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Hoondarrh, known as the Red Rage of Mintarn, was one of the most famous red dragons.[1][2]

PersonalityEdit

Hoondarrh was a cruel and efficient dragon. During his life on the Sword Coast he came to understand that his greatest foes were humans, not others dragons, only human can prevail over dragons thanks to their continue trying; so he keep a close watch over human activities. In truth Hoondarrh was really fascinated with humanity, their plot, counterplot, dealings, love affairs. Draconic life was no so intriguing.[2]

ActivitiesEdit

The favorite prey of Hoondarrh were creatures who had tried to cheat or outwit him. He spend many time scrying life in humans cities. He contained his project to recruit a wizard in order to create renovation spells using magic feminine alias.[2]

HistoryEdit

Hoondarrh hatched in the east Sword Coast in the late summer of the Year of Scorching Suns (460 DR). He was from birth large, vigorous, and aggressive and easily slew his siblings. Emboldened, he decided to confront his parents but from that battle Hoondarrh barely escaped with his life.

He escaped to the northernmost reaches of the Sword Coast and there he grew in size, cunning, and strength destroying many creatures. But his life changed in the Year of Fire and Frost (600 DR), when he ambushed a human expedition near the Spine of the World. On the corpse of the wizard of the expedition, Tharilim of Calimport, he found the "Ongild", a Halruaan artifact which held the power of regeneration.

Thanks to the power of this artifact Hoondarrh managed to slay his parents plus another dragon as a test. Very soon however an orc horde boiled down out of the north and to protect his new lair Hoondarrh destroyed the orcs. However all the fighting attracted the notice of the white dragon Naroun the Great White Ghost but after a two-day-battle in the sky the red prevailed over Naroun.

Injured Hoondarrh searched for a secure place to heal and, with great luck, found the lair of the great white wyrm Angkarasce the Lost, dead from his own spells, and thereby gained the great hoard of the legendary dragon. He began to search for a better lair to store his new treasures. For a time he wandered the Sword Coast, preying on many locations including Waterdeep, the Moonshae Isles and even the Nelanther Isles.

In the Year of the Singing Arrows (884 DR), while Hoondarrh still searched for a lair the great red wyrm Skadaurak the Red Terror of Mintarn awoke from his 1000 year-long-stasis, thank to Halruaan artifact Saldrinur's Slow Gem, on a isle north of Mintarn. The wyrm soon found another red flying over his domain and challenged Hoondarrh. However the younger dragon triumphed and so claimed the lair of the defeated Skadaurak as his own.

Upon inspecting his new holdings he decided that the lair need a renovation and Hoondarrh hired many artisans and wizards to create a complex system of hidden entrances and false lairs that have proven effective against human and draconic predators. He killed all his former employee's but forgot that humans could write things down and so pass trouble on down the years. In the Year of the Empty Hand (896 DR) Hoondarrh offered his protection to habitants of Mintarn isle in exchange of an annual tribute and they, naturally, agreed.

Soon tales started being told among adventurers about the fabled treasure of Hoondarrh and many attempted to claim it. He amused himself watching as the adventurers tried and failed against his defenses. In his free time he makes use of a magic sleep using Saldrinur's Slow Gem. Sometimes he employed humans and others whose jests, pranks, treacheries and intrigues amused him but would hunt to the end of the world anyone that tried to steal from his hoard.

He recently was in search for a magic road to immortality and for a mate. He initiated a plan to recruit a talented wizard from Waterdeep or Tethyr to develop spells to keep a dragon young and vigorous for extra years. Starting from 1332 DR using magical altered alias' of beautiful women he approached many wizards in the two countries but most declined his offer. Only Elquaern Hunabar of Waterdeep accepted the deal but Hoondarrh discovered that the wizard attempted to play him false, so disguising as the green dragon Galarrdratha invited Elquaern to a meeting but in the subsequent magic battle the wizard disappeared.[2]

AppendixEdit

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  • Wyrms of the North: Hoondarrh, "Red Rage"

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 147. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ed Greenwood (November 1997). “Wyrms of the North: Hoondarrh”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #241 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 70–74.

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