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I'll give you a free flagon of ale if you don't talk to me about the weather.
  — Durnan[7]

Durnan "the Wanderer" (occasionally known as Durham[8]) was the gruff, burly yet close-mouthed Masked Lord of Waterdeep[9] who ran the Yawning Portal Inn and considered himself the self-appointed gatekeeper to Undermountain.[8] He was known for having explored Undermountain.[10]

PersonalityEdit

He had a strong dislike for hobgoblins. Mirt believed he may have lost family, friends, and neighbors—and even been left homeless—by hobgoblin raids, although Durnan himself would never speak on the subject.[11]

AbilitiesEdit

Durnan fought with either a dagger, a handaxe, or a longsword and did so with tremendous physical strength. However, he also kept at least one secret magical weapon on his person, while at the same time carrying a mundane one in the open.[1]

He was the owner of a very sturdy body. However, he was also very wise and knowledgeable to the point of being considered a "thinking man's barbarian". He knew a lot about various weapons and martial arts, including from Kara-Tur and the Hordelands. While he had no spellcasting abilities of his own, he was knowledgeable enough that he could recognize the properties of a lot of spells.[1]

PossessionsEdit

As mentioned above, he fought either with a dagger, a handaxe, or a longsword and held at least one secret magical weapon on his person. He also owned and distributed magic items among his family members. It was known that he and his family were equipped with defensive magic items like rings of spell turning or even greenstone amulets. A magic item, which Durnan always wore, were a pair of powerful bracers of defense.[1]

During his foray into Undermountain, he came out of the dungeon with at least eight doses of potion of longevity.[4]

RelationshipsEdit

Durnan was friends with Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun.[8] He had a secret association with the Red Sashes,[11] a group that committed vigilantism. More precisely, he was their secret leader and continued to be such even while being one of the Lords of Waterdeep.[1]

He was married to Mhaere Dryndilstann and had a daughter with her called Tamsil Dryndilstann whom she taught the basics of battle to give her the necessary skills against problematic customers.[1]

The age difference between the couple was giant. Durnan was born in 1283 DR,[4] and his wife was thirty in 1371 DR turning them into a couple with an age difference of fifty-eight years. Furthermore, his daughter was sixteen when his wife was thirty, meaning that she conceived when she was fourteen.[1]

He also had a special relationship with the local clergy of Tymora. He daily paid the deity's temple to send one of their clerics over to heal people. This service was not charity on the temple's side. It was not merely expected but paying donations to the caster was actually enforced and Lady Luck's clerics accepted nothing but cash, meaning no credits.[1]

As an additional security, Durnan hired skilled fighters, who were at all times armed, to pretend being customers. These people were no mere mercenaries but were incredibly loyal to Durnan. So loyal in fact that magically compelling them to disobey or harm Durnan, his family, or the family's property was not just impossible but actually something that broke the spell.[1]

HistoryEdit

Durnan was born in the remote North[11] in 1283 DR.[4] He started adventuring with Mirt when the two were ten.[12]

Durnan was known as "The Wanderer" because that was precisely what he spent his youth doing: wandering around seemingly aimlessly, killing monsters.[citation needed]

In 1302 DR, Durnan and Mirt the Merciless went into Undermountain and managed to come back not only alive but also rich.[13] This was one of the first instances of somebody surviving a foray into Halaster's property. He used the looted wealth to tear down the remnants of Halaster's Hold to build the Yawning Portal inn. He spread the information about the size and the wealth that could be found in Undermountain. Combined with the good location, on which he built his inn, it guaranteed him his living by selling equipment to people who wanted to enter the dungeon too.[14] Durnan retired as an adventurer. The reason for this was that he made a promise to his girlfriend at that time to come back to her when managed become rich.[12]

His hatred of injustice and unfairness earned him a place[citation needed] with the Masked Lords. This position of authority did not prevent him from taking matters of law into his own hand. and led a group of vigilantes called the Red Sashes.[1]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Ed Greenwood (1991). “Campaign Guide to Undermountain”. In Steven E. Schend ed. The Ruins of Undermountain (TSR, Inc.), p. 8. ISBN 1-5607-6061-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 54. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  3. Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Hooded One (2014-03-14). Durnan the Wanderer. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2018-01-15.
  5. Eric L. Boyd, Ed Greenwood, Christopher Lindsay, Sean K. Reynolds (June 2007). Expedition to Undermountain. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 44. ISBN 978-0-7869-4157-5.
  6. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 203. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  7. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 130. ISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  9. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 54. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  10. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 179. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Hooded One (2014-03-16). Durnan the Wanderer. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2019-04-14.
  13. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 132. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  14. Ed Greenwood (1991). “Campaign Guide to Undermountain”. In Steven E. Schend ed. The Ruins of Undermountain (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 1-5607-6061-3.
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