Baerauble Etharr (later Baerauble the Venerable[6] and Baerauble the Wise[7]) was a Netherese wizard who lived for many years in the company of the elves inhabiting Cormanthyr, and later became the first Royal Magician of Cormyr.[1]

The gods do not grant to us all the shining mantle of the hero. Do what you can, and it will be enough.
— Inscription on Baerauble's tomb[4][8]

Description[edit | edit source]

Baerauble was tall and lean with a ratty, reddish beard.[9] While living with the elves, he wore elven green linen leggings and jacket.[10]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Baerauble did not enjoy the company of most humans.[11] He was a quiet, humble, and kind man much more at home with elves.[3]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

His long life allowed him to become very skilled and powerful in the Art.[3]

Activities[edit | edit source]

Baerauble was the first Mage Royal of Cormyr and served as an advisor to Ondeth Obarskyr and his son, the first king, Faerlthann Obarskyr,[1] and fifty more rulers in succession over the course of four centuries.[8][12] He was the founder of a Council of Mages that became the War Wizards during the reign of Rhiiman Obarskyr the Glorious, circa the Year of the Mournful Dance, 70 DR.[13]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Baerauble was the consort of the elven mage Alea Dahast and they had a son named Baergast. Baergast's son Aulard married Emrylara Rallyhorn, the daughter of Lord Theldrin Rallyhorn.

Another descendant of Baerauble and Alea was Amedahast.[14] She took over the position of Mage Royal after Baerauble's death.[15] The High Wizard Vangerdahast was also a descendant of Baerauble.[16]

History[edit | edit source]

Baerauble was born in the Year of Lost Messengers, −116 DR.[4]

In the Year of Leather Shields, −75 DR, Baerauble was captured and imprisoned by a band of humans in the forest of Cormanthor, until rescued by Alea Dahast and a group of elven hunters.[17] He would later become Alea's lover.[18] When Ondeth Obarskyr and his settlers arrived on the land that would later become Suzail in the Year of the Firestars, 6 DR, Baerauble introduced himself and became a kind of intermediary between the humans and elves.[10] By the Year of Distant Thunder, 16 DR, there was some feeling within the elven community that he had become a puppet for the humans.[19]

When the kingdom of Cormyr was founded in the Year of Opening Doors, 26 DR, Iliphar Nelnueve appointed Baerauble as advisor to the first king, Faerlthann Obarskyr, despite Baerauble's disapproval on the grounds that he wanted to remain with Alea and their children.[20]

During the reign of Boldovar Obarskyr, Baerauble used his magic to partially control the madness of the king.[21] He also foiled five plots against the regent.[22]

By the Year of the Dun Dragon, 245 DR, Baerauble had become known as "Baerauble the Venerable" in his position as High Wizard of Cormyr.[6] At this time, his beard had only a small number of red streaks left, and his hairline had gone back to his crown. He still wore the old-style elven green linens.[23]

By the Year of the Leaping Hare, 376 DR, Baerauble was very thin and frail, with a bald head. He had a few white strands of hair where his beard and eyebrows had been. He required a staff to walk anywhere and had to be carried in a chair over longer distances.[24] He finally died in the Year of the Cat's Eye, 429 DR.[4][25]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

It was said that Baerauble's long life was owed to the elves who gave him potions of longevity.[3]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 113. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ed Greenwood (January 2001). “The New Adventures of Volo: Lost Treasures of Cormyr, Part 2”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #279 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Thomas M. Costa (May 2003). “Heroes of Cormyr: Adventuring in the Forest Kingdom”. In Jesse Decker ed. Dragon #307 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 46.
  5. Brian Cortijo (January 2012). “Crowns and Mantles: The Ranks and Titles of Cormyr”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #407 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 175. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  7. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 260. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ed Greenwood (July 1995). Volo's Guide to Cormyr. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-0151-9.
  9. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 94. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  11. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 67. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  12. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  13. Thomas M. Costa (May 2003). “Heroes of Cormyr: Adventuring in the Forest Kingdom”. In Jesse Decker ed. Dragon #307 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 48–49.
  14. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 202. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  15. Brian Cortijo (January 2012). “Crowns and Mantles: The Ranks and Titles of Cormyr”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #407 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 29.
  16. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 82. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  17. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 57–68. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  18. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  19. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 132. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  20. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  21. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  22. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 181. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  23. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  24. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 201–202. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
  25. Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 239. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.

Connections[edit | edit source]

High Wizards of Cormyr
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