Description and HistoryNorrin is
the only son of a minor lord among the Northmen of the Moonshae Isles, and his mother was
a young maiden from among the Ffolk. Thorrin Axeswinger and Kyla Nevermoor lived in a
village on the northern shore of Gwynneth. Thorrin co-ruled the village with Kyla's
It was not unheard of for Northmen and Ffolk to live in harmony, and
marriages among the two peoples was common. And this was the case with Thorrin and Kyla,
with Oram's blessing. A great gala followed the ceremony, in which both the Druid of the
Earthmother and the Warpriest of Tempus presiding. Afterward, Thorrin and Kyla retired to
their new home.
When they awoke in the morning, they discovered that a Northman raiding
fleet was heading towards the village on a plundering mission. Most of the people were
unconcerned, since this has happened before, and the raiding Northmen usually take only
valuables and livestock, and no one gets hurt.
This time was different. As soon as the raiders landed, mayhem ensued.
Many villagers were killed and buildings were burned. The village was razed to the ground.
Trying to protect his young wife, Thorrin put her into a boat and
climbed in himself, with the intent of going to the next village to seek help. The raiding
Northmen were hot upon their heels. After a long chase, the two eventually got away from
the Moonshaes. Unfortunatly, they were separated, and Kyla found herself standing at the
gates of Waterdeep, with nothing but the tattered clothes on her back and a few small gems
that Thorrin had pressed into her hand at the last minute.
Kyla managed to get a job as a chambermaid for a kindly innkeeper and
his wife, and this, along with the few gems she had, managed to give her enough security
to eventually give birth to a healthy baby boy, whom she named Norrin. Because of her deep
love for Thorrin, she taught her young son the ways of the Northmen, but also of the ways
of the Ffolk. She made sure he received the best upbringing she could give him and made
sure he that he learned, above all, about honor.
Norrin had a happy childhood growing up in Waterdeep and the surrounding
countryside, and was fascinated by the taproom storytellers; he loved to hear about
far-off Shadowdale, the shining knights of Cormyr, the pirates of the Inner Sea, and
Unfortunately, when in his late teens, his mother caught a dreadful
disease from which she never recovered, and she died, leaving Norrin to fend for himself.
Remembering his mother's stories about his strong, powerful Northman father, and how they
were separated before he was born, Norrin decided to seek out his father, if he was still
alive. Gathering his mother's few belongings and her meager savings, Norrin purchased what
little equipment he could, and set off to discover the world...