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sleyvas
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Posted - 08 Jan 2019 :  11:58:13  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Morn days and firstmorn days... ok, that's another alternative. Might be harder to sing to.


"Merry Firstmorn to you
Merry Firstmorn to you
You look like an otyugh
And you smell like one too
"




Lol, I don't think I could make it any better.

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Meritid Archneie (LE HM P16 of Umberlee)
The Undulations From the Vaster Deep, Tyrant of Tides, The Wave That Whelms, The Conquering Current, Lord of the Glittering Floes, The Thunderous Roar of the Trackless Sea, The Giant of Wind and Wave, The Turmoil Titanic. Dread High Trident of Umberlee. An ambitious up-and-coming young priest. Descended from the legendary Umberlant priest, Jorist Archneie of Tharsult. An underling of the Kraken Society (he has petitioned the Kraken to establish a society cell within Waterdeep – under his leadership, of course). In 1369DR he discovered a magic abalone shell floating in the harbor which he believed to be the legendary Orglara, a sacred text of the Bitch Queen. Following this discovery, he successfully petitioned the Lords to use half the annual Umberlee's Cache tithe to construct a temple to the Bitch Queen atop a large outcropping of rock near the city's South Gate.

Since his ascension, he has embarked on vendettas and blood feuds against those who have wronged him or stood in his way; these include the entire merfolk community of the Harbor bottom (who refuse to bow to his will and challenge his secretive underwater comings and goings), upon whom he unleashed a virulent underwater plague in 1371 DR; a sizeable contingent of Tymorites (most notably the priests Jorynn Halstaff and Tazendra Twice-Blessed, and the Hin adventurer Dimvel Stoutkeg); and the former guardian of Umberlee's Cache, the merfolk priestess Thur Aquarvol (who now lies chained deep in the submerged depths of the Underspires). [ Source: City of Splendors: Waterdeep, p.50. Name/Occupation given. Additional detail by me. ]




DUN - DUN - duuuuuuunnnnnnnn

The colossal spikilurie reveals itself again.... along with rumors that the spirit of Morgūld Many-Heads has possessed a half-sea elf who passed near the depths where he died. This half-sea elf female, Svitlanna Seasdottir, is said to be a daughter of a Ruathym shieldmaiden who fell in love with a sea elf. Her mother's relationship with the sea elf grew apart over time, for living in two worlds was hard upon them both. Still, the sea elf visited her annually on her firstmorn day, always bringing Svitlanna small beautiful treasures of the sea. When her mother began courting Morgūld Many-Heads, it was with the approval of her father, and she did spend many days at sea learning the arts of sailor, navigator, and ship's priestess as a follower of Valkur.
When rumors of Morgūld's suicide reached her ears in far off Ruathym, Valkur spoke to Svitlanna via dream of a great evil. Thus it was that she took her mother's karve, a smaller form of longship meant more for sailing than rowing, her lovers Karkoff Bjornson and the Shipsmage Meekelos Parsimmos of Murann, several fellow priests of Valkur, and the rogue pirate hunter, Mirella, all set out for Waterdeep under the premise of seeking work in the service of Mirt the Moneylender, a family friend.

Morgūld Many-Heads
A mighty warrior, said to be the greatest and most valiant that the Illuskan race has produced either before or since. Bested the Colossal Spikilurie of the Wavesend Rocks and brought back both its' adamantine shell and trove of pearl and abalone to Waterdeep. Kept the Nacreous Heart, the center of the foul beast, for himself. It is said that gazing too often into the iridescent device drove him insane, a thrall to dark powers of the deep. Whatever his demons, they ended when he tied a massive ships' anchor round his neck and drowned himself in the Deepwater Harbor. His possessions, including the Heart, were all disappeared and scattered as his dwelling was ransacked after his death. Recently, rumors have arisen claiming that the long-lost opalescent orb now lies in the secluded chambers of the Umberlant high priest, Meritid Archneie.

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Laeral is also often said to be fond of the merfolk of the Harbor, she might be another contact or ally for these intrepid adventurers.


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Laevhrara Mourndelorn (LG HF F4/P2 of Selūne)
Lady Master (captain) of the Seagrey, a striker of the naval guard. A careful and meticulous woman, with a remarkable memory.

