shield are currently being sought by Dandalus Ruell, proprietor of the Old Xoblob Shop.

Braganazzar
Amnian transmuter of note. Founded a school of mage-philosophy called The Egg From The Shell. He argued that any common soul could call forth an egg from its' shell, just as any hedge mage could channel the Art, but it took a true artistry to then transform that egg (or raw spellstuff) into any number of culinary delights (or deeper spell effects). Wrote a well-known treatise of the same name on the transmutative Arts. His disciples were numerous, including the twins Kuthpur and Zarphast, the Harper Jonrath the Silvered, and Baerlus Maermandar, a noted Magister of the Mystran House of Wonder.

Bragaster Raventree (CN HM Aris)
The eccentric younger brother of Nandos Raventree. Perhaps best known for his brief marriage to the famous Calishite shaleira, Beljuril Belaerra, and for his tainted victory at the 1369DR Goldencup horserace in Scornubel. He continued to race the horse, Crownhearted Victory, in illegal street challenges until the unfortunate roan was cooked and eaten by several half-ogrish "debt collectors" sent by the Xanathar. Bragaster fled the city in Eleasias of 1370DR, eloping with Aaletha Margaster and several family heirlooms, including the Eloene Staff of the Margasters. Aaletha has since returned to the city, without Bragaster or the missing items, both of whom are still avidly sought by Margaster hirelings. As for Bragaster himself, he has been entirely disowned by his family to the point that he is out of any lines of succession, and Lord Nandos himself does not acknowledge him as a sibling.


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The Bored Swords [ Source: Volo's Guide to the North, p. 39-40. Name/Description given ]

Lady Bordelho [ Source: Ed Greenwood's Spin-a-Yarn 2007: The Weaver of Dreams. Name/Description given ]

Braelyn Lindlorn [ Source: A 01/20/13 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name//Description given ]

Bralagar Winterhand (CG HM F12) [ Source: A 2/12/01 FR-L post by Ed Greenwood and Web Enhancement: City of Splendors: Waterdeep <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20060503a>. Name/Stats/Description given ]


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Posted - 28 Jan 2019 :  18:07:21  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, the more I think on it, I think I'm going to stick with that idea that the Poscadari elves were from a snow elven group that was related to this human and his elven princess. Perhaps they were exiled and cursed by High Magic to never speak nor understand the elvish tongue again (they could speak the "lesser" human tongues), and it forbade them ever being able to speak to a moon, gold, or wood elf ever again. Eventually, the princess grew hatred in her heart over the exile, and she turned to Aurilandur, who becomes the Queen of Air and Darkness.

You know what, I'm tempted to make this exiled princess an avariel, and the king at the time perhaps had had an avariel wife (who died and he remarried). This would fit with many avariels worshipping Aurilandur. She could have been exiled with a sizable contingent of avariel servants, just because her father didn't want her to be totally alone. Perhaps the children of this union were "half-elves", but only some possessed wings. The half-avariels born of this union breed with the true avariels, to make more avariels. The standard half-elves bred with the snow elves. Maybe this union was mirrored with "Aurilandur the Frost Sprite Queen" and Rellavar Danuvien (the Frost Sprite King) becoming married in the heavens, and EVENTUALLY Aurilandur turns into the Queen of Air and Darkness. This could use some fleshing out... and might actually occur across some generations of elves instead of a single generation.


I say this because I'd like to have 4 of the "little seen" groups of elves as much more common in Anchorome. By that I mean avariels, snow elves, Poscadari elves, and the Shadar-kai (who may be referred to as shadow elves and live in the underdark and also follow the Queen of Air and Darkness). By the way, I'm kind of leading in here that there may or may not be linkages between the Queen of Air and Darkness and the Raven Queen as we've discussed in other threads. However, I'd prefer it not be that they're the same being so much as there may have been something that corrupted several goddesses (the black gem for Aurilandur/QoA&D… maybe something else for the Raven Queen), or even split them into separate entities. Again, options to be thought through and not exactly nailed down.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Erephin "Dancing-Blades" (NG ½EM F7)
An itinerant adventurer and companion of Ralderick the Bold. A product of one of Waterdeep's overcrowded orphanages. Erephin joined the Guard at an early age, but soon found the rigorous training schedule and lack of any "excitement" not to his liking. After a period of adventuring and caravan-guarding he returned to the City of Splendors, where he now spends time as a bodyguard-for-hire for visiting demihumans, and as a "rowdy" (bouncer) for his favorite tavern, the Dulchant of River Street, in Trades Ward. His nickname does not come from possession of any magical blades but, rather, from his unorthodox fighting style, involving two shortswords and a variety of frenzied, twirling thrusts and swings that has proven hard to defend against. A neophyte member of Force Grey.

Erephindar
Creator of Erephindar's Ever-Glazing Rime, a spell that preserves food for storage and caravan-trade by way of magical freezing. Beset by various assassins and those who make their living in the ice-block trade. Believed to have found safety in the Goldenfields, under the protection of Tolgar Anuvien. Local sellers of flavored ice-shavings ofttimes refer to their wares as Erephindar's Finest (including Erephindar's Finest Flavors and Icéd Erephs, two long-time handcarts that run the length of the High Road in summer).

Erren of Snowdown (NG HM Ra6)
A civilar (captain) of the Waterdhavian Griffon Guard (Blue Wing). Has a rather horrific dent in his forehead and a colorless left eye, the result of a kick from a metal-shod warhorse. Often withdrawn and moody, claims to have a "sixth sense" in battle (psionic precognition wild-talent). Wears the Diadem of Marine Majesty. Rides the griffon named Cormorant.

Esbold "Boldbuck" Maerbuck
Proprietor of The Familiar Path (arcane procurer, guides paying mages to the best places to find an animal companion of their choosing; north-side Waterdeep Way, across from the Map House, Castle Ward). Employs the priestess of Mielikki, Maraera (quiet, graceful, pretty with a profusion of auburn hair and very tiny freckles; well-versed in the habitats and migratory patterns of various Northern wildlife), and retainers a half-dozen local rangers and woodsmen to guide clients to their most opportune locations. Armsmen to guard a client during the ceremony cost extra. Success and desired bonding results not guaranteed.

Eskul
Thin and bony. Long-fingered. Cheerful and good-natured. Owner of the brightly-spattered Market stall he calls Daub and Splodge ("colors squeezed from clay and carapace, steeped leaf and bark"). Offers a wide variety of paints and oils; never seems to have enough of carrion crawler green. Is also an accomplished wood-whittler, and earns additional coin through the sale of his hand-etched palette boards and brush handles. Does not deal in canvas or specialized bristles, though he will direct interested parties to Old Ruirel of Bright Canvas and Sails for the former.


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Faerklyn
Proprietor of the Esculent Loaf, a Trades Ward greengrocer (Drakiir Street, off Book Street). Rotund, bright-eyed. Spectacularly hairy arms and knuckles. Frazzled, balding hair. Carries "greengrubs," unappealing thumb-sized grubs that sizzle and pop and have a marvellous buttery taste when fried (a favorite of gnomes and dwarves).

Faerlthann
Favored Hand of the Lady. A senior and aged priest of Tymora. Possessed of still-vibrant brown hair liberally streaked with silver, flashing mirth-filled eyes, and a spirit that was far younger than his aged body. Mentor of the adventurer Jorynn Halstaff. Killed when the caravel he was on, the Boundless Winds, was swamped by the goddess Umberlee in a fit of deific vengeance. Known in his younger days as Faerladyn of Tymora.

