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Ethena Astorma "Storm" Silverhand

True Name: Esheena[1]
Basic Information
Aliases The Bard of Shadowdale[2][3]
Home Shadowdale, Dalelands[4][5]
Gender Female[4][2][5]
Race Human[4][2][5]
Patron deity Mystra[5]
Milil[4]
Dates
Born 764 DR
Rules Information
Alignment Neutral good (1e)[4]
Chaotic good (2e / 3e)[2][6]

3rd Edition Statistics[5]
Class
Rogue 1
Fighter 4
Bard 8
Sorcerer 12
Harper agent 3

2nd Edition Statistics[2]
Class
Thief 5
Fighter 7
Bard 22
Wizard 9

1st Edition Statistics[4]
Class
Thief 5
Fighter 7
Bard 7

Storm Silverhand, called "The Bard of Shadowdale", was one of the Seven Sisters and a Chosen of Mystra.[5]

AppearanceEdit

Storm was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and kept the silver hair she shared with her sisters so long that it came down to her knees. Also like her sisters, she was astonishingly beautiful and had a regal bearing even while wearing road-stained leathers.[7]

PersonalityEdit

Storm was known and loved by many in her home of Shadowdale and elsewhere in Faerûn. She was high spirited, fearless, merry and possessed a lust for life that grew greater when she saw other happy people. She also had a vengeful streak which was aimed at the Zhentarim; thieves and swindlers; people who carelessly started fires or despoiled the land; and any ruler who acted maliciously. Storm treated children as equals and took the time to listen to what they had to say as well as play with them.[8] She was a good teacher and an inspiration to many.[6] As a youth, she was selfish and rebelled against authority. Although she grew out of this, she still empathized with youths who felt poorly treated by authority figures.[9]

HistoryEdit

Pre-SpellplagueEdit

Astorma was raised by Elminster after her mother died, along with two of her sisters, Dove and Laeral. Storm earned her name when, as a toddler, she demonstrated an immunity to naturally occurring lightning.[1] Storm was a wild child and Elminster struggled to keep her in line while he was also travelling the planes and righting wrongs. Storm ran away from him several times until she was kidnapped by a mage who altered her appearance to that of a slave he had not paid for and since killed.[10]

So, rather than benefit from the tutelage of Elminster, who failed to locate the girl, Storm lived as a slave in the south of Faerûn. She danced in bazaars and worked in festhalls until she managed to steal a flying carpet and returned to Elminster, brazenly demanding he restore her true features and take her back under his care.[10]

A bored Storm eventually joined her sister Dove as a very involved member of the Harpers and both were instrumental in recruiting new members after the reformation of the group in 1022 DR and again, after the Harpstar Wars.[11][12]

At some point, Storm won a duel against Iyachtu Xvim[1] A tale told among the Harpers states that she was once drugged by a group of Calishite slavers to be sold to a satrap of their realm but such was her beauty that two of them killed each other in order to claim her as his own wife. Another of them ended up helping her escape his fellows, and in return, she came to play for him on his deathbed when she learned of his contraction of a fatal illness, using her magic to ease his passage into death.

Storm came to lead the eastern branch of the Harpers, aiding Alustriel's rise to power in the Silver Marches by uniting the fractious armsmen of Silverymoon under her sister so they could help claim victory in the Battle of Tumbleskulls. She also slew Alustriel's political rival, the wizard Shaloss Ethenfrost before establishing a Harper stronghold in Everlund.[13]

After centuries of adventuring, Storm decided to settle in Shadowdale, a quiet farming town in the Dalelands. She was a bard by trade and den mother to the Harpers who traveled through Shadowdale. Her position in Shadowdale included the roles of bard, midwife, farmer, healer, and friend to those she likes.[6] Elminster's decision to settle in Shadowdale was inspired mostly by the desire to protect Storm and Syluné (who also lived there) from ambitious Zhents wishing to gain recognition in the Zhentarim, who were expanding into the Dalelands at the time.[14] She was later caretaker to her sister Syluné, whose ghost resided in Storm's cottage.[citation needed] Storm would later pledge the support of her branch of the Harpers to Shandril Shessair and after the Time of Troubles helped restore the name and works of the proscribed Nameless Bard, Finder Wyvernspur.[14]

Even after the Harper Schism of 1370 DR, Storm presided over her branch of the Harpers in much the same way as she always had. When Seiveril's Crusade came to reclaim Myth Drannor three years later, both Storm and Dove joined the elven army. They attempted to return when they learned that Shadowdale had fallen to the Zhentarim, but were grievously wounded and turned back by the Rite of Unwinding[15], therefore Storm could not return home until after the Rite had been disrupted.

