Realms of Valor, edited by James Lowder, was the first anthology of short stories from the Forgotten Realms.[1]

From the secret annals of Realms history come eleven never-before-published tales of valor, featuring the greatest heroes of that magical world—Drizzt Do'Urden, Arilyn Moonblade, Adon, Elminster of Shadowdale, Jander Sunstar, and many others—told by your favorite authors, including: R. A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, Douglas Niles, Troy Denning, Christie Golden, and others.[1]

Contents[edit | edit source]

The Lord of Lowhill[edit | edit source]

By Douglas Niles

Date: before 1365 DR

Summary[edit | edit source]

The story follows two halflings, Pawldo and Stefanik, as they search for treasure in a dark, evil place.

Notes of interest[edit | edit source]

Characters
KetheryllPawldoStefanikGarius • Half-Ear

Locations

Moonshae Isles, Gwynneth, Lowhill

Plot [spoiler][edit | edit source]

Pawldo, the halfling adventurer and resident of Lowhill is sought out by the youngling Stefanik, who found a strange, gemmed dagger in the nearby Llyrath Forest. They soon deduce the treasure to be from the Palace of Skulls, the home of Prince Ketheryll, tyrant of Gwynneth from the past. After a thorough search, they find the Palace, full of treasures. While they are hoarding the valuables, they venture deeper and deeper into the Palace, only to find lich-like remnant of Prince Ketheryll. It turns out, that the Prince himself lured them to his palace, so he can transform them into trinkets - the treasures in the Palace. In the ensuing battle they manage to escape the place and bring away the only real valuable - a pair of rings that Pawldo intends to give to King Tristan and Queen Robyn.

Elminster at the Magefair[edit | edit source]

By Ed Greenwood
Year of the Dark Dragon, 1336 DR (date given in short story)
Year of the Harp, 1355 DR (date given by Ed Greenwood online)[3]

Summary[edit | edit source]

This short story chronicles the visit of Elminster, accompanied by Storm Silverhand (to serve as protector), to a magefair in 1336 DR and the subsequent events.

At the magefair, Elminster searches for a key, which he receives surreptitiously through a kiss by a new Harper, Duara. A man searching for the key accosts Elminster and takes his staff, which he assumes is the key. Elminster in turn challenges him to a fireball-throwing contest and wins hands down with an incredibly impressive fireball. Elminster and Storm then return to the Twisted Tower in Shadowdale, where the Old Mage reveals that the key belonged to his closet and had been stolen by one of his brief apprentices named Raerlin. Upon opening the closet, the pair comes face to face with Raelin, who has become a lich. A spell battle ensues, with Storm defeating the lich by burning the pages of a tome (possibly its phylactery). When Lhaeo returns with tea, all is well again, even if the combatants are a little singed.

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters
DhaerivusDuaraElminsterLhaeoRaerlinStorm Silverhand
Referenced only
Tlaerune
Locations
Magefair (unknown location) • Twisted Tower, Shadowdale

One Last Drink[edit | edit source]

By Christie Golden

The story of how Jander Sunstar escapes the will of his vampire lord, Cassiar.

Date: 892 DR.

The Bargain[edit | edit source]

By Elaine Cunningham

Summary[edit | edit source]

Danilo Thann and Arilyn Moonblade go on a mission for the Harpers to bring a warning to Pasha Balik, the ruler of Tethyr in Calimport. This story takes place shortly after the events in Elfshadow and two years before Elfsong.

Date: about 1361 DR .

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters

Danilo ThannArilyn Moonblade • Pasha Balik • Akim NadirFarig • Hasheth

Locations

The Guilded DaggerPort KirTethyr
Referenced only
School of Stealth • Assassin's GuildWine Merchant's Guild
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Patronage[edit | edit source]

By David Cook

Summary[edit | edit source]

Koja is working on his new book in Procampur and seeks funding for its printing while he reminisces of Khazari.

Date: late winter, 1363 DR.

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters
AguulDeneirFoxeInkstainJozul PiniagoKojaOrn Thavil
Referenced only
Wenslan AmthurAzoun IVChihDearaThom ReaversonTalamicTorg mac CeiUlinYamun Khahan
Creatures
dwarfhalf-elfhuman (Tuigan) • clay golemogre
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dragonwyvern
Locations
Buildings & Sites: Red Mountain Templetemple of Deneir
Settlements: Procampur
Realms: the VastKhazari
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CormyrDwarves' DeepGriffin's ClawHeartlandsInner SeaManassRed MountainSuzailShou LungTheskWaterdeep
Spells
Sutras: Hundred LotusPure ThoughtSunlight After Storm
Religions
Faiths: DeneirFuroOghmaPath of EnlightenmentTymora
Temples: Lady's Happy HallRed Mountain Templetemple of Deneir
Miscellaneous
A History of the Tuiganbutter teacourtesandukegold lionkumisslamaLife among the Tuiganhierarchhigh scrivenerHistory of the CrusadeLay of the Purple Dragonsforgemasterpaitzapalanquinpaperparchmentprinterprinting pressscribescrivenersutratsampoYanitsava
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bardcymbalironlord • king • prayerbookprayerwheelthultyrl

A Virtue by Reflection[edit | edit source]

By Scott Ciencin

Date: 1353 DR.

