A viol was a six-string instrument similar to a violin.


Viols had a deeply resonant sound that conveyed melancholy themes very well. They could be played on their own or as part of larger ensembles. Viols were particularly favored by dwarves, owing to their deep and dark sounds.[1]

Viols were available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue, produced by the same craftsmen from Waterdeep and Selgaunt who produced the violins sold through the catalogue.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 23. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.