Lalor Luskalan (N HaM T)
A street-runner for the Headsmen, bellower (advertiser) for a number of Dock Ward festhalls and and beckoner (same) for a trio of coin-lass dens. Pallid, worn face. Hollow-rimmed blue eyes, thick sandy locks bound back in a loose waist-length braid. Only has three fingers on his right hand. Addicted to a number of Calishite numbing salves. Sells the mild halfling numbing poison commonly known as fumbleslip; also merry widow poison (quite deadly, but also causes long-lasting, empurpled erections in males as it takes effect; dwarves are immune to the deadly toxin, but still enjoy the side-effects), but that only to discreet (and deep-pocketed) buyers. Has a twin sister, Lalora.

Lalora Luskalan (NE HaF T/P of Mask)
The self-described "effossion of coins and purveyor of the sweeter artistries." Thief-priestess of Mask. Member of Marigo's Bloody Band and lover of Marigo. Fair-haired, wide blue eyes. Affects a sweet, calm demeanor. Barbarous, black-hearted. Has a twin brother, Lalor. Treasures her smoky-grey cloak of thylacine fur (similar in properties to a cloak of elvenkind).

Laruth "Fleabite"
Shabby, dirty, mostly drunk. Leers more than speaks. Vicious with a knife. A member of the Wharf Street Watch (the gang of Dock Ward thugs and alleyblades more commonly called "The Cudgels").

Laskar Ilithair (N HM SP17 of Waukeen)
Waukeen's Weal, The Aureator of Coins. High Overgold of Waukeen. An argute, businesslike man with golden hair and golden eyes ("the touch of the goddess") and an appreciation for the pomp and pageantry required of his position. Laskar restored the faith of the Coinmother to Waterdeep in Nightal of 1370DR with his appearance at the Winterride Ball, and has wasted no time in bringing it to the fore of the city's religious circles once more, re-consecrating the numerous shrines to the Goddess of All Trade and actively celebrating the Twelve High Festivals of the faith. He is called "The Golden Grasper" by his detractors, which include many wealthy nobles and influential merchants unhappy with what they see as his overreach in the city's mercantile and monentary affairs. Bears The Warp and Weft of Ioun and The Nine-Studded Chromatic Orb, both major artifacts of the Waukeenar faith.

Launthalas of Llast
Wandering Harper and spellsinger. Died during orc raids along the Dessarin, 1332DR. Author of the memoir, On My Travels (1319DR). "Song and sound are expressions of energy, as raw and vital as anything any mage ever pulled forth from Mystra's motherly bosom. A plucked string, a crook'd finger; and I have it on good authority my plaint is ever sweeter than any pinch of bat guano."


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

Lamris Kholl (CG HF P5 of Tymora) [ Source: "The Reports From Undermountain," Steven Schend, Dragon Magazine #227, p.15. Name/Description given ]

Lanador [ Source: "Eyes on the Ball," Derek Myers, Dungeon Magazine #206. Name/Description given ]

The Lantern Banner [ Source: Forging The Realms: Lost Lavandril <dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/lost-lavandril>. Name/Description given ]

Laraskran "The Lucky" [ Source: A 05/22/11 posting to the Candlekeep.com message boards by Ed Greenwood. Name/Description given ]

Lara Idogyr (LG ½EF W7; since 1367, add 5 levels of prestige or other classes) [ Source: 03/12/05 and 05/21/04 postings to the Candlekeep.com Message Boards by Steven Schend. Name/Description/Stats given ]

Laranthavurr Irlingstar [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

Lark Evenmoon [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

Lathaland Helmfast [ Source: City of Splendors: A Waterdeep Novel. Name/Description given ]

Launchalo Rivryn [ Source: "Wyrms of the North: The Sunset Flame," Ed Greenwood, Dragon Magazine #239, p.31. Name/Description given ]


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Posted - 09 Jan 2019 :  12:21:27  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Laeral is also often said to be fond of the merfolk of the Harbor, she might be another contact or ally for these intrepid adventurers.


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Lalor Luskalan (N HaM T)
A street-runner for the Headsmen, bellower (advertiser) for a number of Dock Ward festhalls and and beckoner (same) for a trio of coin-lass dens. Pallid, worn face. Hollow-rimmed blue eyes, thick sandy locks bound back in a loose waist-length braid. Only has three fingers on his right hand. Addicted to a number of Calishite numbing salves. Sells the mild halfling numbing poison commonly known as fumbleslip; also merry widow poison (quite deadly, but also causes long-lasting, empurpled erections in males as it takes effect; dwarves are immune to the deadly toxin, but still enjoy the side-effects), but that only to discreet (and deep-pocketed) buyers. Has a twin sister, Lalora.

