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The House of Skilled Hands was a temple to Gond, the Lord of All Smiths, found in the city of Tantras in the Vast.[1][2][3][4][5]


The House of Skilled Hands sat almost at the end of Whistleturn Way, near the city's waterfront.[1][2]


The House of Skilled Hands was only newly constructed in the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR, and not yet fully staffed.[1][2] During the Time of Troubles of that year, the deity Torm resided at his temple in Tantras.[6] Torm's zealous priests began persecuting followers of other faiths in the city as "unbelievers".[7] [note 1]

Nevertheless, the House of Skilled Hands remained active through to 1367 DR[4] and past 1370 DR.[5]


The House of Skilled Hands once installed a series of cargo-lifting cranes in Tantras's harbor, and received a copper piece for every load lifted. These allowed the city to quickly move large quantities of freight, and made it a popular trade destination. Such cranes were recent inventions by the mid-1300s, and were also in use in Baldur's Gate and Scardale and other ports.[3]


In 1358 DR, the temple was led by High Artificer Eldorn Mindalar, with nine priests and eighteen lay-followers.[3]



  1. It is not known if or how the House of Skilled Hands was affected by this religious persecution.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood (1989). Tantras (adventure). (TSR, Inc), p. map. ISBN 0-88038-739-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Uncredited (December 1989). The City of Waterdeep Trail Map. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880387583.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 110. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 76. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 156. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 214. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-3697-5.

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