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Smerdiuk Dragonbane was a famed dragon-slayer and noted author of The Compleat Dragon-Hunter who lived in Arabel, Cormyr during the 14th century DR.[1][2][note 1]

ActivitiesEdit

If it's not on fire, they'll eat it. Hells, if it is on fire, they'll put it out then eat it.
— Smerdiuk on dracohydras.[3]

During his life, Smerdiuk took up the ambitious goal of writing a book that outlined his life's work. This manual was entitled The Compleat Dragon-Hunter, first written around 1300 DR. It outlined his methodology for searching out,[1] hunting down, and defeating a dragon in combat.[4] Provided an individual was successful, in continued with specifics on how one could dress its carcass,[5] harvest it for practical use, and dispose of any remains.[6]

HistoryEdit

In the Year of the Harp, 1355 DR, Smerdiuk embarked upon a journey to Mount Angaroth, the highest peak of the Star Mounts, in order to slay the red dragon Imvaernarhro. As of the Year of the Prince, 1357 DR, he had yet to return.[1]

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NotesEdit

  1. "The Candlekeep Collection" gives a date of c. 1300 DR for the writing of The Compleat Dragon Hunter, which suggests an impressively long lifespan for a dragon hunter, given his disappearance in 1355 DR. It may be that Smerdiuk only began writing at the start of his career around 1300 DR, and completion and publication came much later.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 80. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  2. Steven E. Schend (2000-11-29). The Candlekeep Collection. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved on 2017-09-25.
  3. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  4. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  5. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 82. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  6. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 83. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.