Sage of Shadowdale has something to say about pretty much everything.
Despite having outlets in many forums the Old Mage still has more to say
about Faerûn. Not wanting to anger an archmage, we decided it would be
best to give him a regular column from which to discuss the finer points.
well, young one . . .
Satraps of Delzimmer, Part 2
of this numerous, fecund family include mimicry and nondescript facial
features, which has allowed them to impersonate many folk in their travels.
Only sixteen Jathlets at most are to be found in Delzimmer at any time.
The rest are scattered across Faerûn pursuing trade and theft opportunities
with all the skills and avid hunger of the worst sort of Rat Hills merchant
(the Sword Coast term for any outrageously dishonest trader, the sort
of merchant who'll sell you someone else's wagon when its owner has just
stepped into a tavern to sell a keg of ale).
own any number of small trading companies working the Tashalar ports,
and there are persistent rumors that the family ranks include at least
one necromancer skilled in magic that can knit body parts together and
alter human physiques and faces enough to hide someone permanently. Enemies
of the Jathlets claim these abilities are used to forever trap important
persons (kidnapped by the Jathlets) into slavery.
folk say "a Jathlet's behind it" of almost any trade transaction
or change in the prices of goods, because the family dips their fingers
into almost all local mercantile doings.
rule their staff by fear, not bothering to pay well or hire for long,
and only reward loyalty on the part of their numerous house guards (highly
trained and superbly equipped warriors). Jathlets care little for pomp,
ritual, or showing off their wealth, and customarily dress in anything
comfortable. Their servants have overtunics of Jathlet green emblazoned
with the Jathlet at hunt badge. The family maintains no less than three
grand houses in Delzimmer, but the oldest and largest is Selkturrets on
the recent death of longtime patriarch "Happy" Jolthur Jathlet
in a rather suspicious riding accident, the family is nominally led by
his widow Elsraea (LE female human Ari6/Rog4), but dominated by its independently
operating "forest of uncles." Some two dozen in number and typified
by the saturnine Feldaern (NE male human Ari4/Ftr8/Rog6), these men are
rarely in Delzimmer for long. There are a dozen younger, more reckless
Jathlet sons, such as Dolrur (CE male human Ari2/Ftr2/Rog1), who swagger
about Delzimmer trying to prove themselves -- but behind all of these
are the mysterious elder mages of the family, of whom I've only met Malthorn
(NE male human Ari6/Nec14).
Delzemaer saying goes, "One can always tell an Olaundran -- from
as far as the eye can see." These are the sort of self-styled nobles
familiar to any Faerûnian traveler: nose-in-the-air, luxuriously garbed
sticklers for etiquette who demand that all others defer to them (except
members of the other three satrap families, whom they prefer to ignore).
(usually with cream silk trim) features prominently in most Olaundran
garb, but any expensive-looking fashion may be seen adorning their generally
soft, overfed, and overindulged bodies. Their many dozens of servants,
however (a ring of whom accompany every Olaundran, at all times), are
always seen in uniforms of gold fabric adorned with prominent breast,
back, shoulder, and belt-buckle "circle of watchcoins" family
badges. It's a popular belief in town that Olaundran servants sleep in
their uniforms, disrobing only when the family launderers come by (every
few hours) to "take the old and replace it with the new."
own interests in many ships plying the Sword Coast shipping lanes, and
so are wealthy enough to own substantial real estate in the centers of
many cities of the Tashalar, Calimshan, and Amn. In Delzimmer, they carry
on lives of apparent idle luxury, spending much time feasting, pursuing
private hobbies, and shopping. (They buy without care for price -- after
all, what Olaundran would ever care about money, given the shiploads of
coins the family possesses?) Trusted senior family servants (who have
recently, in a number of hastily hushed-up scandals, shown a tendency
to work and invest for themselves) handle Olaundran trade matters in Delzimmer.
current Olaundrans are personally well known throughout the city because
their dabbling in ever-changing rosters of hobbies brings them into contact
with most of the citizenry. The family is led by the frail "Old"
Gauthklaun (CN male human Ari8/Ftr4/Exp3), but in daily life his powers
are largely usurped by his rotund and cruel adult sons Yolaun (CE male
human Ari 5/Ftr 3/Rog 4) and Bezrar (CE male human Ari4/Ftr2/Rog5).
handsome Bezrar is childless (at least officially), but Yolaun has half
a dozen youthful wastrel offspring. This young brood is dominated by the
seeker-of-culture eldest daughter (music, poetry, dance, or whatever catches
her fancy this month) Rassalice (CN female human Ari2/Rog1/Exp2), and
the two brothers born after her, the brawling (hawking, hunting, and wagering-over-beastfights
or slave mudwrestling) duo of Elvolaer (CE male human Ari1/Ftr4/Rog4)
and Sardrin (CE male human Ari1/Ftr3/Rog4). Delzmaer warn that the most
alert and dangerous-to-cross family member, however, is the aging uncle
Dendrand (NE male human Ari7/Wiz11/Rog3), because he always gets even.
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