Lalora Luskalan (NE HaF T/P of Mask)
The self-described "effossion of coins and purveyor of the sweeter artistries." Thief-priestess of Mask. Member of Marigo's Bloody Band and lover of Marigo. Fair-haired, wide blue eyes. Affects a sweet, calm demeanor. Barbarous, black-hearted. Has a twin brother, Lalor. Treasures her smoky-grey cloak of thylacine fur (similar in properties to a cloak of elvenkind).




Ah, good point, so maybe they were contacted by Laeral, but they're using Mirt as a cover for why they're in Waterdeep, ostensibly to hire out to protect several shipments of his for a season or two (and that may also be true). Meanwhile they research the temple of Umberlee, with Svitlanna having a ghost possessing her. Many folks wonder at her strange antics (strangest of which is how she occasionally scratches her nethers like a man, as well as her tendency to belch loudly and pass wind openly). Some have taken her reluctance to kiss either Karkoff OR Meekelos as a bit of an issue with their relationship, and thus Svitlanna must also fend off the open advances of lackwits who think to bed her. In more than one instance so far, this had led to her knee being joined forcefully with the groin of men AND women who seem unable to take a hint (usually followed by Karkoff and/or Meekelos having to aid Svitlanna's extrication from the premises).


On Lalor, it seems he disappeared several days ago. He was last seen speaking to a follower of Deep Duerra who was asking about the making of Merry Widow

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On Lalor, it seems he disappeared several days ago. He was last seen speaking to a follower of Deep Duerra who was asking about the making of Merry Widow



And just what would a priest of Duerra want with that information? All I can imagine is a holy sect of dwarf berserkers who ritually ingest the poison, strip down and perform some obscene version of a haka dance before they ahem, thrust themselves, ahem again, headlong and naked, into battle.


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Bannglor Roaringhorn
A minor noble of House Roaringhorn and a rather ambitious but utterly tone-deaf bardling. His townhouse, a three-story domicile located on the corner of Palfrey Lane and the Street of Silver, boasted a wide third-floor balcony that overlooked the busy intersection below. It became widely known as Bannglor's Perch, for the screeching recitals he performed on the balcony during all hours of the day and night. His public concerts came to an abrupt end after his neighbor Ilmyth, a rather irritable mage and apparent music critic, hurled a fireball onto the balcony while Bannglor was butchering a rendition of "Prince Fendaurl and the Seven Milkmaids." The exterior of the building has since been renovated, and is now the abode of Maddryn Saermoor, a wealthy moneylender and real-estate speculator. It is also something of a legend among the bardlings of New Olamn, who have taken to performing in the street outside, despite repeated attempts to move them elsewhere. The most daring scale the exterior up to the balcony and attempt to perform without being "Banngled" (caught by the Watch or thrown to the street below by the housejacks of the irate Saermoor).

Baran "Bent-Nose" (NE HM T3)
The owner and operator of Baran's Entertainments, a popular gambling and gaming hall located in South Ward. An associate of the Xanathar operative Naelzaur. Baran hosts illegal "fight-pits" (set up in random cellars and warehouses to avoid the Watch, and sometimes in secured locations down Undermountain), where enslaved humans and humanoids do battle with each other and with captured monsters. He is also a contact for the black marketeers of Memnon, where he is better known as Baranthus el Khardan.

Barantyr the Lame
Waterdhavian playwright whose only lasting impact was the popular chorus of the (otherwise forgettable and forgotten) play The Jools of Jardashan (1348DR): "The days are golden, the days are fleet / For good folk living down Belnimbra's Street."

Barjack of Irieabor
Thin-faced, black-haired, narrow-eyed. Commonly called "Scaled Jack" for the battered scale mail he wears. A captain of the Black Shields mercinary company.

Barrdreth "The Green Knight"
Tyrran knight of the North, sung of in song and trailfire tales. Rescued beset travellers, slew lurking dangers, provided a shining light in the wilderness. Gained his name from the Greenhood of Baerazim, a legendary enchanted mantle of Old Netheril. Said to have met his fate either in the gaping maw or the grasping talons of Balagos the Flying Flame. Determining which may also reveal the fate of the Greenhood.