Faerûna "Flame-Haired" (LG HF W6/P4 of Savras)
One of the senior investigators (mages practised in mind-magics, who adjudicate claims of cheating, theft, and deception) of the Watchful Order. Has a great hatred of necromantic magics, slavers and sadists, due to a dark period of her own past. Fights with a wand of paralyzation and a mace +1. Often accompanied by her familiar, the green-eyed feline Saelsuss.

Fareth "Ghosttouch"
Extremely skilled cutpurse. Short and skinny. Brown hair, light skin. Puffy face with dark, sunken eyes. A member of the Cold Bones thieving fellowship.

Farfander
Proprietor of Fantastic Farfander's Fulgent Phantasmagoria (Magic Lanterns, Arcanagraphs, Cunabulas of Light, and Mage Views of All Kinds and Prices), Copper Street, just south of the House of Crystal, North Ward. Tall and thin. Round blue eyes, long black hair streaked with grey. Narrow, deep-lined face. A quiet, soft-voiced man with a great fascination for magework and illusory effects. Has a number of contacts among the wonder-workers of Silverymoon, from whom he buys much of his stock. His shop has a wide variety of glowflame lamps of varied colors, made-to-order show-crystals (enchanted crystal orbs in common use among the wealthy of the city that can summon forth, when held and commanded, an exact image of a chosen person who was present when the crystal was enchanted), and a few rare arcanagraphs (paintings that have minor illusions cast on them suggesting motion – hair of person stirring occasionally in unseen winds, a smile that comes and goes, the gaze of the depicted person moving about, small gestures, etc. Most regard these as unsettling and want nothing to do with them, but many nobles commission them to impress – and hint that the paintings harbour more formidable defensive magics, so would-be thieves and other intruders had best beware). Also has a selection of water clocks and weather glasses from Neverwinter. His most prized possession, which he keeps locked safely away from his shop, is a magnificent king's tear gem, depicting a doomed knight valiantly rising to her feet against the final strike of a looming green dragon.

The Favored Falcons of Myratma
An adventuring fellowship-turned-mercinary company of some twenty bladesmen and clerics of Waukeen. Usually hire out for warehouse or caravan guard duty. The remaining original members like to talk of the time they fought and defeated a fearsome hydra deep in the sewers under the city of Ithmong. Led by Velthos "Stained-Silver" (CN HM F8), a greying warrior of broad nose and lips, heavily-stubbled chin and jowls (often decorated with the liquid remnants of a constant mouthful of chew-weed, the source of his nickname), and calloused hands that are not as sure with a blade as they once were. Velthos would like nothing more than to score one final good-coin contract and retire to a young wife somewhere in the warmer Realms. What the four wives he already has, in cities across Amn and the Chionthar Valley, think of this plan is unknown.


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The Farfarers Club [ Source: "Clubland in Waterdeep," Ed Greenwood, <realms.theedgreenwoodgroup.com/clubland-in-waterdeep/>. Name/Description given ]

Farlond Piiradost [ Source: City of Splendors: Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.30. Name/Description given ]


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The Five Nonsense Rhymes You Will Never Ever Use In Your DnD Game
"You speak an infinite deal of nothing" (Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)


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"Mother Faerûn has nothing to bestow
On those fools that raid or roam.
From our own selves our joys must flow
Safely gathered 'round our Hearth, our Home
"
  The Hearthkeeper's Promise
  Religious Ode to Cyrrollalee
  (Commonly shortened to the oath, "Our Hearth, Our Home!")


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When Goblins Are A-Hunt (popular Waterdhavian children's rhyme)
Someone told me long ago
That when the night went wailing so
The goblins were a-hunt
(The goblins are a-hunt!)

Over the land and to the 'Deep
When goodly folk were all a-sleep
The naughty children were their prey

Inside they crept
While we all slept
A-hoo, a-hey they cried

What do they want, creeping 'round
Whatever is it, to be found
And they answer, clear as day
The naughty children are our prey
(The naughty children are our prey!)



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I wish I were in faerie-land, where the Fair Folk go
a-dancin' with those elvish lasses, oh so long ago

Once a-time those elvish lasses, oh they were so sweet
I'd show them how to hop and skip, and dance on hobbit feet!

(excerpted from the tome Halfling Nonsense: Their Songs, Folk-Lore, and Other Divers Merriments)


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Elaunder Eleghast (Mighty Ells)
High among the mountains cold
Where giants and wyrms all keep their gold

Up with his sword, mighty Ells strode

To take their lives and slaughter untold
Forevermore a hero bold

Down with his plunder, mighty Ells rode



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Auril's Delight (from the play, The Sun-Shafts of Semmeroon)
"Wherever I go
I bring such snow
And cold, icéd and dire

Blow blow blow
My mighty woe
A pox on all your fires!
"


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A Very Black Staff (commoner's limerick)
Author unknown, commonly attributed to any of Ammathan Var, Talashamber of the Flame Tabard, Jhelan Sarsorel, or Danilo Thann. Believed to date to around 1369DR.
A Merry Black Staff
Is a Very Black Staff
And His Love Runs Silver Indeed
And As His Staff Wiggles
So His Lady Giggles
A Very Black Staff Has He!
(A Very Black Staff Has He!)




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Elueshendavva
The Weeping Wyrm, "Scales-of-Silver-on-Stars." In 1267DR her agents paid Lord Manthar four carts of silver and platinum for the Book of Ascanna (Book of Tidings).

Eluannar Shae
The Breath of Selûne. Famed for her part in the escape of encircled Waterdhavian forces from Bamstaug's Rock across the River Mirar, after a disasterous battle against the forces of the Ice Bear in early 1369DR. Her deific powers summoned a thick rolling fog, providing cover and protection until every until every last man-at-arms, steed, and beast of burden reached safety on the other side of the Mirar. Later killed, along with the warcaptain Chuldroon Sunspear, in an ambush by the Ice Bear's forces in Flamerule 1369DR.

Elurthae the Good Mistress
Mistress of The House of Good Health and Good Spirits (And Tolerably Good Singing), a fortified way-inn and chapel of Milil on the caravan road south of Waterdeep. Bustling, cheerful; inquisitive, but never to the point of prying. Diminutive in stature, and bent nearly double with the weight of her advanced years. Once a fearless rider, capable with or without saddle. Still owns a figurine of wondrous power, the obsidian steed she calls Tharolus. Those who know her best call her Rose or Rose Lovely, the name she wore in her youth while performing in front of hearths and street corners across the North. In her current position as head of house she commands three fellow songpriests and a dozen or so staff and helpers-of-the-faith, all of whom can be counted upon in the event of belligerent travellers or orc raiders.

Elveh Starudder (CG HF F4/P5 of Valkur)
The only daughter of Dramos and Jullah Starudder. Young, spry, highly-intelligent. A promising acolyte of Valkur Wave-Sailor. Sailed aboard the Dreaming Sun in search of the Far Lands of Anchorome. Fought many battles alongside the Knights Errant adventurers during the journey, and matured quickly into a warrior skilled in herb lore and swordplay. Author of The Fantastical Final Voyage of the Dreaming Sun, Which Found the Edge of Forever and Returned to Tell the Tale (1372DR).

The Elven Echoes (The Whispers of Wrightstone Street)
Phantasmal haunting or spectral apparition, Wrightstone Street, North Ward. Faint, saddened whispers of two or more persons speaking unintelligible elvish. They fade in and out from time to time, and occasionally end with an abrupt gasp or pained sob. No one alive today knows to whom the faint voices belonged.

