Essembra was settled when the Ordulin-Hillsfar road was cut through the Elven Court. The town was named for the legendary adventuress Essembra (really the song dragon Essembramaerytha). The statue to Aencar Burlisk was built on the site of her supposed birth. Her identity as a song dragon was revealed when she married a silver dragon.
For centuries, Essembra was barely even a hamlet. When Aencar became the Warlord of Battledale in 1030 DR, he declared Essembra to be his seat since it was near his ancestral manor. Aencar's chief lieutenant, Ramorth Wyvernblade, took the title of lord of Essembra and built his manorhouse there.
Visitors usually found Essembra pleasant, but curiously unimpressive.
Sitting astride Rauthauvyr's Road, the town saw a large amount of traffic on that road between Sembia and the Moonsea. The town itself was deep in the forest of Cormanthyr: the trees of the Elven Court woods hemmed Essembra on all sides. There was a central walled section of the town surrounded by fields.
Apart from the walled section, the town consisted of cottages fronting along Ratuthauvyr's Road for a mile or more, with few cross streets or back alleys.
Inns and tavernsEdit
- Bold Banners
- Elf on the Flying Stag
- Four Flying Fish
- Green Door
- Lonely Mermaid
- Silver Taproom
- Watchful Eye
- Adderposts - junk and pawn shop
- Beldarag's Finest - stables
- Dunstable's Sleeping Cat - guarded warehouse
- Durn's Forge
- Findar's Bag O' Nails - capentry and woodworking
- Hitching Post - general store, tack, harness, tools, clothes, fine metalwork, oil, spices, rope, and other miscellaneous items
- Old Hoof - horse-powered grist mill
- Sarguth's Wheelworks
- Tantul's Old Tankard
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 121,122. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Richard Baker (1993). The Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), pp. 17,18. ISBN 978-1560766674.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ed Greenwood (January 1996). Volo's Guide to the Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 0-7869-0406-2.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (January 1996). Volo's Guide to the Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-0406-2.