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Elminster, the Sage of Shadowdale

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  • The Forgotten Realms Wiki saw its 26,000th article, with Arrow of Justice from the always-impressive Sir Whiteout. The good knight blasted back into Realmspace again, flying aboard the elven armada that fought in the great War of the Spheres, but the only conflict he saw was trading for spelljamming lore from a pushy dohwar. Going above and beyond, Sir Whiteout also conducted actual astronomy, making calculations of orbital periods and distances, the gravity of planets, and the atmospheric properties of Coliar. (Personally, I wonder if the cosmology is a highly complex 3-manifold.)
  • Meanwhile, Johnnyriot999 was kidnapped by pirates of the Inner Sea. While swabbing the decks, he heard tales of the great pirate captains—Immurk the Invincible, Methlas, and Thevren—and of the battle of the Fallen. Fortunately, he was rescued by his old friends in the Knights of the North, and hustled away, well, northward.
  • Regis87 has emerged from shadow-haunted crypts bearing back issues of Polyhedron! From Polyhedron #36 to Polyhedron #59, and onward, she's checking which magazines (sorry, "newszines") could give us Realmslore, from The Living City to Maskyr's Eye, and beyond.
  • Finally, remember that the Forgotten Realms Wiki is, as our name says, dedicated to the canon Forgotten Realms setting. We don't cover Eberron, Dragonlance, Greyhawk, or Nerath. Well, okay, we do, but only when Realmslore directly relates to those settings. But we definitely don't cover your tabletop game, player-character, or favorite streaming campaign. Try searching for a wiki dedicated to them, or make your own.

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CoatMosaic

The Heralds of Faerûn, or simply the Heralds, were a quasi-independent group of historians and heraldists that took on the responsibility of recording, preserving, and policing the coats of arms, flags, standards, shields, badges, mottoes, symbols, and sigils of armigerous individuals, families, houses, kingdoms, cities, organizations, and mercantile and mercenary companies across most of Faerûn.

Founded in the Year of the Watching Helm, 992 DR, as part of the Harpers, it eventually became difficult for the Heralds to maintain their neutrality and uphold their reputation for impartiality, so they split from the Harpers in the Year of the Empty Scabbard, 1116 DR. The Heralds policed themselves rigorously, removing members who abused their position of power, even reluctantly resorting to assassination in the most egregious cases of corruption. As a result, the Heralds' influence and recognition spread to cover almost every corner of Faerûn west of Thay.

The organization was led by a small council known as the High Heralds, and their apprentices and assistants were called the Heralds Pursuivant. Below these were the many local Heralds in almost every town of adequate size, and the "court heralds" that performed diplomatic services for their sovereign while trying to uphold the ideals of the Heralds. Together they formed a vast information gathering network that was frustratingly difficult to thwart.

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Realms of Valor
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.

It includes:

"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.

New & Upcoming Releases

Timeless cover
Timeless by R.A. Salvatore is the first book in a new trilogy featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, released on September 4, 2018.
Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house. The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master. This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do'Urden.

R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle—an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk.

But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth's ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three.

Waterdeep-dragon-heist
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is a 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in the city of Waterdeep. It is due to be released on September 18, 2018.
A fantastic treasure trove is yours for the taking in this adventure for the world's greatest roleplaying game.

Famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm needs you to complete a simple quest. Thus begins a mad romp through the wards of Waterdeep as you uncover a villainous plot involving some of the city's most influential figures.

A grand urban caper awaits you. Pit your skill and bravado against villains the likes of which you've never faced before, and let the dragon hunt begin!

Today in the Realms...

...it is 21 Eleint, or the 21st of the Fading. On this day:

  • It is the Autumnal (Autumn) Equinox.
  • Worshipers of Aerdrie Faenya have a festival called the Dance of the Swirling Winds with aerial ballets and offerings of beautiful feathers.
  • Priests of Lathander perform the Song of Dawn.
  • Worshipers of Mielikki celebrate the Third Feast and praise the Forest Lady with song.
  • Worshipers of Rillifane Rallathil observe the Transformation with dances in remote oak groves.
  • Worshipers of the gnomish deity Segojan Earthcaller offer up gems and bury them in holes dug by badgers.
  • Tribal clans who worship Uthgar gather upon their burial mound or at Beorunna's Well for Runemeet to set policy, perform marriages and many other rituals.

Realmslore

  • The Crown Aflame, a grand theater in Athkatla, was situated in a former temple to Azuth. Featuring both serious dramatic plays as well as comedic farces, tickets could be bought for between four and eight gold pieces.
  • The Five Flagons was an upscale inn located in the Guards District of Athkatla. One of its main draws was the playhouse in its cellar.
  • High Dragon was a card game popular in northwest Faerûn in the 1370s DR. The goal was for player to accumulate sets of cards with a higher total value than an opponent, over multiple rounds called "battles".
  • Gort Ta'alen, secondboy of a noble drow house of Menzoberranzan, sought to fight anyone he could, with the aim of growing skilled enough to kill his older brother in combat.
  • Drow knockout poison could incapacitate its victims for up to eight hours, though particularly sturdy individuals could wake up after as little as a minute.
  • The Pale Tree was Solonor Thelandira's realm in Arvandor. The tree's silver leaves were sought by some elves for their supposed aphrodisiacal qualities.

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