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Blackstaff Tower
Type Tower
Location Castle Ward, Waterdeep
Owner Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun

Blackstaff Tower (previously Arunsun Tower;renamed by Khelben in 1322 DR[1]) was the home of Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun. The forbidding structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Castle Ward of Waterdeep.[2] It was also the home of his apprentices and his consort Laeral Silverhand.[3] The tower was protected against scrying magic.[4]

StructureEdit

ExteriorEdit

Blackstaff Tower's main entrance was on Swords Street. There was also an apprentice's gate, through which apprentices could gain access by touching the gate with a left palm.[5] The tower was surrounded by a 20-foot wall.[6]

The appeared to be made out of smooth black stone, with no windows or doors.[7] From the outside, the structure appeared to be a three-story stone tower, but inside, there were at least a dozen more levels, and some of these could only be reached by magical means. Everything connected to the central stairwell, although magical passwords were required to transport to certain areas of this stairwell.[8] The three levels visible from the outside were all freely accessible via simply using the stairs.[9]

The tower had the ability to repair itself, along with its outer walls and gates, when damaged, and this process could be helped along by Laeral Silverhand.[10] After an attack in which a wall was demolished,[11] the tower was back to normal the same day.[10]

InteriorEdit

From the inside, windows appeared to show what was going on outside, but these were illusions.[8] The interior (but not the exterior) of the tower was warded against magical intrusion.[12]

Many alcoves and shelves covered the walls of the stairwell, displaying magical items and artifacts, and although they seemed unprotected, a command word was needed to remove any of them. The items changed on a regular basis, so returning to the same stairwell on another day might result in seeing different items.[13] Leaving the dormitories without issuing a command word would lead to the second level's stairwell.[14]

On the top floor of the tower was a study and a scrying chamber.[15] There was also a parlor where Khelben displayed his art. In the library was one-way dimensional door to Candlekeep (the other side of the door led to Jester's Court nearby[16]).[17] As of 1374 DR, the tower's entry chamber contained a wardrobe that Khelben was able to use to access almost any closet in the tower.[18] In the tower's kitchen, Khelben liked to serve cups of roasted chicory.[19]

Tunnels linked the tower's basement to Piergeiron's Palace and other locations in Waterdeep, which could be accessed by uttering the command word: Vhuarm.[8][20]

In 1361 DR, Danilo Thann moved the elfgate portal to Evermeet to Laeral's chambers in order to facilitate more quality time between her and Khelben.[21]

HistoryEdit

After the death of Khelben, his heirs to the title of Blackstaff used the tower as both a home and a place of power. In fact, the tower became so linked to the Blackstaff that, upon the death of their master, the heir must immediately travel to the tower. On at least two occasions, the Blackstaff died outside of the tower and the heir was driven insane until they returned to the tower.[22]

The fourth Blackstaff modified Blackstaff tower to allow the spirits of each former Blackstaff to communicate with the present holder of the title. While in the tower, the Blackstaff was also aware of every person in the tower or within a few feet of the tower.[22]

Known ApprenticesEdit

While the Tower may have 50 of so apprentices at any time[citation needed], the following are known apprentices:

ArtifactsEdit

The tower contained The Fanged Tome of Lykanthus Szar, The Annals Adamarus, and Alaundo's Loop.[13] The elfgate to Evermeet (created by Amnestria with Arilyn's moonblade) was located in Laeral's chambers after 1361 DR.[21]

AppearancesEdit

NovelsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). City of Splendors (Campaign Guide), p. 31. TSR, IncISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  2. Uncredited (December 1989). The City of Waterdeep Trail Map. TSR, IncISBN 978-0880387583.
  3. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 242-243. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  4. Ed Greenwood (August 2006). Swords of Eveningstar, p. 327. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-4022-0.
  5. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 20. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  6. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 151. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover), p. 69. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 21. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  9. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 22. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 53. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  11. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 31. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  12. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 40. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 24. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  14. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 23. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  15. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 234. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  16. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 241. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  17. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 236. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  18. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff (Mass Market Paperback), p. 50-51. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786940165.
  19. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 152. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  20. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 280. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 311. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
  23. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep, p. 23. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep, p. 24. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  25. Elaine Cunningham (April 2000). Elfshadow (Mass Market Paperback). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1660-5.

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