Gwynharwyf (pronounced: /gwɪnˈhɑːrwɪf/ gwin-HAR-wif), known as the Whirling Fury and the Veiled, was the consort and champion of Queen Morwel and a celestial paragon of the Court of Stars of the eladrin. While a bralani, one of the lesser eladrin, she was considered a princess among the tulani nobles and patron of good barbarians, acting as an example of how righteous anger can be tempered with goodness. Her endless crusade against evil served as an inspiration for all eladrin peoples.
Gwynharwyf was a barbarian warrior unrivaled in her ferocity in battle. She never tired, even after exerting herself in a fit of rage, and no one could succeed in flanking her. She had an uncanny ability to dodge dangers before most would even be able to sense them.
As a bralani eladrin, Gwynharwyf could take the form of a whirlwind of sparkling, stinging sand. She had all the inherent magical powers of her kind, including the ability to see in darkness and low light, strong resistance to magic spells, several immunities, and many spell-like powers. She could only be harmed by the most powerful of mundane weapons, but she could be injured by cold iron or weapons wielded by truly evil beings. Additionally, Gwynharwyf's beautiful voice had all the powers of bardic magic.
She was at all times surrounded by a magical aura of goodness and light that resisted evil and protected against weaker magical spells and effects.
Queen Morwel showed great affection for Gwynharwyf and relied heavily on her advice. Gwynharwyf herself was served by a bralani champion named Sirocco, who was charming and mischievous in his behavior but fully loyal to her.
The demon lord Graz'zt considered Gwynharwyf to be one of his greatest enemies. Kostchtchie hated her so much that when his cult captured women to use as sacrificial victims, they dyed their hair silver, dressed them like Gwynharwyf, and strapped scimitars to their hands before slaughtering them.
Throughout history, Gwynharwyf was responsible for the downfall of many of the most powerful of wicked entities. Hearing tales of the undying mortal Kostchtchie and his murderous rages, Gwynharwyf led a great army against him and his tribe but could not defeat them. Fortunately, she discovered the black diamond that stored his hateful soul, inside a series of nested skulls, and crushed it. With that act, his soul returned to his body, and, consumed with rage, he slaughtered his own army until even he was exhausted. Unable to defend himself, Gwynharwyf then stepped in and slew Kostchtchie, sending him to the Abyss. (It was only later that he returned as a demigod.)
Demogorgon once allied with Ilsidahur of the barlguras to re-open the portal known as the Shining Vortex of Mesnar from the Abyssal forest of Morathkian to Arborea. Through it, the two demon lords led an army in revenge against the eladrin's ancient invasion of the Abyss. Gwynharwyf's armies pushed the fiendish forces back to the Abyss, but in order to seal the portal, she had to sacrifice herself and remained trapped there. Gwynharwyf was taken prisoner, but the two demon lords could not agree on the best way to torture and kill the bralani princess, and Morwel came with a force of her own to free her cherished consort from their grasp. Ilsidahur lost his right hand during the rescue.
- Dragon #348, p. 68.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 James Wyatt, Darrin Drader, Christopher Perkins (October 2003). Book of Exalted Deeds. (TSR, Inc), pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-7869-3136-1.
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- ↑ Wolfgang Baur (August 2007). “Enemies of My Enemy”. In James Jacobs ed. Dungeon #149 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 42.
- ↑ James Jacobs (July 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Kostchtchie: Prince of Wrath”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #345 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 26.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Wolfgang Baur (August 2007). “Enemies of My Enemy”. In James Jacobs ed. Dungeon #149 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 57–58.
- ↑ James Jacobs (July 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Kostchtchie: Prince of Wrath”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #345 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 21–22.
- ↑ Wolfgang Baur (August 2007). “Enemies of My Enemy”. In James Jacobs ed. Dungeon #149 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 50.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 James Jacobs (July 2007). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Demogorgon: Prince of Demons”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #357 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 25.