Elven Unification Portal
Jhaurmael's reputation as a portal builder was established among
the amazingly rich of Faerûn, he was beset by offers to build more. Many
of the wealthy, fashionable elite simply wanted to say that they had access
to a portal made by the infamous Jhaurmael Riversedge. The sorcerer
did not want his work to become playthings of the rich, however. He had
bigger ambitions for his skills than creating portals to take silly
dukes to their treasure rooms.
Jhaurmael sees himself as a connector, or someone who brings people and
places closer together for the benefit of both sides. The aggressive seclusion
of Evermeet has chafed him for most of his life. So without commission
or permission, Jhaurmael began creating portals that alienated
him from his own kind for many years to come. He wanted to create an open
portal from mainland Faerûn to the island of Evermeet.
the sun, moon, and wood elves have several portals connecting Cormanthor
with their faraway island of Evermeet. However, all of these portals
are hidden and under the strict control of the elven court. Having a portal
that any elf -- or worse, any non-elf -- could wander through was unacceptable.
Representatives of Queen Amlaruil attempted diplomacy and intimidation
to dissuade this project. Jhaurmael would not listen to either one.
despite the legendary security precautions that keep Evermeet free of
outside influence, one of Jhaurmael's portals was discovered in
1312 DR in the canopy of a tree in the Silver Hills. This unexpected incursion
roughly coincided with the inroads made by drow portals, and many
elves still believe the sorcerer is in league with the dark elves. Cooler
heads don't believe that he would directly aid any drow. Jhaurmael is
famously apolitical, but he hates drow as thoroughly as any surface elf.
Still, the rumors persist.
a great deal of discussion, the court decided the best way to keep Jhaurmael
from recklessly breaching the safety and security of Evermeet was not
to stop him, but distract him. A team of five elves known as "The
Queen's Banks" was assigned to watch Jhaurmael and keep him busy.
These wizards, rangers, and rogues watched (via scrying) and shadowed
the sorcerer, making sure he worked on portals that had nothing
to do with Evermeet. One high-level wizard member of the team had the
sole assignment of scouting locations where portal construction
would be difficult, and then convincing local rulers to hire Jhaurmael
to build one there. This worked for a dozen years or so until the sorcerer
caught on and slipped their surveillance for a while. The cat-and-mouse
game continued for the next five years, until things changed drastically.
King Zaor was murdered in 1329 DR, the Queen decided that containing Riversedge
was a waste of six elves. She summoned him personally and proposed to
hire him as a portal cracker for the island of Evermeet. This opportunity
was far more intriguing than simply connecting the island with mainland
Faerûn. Queen Amlaruil paid him to find new ways to open portals
onto the island for the express purpose of shoring up their defense system.
Instead of coin for payment, Riversedge convinced the Queen to allow increased
traffic to and from the island. The increase is small and barely noticeable
to outsiders. But it's a beginning. Ironically, Jhaurmael is unifying
Evermeet with the rest of the world by building portals for the
express purpose of destroying them.
few years since this agreement was reached, Jhaurmael has appeared on
the island again, sometimes in embarrassingly private locations, demonstrating
another flaw in the island's defenses. It is a source of both relief and
dread to many elves of Evermeet that their security is consistently tested
by an expert. He succeeds far more often than anyone likes, but each success
eliminates another potential drow invasion.
to Incorporate the Elven Unification Portal Into Your Campaign:
- The portals
can get an adventuring group to Evermeet with no hassle. Now that Jhaurmael
has the run of Evermeet, no one knows how many portals he might
have onto the island from practically anywhere. Most are one way, and
the keys could be anything. An adventuring group could literally wind
up in Evermeet by accident.
- Jhaurmael might
engineer it so that the PCs unwittingly further his agenda of opening
up Evermeet. He knows where a drow portal will appear, and he
arranges for the PCs to stumble through a portal at the same
time as one or more drow assassins do. Theoretically, do-gooder adventurers
who thwart a drow assassin would endear the isolated elves to more outside
- Certain members
of the former Queen's Banks still distrust Jhaurmael and keep an eye
on him. He's become almost impossible to scry upon, so they attempt
to hire mercenaries (the PCs) to track him, telling them that they're
monitoring a potential drow sympathizer who builds portals to
Evermeet. The PCs eventually find Jhaurmael in a compromising situation
-- just as he discovers a new flaw in Evermeet security.
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