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Evergold, the sacred Fountain of Youth and Beauty, was a crystal fountain and surrounding pool in the middle of the crystal palace of the elven goddess Hanali Celanil within the realm of Arvandor on Olympus.[1][2][3] Its waters flittered golden, distinguishing it from any more ordinary liquid.[5]

RelationshipsEdit

Hanali Celanil shared Evergold with several powers of similar outlook: Sune and Sharess of the Faerûnian pantheon;[3][6][7] Aphrodite from the Greek powers,[1][2] to whom the fountain was called Canathas;[2][8] and Freya from the Norse pantheon;[1] as well as Hanali's own daughter, Melira Taralen.[9]

PowersEdit

The waters of Evergold had the power to enhance charisma and remove the signs of age for a limited time.[2][5][10] A philter of love created by elven magic was thought to use such water as an ingredient. Hanali Celanil herself could also use Evergold as a giant crystal ball.[3]
Sune was known to grant some water of Evergold to her servants for great accomplishments. These gifts were poisonous to all but her priests.[10]
Evergold was also assumed to have the power to destroy the dangerous artifact known as the Living Gem, by first showing the item its reflection and then drowning the Gem completely into the golden waters.[11]

LocationEdit

In the Great Wheel cosmology, Evergold was seen as shifting location, sometimes being with Hanali Celanil in Arvandor; sometimes in Sune's quarter of Brightwater; in Aphrodite's palace on Mount Olympus, where it appeared in a ceremonial basin; or at still different places.[1][8][5]

In the World Tree cosmology, Evergold was assumed to exist simultaneously in both Arvandor and Brightwater. It also worked as a portal between these two places, though it only activated for those associated with the fountain's patron deities.[4]

HistoryEdit

During the Time of Troubles, Evergold was instrumental in saving the Sharess: When Shar tried to kill her avatar form in Calimport, Sune arrived on the spot and showered the demigoddess with the golden waters. This gave Sharess back both her beauty of old and enough power to shake off the dark influence of the Mistress of the Night she had fallen under.[7]

In the RealmsEdit

The House of Firehair in Daerlun featured a pond called Brightwater Pool. Its waters, glinting golden in the light, were believed to stem from Evergold by the followers of Sune. The water itself, however, was not magical in nature.[12]

The Lake of EvergoldEdit

The palace of Hanali Celanil in Arvandor stood in the middle of a lake. This lake was known by the name of Evergold as well.[4]

AppendixEdit

Further ReadingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. (TSR, Inc), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 94. ISBN 0880383992.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 138–139. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 144. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lester Smith, Wolfgang Baur (1994). Planes of Chaos: The Book of Chaos. (TSR, Inc.), p.43. ISBN 1-56076-874-6.
  6. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 149. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), pp. 51–52. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. (TSR, Inc), p. 119. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  9. Chris Perry (December 1996). “The Seldarine Revisited”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #236 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 11–17, 25.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), pp. 110–111. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  12. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 55, 57. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.