Post-SpellplagueEdit

Storm survived the Spellplague. The plague turned her body into that of a perpetually young woman, approximately 19 years old, but it stole her singing voice, and much of her magical power. She cared for Elminster, being the only one who could treat the insanity that came over him when he used magic.[citation needed]

In 1479 DR, after her sister Alassra recovered her sanity thanks to the help of a Blueflame item and Elminster revealed that the goddess Mystra has returned, Storm traveled to Cormyr along with Amarune Whitewave and Arclath Delcastle in order to get rid of the corrupted nobles who'd allied with Manshoon to take over King Foril I's throne. Using the noble title of Marchioness of Immerdusk granted to her by Azoun IV many years before, Storm traveled through the country, visiting noble houses to discover the traitors and, at the same time, recruiting people to reform the Harpers by Mystra's command. After the goddess of magic was restored by Elminster, she recovered her magical powers.[16][17]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

As a bard, Storm was a skilled harp player and singer.[18] She was also especially adept at detecting falsehoods[1]

Storm favored her magic and the longsword in battle.[5]

As well as the standard abilities of a Chosen of Mystra, Storm was immune to all forms of natural electricity, such as lightning, which earned her her given name.[6][1] Her wounds were healed whenever she was struck by chain lightning, ice storm, lightning bolt or magic missile spell.[1]

ActivitiesEdit

Storm spent much of her time involved with the farmers and influential people of Shadowdale and some considered the amount of political clout that she held in the Dale made her the real ruler of it.[19] She worked her own farm and worked to curb logging as well as persuade her peers to farm certain crops for sustenance and others for export to increase the town's prosperity. In her spare time, she ran her branch of the Harpers and performed increasingly rare missions to further their cause. She was also happy to heal any sick or injured residents of Shadowdale who came to her, nomatter the time of day or night. She also brought any orphaned children who came to her attention to the nearest temple manned by clergy that she trusted so they could have a decent upbringing.

RelationshipsEdit

ElminsterEdit

Despite a rocky beginning, Storm was a good friend (as well as protector) to Elminster of Shadowdale. They shared a number of adventures together[20] but after the Spellplague she became his caregiver.

LhaeoEdit

Storm was once a lover of Elminster's assistant, Lhaeo, who later went on to become King Haedrak III of Tethyr.[21]

Maxam MaxerEdit

Storm had a companion for many years named Maxam Maxer. An orphan from Neverwinter who lived with her in Shadowdale until he and Storm stumbled across a planar gate opened by illithids in 1260 DR in the ruined city of Dloemen. Storm was unable to get to Maxam before the marilith Araunrhee beheaded him and teleported away with his remains. Maxam was returned to life by the tanar'ri but eventually escaped her clutches and secretly returned to Shadowdale. Using a power he gained to turn himself invisible, he announced himself only to Storm and Syluné. He became Storm's consort once more and also used his new powers to spy for her and guard her farm when she was away. Storm wanted to bear his child and the fact that she did not bear a child in the time they were together, or in her time before meeting him, led to the belief that she was barren.[22]

VangerdahastEdit

A former Royal Mage of Cormyr, Vangerdahast claimed to have once been Storm's lover and the two desperately tried to have a child together. He intimated that their relationship failed when she repeatedly failed to conceive. When King Azoun IV confided in him that he could easily fall in love with Storm, Vangerdahast did not seem overly bothered but instead sad that the two of them had drifted apart.[23]

TriviaEdit

  • Storm was barren.[22]

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

NovelsEdit

Shandril's Saga
The Avatar Series
The Shadow of the Avatar
Other
Return of the Archwizards
Elminster Series
Short stories

SourcebooksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 117. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 280. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 139. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 118. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
  8. Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 46. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  9. Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  11. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 26. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  12. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  13. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  15. Richard Baker, Eric L. Boyd, Thomas M. Reid (July 2007). Shadowdale: The Scouring of the Land. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 144. ISBN 07-8694-039-5.
  16. Ed Greenwood (2011). Bury Elminster Deep. (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0786958154.
  17. Ed Greenwood (May 2013). Elminster Enraged (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 978-0786963638.
  18. Ed Greenwood (November 2003). Elminster at the Magefair (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  19. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  20. Ed Greenwood (November 2003). Elminster at the Magefair (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  21. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 82. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  23. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), pp. 122–123. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.

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