Barsaddle
Gnomish craftsman. Thick-set, short black beard, winking grey eyes. Fashions and peddles Barsaddle's Finechests, storage and strongboxes of varying sizes ("Protect your furs and fineries from marauding insects with Barsaddle's Finechests. Specially Prepared and Guaranteed Proof from devil dust, clothmoth, flitterfin and all other manner of unwelcome intruder! Lock Lurker Liniments also available!"). A member of the Guild of Fine Carvers.


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

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


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Tessabra Dlarst
The Appreciative Eye of Faerie. An up-and-coming glim-spinner (hirespells who use illusions to provide animated "you are there" scenes of important battles and events to audiences at feasts and formal gatherings – with forewarning, to avoid upset or violence – or the illusions of spell effects at dramatic moments in a play). Trained in her youth as an initiate of the Oak-Father Silvanus, and delights in portraying somber forests, rushing cascades, trees bent by the wind, gathering storm-clouds, and all the dark mysteries of the woodlands. Not only the forest, but all aspects of nature; her phantasmal seascape during a 1370DR Hawkwinter ball performance of The Valiant Sails of Varrenstor – stormy, raging, and the sky full of heavy, angry clouds – sent those in attendance fleeing for the street, certain that they had been transported through a malevolent portal to the midst of the Sea of Swords!

Tester of Silverymoon
Flowery bard and courtier, everpresent in highcoin circles. Author of Tester's Ramblings (1352DR). The tome itself is little known, but its' contents can be recognized by many, largely due to it being a favorite source of bardlings seeking flowery, high-tongue words that sound profound, but ultimately mean little. "Wine flows and women smile, and the Many-Starred Heavens sigh in contentment."

Tetherea "Lady Therea" Bambrusk (N HF)
Wife of Abaldar Bambrusk. Upon the marriage of her daughter Kyrin to Lord Eremos Hawkwinter she promptly moved her entire Moonshaen household into the Hawkwinter villa, where they continue to occupy the majority of the eastern wing. Her desire to control every detail of the household has lead her to frequent confrontations with Lord Eremoes and his aunt, the equally precise and overbearing dowager Elessea Hawkwinter, a situation (combined by Abaldar's preference to remain absent aboard his various sailing ventures) widely remarked on by many noble gossips and hangers-on.

Thaeglarra of the Lash
Pale skin, fine, almost-balding auburn hair and heavy auburn eyebrows. Harsh, raspy voice. Long, thin fingers. Fitted with a wooden prosthetic below her left knee, capped by a cloven ivory goats hoof. Carried a whip-thin metal walking cane of surprising elasticity and tensile stength, which could be used to both support her weight and to lash those who displeased her. Author of the exceedingly risque play, The Whip Is The Way. The daring subject matter and heavy audience participation drew rave reviews and larger and larger crowds before the final performance in the Golden Horn festhall was abruptly revealed to be a Loviatan Grand Resurrection ceremony aimed at reviving the recently passed high priestess, The Most Unsubtle Thorn Aldruenna Thargsaer. The malevolent ritual used the vitality and the sanity of those in attendance to fuel its' dark energies. Most died, a handful were left as babbling, self-mutilating husks, and (it is rumored) at least two found themselves driven to the calling of the Mistress of Pain on the spot. Thaeglarra and The Most Unsubtle Thargsaer eluded the grasp of the Watch, and are believed to have escaped into the dark depths of the Undermountain, where their fate remains unknown.

Thaemarrja
Red Thae. Seamaster (captain) of the freebooter Alass Alacking. Enjoys her reputation as a hard-drinking, brawling devil-she, but in truth lets her foremastman, the towering Chultan Thotros the Black, handle the bulk of any fisticuffs. Her last known visit to the City of Splendors left her with a hefty price on her head, courtesy of the Master Mariner's Guild, and the Alacking and her crew are currently believed to be enjoying the more welcoming waters of the Shining Sea as a result.


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Posted - 12 Jan 2019 :  23:45:04  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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On Lalor, it seems he disappeared several days ago. He was last seen speaking to a follower of Deep Duerra who was asking about the making of Merry Widow



And just what would a priest of Duerra want with that information? All I can imagine is a holy sect of dwarf berserkers who ritually ingest the poison, strip down and perform some obscene version of a haka dance before they ahem, thrust themselves, ahem again, headlong and naked, into battle.




I don't know, but it was noted that for a dwarf female, she was particularly fetching, even though she was a duergar. In fact, numerous surface dwarves were giving her attention despite the traditional hatred between the two cultures. She was mentioning something about "strong as an oak" and "needing to collect seed for her sisters" and "planting it good and deep so it can grow". She's probably a gardener.

