Hanno Minstrelsong, not his original name, was a half-elf man living in the city of Wheloon in Cormyr. He was the proprietor of Hanno's Herbs and Medicines tavern.[3][2][1] [note 1]


Hanno was described as always smiling.[3][1]


Hanno Minstrelsong sold a variety of mundane healing supplies, including herbs, poultices, medicines, and alchemical mixtures, as well as magical potions. He also bought bulk quantities of powdered and bottled herbs from halfling hamlets along Cormyr's southern coast and eastern farming belt, and sold them to caravan merchants who distributed them in markets in Suzail, Sembia, and Westgate.[3][1]

He even sold nonlethal poisons to those who inquired discreetly and appeared trustworthy. However, Hanno didn't sell any lethal poisons, and those who asked for them could end up being watched by the Purple Dragons.[1]


Once, he was a highly successful thief. He was so successful, in fact, that a whopping six assassins were individually sent after him. He was forced to flee Amn with magical assistance.

Retiring from a life of crime and adopting the name "Hanno Minstrelsong", he settled down in Wheloon in Cormyr. He set up as a herbalist and physician, selling a variety of healing goods from Hanno's Herbs and Medicines.[3][1]

He was in business as such by 1358 DR,[2] and continued through 1369 DR.[3] He was still in business in 1374 DR.[1]



  1. Hanno Minstrelsong is statted on the map of the Waterdeep adventure as a neutral good halfling, while the Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave adventure stats him as a half-elf. This article assumes the latter case, using the more recent source, and because the accompanying image in Volo's Guide to Cormyr apparently shows a full-sized man, not a halfling.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood (1989). Waterdeep (adventure). (TSR, Inc), p. map. ISBN 0-88038-757-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ed Greenwood (July 1995). Volo's Guide to Cormyr. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-0151-9.