Today in the Realms...
...it is 24 Marpenoth, or the 24th of Leaffall.
On this day:
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.
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.
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.
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