Characters / Forgotten Realms

The Forgotten Realms campaign setting and shared fiction universe for Dungeons & Dragons has birthed a legion of popular characters, from Elminster and Drizzt to Arilyn Moonblade and Cadderly. Get the scoop on a whole mess of 'em here.

This is by no means a complete list. As one of the most detailed shared universes (if not the most) in literary history, there are always more characters in the Realms left to explore.

Due to the sheer volume of characters in the universe, characters found in The Legend of Drizzt series now have their own page.

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    The Elminster Series 

Elminster Aumar, Sage of Shadowdale

Race: Human
Class: Wizard
Alignment: Chaotic Good

  • The Ace: The greatest wizard Toril even known, one of the most powerful beings and a charismatic man who has a vast array of aqcuitances on which he can call upon.
  • Author Avatar: Ed Greenwood vehemently denies it, insisting that Mirt is his avatar, but no one believes him. (Who says you can only have one?)
  • Captain Ersatz: In appearance, at least, Elminster was a stand-in for Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings until 3rd Edition, when he suddenly looked like Sean Connery.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Doomed Hometown: Once a dragonrider burned a village to kill one of younger sons of late king, but accidentally left alive a single shepherd boy. Who later turned out to be the son of the killed prince.
  • Invincible Hero
  • Kavorka Man: The number of beautiful women with whom he's had carnal relations is truly staggering.
  • Mascot: Of the Forgotten Realms setting in general.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Though he ditched the hat when 3rd Edition rolled around.
  • Smoking Is Cool: His pipe is actually a magical artifact.
  • Wife Husbandry: Some of the women he's bedded in the past are ones he's raised himself.
  • Wizard Beard: Varies depending on the depiction, but most sources give him a Merlin-esque beard reaching down to his chest.
  • Wizards Live Longer: The man is over a millennium in age.

Mirt the Moneylender

Race: Illuskan human
Class: Rogue/Fighter
Alignment: Chaotic Good

Storm Silverhand

Race: Human
Class: Fighter/Bard/Sorcerer
Alignment: Chaotic Good

Undarl

Race: Malaugrym
Class: Wizard
Alignment: Neutral Evil

  • Cycle of Revenge: He burned down Heldon, which gave one Elminster Aumar the cause for killing him and other Magelords. Which wasn't the end of it — Clan Malaug would be much better off if they considered his death a personal affair, rather than the cause for a blood feud quickly adding all Chosen of Mystra to the list of their enemies, already quite formidable. Thus, while on his own Undarl was but a secondary villain in one book, he was at the root of some very large-scale affairs happening over a great span of time, such as Harpstar War and events described in Shadow of the Avatar.
  • Dragon Rider: He even used this as a gimmick to join the Magelord and was nicknamed "the Dragonrider".
  • Multilayer Façade: A Malaugrim who pretended to be a Yuan-Ti posing as but yet another aspiring Magelord trying to infiltrate the magical oligarchy of Athalantar.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Like most of his kin. When Magelords were brought down, he was nearly killed and got a golden opportunity to pretend he's dead and go take over another place. Instead, he pops up and gives Elminster one more reason to kill him.

    War of the Spider Queen Series 

Pharaun Mizzrym

Race: Drow
Class: Wizard
Alignment: Neutral Evil

Ryld Argith

Race: Drow
Class: Fighter
Alignment: Lawful Evil

Quenthel Baenre

Race: Drow
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Neutral Evil

  • Alpha Bitch: First as Mistress of the clerical school Arach-Tinilith, then later as Matron Mother of House Baenre.
  • Back from the Dead: She was killed by Drizzt during Siege of Darkness, but was brought back to life by Lolth some time later.
  • Blue Blood: The third daughter of Menzoberranzan's largest and most powerful House.
  • Break the Haughty: When Faeryl turned on her and got her captured, she was stripped and tortured. Her normal personality faded quickly. It seems to have returned at the end of the series, however.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a very powerful priestess and one of the most ruthless fighters in Menzoberranzan. Even when she's temporarily de-powered, she's more than capable.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To the extent that its practically her language.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted, seeing as she's the "princess" of a tyrannical, bloodthristy theocracy.
  • Ice Queen: Even among the drow priestesses she's a cold fish, with her default expression being a scowl.
  • Klingon Promotion: As of the current edition, she slew her sister Triel in battle and is now the current Matron Mother of House Baenre.
  • Lady of War: Without a doubt the er..."hero" of the War of the Spider Queen.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: With Jeggred, primarily, but tries to treat every male she comes across as this.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: As it is with most drow, by virtue of the female-only priesthood of Lolth.
  • Our Elves Are Better: One of many beneficiaries of the setting's drow admiration.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes glow red in the Underdark, a function of her infra-vision, which all drow have.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's very proactive during the War of the Spider Queen, as well as ruling over the priestess academy and successfully overthrowing her sister for rulership of the house.
  • Whip It Good: Made of snakes, no less. Hers is unique,, with each snake being possessed by a demon, giving them sentience.