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King's Tear[edit | edit source]

By Mark Anthony

Date: 1360 DR.

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The Family Business[edit | edit source]

By James Lowder

Summary[edit | edit source]

While searching for a mark, Shadowhawk and his son, Artus Cimber save Prince Azoun from Zhent groundling assassins.

Date: the Year of the Snow Winds, 1335 DR

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters
Artus CimberPrince Azoun ObarskyrScoril Cimber
Referenced only
Oric Cimber
Creatures
groundlingshumans
Locations
Wildernesses: King's Forest
Realms: Cormyr
Referenced only
IrathSuzailWaymoot
Organizations
Families: House Obarskyr
Groups: Zhentarim
Religions
Oghma
Miscellaneous
Thieves' cant

Grandfather's Toys[edit | edit source]

By Jean Rabe

Date: 1362 DR

Summary[edit | edit source]

The druid Galvin is asked to search a magician's tower for a little girl, only to find the task surprisingly grueling - and dangerous.

Notes of interest[edit | edit source]

Dragon Coast, Sea of Fallen Stars, Sea elf, Druid

Plot (spoiler)[edit | edit source]

At the request of the illusionist Drollo, Galvin tracks down the old mage's great-granddaughter, Isabelle, whom he finds deep in the Sea of Fallen Stars in a sea elven contraption known as a mechanical water spider.

The Curse of Tegea[edit | edit source]

By Troy Denning

Date: 1360 DR

Summary[edit | edit source]

Two clerics of the church of Mystra enter Tegea, in hopes of lifting the curse that affects the village. The clerics need not only to face the source of the evil, but their inner selves too.

Notes of interest[edit | edit source]

Adon, cleric, Mystra (Midnight), Time of Troubles, Dragonjaw Mountains

Plot (spoiler)[edit | edit source]

Adon and Corene, both priests of Mystra, travel to the cursed town of Tegea at the urging of their goddess. Despite discovering that Duke Gorgias had laid a ward upon the town making it difficult for clerics' prayers to reach the divine realms, they manage to defeat him. With the ward mostly broken, Adon opens a temple to Mystra.

Dark Mirror[edit | edit source]

By R.A. Salvatore

Summary[edit | edit source]

Mithral Hall has just been retaken from Shimmergloom and the duergar occupying it. Drizzt Do'Urden has been invited inside Silverymoon and is on his way there when he finds some monster tracks, possibly escorting prisoners. He joins with a band of villagers from a tiny community called Pengallen, led by Rico Pengallen, who pursue the same goal. Together they find the camp but before Drizzt's plan to free the prisoners without a fight can be achieved, the humans are spotted and a fight breaks out. With Drizzt and Guenhwyvar's help, the monsters are defeated, but one of the prisoners, a goblin named Nojheim flees. Rico asks Drizzt to bring Nojheim back to Pengallen and Drizzt agrees, but suspects that something odd is going on.

Drizzt finds and retrieves Nojheim, bringing him back as promised but rather than continue to Silverymoon, Drizzt elects to stay and have a meal. Talking to the locals, Drizzt discovers that Nojheim is Rico's slave. Then he makes a mistake. Hating slavery even more than he hates goblins, he goes back and starts talking to Nojheim. After talking with the obviously abused but highly intelligent and good-hearted goblin he realizes that despite the hopelessly depraved nature of most of his own species even in comparison to goblins, it's his drow-borne mystique and seeming beauty that allowed him a foothold in the world, while that individual goblin, who was of similar principles to his own, clearly stood no such chance. Drizzt learns to feel less prejudice towards goblins and other brutish races.

He decides to try to free the goblin by appealing to Silverymoon. But when Drizzt returns, he finds Nojheim dead, executed by Rico on some pretext after he overheard Drizzt and Nojheim's conversation. Leaving, Drizzt greatly steels his resolve against slavery.

Date: late winter, the Year of the Worm, 1356 DR.

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters
AganisDrizzt Do'UrdenGuenhwyvarJak TimberlineRico PengallenTharmanNojheim
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Alustriel SilverhandBruenor BattlehammerCatti-brieShimmergloomWulfgarZaknafein Do'Urden
Creatures
drowhumangoblinorcogre
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bugbeardragonduergarmind flayershield dwarf
Locations
Buildings & Sites: River Surbrin
Settlements: PengallenSilverymoon
Realms: Silver Marches
Referenced only
Astral PlaneNesmeMenzoberranzanMithral HallFaerûnRiver RauvinSpine of the WorldSundabarUnderdark
Religions
Referenced only
LolthIlmater
Organizations
Clan Battlehammer
Miscellaneous
Icingdeathfigurine of wondrous powerinfravisionrangerTaulmarilTwinkle

Afterword[edit | edit source]

By Jeff Grubb

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Various (February 1993). Realms of Valor. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6557-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Various (February 1993). Realms of Valor. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 1-5607-6557-7.
  3. Eric L. Boyd et al.. Presenting . . . Seven Millennia of Realms Fiction. Retrieved on 2014-2-28.
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