Elyrid Llaryn (NG HM B4)
The Silver Swallow. A bard of middling fame in the city. Fair-skinned and sandy-haired. Recently outed as a member of the vigilante Red Sashes and presumed to have left the city with his companion Jesshyra of Daggerford, a vendor of perfumes and aromatic sachets.


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Originally posted by AJA



The Five Nonsense Rhymes You Will Never Ever Use In Your DnD Game
"You speak an infinite deal of nothing" (Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)


==================================================


"Mother Faerûn has nothing to bestow
On those fools that raid or roam.
From our own selves our joys must flow
Safely gathered 'round our Hearth, our Home
"
  The Hearthkeeper's Promise
  Religious Ode to Cyrrollalee
  (Commonly shortened to the oath, "Our Hearth, Our Home!")


* *
When Goblins Are A-Hunt (popular Waterdhavian children's rhyme)
Someone told me long ago
That when the night went wailing so
The goblins were a-hunt
(The goblins are a-hunt!)

Over the land and to the 'Deep
When goodly folk were all a-sleep
The naughty children were their prey

Inside they crept
While we all slept
A-hoo, a-hey they cried

What do they want, creeping 'round
Whatever is it, to be found
And they answer, clear as day
The naughty children are our prey
(The naughty children are our prey!)



* *
I wish I were in faerie-land, where the Fair Folk go
a-dancin' with those elvish lasses, oh so long ago

Once a-time those elvish lasses, oh they were so sweet
I'd show them how to hop and skip, and dance on hobbit feet!

(excerpted from the tome Halfling Nonsense: Their Songs, Folk-Lore, and Other Divers Merriments)


* *
Elaunder Eleghast (Mighty Ells)
High among the mountains cold
Where giants and wyrms all keep their gold

Up with his sword, mighty Ells strode

To take their lives and slaughter untold
Forevermore a hero bold

Down with his plunder, mighty Ells rode



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Auril's Delight (from the play, The Sun-Shafts of Semmeroon)
"Wherever I go
I bring such snow
And cold, icéd and dire

Blow blow blow
My mighty woe
A pox on all your fires!
"


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A Very Black Staff (commoner's limerick)
Author unknown, commonly attributed to any of Ammathan Var, Talashamber of the Flame Tabard, Jhelan Sarsorel, or Danilo Thann. Believed to date to around 1369DR.
A Merry Black Staff
Is a Very Black Staff
And His Love Runs Silver Indeed
And As His Staff Wiggles
So His Lady Giggles
A Very Black Staff Has He!
(A Very Black Staff Has He!)







I love these. Especially the last. I blame Danilo Thann.

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I blame Danilo Thann.

I'm pretty sure Khelben does, too.


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Gilded Garshnee
Famous "hearthmaster" (hire-chef), known for his pastries and sugary confections ("toothsome morsels for the delectation of discriminating palates, and other comforts of the stomach"). Braids gold leaf into the ends of his hair and travels on a palanquin carried by four massive gold-painted servants. Undeniably talented, but high-strung, overbearing, and difficult to work with. His demands and tantrums are legendary in highcoin circles, which only seem to make his services even more desirable. The mentor (and now bitter rival) of the hire-chef Throckley Bittersbane.

Gildewhorlers
Master growers who cultivate gildewhorls (star-petals, farflowers), the delicate, vibrant, multi-petalled flowers adapted from blooms brought back from the Far Lands of Maztica (currently a huge hit amongst the wealthy and fashionable of the city). Their efforts and offices are congregated thus far along the Street of Silver. The close-knit community of growers is currently engaged in fierce competition (amongst themselves and with a similar fellowship based in Neverwinter) to see who can create the most unique and colorful varieties. House Thongolir has already laid claim to the blue triumphant varietal, a deep blue gildewhorl with silver highlights that mimic the family crest. Notable gildewhorl artisans include Mlurth Mlurloun (Mi-LURTH Lur-LOON, of Merry Mirtul Bloomings), Klesk Maenmaster (Maenmaster's Flowerings), and Djerald and Aralkanter Lanternglimmer (of Lanternglimmer's Gildings, trade factors for the Goldenfields).

Gildriglainn
Glainn of the Fine Boastings (or, rather, The Five Fine Boastings, all related to his supposed mastery of "the five superior harping styles of the master schools of Far Alaron and Snowdown"). A rather obnoxious and overambitious bardling of New Olamn. Hails from the Moonshaes, claims to be both prince and heralded skald and warrior-poet. No one believes him.

The Gimkracken
Hooded, many-tentacled gremlin-type figure of myth and superstition and no little dread among the Gondan community of the North. Nighttime maraudings turn artifice to dross and twist thoughts of invention into maddened moon-howlings. Some consider the Gimkracken to be an agent of the Maid of Misfortune, others believe it a punishment sent forth from the gods of the arcane, seeking to maintain their supremacy over the mundane world. Has its origins in sea-girt Lantan, where it is a far less threatening figure, and subject of an autumnal equinox festival of stress-relief, role-reversals (master and apprentice) and merrymaking.

Givryn (LN GM Exp5/P6 of Oghma) and Amdaluré (LG GF Exp12)
"The Binder's Bookends." Twin gnomish adepts of the god Oghma and fixtures at both the newly-established Great Library and the bard's college of New Olamn. Givryn sports a large beaked nose over very thin tight lips, and black hair, moustache, and long, pointed beard. Amdaluré has stooping shoulders, bushy black eyebrows and two piercing black eyes.


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Tolandor the Twice-Buried King
A mighty Illuskan warlord (not to be confused with the Netherese arch-lich Tolaundras the Twice-Buried, nor with Taldnir, the Talfir Buried King Who Walks). Slew fifty frost giants in a single day. His weapon, Uthlaur (The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) is now is the possession of Rulathon, Captain of the City Watch.

Tolumar Sharp-Winds
Legendary Ruathymaar sea-captain and adventurer. As excerpted from The Seventh and Final Sea-Faring of Tolumar Sharp-Winds (compiled and written sometime in the 9th Century DR, from far older folklore and legend);

  "And then Tolumar came to where the Great Tongues of the Tide
  Did not meekly lap
  But formed towering wall upon wall
  And marched like mighty legions of old
  Defending on the other side a vast sea-bed laid bare
  A treasure-house heaped with pearl and red coral, emerald and garnet
  And the Bridal Bed of the Sun, molten and lambent
  Enchanted with the mysteries of all the Gods of Benevolence
"

Legend states that Tolumar never made it past the Great Tongues. There are many versions of his end:
  * Some claim all died in the trying except his first mate Urlast the Brave who was succored by the sea-nymphs who bore him back to Faerûn floating atop Tolumar's great-shield, and that he then married Tolumar's daughter and birthed a great Illuskan dynasty and ordered the carving of the great sea-worn female figures that still look out westward from the rocky shore of Ruathym;
  * Others claim the nymphs bore Tolumar's great giant-slaying sword back to his daughter instead, who then used it to slaughter and tame the giant-folk of Ruathym until their descendants grew smaller and feebler in turn, until they were indistinguishable from the dwarves of the mainland;
  * Some say his ship rose higher and higher atop the final and impossibly tall wave until it breached the Starry Firmament and left Toril entirely;
  * But most claim that his boon companion, the warrior Yengurl, forebear of the famed Ruathym thane Orbraul, swam through while all others were lost and gained the other side, and that he lay in the Bed of the Sun and had many other adventures afterwards.

