Gayrlana, also called "Lady Bloodsword", was a human fighter and rogue, and the leader of the Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, based in Mindulgulph Castle just south of Priapurl on the Dragon Coast.
When individual members of her company caused problems, Gayrlana went to great efforts to set things right, ensuring the company as a whole remained trustworthy.
She was amazingly charismatic as well as a tactical genius, so she was able to make full use of the abilities and talents of even her most unusual followers.
The famed warlord-for-hire, Brandon, "Battlemaster", also based in Priapurl, once served alongside Gayrlana in the Mindulgulph Company. While he greatly respected her, he did not enjoy the company of her non-human soldiers.
In her youth, Gayrlana fought in an adventuring company. In the early 1340s DR, they raided Mindulgulph Castle near Priapurl and discovered a number of intelligent, "monstrous" creatures dwelling inside. However, rather than slaying them as many adventurers would, they instead recruited the majority of them to their side. Gayrlana soon reformed the group into the Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, and they took the castle as their base.
At one point, Gayrlana fought a Red Wizard of Thay, Thongh Mirr, in single combat in the streets of Teziir. Famously, she won. Her explanation of her victory, "the blade is faster than the Art", became a popular saying in Faerûn by 1356 DR.
Gayrlana's company was fully established and well known by 1356 DR.
In the 1360s DR, Gayrlana led much of her company to the Eastern Shaar, where they took an extended contract with the gold dwarves of the Great Rift. Her purpose was to study the chances of war in the local Underdark.
- ↑ The Rand's Travelogue article "More Lake of Steam and Dragon Coast!" mistakenly names Gayrlana "Lady Gayrlana Bloodsword", though previous sources make it clear that "Lady Bloodsword" is simply a nickname, not a title and name. Thus this is presumed to be an error.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 61. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Tim Beach (1992). Gold & Glory. (TSR, Inc), p. 14–15. ISBN 1-56076-334-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Rand Sharpsword (2001-11-14). More Lake of Steam and Dragon Coast!. Rand's Travelogue. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2010-10-13.
- ↑ Thomas M. Reid (1993). AD&D Trading Cards 1993 series, #118, "Gayrlana, "Lady Bloodsword"". TSR, Inc..
- ↑ Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (DM's Sourcebook of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 32. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.