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Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast is a sourcebook for the Forgotten Realms using the 2nd-edition Dungeons & Dragons ruleset.

This book is the third in the celebrated series of travel guides by Volothamp Geddarm. This book details settlements and attractions large and small, up and down the sword coast. It is written in Volo's trademark colorful and (unintentionally) humorous style.

Although this sourcebook was published under 2nd Edition AD&D rules it is still popular, as its content is more descriptive than technical.

Well met, traveler!

Welcome to the latest in the popular series of guidebooks penned by Volothamp Geddarm. You hold in your hands an overview of the most important inns, taverns, shops, and tourist attractions in the western Heartlands, the coast of which is known as the Sword Coast. These lands begin south of fabled Waterdeep and the Savage Frontier, continue up to the northern borders of Amn, and reach east as far as the desert's edge and Tunland. This perilous region sees some of the heaviest caravan traffic in all the Realms. Every merchant who enters the lands of the Sword Coast should have a copy of this guide ready to hand. As usual, all features and establishments covered are ranked with Volo's handy coin, dagger, pipe, and tankard rating system.

Discover:

  • Where pirates go to drink the night away and plot which ships and ports they'll next strike at,
  • The best craftsfolk of the Sword Coast,
  • Where the best caravan masters can be found - and where they dare not go,
  • Local legends and rumors of rich treasures not yet found and plundered,
  • Haunted ruins and other places that must be seen - from a safe distance,
  • Where mighty wizards and sword-swinging adventurers dwell,
  • Dragon lairs - and the dwelling places of worse monsters!
Special Note: This edition of Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, intended for travelers from beyond the borders of Faerûn, contains notes and commentary by the famous archmage and sage Elminster.

Index[]

Click here for page index

Characters[]

Allya MacanesterAlthune DembrarAlyth ElendaraAmaeraszanthaAmelior AmanitasAsgar TellendarAundegul ShawnBarim StagwinterBelkin OrgulBentley MirrorshadeBransuldyn MirrortorBuldath AndrynChansrin AluarDarthleeneDauravyn RedbeardDelfen OndabarlDerval IroneaterEmana GorthoFelogyr SonshalFulbar HardcheeseFzoul ChembrylGellana MirrorshadeGuldin GallowgarHalbazzer DrinHansibal DrounHeverseer WindfeatherIthtyl CalantrynJanthoolJhanadra CaseldownKelddath OrmlyrKorbus BrightjewelKrammoch ArkstaffLarlochLonthalin MintarMaskar WandsMyrin SilverspearNantrin BellowglynNethmoun AlnOlbrimsur ThunderwoodOwenden OrcslayerPhiraz the NaturalistRagefastRamazith FlamesingerRhessajan AmbermantleSememmonShandalarSumbarl ArduskTaerom FuiruimTalessyr TranthTathlosar BrimmerboldThalantyr the ConjurerTheskul MirroreyeTraskar SelarnUlcasterUluene MaertalarTraskar SelarnUlmyn AndalorVarallaWalker in the MistsXonthalYajandra Dlathaero
Referenced only
Aulyntar CowlsarBarim StagwinterElminster AumarDurlag TrollkillerHalatathlaerMystraSharndrelSuneSzass TamTalanthe TruesilverTheskul MirroreyeUmberleeVolothamp Geddarm

Creatures[]

afaflusterankhegargosbaatezubaneguardbehirblack dragonblazing bonesbonebatbugbearbulettebustardcarrion crawlercatoblepaschickenclamcrawling clawdopplegangerdracolichdreadduckfaerie firefalconflunderwingfoulwinggiant eaglegreen dragongriffongrousehalf-dwarfhalf-elfharehaunthelmed horrorhendarherringhippogriffhobgoblinixitxachitlkorredleucrottalichliving walllizard menmessenger pigeonmind flayerminnowmountain giantophidianoysterphaerimmpheasantquailrock dovesatyrsheepspectral harpistsquirreltanar'rithri-kreentrolltroutturkeywatchghostwater spiderweredragonwill-o'-wispwizshadewolfwoodchuckwraithyuan-ti

Locations[]