    Yengurl himself is a curious case; in the annals of Tolumar, each warrior is invariably accompanied by an epithet (Tolgur Sharp-Winds, Wolost Sea-Eye, Bolgur The Strong, Margun Ten-Bold). Only Yengurl is alone in not having one. A growing subset of tales claims that this is because the name "Yengurl" is in fact an epithet in itself; that it is actually an intentional mis-translation or obfuscation of the name "Young-Girl," a female Tolumar was fond of and brought aboard in the days when such things were not only unheard of, but anathema; these stories further claim that she not only lay in the Bed of the Sun, but that she lay with Lathander himself at the end of his day's work; and that of their union was born the deva known as Bregarlath ("The Herald Who Prepares The Dawn," in Lathanderite literature). Evidence for this theory is most strong in the following passage (the description of being "twice in form," as in pregnant);

  "And the burning orb of the sun enveloped him even as he embraced it
  And his skin became as light itself and was burned away all that was there of Yengurl before
  But even as the last fancied flame of its immeasurable brilliance faded there lay the warrior
  Stripped bare and curled as a babe, yet twice in form what was before
"

    There is also the great possibility that this is all naught but ancient folk-lore and nonsense, but only the gods would know for sure. And while they do indeed know of Tolumar, they do not seem amenable to discussion of much else.

Tommund Thosker
Draymaster of Old Tom Cartings, some dozen wagons, mules and draymen hired to move goods and sundries hither and yon within the city walls (mostly casks from the member breweries of the Vintners', Distillers' & Brewers Guild). Commonly called "Old Tom" due to his quiet manner and deep-lined face, and the name of his company. Family and friends call him "Young Tom," to differentiate him from his father, the Old Tom who actually founded the business. His real age lies somewhere in-between the two epithets.

Tornulk "The Grim Lance"
A well-known Calishite brightlance (championship jouster or equestrian), favored of the jhasinas of Myratma and subject of the bardic paean "Lancing With a Devil in the Pale Moonlight." Travels north to compete at the Field of Triumph during major tourney days. Tornulk wears a silvered skull-faced helm and has outfitted his mount with a rather gruesome enchanted head-piece that casts the illusion of a bare and grinning horse skull (such headstalls are relatively common in the southern lands, including illusions of glowing red eyes, flames erupting from the nostrils, and manes of trailing, glittering gems or gold coinage), hence his appellation. Before his bouts he is seconded by a host of faceless men cloaked and hooded in monstrous feathers and quills, who chant in a ceaseless monotone and carry large burning staves. Tournament organizers assure there are no enchantments or foul curses being cast by these queer servitors, but they often unnerve the competition nonetheless.

Torthander Helflance
A civilar (captain) of the Waterdhavian Griffon Guard (North Wing). Slender, black-haired. Lean face, high cheekbones marred by a large strawberry birthmark on the left side. Rides the griffon named Good Hunting.


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Tomas [ Source: "Fire is Fire," Elaine Cunningham, Realms of the Deep. Name/Description given ]

Torgent [ Source: The novel Elminster in Hell. Name/Description given ]

Torsan "Burntbeard" Hailstone (LG DM F7) [ Source: A 06/26/06 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description/Stats given ]


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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

I blame Danilo Thann.

I'm pretty sure Khelben does, too.


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Gilded Garshnee
Famous "hearthmaster" (hire-chef), known for his pastries and sugary confections ("toothsome morsels for the delectation of discriminating palates, and other comforts of the stomach"). Braids gold leaf into the ends of his hair and travels on a palanquin carried by four massive gold-painted servants. Undeniably talented, but high-strung, overbearing, and difficult to work with. His demands and tantrums are legendary in highcoin circles, which only seem to make his services even more desirable. The mentor (and now bitter rival) of the hire-chef Throckley Bittersbane.

Gildewhorlers
Master growers who cultivate gildewhorls (star-petals, farflowers), the delicate, vibrant, multi-petalled flowers adapted from blooms brought back from the Far Lands of Maztica (currently a huge hit amongst the wealthy and fashionable of the city). Their efforts and offices are congregated thus far along the Street of Silver. The close-knit community of growers is currently engaged in fierce competition (amongst themselves and with a similar fellowship based in Neverwinter) to see who can create the most unique and colorful varieties. House Thongolir has already laid claim to the blue triumphant varietal, a deep blue gildewhorl with silver highlights that mimic the family crest. Notable gildewhorl artisans include Mlurth Mlurloun (Mi-LURTH Lur-LOON, of Merry Mirtul Bloomings), Klesk Maenmaster (Maenmaster's Flowerings), and Djerald and Aralkanter Lanternglimmer (of Lanternglimmer's Gildings, trade factors for the Goldenfields).

Gildriglainn
Glainn of the Fine Boastings (or, rather, The Five Fine Boastings, all related to his supposed mastery of "the five superior harping styles of the master schools of Far Alaron and Snowdown"). A rather obnoxious and overambitious bardling of New Olamn. Hails from the Moonshaes, claims to be both prince and heralded skald and warrior-poet. No one believes him.

The Gimkracken
Hooded, many-tentacled gremlin-type figure of myth and superstition and no little dread among the Gondan community of the North. Nighttime maraudings turn artifice to dross and twist thoughts of invention into maddened moon-howlings. Some consider the Gimkracken to be an agent of the Maid of Misfortune, others believe it a punishment sent forth from the gods of the arcane, seeking to maintain their supremacy over the mundane world. Has its origins in sea-girt Lantan, where it is a far less threatening figure, and subject of an autumnal equinox festival of stress-relief, role-reversals (master and apprentice) and merrymaking.

Givryn (LN GM Exp5/P6 of Oghma) and Amdaluré (LG GF Exp12)
"The Binder's Bookends." Twin gnomish adepts of the god Oghma and fixtures at both the newly-established Great Library and the bard's college of New Olamn. Givryn sports a large beaked nose over very thin tight lips, and black hair, moustache, and long, pointed beard. Amdaluré has stooping shoulders, bushy black eyebrows and two piercing black eyes.





Gildewhorls, loving the idea of exotic flower transplants catching on. Its something you don't see a lot of. What exactly do you consider them looking like? I see them called "star-Petals", so I'm picturing say 6 or 8 petals... kind of like a sunflower, but picturing as much more delicate.


The Gimkracken - interesting idea for adapting real world gremlins. Might be worth playing with.

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The inspiration for gildewhorls came from the Netherlands "tulip mania" of the 1500s (obviously not on quite the same massive scale). Gives the PCs something to do; invest (speculate [lose]) their funds, arrange a voyage to Maztica to bring back bulbs (and negotiate with or anger the locals), be hired to purloin new varities from powerful Waterdhavians (turns out Maaril is a farflower-lover!), etc. Given that, I was going with more of a many-petalled upswept tulip-like cup or bell. But a sunflower type is a good visual, too.


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The Black Hands of Beshaba
A small-time group of Trades Ward extortionists, cutpurses, and arsonists. Led by Bherek "Black Hand" Suldolphyn (NE HM T5). Notable Members: The gnome Wellspur (NE GM Exp2), and the half-orc "Blackhammer" Belchargh (CN ½OM War).