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Tessabra Dlarst
The Appreciative Eye of Faerie. An up-and-coming glim-spinner (hirespells who use illusions to provide animated "you are there" scenes of important battles and events to audiences at feasts and formal gatherings – with forewarning, to avoid upset or violence – or the illusions of spell effects at dramatic moments in a play). Trained in her youth as an initiate of the Oak-Father Silvanus, and delights in portraying somber forests, rushing cascades, trees bent by the wind, gathering storm-clouds, and all the dark mysteries of the woodlands. Not only the forest, but all aspects of nature; her phantasmal seascape during a 1370DR Hawkwinter ball performance of The Valiant Sails of Varrenstor – stormy, raging, and the sky full of heavy, angry clouds – sent those in attendance fleeing for the street, certain that they had been transported through a malevolent portal to the midst of the Sea of Swords!


Thaeglarra of the Lash
Pale skin, fine, almost-balding auburn hair and heavy auburn eyebrows. Harsh, raspy voice. Long, thin fingers. Fitted with a wooden prosthetic below her left knee, capped by a cloven ivory goats hoof. Carried a whip-thin metal walking cane of surprising elasticity and tensile stength, which could be used to both support her weight and to lash those who displeased her. Author of the exceedingly risque play, The Whip Is The Way. The daring subject matter and heavy audience participation drew rave reviews and larger and larger crowds before the final performance in the Golden Horn festhall was abruptly revealed to be a Loviatan Grand Resurrection ceremony aimed at reviving the recently passed high priestess, The Most Unsubtle Thorn Aldruenna Thargsaer. The malevolent ritual used the vitality and the sanity of those in attendance to fuel its' dark energies. Most died, a handful were left as babbling, self-mutilating husks, and (it is rumored) at least two found themselves driven to the calling of the Mistress of Pain on the spot. Thaeglarra and The Most Unsubtle Thargsaer eluded the grasp of the Watch, and are believed to have escaped into the dark depths of the Undermountain, where their fate remains unknown.




Love both of these. I particularly like the idea of folks having get togethers where illusions portray battles/news/etc...

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Full disclosure, that part between the parenthesis is direct from Ed; you can find it as part of a larger response in his 2004 thread here <http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1901&whichpage=61>, about three posts in. The whole reply is well worth a read.


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Libarr of the Scintillating Smokes
Vendor in the Market, has a stall as colorful as his self-given appellation. Hawks glim-magics to children and passerby on major city holidays. Sells such minor pyrotechnics as "showers of sparks," "glow-worms" and "sempiternal smoke-rings." His main problem is that he never has enough of the materials he needs (ground fire beetle gland, opalescent wulwyvern scale, distempered nickel, among others), given the strict prohibitions levied on such items by the Watchful Order after the Full Sails incident of 1368DR. Well, that and the fact that he isn't actually a member of the Watchful Order.

Lieral Thundermace
Native of Tethyr. Adherent of Tempus Foehammer. Found dead, stuffed into a midden off Burdag Lane in Mirtul, 1369DR. Her assailant is widely believed to have been the mysterious "killer-of-faiths" known as the Godstalker.

Llanrae Redlance
Owner of The Swirled Cloak (Llanrae's Stage), a rental theater nearby the Plinth. Small and cramped, seats (and stands) some three dozen at most. Has a fine ceiling of painted canvas done by the local artist, Naerungar. Often used by the faiths that visit the Plinth, those who do not have their own grand edifice in the city, to enact plays praising their god or extolling the virtues of worship. Theatregoers bring in food and drink from the tankard house a few doors down the street; given the largely holy nature of the performances here, relatively little of it gets thrown at the performers. Llanrae hired builders from the Shipwrights Guild to install a masterful series of ropes and pulleys in the rafters above the stage, which aids greatly in displays of deific majesty.

Llaryn Gellanin (CN HM Conj4)
A member of the Watchful Order. Short, heavy-set, ruddy complexion. Dresses in the finest fabrics and the latest fashions. As a result he is habitually broke, and often seeks coin from fireward duty at noble parties and (in lean times) signing up with "shortbound" caravans (no further than Neverwinter or Nesmé) as a freestave. Wears the Ring of Nemenae, a magical golden band which allows him to re-cast a single memorized spell of minor means (1st or 2nd level) once per day.