Bodies of Water
Highstar LakeRiver ReachingUnicorn RunWinding Water
Bridges
Boareskyr BridgeFirewine BridgeThe HandspanLeaping Lynx BridgeZundbridge
Buildings & Structures
Businesses & Shops
A Handful of EyesAlamather's by the WaterAndalor's MillAndher's MillCurios & UniquesBelkin's Black BladeBent BowsCosterheadshouseDawn of Any DayDerval's Bright BladeDroun TradingEldritch EbonyFarrel's Fine Jewels and ApparelFelogyr's FireworksGive Me Wings to FlyHall of WondersHammer of KaerusJulkoun's Old MillKnight in the MornKorbus's Jewels and Fine OrnamentsLionstar ServicesOndraer's Fine PagesRolling Wheel WagonsSamborl's Sundries-in-TradeShining River MillSorcerous SundriesTantain's Barrel and CratesThunderhammer SmithyThunderwoof ForaysTorleth's TreasuresTrist's Saddles and StablesUngairmer's BooteryVeloth's Fine Wagons & RepairsWell-Dressed Wizards
Castles & Fortresses
Citadel of the RavenDarkholdStone Eagle LodgeWell of DragonsWindstream Lodge
Civic Buildings
Counting HouseScornubel Hall
Dungeons, Crypts, Tombs, and Vaults
sewers of Baldur's GateUndermountainWarlock's Crypt
Inns & Taverns
The Bent HelmBlack BoarBlack FlagonBlade and StarsBlushing MermaidThe Board Laid BareThe Broken GobletBurning WizardDancing BearDusty HoofElfsong TavernFar AnchorFlourished FlagonGallowgar's InnHalfway InnHappy CowHullybuck's GambleHungry HalflingHappy HippocampusHelm and CloakThe Holdfast InnThe Jaded UnicornJester's PrideLady Luck TavernThe Old Talking OxA Pair of Black AntlersThe Raging LionRiver Shining TavernThe Running StagThe Scarlet StagThe Seven-Stringed HarpThe Silver BladeThe Singing SpriteStone SaddleStorm GriffinThe Tankard and SheafThe Tarnished TrumpetThe Wailing WaveThe Wandering WyvernWinding WayWorried Wyvern
Residences
High Hedge
Ruins
Backlands CastleBlack AbbeyDragonspear CastleFirehammer HoldHammer HallOrogothSpellgardTrollclaw FordUrdrath of the Horsemen
Schools
Evereska College of Magic and ArmsUlcaster School of Wizardry
Temples
CandlekeepCry of JoyEvensong TowerFist of the FutureGolden Bowl of the GoddessGrotto of the QueenHarvest HouseHealing House of LathanderHelm's ShieldhallHigh Altar of the MoonHigh Harvest HomeHigh House of WondersHold of Battle LionsHouse of the BinderHouse of the GuardianHouse of the Suffering GodInner ChamberLadyhouseLady's HallMorninglow TowerReady House of the Right Strong HandThe Seat of LoreThe Shrine of the ShortSilent HallSong of the MorningTemple of WisdomThe Tower of GoldThe Water-Queen's House
Towers
Durlag's TowerSeatower of BalduranXonthal's Tower
Countries
AthalantarCalimshanNetherilZazesspur
Forests
Ardeep ForestEvereska ValeFloshin EstatesForest of WyrmsMarsh of ChelimberReaching WoodsWood of Sharp Teeth
Islands
MintarnMoonshae IslesOrlumbor
Landmarks
Battle of BonesBlack Dragon GateFallen Giant TombFarmer's Gate
Mountains & Hills
Castle HillFields of the DeadGray Watcher of the MorningGreycloak HillsGreypeak MountainsHill of Lost SoulsMoondark HillMount HlimSerpent HillsSpine of the WorldSunset MountainsTrielta Hills
Planes
Baator (Avernus)
Regions
BacklandsChultHigh MoorIcewind DaleKara-TurMazticaSavage FrontierSword CoastTunlandsZakhara
Roads
Coast WayDusk RoadLute StreetMinstrelrideRed Shields RoadSkuldask RoadSteelspur WaySteelsword StreetStumblepost TrailUldoon TrailWay of the LionWindspell Street
Settlements
Cities
Baldur's Gate (The WideBerduskDaggerfordElturelEvereskaHill's EdgeIriaeborScornubel
Hamlets
BowshotCorm OrpFriendly ArmGillian's HillKheldrivverLiam's HoldUlgoth's BeardQheldin's Mask
Towns & Villages
AsbravnBeregostDrawn SwordsFendarl's GateGullykinHardbucklerHluthvarJulkounLathtarl's LanternRoaringshoreSecomberSerpent's CowlSkullportSoubarTempus's TearsTrielWaterdeepXonthal's Tower (village)Yarthrain
Valleys
Darkhold ValeSkull GorgeSunset ValeYellow Snake Pass
Referenced only
Flame Stone