Jeggred Baenre

Race: Draegloth
Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Valas Hune

Race: Drow
Class: Rogue/Scout
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Faeryl Zauvirr

Race: Drow
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Neutral Evil

Halisstra Melarn

Race: Drow
Class: Cleric/Bard/Seeker of the Song
Alignment: Neutral Evil

Danifae Yauntyrr

Race: Drow
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Gromph Baenre

Race: Drow
Class: Wizard/Archmage
Alignment: Neutral Evil

Aliisza

Race: Alu-fiend
Class: Sorcerer
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Kaanyr Vhok

Race: Cambion
Class: Fighter/Rogue/Sorcerer
Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Nimor Imphraezl

Race: Drow/Shadow Dragon
Class: Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Alignment: Chaotic Evil

    The Empyrean Odyssey 

Kael

Race: Half-drow/half-fiend
Class: Paladin
Alignment: Lawful Good

  • Hot-Blooded
  • Grand Theft Me: Aliisza took over his body (thanks to a spell from Zasian) as soon as she met him for the first time, though not entirely by choice.
  • Military Maverick
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Had to come to grips with the fact of who his parents were and their differences in morality over the course of the Empyrean Odyssey trilogy.
  • The Paladin
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Wasn't even born when the series started. He was born while Aliisza was in stasis placed on her by the Triad and was raised by Tauran. The next time we (and Aliisza) see him, he's already fully grown.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Followed in Tauran's footsteps at the end of the The Crystal Mountain and went to stop Kaanyr from reaching the Lifespring instead of marching off to war against the Abyss.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. While he is a half-drow, he's actually a good guy. Doesn't mean he's not dangerous to his enemies, though.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes

Tauran

Race: Astral deva
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Lawful Good, later Neutral Good

  • Break the Cutie: The fall of Helm and Tyr's disgrace nearly forced him into Heroic B.S.O.D. territory.
    • Happened again after the death of Mystra, since the group ultimately failed and he thought he had been completely betrayed by Aliisza.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Wielded an enchanted mace in combat.
  • Fallen Angel: Was stripped of his divinity and immortality as punishment for his crimes against the House of the Triad.
  • Good Wings
  • Guardian Angel: Both in normal and literal sense for Kael.
  • Guile Hero
  • Half Truth: His mastery of this and lying by withholding information would make many a devil proud.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Had a feeling something was amiss with the gods and went rogue when no one would listen to him.
  • Ship Tease: Had a scene where he was feeling particularly heart-broken about what was happening with the gods and got head-on-lap action with Aliisza...
    • Ship Sinking: ...and then they both died at the end of The Crystal Mountain.

Zasian Menz

Race: Human
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Lawful Evil

    Other Characters 

Arilyn Moonblade

Race: Half-elf (Moon)
Class: Fighter
Alignment: Neutral Good

Danilo Thann

Race: Human
Class: Bard or Aristocrat/Wizard/Spellsinger
Alignment: Chaotic Good

Elaith Craulnober

Race: Elf (Moon)
Class: Fighter/Wizard
Alignment: Neutral Evil

  • Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Mostly. He tried to be a full-on hero, then full-on villain, but failed at both.
  • Broken Bird: The haughty, though back then innocent, variant. From the prince, Captain of the King's guard, betrothed to a princess and heir to an almost sacred artifact to self-exile and soon enough grave robber.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He knows he's badly messed up and wants his daughter to be a proper elf.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He doesn't advertise his wizardry expertise and it frequently makes a nasty surprise.
  • Knife Nut: He's a skilled fencer and more, but daggers tend to jump into his hand first unless he's against something big.
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last in his clan, which is why the moonblade he expected to take for granted didn't kill an unworthy claimant.
  • Magic Feather: Once accidentally did a darkly humorous version of this to himself.
  • Noble Demon: As a crimelord, he's obviously ruthless and indiscriminate, but still retains some elven ideals.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Danilo Thann, eventually.

Szass Tam

Race: Mulan human lich
Class: Wizard
Alignment: Neutral Evil

  • A God Am I: Attempted a ritual to turn himself into a greater god. Failed and more or less destroyed his country in doing so, turning most everyone into zombies. Plans to try again in another country.
  • The Archmage: Of the Evil Sorcerer variety, of course.
  • Ax-Crazy: His original characterization was this, along with a dose of Cackling Mad. He's mellowed out a bit and doesn't cackle so much, but he still has shades of this.
  • Deal with the Devil: During the Enemy Civil War in Thay, Szass Tam made a deal with Bane to assure his victory.
  • Evil Overlord: Of Thay. First by virtue of being the most powerful and cunning of its 8 rulers, then by virtue of being the only one of them left alive.
  • The Necrocracy: Turned Thay into an enclave of the undead, with Tam as its Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Our Liches Are Different: A pretty standard example, also being one of the most powerful necromancers in the setting.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: In Neverwinter, at least.

Yamun Khahan

Race: Tuigan human
Class: Fighter
Alignment: Lawful Evil

    The Gods 

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