The store was formerly a haven for smugglers, but was later bought by an adventuring band as a sideline investment. One of the adventurers, a mercenary named Haerldoun developed it a business importing helms and shields, while his niece, Albhaera Haerldoun, managed it under his supervision in the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR. [note 1]
Albhaera later became an adventurer herself, joining her uncle's adventuring band. After that band was utterly destroyed by a beholder and Albhaera fled in terror, she retired from the adventuring life and returned to the business. Becoming its proprietor, she expanded its trade and enjoyed great success by 1369 DR. It was still in operation in 1374 DR.
From its initial trade of selling helms and shields imported from around the Inner Sea, Haerldoun's Helms and Shields expanded to deal in a range of armor pieces. It had an excellent range of shields, gorgets, and greaves, a few pairs of gauntlets, and a couple of secondhand suits of armor. It was also the best place in Wheloon to buy and sell magical armors.
Albhaera also worked on custom orders from her small smithy.
Haerldoun's Helms and Shields was a popular with warriors in Wheloon and had various means of attracting customers. This was largely due to Albhaera's habit of wearing exotic armors of flattering designs and revealing cutaway sections. Infatuated warriors gathered around the store most days to chat with her and try to impress her with their strength and stories of their prowess. Occasionally, they held demonstrations of combat skill, such as knife-throwing or mock jousting, which attracted more customers.
- ↑ There is a small discrepancy over whose business this was. The Waterdeep adventure module states that Haerldoun is a mercenary who started the helm and shield import business as a sideline, with Albhaera running it. Volo's Guide to Cormyr later states that an adventuring company, of which Albhaera was a member, purchased the store as a sideline, and that Albhaera later started a business there. Merging these two accounts implies that Haerldoun was also a member of the adventuring band, and that Albhaera later took over the business.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ed Greenwood (July 1995). Volo's Guide to Cormyr. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 107, 109. ISBN 0-7869-0151-9.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Richard Baker, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan, Matthew Sernett, James Wyatt (2007). Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 07-8694-119-7.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood (1989). Waterdeep (adventure). (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 0-88038-757-2.