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Tarmel Drouth, Outcast NobleD&D Insider Article
Eye on the Realms
by Ed Greenwood

In elder days, the nobles of Cormyr—including the royal Obarskyrs—were notorious for having many bastard offspring. Most of these turnshields, as they were called in polite company, were sent away, often to other noble households where they were reared as servants ignorant of their parentage. Some became skilled artisans loyal family retainers, or even "heirs in reserve." But too many became coinless wastrels wandering distant realms as forgotten kin, hating their noble connections and without the means to reap revenge. The most successful—or notorious—in Cormyr is Tarmel Drouth, the "Doom of All Dark Houses."

Abruptly impoverished and homeless, Tarmel did not take his downfall quietly. He immediately attempted to burn down the Illance stables in Suzail (an act foiled by a watchful Illance house wizard) and fled straight to the Royal Court, possibly to give himself an alibi, not knowing the swiftly-growing fire he’d set had been quenched. There Tarmel loudly denounced both the Illance family and Cormyr’s nobility in general as decadent and "destructive to the realm and all folk in their life-twisting selfishness."

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    About the Author

    Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, 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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