"Black" Logan
A feared mercenary captain and ally of Amphail the Just, a War Lord of Waterdeep during the Second Troll War. After the death of Amphail, Black Logan attempted to seize power in the city. His plot was foiled by the mage Ahghairon, and his forces were driven back to the Wolf's Crag, a fortified fastness perched atop a sea stack in the Red Rocks north of the city. Logan and his men remained a threat to the city and to trade along the High Road for some years until he was betrayed by his erstwhile slave girl, the disguised warrioress Laroun. His legacy lives on today in the form of his descendant, the roguish ne'er-do-well Cirre Bydo. Black Logan's weapon, the deadly Red Sword (a broadsword +4, defender), was later wielded by the bandit-lord Thalargh Goblin-Kin and is now in the possession of Rulathon, the Captain of the City Watch. [ Source: Broadly adapted from information given in A 01-29-99 posting to the REALMS-L mailing list by Eric L. Boyd. Name/Description given. Additional detail by me. An official version can be found in the City of Splendors: Waterdeep Web Enhancement <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20060503a>. ]

"Blackhammer" Belchargh (CN ½OM War)
A street thug and member of the Black Hands of Beshaba (a small-time group of Trades Ward extortionists, cutpurses and arsonists). Takes bets on races and duels at the Field of Triumph, and stages back-alley dog fights. His nickname comes from his instrument of choice when dealing with delinquent or outstanding gambling debts.

The Blackshaeryl (CN HF)
Perhaps the most notorious independant pirate currently active in the northern Sea of Swords. "The Blackshaeryl" (real name unknown) can be found striding the decks of her ship, the Rakehell, whipsting in hand and a tiny aquamarine faerie dragon perched on her shoulder. Her targets are most often fat merchant caravels delivering southern silk or northern steel, but she has shown no fear of either Moonshaen naval vessels or Luskar freesails. Commonly believed to be the daughter of "Mad" Morgyn Merentyr, one of the most feared privateers of the early 1300's.

Blaedarun Sarelgost
A recently deceased merchant-mage. In his will he left a large number of tomes, scrolls and objects of art to the bard's college of New Olamn, as well as a generous monentary donation. Before dying in Zazesspur of a wasting disease, he was well-known as a patron of the arts, and was one of the original contributors to the college's construction. A wing of the college has been named in his honor (Sarelgost Hall), and houses his collection.

Blaephul Zzarmmaster
Lithe, slender, hums constantly. Has a great memory for names and faces. Speaker for The Merry Wind-Cries, a somewhat successful troupe of bardic entertainers. The Wind-Cries specialize in elaborate "song-cycles," musical performances with silent acting of scenes in the background (bards sing and play in foreground, occasionally pointing at the actors and commenting on the dramatic scenes from the past or the invented romances that are being acted out, though the actors never speak). Their repertoire ranges from overwrought lovers tragedies such as Upon Yonder Window, The Blue Rose of Darrulthspire and, especially, Bleak at the Gates (depicting the tragic parting of the knight Ammathwine and his maid Enthelara, before Ammathwine passes under the North Gate to die in battle with the orcs of the Black Horde) to lighter (and more salacious) fare such as Ten Maidens Bold, The Gnomish Fishwife, and The Sûnesbright Knight And The Maidens of Manypearls.


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Blaela Murrowind [ Source: Small Presses of Waterdeep, Part Four <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20031210a>. Name/Description given]


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Avadallyn of the Trade Roads
Master bard, famed across the Heartlands. Last seen in Waterdeep at a revel in the Maernos villa, where he dueled the legendary Mintipur Minstrelwish. The contest, which lasted some four full days, ranged from song to music to poetry and the crowd, which began as a small gathering of the nobility, eventually swelled to some few hundred at its' height, drawing folk from across the city. It is unknown to this day who won the duel, as the two master singers and Lord Maernos were alone after foredawn when they finally drew to a close. "The Two Masters," a painting commemorating the event, was done by the artist Beskauntra Hathwinter; though its' accuracy is questionable, as she was not there to see the duel, the subject matter is so infamous that it hangs in the entry hall of New Olamn regardless.

Avlaerra
Waterdhavian artist (painter) of some renown. House Talmost commissioned a number of her works, including a set of family portraits that still hang in their great hall. Other notable pieces include Kneeling King, Northern King, and Shepherd and Wild Nymph.

Aybrauve "Sharp-Sword" (CE ½EM War)
A strongarm (hiresword) and bullyblade who is well-known in the streets and tankard houses of the lower Wards. Thin, hook-nosed, weak jaw line. He wears battered chainmail and helm, and wields halberd blade and shortsword. He will work for virtually any employer, so long as the price is right, but has no honor and is known to have changed employers in mid-assignment before.

Azoubarra
Pale, thin, almost skeletal frame. Long and tangled black hair. Staring green eyes. Master of a mimicry of some six (common) mimics, which she is said to control through the use of an enchanted rod. Rents them out singly to merchants, mages or nobles desiring to do away with troublesome rivals.

Azriban el Akhlaun (CE HM F4/Exp3)
The Sharessan Sensate. Moneylender, gambler, expedition-sponsorer, landowner, panderer, and legendary debater on the divinity of the gods. A thoroughly debauched, misanthropic native of Calimshan, with an overflowing beard and belly, and a stinging tongue. Surprisingly good with a sword (he crippled the bravo Danthonen Snome in an unsanctioned duel in 1368DR, and fought off assassins sent by the Shadow Thieves in 1370). Known to wear a ring of free action and a ring of mindshielding. Often employs the sellsword known as Raveneyes.


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Azbold "The Bold" Bahammurhor [ Source: Waterdeep News: Poisonings Rumored – Zzar Scarce <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20060830a>. Name/Occupation given ]


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Lharsk First-Rider
Celebrated as a result of his famed ride from the city to the battlefields outside Dragonspear, cupping the faltering flame of Lathander's Light in his hands. A statue of him atop his mount, Rivvin, was erected outside the Lions Gate and he was fêted by the city's idle rich. In time his demonstrations of riding skill turned to challenge, and the streets became deadly grounds for unwary citizens. The Lords banished such races to the confines of the Field where they grew in style and popularity, aided unwittingly by a similar crackdown on the previously favorite sport, that of the digladiates and man-to-monster battles. Such interest drew riders and wagerers from the southern lands, where horse-and-chariot games have long reigned supreme. As for Lharsk, he was eventually overtaken by more talented and better funded competition and died besotted in a Dock Ward festhall, which saw one last opportunity to profit from his legend; Lharsk's Last Ride is still an annual bacchanalia attended by many of the city's glorylances and their entourages, as well as many young noble blades and local revellers. Copies of Days of Fear and Flame: A Life Behind The Reigns, his self-penned (largely fanciful) memoirs, are still widely circulated through the city.

Lheslaé Long-Song
Well-regarded bard, often works with local tale-spells. Fastidious, fair-haired, emerald-eyed. So-named for her preference for long-form ballads and epics, especially those which allow her to show off her talents at both spoken cadence and full-throated singing (The Hills of Delimbiyran and Lost In the Long Snows are both particular favorites of hers). Attended at all of her performances by her familiar, Brambletail (a longhaired calico with a tail as wild and unkempt as his name would suggest).

Lhorim Fieldfare
Peripatetic sage of the studies of general magic, dweomers and magecraft. Author of Fieldfare's Catalogue of Curiosities (An Inventory of Cunning Enchantments and Delicious Mysteries), which floridly describes such marvels as Gladathra's Singing Shells, The Seven-League Mug-Ewe, Turrl's Galloping Galligaskins, The Pibgorn of Dawnswell, The Coerulian Crumpet, and, of course, Yhalarbrom's Lutescent Boots.