Magic[]

Armor & Clothing
bracers of defenserobe of scintillating colorsrobe of starswinged boots
Items
bead of forcefeather tokenGaldaeryn's GageHand of Furyioun stoneiron bands of Bilarroscarab of protection
Jewelry
Harvyn's Ringring of chameleon powerring of feather fallingring of flyingring of misdirectionring of protectionring of the ramring of regenerationring of resistancering of spell storingring of spell turningring of telekinesistorc of the Titans
Potions
potion of healing
Qualities
everbright
Schools
shadow magic
Spells
audible glamerchain lightningcontinual faerie firecontrol undeaddisrupt undeadenergy drainEvard's black tentaclesfaerie fireheat metalironguardlegend lorelightning boltmagic missileproject imagerepulsionspell triggerstone tellTenser's floating diskwall of forcewardmistweb of lightning
Weapons
mace of disruptionscimitar of speedstaff of powersword of quicknesswand of fearwand of magic missileswand of metal and mineral detectionwand of paralyzation

Organizations[]

Adventuring Companies
Blue Sword LegionCircle of ScythesDragon DaggersFellowship of the Dreaming DragonHardbuckler's HurlersHigh HelmsKnights of the UnicornMen of Hammer HallProud PegasiStormridersWildmen of the North
Civic Organizations
Riders in Red Cloaks
Criminal Organizations
Cult of the DragonFree TradersRed Wizards of ThayZhentarim
Mercantile Organizations
Clasped HandsDragoneye Dealing CosterMerchants' LeagueThousandheads Trading CosterTraders' CouncilWagonmasters of the Rolling Wheel
Mercenary Organizations
Flaming FistRed ShieldsSaern's Sharp Swords
Military Organizations
Lord Knights of the Backlands
Noble Families
Wands
Political Organizations
Council of Guilds (of Daggerford)Lords' Alliance
Religious Organizations
Chosen of MystraStag Warriors
Secret Societies
The Openers
Spy Organizations
Harpers
Others
Heralds of Faerûn

Miscellaneous[]

Art & Literature
The Ballad of the Dream WeavercalligraphyThe Knights of Dragon DowntattooThe Warlock KingThe Witch of the Far Cold Hill
Building Types
monastery
Classes
plumaweaver
Clothing
scarf
Events
Moonsea War
Fields of Study
namelore
Food & Drinks
ale (Old Dark) • baconbeer (bitterroot beer) • brandybread (nutbread) • cheese (cheese handwheel) • ciderdumplingeggElder Root stoutflourgarlic buttergravylicoriceliqueurmeadmilkpheasant tail souppotato leek souprollrumsaladsausagetartwhiskeywine (elverquisstfirewineHalurskan winesherryzzar)
Gemstones
amber
Items
axleback scratcherbraziercauldronchapbookcoffercoffin (casket) • diceewerfigureheadflaskharnesshingehorseshoelock (item)mugplowpulleyquiverropesaddlesaddlebagtarpaulintenttorchyoke
Materials
blown glasscottondragonskinivorymarblepapersilkspider silkvelvet
Professions
apothecarybounty hunterjesterminstrelmoneylenderpilgrim
Substances
perfumepitchsmoke powdervinegar
Vegetation
almondbarleycarrotceleryferngarlicgrapehorseradishleeklemonlichenmildewmoldmossoakonionparsleyparsnippineradishtobaccotomato
Vehicles
sledge
Weapons
sword cane

Appendix[]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. Shannon Appelcline. Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast (2e). Dungeon Masters Guild. Retrieved on 2014-01-10.
  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.

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