Lliira Goodsprite
A more impish aspect of the goddess Lliira. She is best known in regions where there is a large elven or fey folk population, such as the fringes of the High Forest. She is said to be a protector of children, and their voices and laughter at play is considered favorable to her. Suddenly-flowering weeds in a garden of Chauntea, a warm passing Summer shower, harmless pranks and affectionate gift-giving are her signs and godly hallmarks. Sprites and brownies and korreds are her messengers. Said to have responded to the pleas of the starving children of Silverymoon during the siege of the Black Horde and sacrificed her mortal form by turning herself into a golden cathlyre and offering up to the beseiged populace of Silverymoon her never-ending flesh to feed them. The three golden feathers left behind from this are potent magic items and relics of the larger Lliiran church. Lliira Goodsprite Against the Rasmaroars is the famous tale of an avatar of Lliira's brief imprisonment and fight against the Rasmaroars – Maulg the Brute, Krul the Cunning and Gmaug the Merciless – the infernal white ape companions of Maglubiyet. In later tales, Lliira Goodsprite uses her resulting white-furred cloak to entrap and succor and whisk about various people, and gives a wish-granting white ape paw (with attendant unpredictable consequences) to the Ruathymaar hero Orbraul.

Llomnan Hlabradoon (CN HM F2/B7)
Tall, broad-shouldered, thick-thighed. Large calloused hands and a large, braided blond moustache and beard. Has sparkling blue eyes that peer out from beneath heavy brow and eyebrows. Drunkard. A member of The Four in Red, a famed adventuring fellowship that roamed the Dessarin valley some twenty winters ago.


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Lilly Thann [ Source: The novel The Dream Spheres. Name/Description given ]

Linsylin Timbertree [ Source: Forgotten Realms Adventures, p.87. Name/Occupation given ]

Lissra of Loviatar [ Source: Waterdeep News: Merchants Demand Representation <wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wdn/200600913a>. Name/Occupation given ]


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Baershin Widderrymn (NG GM Exp)
Has a well-worn florid face, wild hair and moustache, and an everpresent toothy grin. The local speaker (contact) for the Laughing Lutes, a loose gathering of Hin and gnomish bards, entertainers, tavern-singers, and musicians-for-hire. Walks with the aid of a knobbed length of birchwood. Also known as Baershin "Redcap."

Baerūna Nauldaur
The Unbound Fury, Uthblooded. A descendant of Uthgar Gardolfsson. Slew the Black-Spangled Mog of Phandalin. Held the office of Harvest Mother at the Abbey of Chauntea. During the First Trollwar she summoned and bound herself to a nature elemental, slaying countless of the Undying Ones but forfeiting her life energies in the process. The site of her sacrifice, a wild grove northwest of Red Larch, is still a sacred place watched over by faithful of both Chauntea and Silvanus.

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 Hathorlūne, 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."

Bahzdur Bandorjan
Myrmaur of Gossamn (hereditary lordling of the Shiertalan ward of Gossamn of the Spices). A master merchant of the Seven Suns Trading Coster. Bald, ever-smiling. Short and stocky, with layers of fat over a deceptively powerful frame. Pudgy fingers adorned with numerous rings. Loves the North; loves northern society, heaping winter snows, even-more heaping piles of furs, the rough excitement of northern adventurers and barbarians. Always accompanied by the freestave Sarshlae "Subtle-Flame."

Sarshlae "Subtle-Flame"
Tashlutan freestave. Takes her appellation from the poem of the same name ("As subtle as the flame that burns at night / Burrowed deep and feverous under the moon's bright light"). Haughty, devious. Ankle-length black hair, odd widely-spaced eyes. A constant at the side of the master merchant Bahzdur Bandorjan of the Seven Suns Trading Coster. Secretly desires both his family fortunes and the enchanted rings that adorn his fingers.



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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 Hathorlūne, 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)


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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 Faerūn 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.

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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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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 Selūne, 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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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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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.

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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.

Faerūna "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 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 Faerūn 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
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  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 Selūne. 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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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 Faerūn 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!
"


* *
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.

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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 Faerūn 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:
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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.





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 Sūnesbright 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 Mintiper Moonsilver. 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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Avaline Vraemaril [ Source: "Eyes on the Ball," Derek Myers, Dungeon Magazine #206. Name/Description given ]

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 fźted 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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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 Faerūn 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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Originally posted by sleyvas

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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