Lhuaeynn (LG HM War6)
A civilar (captain) of the Watch in South Ward. His mother named him after a tragic elven hero in the ancient "Ballad of the Winter Crown," but everyone calls him "Lhue" for short. A great bear of a man, Lhuaeynn has the gentlest of hearts. He has a wife, Siula, and three young daughters, and is skilled at carpentry (from which he makes a few extra coins by doing side jobs). A member of the Red Sashes.

Lluefstavvan Nueth
Blue Llue. Half-moon elven bardling and adventurer. Wields an enchanted blade of ancient Netherese make (glows with cold blue light in the presence of lesser undead. Also grants the wielder +1 to attack rolls and +2 to damage rolls against such creatures).


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AJA, these are fantastic. Keep them coming! (I'm hoping you put a PDF together with the final roster when you're done.)

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Tolandor the Twice-Buried King
A mighty Illuskan warlord (not to be confused with the Netherese arch-lich Tolaundras the Twice-Buried, nor with Taldnir, the Talfir Buried King Who Walks). Slew fifty frost giants in a single day. His weapon, Uthlaur (The Red Sword, a broadsword +4, defender) is now is the possession of Rulathon, Captain of the City Watch.

Tolumar Sharp-Winds
Legendary Ruathymaar sea-captain and adventurer. As excerpted from The Seventh and Final Sea-Faring of Tolumar Sharp-Winds (compiled and written sometime in the 9th Century DR, from far older folklore and legend);

  "And then Tolumar came to where the Great Tongues of the Tide
  Did not meekly lap
  But formed towering wall upon wall
  And marched like mighty legions of old
  Defending on the other side a vast sea-bed laid bare
  A treasure-house heaped with pearl and red coral, emerald and garnet
  And the Bridal Bed of the Sun, molten and lambent
  Enchanted with the mysteries of all the Gods of Benevolence
"

Legend states that Tolumar never made it past the Great Tongues. There are many versions of his end:
  * Some claim all died in the trying except his first mate Urlast the Brave who was succored by the sea-nymphs who bore him back to Faerûn floating atop Tolumar's great-shield, and that he then married Tolumar's daughter and birthed a great Illuskan dynasty and ordered the carving of the great sea-worn female figures that still look out westward from the rocky shore of Ruathym;
  * Others claim the nymphs bore Tolumar's great giant-slaying sword back to his daughter instead, who then used it to slaughter and tame the giant-folk of Ruathym until their descendants grew smaller and feebler in turn, until they were indistinguishable from the dwarves of the mainland;
  * Some say his ship rose higher and higher atop the final and impossibly tall wave until it breached the Starry Firmament and left Toril entirely;
  * But most claim that his boon companion, the warrior Yengurl, forebear of the famed Ruathym thane Orbraul, swam through while all others were lost and gained the other side, and that he lay in the Bed of the Sun and had many other adventures afterwards.

    Yengurl himself is a curious case; in the annals of Tolumar, each warrior is invariably accompanied by an epithet (Tolgur Sharp-Winds, Wolost Sea-Eye, Bolgur The Strong, Margun Ten-Bold). Only Yengurl is alone in not having one. A growing subset of tales claims that this is because the name "Yengurl" is in fact an epithet in itself; that it is actually an intentional mis-translation or obfuscation of the name "Young-Girl," a female Tolumar was fond of and brought aboard in the days when such things were not only unheard of, but anathema; these stories further claim that she not only lay in the Bed of the Sun, but that she lay with Lathander himself at the end of his day's work; and that of their union was born the deva known as Bregarlath ("The Herald Who Prepares The Dawn," in Lathanderite literature). Evidence for this theory is most strong in the following passage (the description of being "twice in form," as in pregnant);

  "And the burning orb of the sun enveloped him even as he embraced it
  And his skin became as light itself and was burned away all that was there of Yengurl before
  But even as the last fancied flame of its immeasurable brilliance faded there lay the warrior
  Stripped bare and curled as a babe, yet twice in form what was before
"

    There is also the great possibility that this is all naught but ancient folk-lore and nonsense, but only the gods would know for sure. And while they do indeed know of Tolumar, they do not seem amenable to discussion of much else.





On Tolandor, I'd make Uthlaur (The Red Sword have some ties to the red knight as a defender. Personally, I'd also decrease the bonus to +2 and make it a weapon that's flaming and bane (giants). the bane ability would make it +4 against giants for the defender aspect. It could also be interesting if it were an intelligent weapon with a hatred of giants.



On Yengurl… I love the idea that he was a she instead... a woman hiding amongst her fellows. However, it might be interesting if Yengurl was a hermaphrodite, and upon climbing into the bridal bed of the sun, Yengurl either changed sex to become fully female, or split into two separate individuals. This could be why the Ruathym don't talk of it much. Yengurl the man may have returned home bearing the child born of Yengurl the woman, who was impregnated by the power of the sun. Yengurl the woman meanwhile may have become this "Bregarlath" deva.

It would be interesting if there were a way to make all of the above variations true somehow (i.e. the first mate returned home... maybe Yengurl the woman marries him... maybe the ship flew up a celestial stairway to the heavens, etc...). For instance, maybe Urlast the brave is the male half of Yengurl and he returned home to marry Tolumbar's daughter and produced the line that eventually produces the Ruathym thane Orbraul. Maybe the female half of Yengurl became either became the deva or birthed the deva. Meanwhile, maybe Tolumar's sword was in fact the flaming sword of the sun god, who had possessed the form of Urlast the brave to come and claim Tolumbar's daughter (envisioning Frey here). Or maybe even Tolumar's sword is Uthlaur above.

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AJA, these are fantastic. Keep them coming! (I'm hoping you put a PDF together with the final roster when you're done.)

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I’m already working on that, in a way - I am updating the list of NPCs that AJA used to have on his website (some of which are making reappreances here), in which I also incorporated the NPCs from the list in Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep.

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AJA, these are fantastic. Keep them coming! (I'm hoping you put a PDF together with the final roster when you're done.)

Thanks, Eric. I wouldn't have a problem with collecting it into a PDF, I'm just not sure how to organize it (aside from one giant alphabetical eye-tearing scroll). But there's still a ways to go before I'm done, so plenty of time to think about it.


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I’m already working on that, in a way - I am updating the list of NPCs that AJA used to have on his website (some of which are making reappreances here), in which I also incorporated the NPCs from the list in Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep.

And depending on how far back into the Wayback Machine you went, it'll need plenty of updating . Don't forget to look through the reference NPCs that sometime accompany mine at the bottom of the posts (candlekeep and wizards.com and the rest), there's a lot of good ones there as well.


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On Tolandor, I'd make Uthlaur (The Red Sword have some ties to the red knight as a defender. Personally, I'd also decrease the bonus to +2 and make it a weapon that's flaming and bane (giants). the bane ability would make it +4 against giants for the defender aspect. It could also be interesting if it were an intelligent weapon with a hatred of giants.

The Red Sword has been consistently mentioned in most every Waterdeep supplement starting with FR1 as a standard sword +4, defender (pre-4E at least, I don't know about after). I decided at one point to fill in previous owners, as seen in the entries for Tolandor and "Black" Logan. I'd love to see what additional lore Ed has on it. Someone with the Twitter should ask him.

More to your point, there is no reason it couldn't have additional powers. They may just be lying dormant, waiting for someone other than Rulathon to wield it.

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Yengurl the man may have returned home bearing the child born of Yengurl the woman, who was impregnated by the power of the sun.

