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sleyvas
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Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  14:39:07  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Aleric Far-Faring
An early war captain of Nimoar's Hold. Legendary for his raids on the "pirate thanes" of Ruathym and Orlumbor. It was on one of those raids that he met (and was bested by) his future wife, the Storm Sorceress Elendvalűe, and also where he gained the Winding Warhorn of Kozah, the enchanted weapon that formed the backbone of Waterdeep's armies for a number of years. He and his ship, the Deepwater Sword, were last sighted south of Toaridge-at-the-Sun's-Setting, heading towards Corwell Town.

Aleric Hawkwinter (CN HM Aris/F)
A noble of House Hawkwinter. Married to Narae (N HF) and father of a son, Anthonin, and two daughters, Murleene and Theera. An active recruiter of mercenaries and an avid horseman. Aleric is rarely to be found in the city, as he spends most of his time scouring the cities of the Western Heartlands for able-bodied hireswords. Wields The Jundsblade, an enchanted everbright broadsword and a Hawkwinter family heirloom.

Aleric Longsword (N HM Exp/T)
Red-gold hair, fair complexion. Tall and graceful, moves with assurance and confidance. A native of Hendelhearth in Ruathym. Captain of the Sail of Seas, a caravel of the Dezlentyr merchant fleet.

Aleric "Red-Leathers"
A woodsman and ranger who roamed the Dessarin a century ago. Famed for the distinctive ruddy hue of his leggings, said to be from the spilled blood of countless orcs and other goblinkin. Often accompanied in his travels by the beastmaster Iravensblood, and the brown bear called Stronglas.

Aleuadae (N ˝EF Aris3/P4 of Lliira)
(ah-LOO-ah-day) The Laughing Lady. Short and slender, with long, shimmering platinum hair and sparkling emerald eyes (it is often whispered that her striking features have been enhanced with the aid of certain cosmetic enchantments, of the kind popular in Calimshan and the Tashalar). The "Elf-Queen of Castle Ward," as she is called in the broadsheets, is one of the more well-known of the city's socialites and "revel-matrons." She is the speaker (contact) for the Light Laughter, a well-regarded traveling troupe of Evereskan dancers and musicians. She also owns the largest chap-book collection of steamy romances, bodice-rippers, passion-plays, torrid love triangles (and quadrangles, &etc.), and illicit inter-species debaucheries in all Waterdeep (and quite possibly all of the North), a collection she began some thirty years ago. She has had these volumes collected and re-bound as proper books, and has filled the shelves of her "Room of Merry Revels," an entire suite of three chambers of her Castle Ward abode in which she spends her days, lounging in a variety of comfortably-cushioned chairs and reading and re-reading the various unfolding lurid exploits and lusty doings contained within.
        In addition to perusing her collection, Aleuadae now spends her idle time and idle wealth paying local painters to depict scenes from the books in the most vivid manner possible. Most of these are of handswidth-size, which she then arranges to have re-bound into the collections they were inspired by. Others, her favorite scenarios, are commissioned full-length and framed, and increasingly occupy the chamber adjacent. She is toying with the idea of submitting these pieces for the "soft enchantments" of Baerimel Thaelwood, or Jaseldra "The Eyes of Bliss," or perhaps Maeluuth "The Soft Master" of Yhaunn, master-enchanters all of 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.), a hugely expensive process which may finally bring an end to her fortune. Whenever that happens, or upon her demise, the House of Beauty has a standing (and steadily increasing) offer to purchase the bulk of her obsession.





Love the term arcanagraphs and would like to hear your ideas for Winding Warhorn of Kozah, the enchanted weapon that formed the backbone of Waterdeep's armies for a number of years. Like what do you think the warhorn might do? My first thoughts were like a ring of the ram for blasting things.... as that would fit with Kozah's destructive nature. However, I'm also picturing something like an elemental version of a Horn of Valhalla, one that can maybe summon a small army of mephitis, a platoon of elemental myrmidons, or a pair of something more powerful. Then again, it might control the weather to control the battlefield. What's some other options you might envision?

