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Bryn Shander was the biggest of the Ten Towns and was known for being a trading center in Icewind Dale.[5]

GeographyEdit

The city was the only one of the Ten Towns not located on the shores of either Maer Dualdon, Redwaters, or Lac Dinneshere.[1] Instead, it was located on top of a hill south of Kelvin's Cairn.[3]

The Eastway connected the city to the town of Easthaven in the east.[1][3] An unnamed trail connected the city's North Gate to the village of Targos, and the Caravan Trail left the city to the southwest towards the Spine of the World, where it was called the Ten Trail.[3]

DescriptionEdit

The circular walled town itself was placed upon a hill, with snowy plains stretching in all directions.[1] There were three gates: north, south, and east. The City Hill sat just outside the wall to the northeast of the city.[7]

DefensesEdit

Because of its defensive location, residents of cities east of Bryn Shander often took refuge within the city walls during wartime.[7]

HistoryEdit

14th CenturyEdit

In 1351 DR, the Ten Towns were attacked by the barbarians of Icewind Dale. With the aid of Drizzt Do'Urden and Bruenor Battlehammer, the horde was defeated at the gates of Bryn Shander. Some years later, the town was besieged by the forces of Akar Kessell, until a reinforcement of dwarf troops led by Bruenor as well as a unified horde of barbarians under Wulfgar arrived.[4] Around 1356 DR, Bryn Shander was under the leadership of spokesman Cassius.[8]

15th CenturyEdit

In the fall of 1466 DR, the drow warrior Tiago Baenre defeated the returned demon Errtu on a plain outside Bryn Shander, endearing himself to the city.[9] In commemoration of that event, a statue of him was erected on that spot, which consisted of a wide black circle. The statue depicted Tiago with a sword and shield. The plaque read: "On this spot did Master Tiago slay the demon. And the snows will cover it nevermore."[10][11]

In the late 15th century, sometime after the War of the Silver Marches of 1485 DR, Bryn Shander was attacked by a group of frost giants led by Drufi. The giants attacked the city looking for Artus Cimber expecting to acquire the Ring of Winter. The attack was thwarted by the city's inhabitants with the help of adventurers.[12]

Notable LocationsEdit

Inns & taverns
Other

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Novels

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), pp. 149–150. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.
  2. Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 38–40. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 slade (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (Cities and Civilization). (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  6. R.A. Salvatore, James Wyatt, and Jeffrey Ludwig (November 19, 2013). Legacy of the Crystal Shard. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-6464-2.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 128. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  8. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  9. R.A. Salvatore (March 2013). The Last Threshold. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 352–360. ISBN 0-7869-6364-6.
  10. R.A. Salvatore (March 2013). The Last Threshold. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 367. ISBN 0-7869-6364-6.
  11. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  12. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 151. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.