I'm pretty sure this was the plot to at least one X-Men comic in the Nineties

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It would be interesting if there were a way to make all of the above variations true somehow (i.e. the first mate returned home... maybe Yengurl the woman marries him... maybe the ship flew up a celestial stairway to the heavens, etc...). For instance, maybe Urlast the brave is the male half of Yengurl and he returned home to marry Tolumbar's daughter and produced the line that eventually produces the Ruathym thane Orbraul. Maybe the female half of Yengurl became either became the deva or birthed the deva. Meanwhile, maybe Tolumar's sword was in fact the flaming sword of the sun god, who had possessed the form of Urlast the brave to come and claim Tolumbar's daughter (envisioning Frey here). Or maybe even Tolumar's sword is Uthlaur above.

Could depend on how many gods you feel the Ruathym worship. Each church claims "ownership" of the myth, with each one preaching a different resolution to the tale?

It also could be that all endings are true because they all happened at different times and different voyages. As the entry notes, the commonly accepted version of Tolumar and his travels were compiled a long time ago from many different sources. Perhaps Yengurl and Urlast and the rest were all captains of their own ships on their own voyages, or perhaps these stories come from even further back, from before the Ruathym migrated to and settled the island.


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Alaglautharn of the Lanterns
Short, big-bellied and bald-headed. Hides a shrewd mind behind a jovial demeanor and a light musical laugh. Alaglautharn makes his living through arranging "roundshields" (publicly-traded) seasonal caravans, connecting interested speculators together with enterprising merchants. He is also occasionally willing to sponsor adventuring companies (although the last such, an expedition by the Company of the Bright Wolf into the ruins of Dragonspear Castle, ended disastrously and earned him a visit from the Guard, who warned that some things were better left undisturbed). His name comes from the Lanterns Room, his offices and semi-private meeting rooms (third-floor Street of Silver, south of Palfrey Lane) where a number of middle-tier far-traders gather to make deals or invest coin and Alaglautharn displays his prized collection of ancient and ornate lamps and lanthorns (none of powerful enchantment, although there are a matching pair of elven wall-lamps crafted in a manner that makes the sylph-shaped cutouts appear to dance wildly in the lit flame, and an ornate Calishite grave marker that emits blue-hued light regardless of the type of fuel used within).

Alarathéa
The Old Rose. Lively auburn waist-length hair, long face, down-turned eyes. Foremost apprentice of the former Hidden Lord, Alûvhae Fire-Eyes. Creator of the spells Alarathéa's Fulgurant Announcement (an advanced lightning lash) and Alarathéa's Coruscating Aura (an alternate fire shield). Slew three Red Wizards during a Midsummer Merrymoot being held in the Cynosure, 1366DR.

Alashandaera Orn (N ½EF T3/Exp4)
The owner and stagemaster of "Alashandaera Orn and Her Many Lights," a troupe of entertainers and self-described "acrobats, performance swordplay artists, juggling dwarves, mummers, trained monsters and caged beasts of all sorts." The Lights operate out of a small ramshackle converted warehouse in Trades Ward, but are often found on the road, earning coins in the small communities along the Dessarin.

Alathene Alûvae Moonstar
A noble of House Moonstar [b.1239/d.1299]. Immortalized in song as "The Moon's Maiden Shield." Rode with numerous Selûnite-sponsored adventuring companies in the North before taking control of the House upon the early death of her brother Danos in 1266. Married her companion Tavros Thundershield in 1267 and bore him twin boys, Dalenmal and Delmarys.

Alaurun Sternshield (LN HM F17)
The Hawk of the Hawkwinters. Swordmaster (weapons trainer) and chief recruiter for the highborn clan. A tall, barrel-chested, imposing man with piercing eyes and a bristling moustache. Alaurun's family, natives of Red Larch, have served the Hawkwinters for many generations as belarjacks, cohorts, and the caretakers of Hawkwinter properties in Red Larch itself, but Alaurun's position as Swordmaster is almost never given to those outside the family, and is a sign of his abilities and of the great respect that Lord Eremoes Hawkwinter has for him.


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Alanzelo Gralhund [ Source: Forging The Realms: The Library <dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/library-code>. Name/Description given ]

Alastel Helmhorn [ Source: Forging The Realms: Outcast House <dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/outcast-house>. Name/Description given ]

Alauvin Ruldegost [ Source: A 03/29/13 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Albrus "Old Knight" Khlendryn [ Source: A 01/19/13 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Albryn Telnhand [ Source: A 09/21/12 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Aldara Maerklos (LG HF W14) [ Source: "Series Magic," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #213, p.97-98. Name/Stats/Description given. See also: City of Splendors: Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.7 and 18. ]

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


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You realize next I’ll ask you for 5 NPCs you meet in Daggerford ...

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AJA, these are fantastic. Keep them coming! (I'm hoping you put a PDF together with the final roster when you're done.)

Thanks, Eric. I wouldn't have a problem with collecting it into a PDF, I'm just not sure how to organize it (aside from one giant alphabetical eye-tearing scroll). But there's still a ways to go before I'm done, so plenty of time to think about it.


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I’m already working on that, in a way - I am updating the list of NPCs that AJA used to have on his website (some of which are making reappreances here), in which I also incorporated the NPCs from the list in Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep.

And depending on how far back into the Wayback Machine you went, it'll need plenty of updating . Don't forget to look through the reference NPCs that sometime accompany mine at the bottom of the posts (candlekeep and wizards.com and the rest), there's a lot of good ones there as well.




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I did a quick ctrl-f on my master list and didn't find much on Daggerford. I rarely venture outside the walls of Waterdeep and when I do it's usually to Amphail and Red Larch and other points northward. And I wouldn't dare try any new ones now, not until I've properly read through and absorbed Illefarn Anew.

But that is where the beauty of Proper Nouns comes in. Excise 'em, alter 'em, replace 'em, suddenly you've got "Daggerford NPCs" and no one the wiser.

In the meantime, the aforementioned ctrl-f;


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Hlorvas Hlundammar Haggleroot
(Hlundammar was the name of a close dwarven friend of the family). Gnomish proprietor of The Dusty Shelf of Daggerford ("all manner of folio and chapbook, and most major broadsheets, according to season"). Carries all the latest (as in, only a few months behind) chapbooks and popular plays. Curiously enough, his "swords high!" adventure fare is more complete than most Waterdhavian chapbook-sellers. Or perhaps not so curious, given that he has made a secret secondary career of writing such prose, more specifically as the author of Blacksheaf's True Tales of the North (serialized chapbooks featuring two-fisted tales of wild adventure, daring frontiersmen, bloodthirsty humanoids and savage wilderness with lurid titles such as Quickblade, Far Rider of the Savage Frontier; Black Salt the Sea Reaver; Escape From the Dungeon of Despair; The Wolf-Demon of the Uthgardt; The Ogres of Red Arrow Ridge; Halfling Hlandar Rides Alone; Starhoof, Fastest Steed of the Savage Frontier; In the Dungeons of the Orcs; and Bror Battleswift, Ranger of the Evermoors).

Marsheldra
Short, thin, bright-eyed. Sharply-upturned nose, mousy brown hair. Jovial, lover of revelry, games of chance and witty repartee. Peripatic copper-caster (hedge-mage). Can often be found haunting the caravan grounds of Daggerford, purveying her "Masterful Enchantments" ("of both common weal and thunderous woe. Sensible and sensitive enchantments, delivered with a deft hand") to travellers and caravan hands. Her Charm Against Peril by Fire or Water and Charm Against Furious Beast are the most sought-after. They're little more than minor twinge-and-tickle cantrips, but sometimes a panacea works just as well, right?