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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AJA
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Posted - 16 Aug 2019 :  02:26:42  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Love the term arcanagraphs

"Arcanagraphs" were also mentioned in my Feb 1st entry for "Farfander." Not sure where I got the name from but the accompanying description (like most of my better ideas) comes straight from Ed (relayed through THO in this case) in an Oct 18th reply in the 2004 Ask Ed thread.

(as an aside, anyone know how to link directly to a post here, instead of to a page?)

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and would like to hear your ideas for Winding Warhorn of Kozah

As I'm sure you've figured out by now, I like descriptions much more than mechanics. For the Winding Warhorn I thought maybe calling a/multiple storm of vengeance (black storm clouds! thunder! lightnings!) and left it at that. But mephits (lightning?) or weather control abilities would suit just as well.


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Posted - 21 Aug 2019 :  00:07:08  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote


Nesrűme
A senior member of the Watchful Order (holds a secondary office under the Accomplished Master of Divinations). A diminutive and energetic woman bent on organizing everything around her. Nervous, fussy, diligent. Wears a silver ring fashioned as two entwined snakes grasping a blue jasper stone between thier jaws (a ring of proof against poison).

Nesrumé and Jalayn
Brother and sister acolytes at the Shrines of Nature. Tasked with gathering (carefully, with an eye to sustainable harvesting) herbs, roots, berries, leaves and bark from the lands surrounding the city for use in the Shrines and for offer or for sale to visiting rangers and local herbalists. "Nesré" is plain, short and shy, and is fascinated by hawks and hunting falcons (and well known to the nobility who hunt their birds in the Meadows as a result). "Merry Jal" is short as well, slender and has a low, musical voice and a fondness for pranks and jokes. Both are apprenticed to the Forestarm, Flamerond "Greenbriar" Hornfallow.

Nidanae of Tymora (CG HF F6)
Daughter of the deceased Tymorite priest Faerlthann. Slender body, long straight black hair, well-tanned skin. Has her mother's dry wit and her father's impish grin and mirthful brown eyes. A civilar (captain) of the Waterdhavian Griffon Guard (Long Wing). Rides the griffon named Whisperwing. A lay member ("helper of the faith") at the Tower of Luck when not on guard duty. Lover of the festhall singer Breara Brorn.

Nyphold "Glimmer-Gowk"
Called "Glimmer-Gowk" (owlbear) as he is a large, hunched man with large, staring eyes, a dark widow's peak and a hooked nose. Slow and deliberate in both pace and speech. Proprietor of Nyphold's Den of Astral Delights (Keltarn Street, Castle Ward), a heavily-curtained and -carpeted parlor where customers recline on pillow and divan and inhale deeply of scented, numbing vapors, similar to the languor-dens of the Thayans or the smokegilds of the Calishites. "Etherial pleasures, fashioned from hush and dew and star."

Nyrjalla
The Red Beauty. Valquess (queen) of the barbarian tribes of the western Shaar. Named for the fiery sheen of her hair. Also known as Nyrjalla the Bloody, for her merciless treatment of captured outlanders (stories propagated by Calishite factors). Said to be a favored of Sune and Tempus, and to be able to enspell any man that enters her domain. A frequent subject of bawdy-plays in the Lower Wards (especially popular with folk of southern descent).


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Posted - 25 Aug 2019 :  00:41:57  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote


Marasiah Ulbrinter
A noble of House Ulbrinter (middle daughter of Nomus and Karya). Very tall, quiet and pale, with knee-length black hair and sharp-looking eyes. A student of the Dark Art (necromancy). Was last seen in Amn, at the aftermath of the Battle of the Bloody Dawn, collecting the viscera and the coagulated lifes-blood runoff of the participants, both human and monstrous, for unknown purpose.

