Today in the Realms...
...it is 18 Nightal, or the 18th of the Drawing Down.
On this day:
, the "Mistress of Battles", was an enchanted bloodstone
-bedecked bronze short sword
with a long and storied history. It had the distinction of being part of the royal regalia of two kingdoms, to be carried by their heirs: the Forest Kingdom of Cormyr
on land and the merfolk
kingdom of Eadraal
in the Inner Sea
. However, the sword was lost to both realms, its whereabouts unknown but always sought after.
To Cormyr, Ilbratha was one of the Lost Swords of State. It was commissioned by Azoun I and went with him on campaign against the kingdom of Valashar in the Year of the Leaping Hare, 376 DR. Ilbratha rallied the troops, becoming a symbol of power and of Azoun's victory over the Shoon Imperium. But it was lost in the wreck of the prince's ship, Valashar's Bane, then was rediscovered then lost, time and again.
Finally, it went under the waves again, becoming Haalorth, "the Warrior's Fang". It was swung by Tarag, a sea ogre chieftain and builder of the Axe Kingdoms. Then, famously, it was borne by the merfolk princes and princesses of Eadraal for some seven centuries, as the official Heir's Blade. Finally, in the Year of the Gauntlet, 1369 DR, the mermaid warrior princess Jian wielded it in battle against the conquering wereshark Iakhovas, until she was slain and the blade lost to history.
Realms of Valor
was the first anthology of short stories from the Forgotten Realms
, published in 1993. It was edited by James Lowder
and features stories from many contemporary authors of Forgotten Realms
novels, as well as many of their characters, in adventures tied in to recent novels and Realms events, including a Ravenloft
cross-over. In the Afterword, Jeff Grubb
presents a short history of the development of the Forgotten Realms
to that point.
- "The Lord of Lowhill" by Douglas Niles • "Elminster at the Magefair" by Ed Greenwood • "One Last Drink" by Christie Golden • "The Bargain" by Elaine Cunningham • "Patronage" by David Cook • "A Virtue by Reflection" by Scott Ciencin • "King's Tear" by Mark Anthony • "The Family Business" by James Lowder • "Grandfather's Toys" by Jean Rabe • "The Curse of Tegea" by Troy Denning • "Dark Mirror" by R. A. Salvatore
|| From the secret annals of Realms history come eleven never-before-published tales of valor, featuring the greatest heroes of that magical world—Drizzt Do'Urden, Arilyn Moonblade, Adon, Elminster of Shadowdale, Jander Sunstar, and many others—told by your favorite authors, including: R. A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, Douglas Niles, Troy Denning, Christie Golden, and others.
Did you know...
- ...that in the Year of Waiting, 907 DR, mameluks excluded from power in Manshaka reclaimed and resettled the upper city of Calimport?
- ...that Velasta T'sarran, priestess of Kiaransalee and twin sister of Velina, raised dead clerics of Lolth as quth-maren in Szith Morcane?
- ...that Hakan was a half-orc sorcerer and Herald who worked as an assistant to Old Night, Shalara Swordshigh at Herald's Holdfast?
- ...that the Peaks of Flame were a volcanic range in Chult, said to be where Dendar the Night Serpent would break into the world?
- ...that a roouddan was a turnip-like vegetable that was a useful staple food around the Inner Sea and was used for smuggling wine?
- ...that the Order of the Gauntlet was an order of clerics and paladins devoted to the gods Helm, Hoar, Torm, and Tyr.
- ...that the arcane lock spell allowed a wizard to magically lock a door, gate, or window, complete with password entry?
And, from the archives, did you know...
Hear ye, hear ye! Quiet in back! The Heralds of Faerûn
hereby announce that, to celebrate the upcoming release of the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
video game, the Shadow of Mordor Wikia
has issued formal challenges to the wikis of the cosmos, pitting their champions in head-to-head contests of popularity and strength of arms. The Forgotten Realms Wiki has accepted this challenge as a test of honor.
Drizzt Do'Urden, much-loved renegade drow ranger and master of dual scimitars, of some 26 years' fame, is now facing Talion, the risen Ranger of Gondor and skilled swordsman, at yet untested.
Let it also be known that our sister wiki, the Baldur's Gate Wiki has also accepted a challenge, and that Viconia DeVir, drow priestess of Shar, is facing Galadriel, the elven Lady of Lórien.
Show your support and click your acclaim for your favorite heroes. We're sure ye'll choose wisely.
We're pleased to announce that the ranger of Icewind Dale has a clear lead over the Ranger of Gondor.