The Maernos (pronounced: /ˈmɛrnzMAY-er-noz[2]) family was a human noble family in Waterdeep.[1] The family line died out when Ultas Maernos passed away without a living spouse or heirs sometime around 1370 DR.[note 1]

Organization[edit | edit source]

The family patriarch was Ultas Maernos in the Year of the Banner, 1368 DR. He was a widower, having lost his wife and children to the plague in Amn in the Year of the Saddle, 1345 DR.[2] He refused to remarry and the noble house went defunct after his death.[3]

The Maernos family retained a trio of halfling adventurers that became known as the Defenders Three.[4]

The family coat-of-arms consisted of a pair of praying hands with green sleeves and three silver spear heads on a royal blue field.[1][2]

Activities[edit | edit source]

House Maernos was primarily in the moneylending and financial services business, and specialized in assisting the various temples in Waterdeep with money matters.[1][2]

In 1368 DR, Lord Maernos gave significant financial help to the newly recognized prince Haedrak Rhindaun III in his bid to rescue Zaranda Star and take over the throne of Tethyr.[5]

Base of Operations[edit | edit source]

The Maernos family compound (labeled 115), circa 1357 DR.

The family villa and compound were located in the North Ward between Copper Street and the High Road about five blocks south of the Upper Towers.[6][7][8][9][10][11] The north side of the compound faced Delzorin Street and the south side faced Sidle Street.[11] The south wall was adorned with roaring lions' head sculptures.[12][13]

History[edit | edit source]

With no heirs, Ultas petitioned the Lord's Court in 1368 DR to be allowed to bequeath his holdings and wealth to the ten major temples and the Plinth, to be equally distributed by the Lord's Court. The family compound was to be converted into a temple specifically for use by the non-human residents of Waterdeep. After a closed-door session, the Magisters and the Lord's Court agreed to allow his request. By this time, Ultas had already started renovating his villa, buying paintings, carvings, and sculptures by elven, dwarven, and halfling artists appropriate for a place of worship.[14]

After Ultas' passing, the Maernos compound became known as Holyhands House and was run by the Defenders Three.[15] As of the 1490s DR, it was still in operation.[16][17][note 2]

Beneficiaries[edit | edit source]

The temples that were recipients of Ultas Maernos' largess were:[18]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This occurred between 1368 DR and 1372 DR based on the dates of the settings of the City of Splendors (boxed set) and City of Splendors: Waterdeep publications, respectively.
  2. Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but Christopher Perkins answered a question via Twitter and stated the year was 1492 DR. Corroborating this, Dragon Heist page 20 refers to events of Death Masks (set in 1491 DR) as being "last year". Unless a canon source contradicts this assertion, this wiki will use 1492 DR for events related to this sourcebook and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (which is referenced on pages 5 and 98 of Dragon Heist).

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Video Games
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  3. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  4. Steven E. Schend (November 1994). “"I Sing a Song by the Deep-Water Bay"”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #211 (TSR, Inc.), p. 34.
  5. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 43. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  6. Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  7. Poster map included in Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  8. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Campaign Guide”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  9. Map included in Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). City of Splendors. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-1560768685.
  10. Ed Greenwood (January 1993). Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. (TSR, Inc.), p. 239. ISBN 1-56076-335-3.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Map included in Ed Greenwood (January 1993). Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-56076-335-3.
  12. Steven E. Schend (November 1994). “"I Sing a Song by the Deep-Water Bay"”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #211 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  13. Steven E. Schend (July 2006). Blackstaff. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 54. ISBN 978-0786940165.
  14. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  15. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 73, 97. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  16. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  17. Map by Jason Engle included in Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.
  18. Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Who's Who in Waterdeep”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), pp. 61–62. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.

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