Marauth "Manyjools" (NE HM)
Humorous, good company (especially to those paying his tavern tab). Also thoroughly amoral, and exceedingly vicious when angered. Stocky, dark, grizzled. Light on his feet. Good at dancing, bad at swordplay (prefers knife or cudgel). Has a fancy for pale and freckled women. An enforcer for the Xanathar.

Markos Zellizands (N HM Aris3/P7 of Tymora)
Prior of the Inner Temple of the House of Luck. A native of Chondath. Markos is an athletic man of medium height and build. He has rich brown eyes, a mop of curly black hair, and sports a well-groomed moustache and beard. Bears a thumbnail-sized heart-shaped birthmark on his left temple. Adventurous, curious, and quick to strike up conversations with people. He fancies himself as a poet and writer, and has penned a number of syrupy collections of love poems and a handful of passable "sword-and-cloak" romances (with a thinly-disguised version of himself as the male lead, of course). He also frequently contributes temple gossip to several broadsheets under the pen-name of "Zamerghos the Cloaked-Quill."
        Markos is absolutely smitten with the courtesan Shyrrhr. He has publicly proclaimed that, aside from his goddess, he will have no other woman, and his efforts to gain her favor are the stuff of legend (the entire field of rare Lapaliiyan honeygold orchids he had delivered to the way outside her domicile and the twenty pirouetting-and-pinwheeling crystal drakes that accompanied them are still talked of in the Court). [ Source: City of Splendors - Who's Who In Waterdeep, p.62. Name/Stats (as N HM P7) given. Additional detail by me. ]

Marlesk
Proprietor of Dweomers Divers and Cerule, a cramped ground-floor "smallwand" (cantrips, minor vastations and vermin vexes) shop on the Street of Bells, Castle Ward. Also deals in alchemical substances (essences of this and that, scales and scraps of hide and flesh, powdered metals, et cetera) from afar. Tall and bony, has a voice reduced to a harsh rasp, the result of a persistent coughing sickness in his youth.

Marloon Stavenstaff
Famed author of In The Company of Mages and The Unpublished Weal of Sattarm Sevenslakes. Spent some twelve winters feebleminded by a jealous rival before dying of a wasting disease in the back alleys of Dock Ward.


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Marandur Erilogan [ Source: Excised header, Chapter 31 <wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/drrl/20100802> of the novel Elminster Must Die!. Name/description given ]


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sleyvas
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Posted - 25 Aug 2019 :  01:05:59  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Marasiah Ulbrinter
A noble of House Ulbrinter (middle daughter of Nomus and Karya). Very tall, quiet and pale, with knee-length black hair and sharp-looking eyes. A student of the Dark Art (necromancy). Was last seen in Amn, at the aftermath of the Battle of the Bloody Dawn, collecting the viscera and the coagulated lifes-blood runoff of the participants, both human and monstrous, for unknown purpose.



Battle of the Bloody Dawn... sounds vampiric... Amn… wonder if Shyressa of the twisted rune were involved.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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AJA
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Posted - 25 Aug 2019 :  04:29:50  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Battle of the Bloody Dawn... sounds vampiric... Amn… wonder if Shyressa of the twisted rune were involved.

"The Battle of the Bloody Dawn" is where I had the Amnian legions routed by the Syphilis Empire, clearing their path to the seige of Murann. I honestly don't know if the Twisted Rune were involved (on either side) with any of that but then again, I also don't know if Marasiah is an agent of the Rune or not, sooo....


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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 25 Aug 2019 :  04:34:26  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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"The Battle of the Bloody Dawn" is where I had the Amnian legions routed by the Syphilis Empire, (snip)


I'm pretty sure a simple cure disease would have saved them from such a painful defeat!



(They really should have named that one better!)

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AJA
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Posted - 25 Aug 2019 :  04:44:53  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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(They really should have named that one better!)

Yeah, that was not auto-correct, that was intentional.

Listen, I love Steven's work, but some things (lookin' at you, "Sythillis" and "Myth AdolfHitler Adofhaer") should have probably been workshopped just a skosh longer


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