Waterdeep News08/31/2005

Flying Snake Seen in Sea Ward

Flying Snake Seen in Sea Ward

Waterdeep -- Chanszra Ahlmhaund, a wealthy widow of the Street of Whispers, says she looked out of a high window at dimmergloam* yestereve, and saw a snake flying past: "As long as my coach horse! Black, mottled green -- with eyes like green flames! Nasty, 'twas, and looking for someone specific, too, I swear to the gods!"

The Street of Whispers is known for courtesans, soothsayers, and dabblers in minor magics. The Watch confirms several licenses for enspelled pets and guardian beasts are held by area dwellers, but none describes a wingéd snake.

However, at least two noble families with nearby mansions, Estelmer and Zun, have "sarser licenses" (named for the long-ago clerk who devised them, and often called "allcloak licenses" because they cover all nonprohibited beasts a property owner may wish to import, trade in, or keep). Anyone seeing the snake is asked to alert the Watch.

*When bright sunset is gone from city spires but not the sky, many Waterdhavians pause to enjoy this last, soft daylight.

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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, sf, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in . . .

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