Sage of Shadowdale has something to say about pretty much everything.
Despite having pages in Dragon Magazine, Dungeon Adventures, and Polyhedron
Newszine, the Old Mage still has more to speak of the Realms. Not wanting
to anger an archmage, we decided it would be best to give him a weekly
column from which to discuss the finer points.
well, young one...
Venerate The Great Mother
of the Voonlarran temple of Chauntea were completed only a few years ago.
There was fierce opposition by the Bron to the great wall project, but
the Bron suddenly began supporting the project due, it is rumored, to
an order issued to Buorstag from someone higher in the Zhentarim hierarchy
who believes confinement and surveillance are easier where foes are enclosed
within walls. Although the walls now encompass almost a third of the built-up
area of town, local opposition among the common citizenry was almost non-existent.
The temple donated their gardens north of Daerndrean Street to the town,
in effect trebling the size of the Common Gardens that adjoin them. The
Bounty also sold its outlying Northride guesthouse to a wealthy Sembian
gold-merchant, Ornar Harlathar of Yhaunn, for use as a hunting lodge.
This sale has delighted the Bron, who hopes that Harlathars hunting
parties will put arrows through any "dangerous lurking brigands,"
such as approaching Harpers or raiders from Shadowdale.
is led and governed by its Mother of the Harvest, Lady Immithra Shrae
(CG hf P12), a tall, slender, raven-haired woman of soft voice and great
beauty. Immithra prefers to be addressed as Lady Matriarch by non-clergy,
and Young Matriarch by ordained Chaunteans, but she is otherwise a pleasure
to deal with. She is assisted by two Trueseeds, the first of whom is the
prim, quiet, watchful, rather plain brunette Lauratha Delrym (NG hf P5),
who knows everyone in Voonlar and their every little doing, too. The second
is Rolivar Brimbruir (CG hm P5), a loud, burly, and jovial friend-of-all
and brewmaster popular with even the most ardent Cyricist clergy for his
jokes and good barley beer. Rolivar possesses bushy brown sidewhiskers
and a moustache that appears and disappears with the passing months, even
as the hair on the top of his head slowly but steadily recedes.
these three faithful lead a clergy of four Watchfuls. Watchful Brothers
Erlan Faerlnar (NG hm P3) is an expert in matters of soil, compost, and
tillage, and Lothan Maergh (LN hm P3) is a master of storage and tending
of bulbs, seeds, and graftings. Watchful Sisters Ardethra Murmarand (NG
hf P3) and Jhalanessa Brithlar (CG hf P3), the latter of which is known
for her wild impishness and ardent nature, are the Bountys
herbalists for both humans and livestock. There are also eight Close Ones
(NG and CG P2s: three human males and five human females), of whom the
best known is the temple carter and seed-seller, old and crag-faced Haronstin
Leatherjaws Garulth known for his easygoing ways and prodigious
capacity for drink.
also has eleven lay servants, mainly mothers of active clergy, and 20
Harvestrods: farmers and drovers who are also trained and equipped as
temple guards (LN hm F2s armed with broad swords, daggers, and maces,
and equipped with both leather armor and chain mail), the latter retained
primarily as a protection against Cyricist harassment, thefts, arson,