The Seven Battle-Bolds
Local adventuring fellowship out of Daggerford. Led by the permanently sun-darkened and perenially trail-dusted warrior Artolphar the Summer-Sharpened. Last seen in Uktar of 1367DR, foraying into the graveolent ruins of Roarsrook, "those haunted halls where footsteps and fortitude falter alike," deep in the muddy, boggy, steep-sided valleys east of the Shimmerstar Stream.

The Zzargoyle
Thirsty-Throat, Ten-Cups, The Jack o'Plenty. Guzzle-Guts. A gargoyle. Hardstone (granite) warts and wings and fangs, and a surprisingly well-kept downdagger moustache. Escaped its' master and its' binding enchantments. Was offered its' first tankard of ale by a scared-witless innkeeper who found it rooting behind the tap one dark night. The Jack regards the tankard houses of Daggerford as its' demense, and free libations as its' due, and becomes belligerent if none are forthcoming. Thirsty. Very very thirsty. Fun at mimic games though.


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Cool!

I think they all work except the adventuring company, which is set in 1367 DR, which is easy to adjust. (UIA is kept in the original timeframe of Marpenoth, 1357 DR.)

I like the idea of curious characters who haunt the caravan grounds. Marsheldra is a lot like Hendar the Scarred in that way ... essentially a parasite on commerce.

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I did a quick ctrl-f on my master list and didn't find much on Daggerford. I rarely venture outside the walls of Waterdeep and when I do it's usually to Amphail and Red Larch and other points northward. And I wouldn't dare try any new ones now, not until I've properly read through and absorbed Illefarn Anew.

But that is where the beauty of Proper Nouns comes in. Excise 'em, alter 'em, replace 'em, suddenly you've got "Daggerford NPCs" and no one the wiser.

In the meantime, the aforementioned ctrl-f;


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Hlorvas Hlundammar Haggleroot
(Hlundammar was the name of a close dwarven friend of the family). Gnomish proprietor of The Dusty Shelf of Daggerford ("all manner of folio and chapbook, and most major broadsheets, according to season"). Carries all the latest (as in, only a few months behind) chapbooks and popular plays. Curiously enough, his "swords high!" adventure fare is more complete than most Waterdhavian chapbook-sellers. Or perhaps not so curious, given that he has made a secret secondary career of writing such prose, more specifically as the author of Blacksheaf's True Tales of the North (serialized chapbooks featuring two-fisted tales of wild adventure, daring frontiersmen, bloodthirsty humanoids and savage wilderness with lurid titles such as Quickblade, Far Rider of the Savage Frontier; Black Salt the Sea Reaver; Escape From the Dungeon of Despair; The Wolf-Demon of the Uthgardt; The Ogres of Red Arrow Ridge; Halfling Hlandar Rides Alone; Starhoof, Fastest Steed of the Savage Frontier; In the Dungeons of the Orcs; and Bror Battleswift, Ranger of the Evermoors).

Marsheldra
Short, thin, bright-eyed. Sharply-upturned nose, mousy brown hair. Jovial, lover of revelry, games of chance and witty repartee. Peripatic copper-caster (hedge-mage). Can often be found haunting the caravan grounds of Daggerford, purveying her "Masterful Enchantments" ("of both common weal and thunderous woe. Sensible and sensitive enchantments, delivered with a deft hand") to travellers and caravan hands. Her Charm Against Peril by Fire or Water and Charm Against Furious Beast are the most sought-after. They're little more than minor twinge-and-tickle cantrips, but sometimes a panacea works just as well, right?

The Seven Battle-Bolds
Local adventuring fellowship out of Daggerford. Led by the permanently sun-darkened and perenially trail-dusted warrior Artolphar the Summer-Sharpened. Last seen in Uktar of 1367DR, foraying into the graveolent ruins of Roarsrook, "those haunted halls where footsteps and fortitude falter alike," deep in the muddy, boggy, steep-sided valleys east of the Shimmerstar Stream.

The Zzargoyle
Thirsty-Throat, Ten-Cups, The Jack o'Plenty. Guzzle-Guts. A gargoyle. Hardstone (granite) warts and wings and fangs, and a surprisingly well-kept downdagger moustache. Escaped its' master and its' binding enchantments. Was offered its' first tankard of ale by a scared-witless innkeeper who found it rooting behind the tap one dark night. The Jack regards the tankard houses of Daggerford as its' demense, and free libations as its' due, and becomes belligerent if none are forthcoming. Thirsty. Very very thirsty. Fun at mimic games though.




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Marbraeth (CN HM W12)
Mage of the Six Scarlet Flames. The "house mage" of House Talmost. Hired by the elder Lady Hyara during her life, he now feigns to serve her (and indulge her petty revenge fantasies) in her undeath. In truth he ignores both her and her daughter, the reigning Lady Hyara, and appropriates increasing amounts of the family coffers for his own magical researches. A tall, arrogant man whose bald head and pallid skin are set off by the vibrant, high-collared, sweeping robes he habitually wears. Marbraeth has watery eyes, a long neck, and delicate, slender fingers. A native of Tethyr.

Mardoun "The Gaze" Sevenshields (LN DM F5)
Sellsword recruiter and outfitter, former adventurer and mercinary captain. Often employed as a factor by House Thunderstaff. Gravely injured during skirmishing against troll raiding parties in the High Moor when a troll spear impaled both his right leg and the mount he was riding upon. His near-severed leg and his life were both saved by clerical weal but he now walks only seldom and with great difficulty, preferring to be borne in a carry-chair by four strong retainers. Dark umber hair and beard, hawks-nose, and eyes with more intensity and grip than that of his iron-clad handshake. Polite and perfunct, sizes a person up within moments of meeting them and rarely changes his mind afterwards.

The Maresmaster of Ilabbatan
Ilabbatan is the giant equine bazaar of Shaarmid, where the finest steeds in Faerûn – as well as centaur and wemic slaves, and various bones and ivories – are bought and sold. The Maresmaster himself never leaves the walled confines of Shaarmid, but his agents are active throughout the Western Heartlands seeking mounts of great strength, speed, and beauty (everything from the hardy steeds of the desert raiders of Calimshan to the asperii-blooded stallions bred by House Amcathra of Waterdeep). The current holder of the office is the brusque, barrel-shaped, forkbearded Khemmur Aerkezel.

Marja Maeth
An armar (sergeant) of the Watch in Dock Ward. Currently under the watchful eye of Ward Civilar Talaver, who believes she has great potential if she learns to control her temper. Defiant, contrary, fearless. Hard, raspy voice. Dark hair, heavy-lidded grey eyes.

Marlaetha
Windy Lae. Long-time member of the Guild of Watermen. Master (captain) of the ship-to-shore ferry Bluebold (the "Blue Barrel," to her crew). Named for her talkative, gossipy disposition. Knows under just which wharf a man in a small skiff can pass between stone pilings and through a secret gate, emerging into the fetid, caliginous waters nigh subterranean Skullport.


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Marduck Jaesur [ Source: Ed Greenwood's Spin-A-Yarn 2005: The Lady of the Mists. Name/Occupation given ]

Maresta Rhanbuck [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

[b]Marleon Krendlemar
[ Source: Waterdeep News: A Sharp Rise in Silversheen <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/20051214a>. Name/Description given ]


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