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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.

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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.
  • Anything That Moves: He’s had a lot of sex.
  • 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.
  • Cast From Sanity: Doing magic can drive him insane since the Spellplague.
  • 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: True Neutral

  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kinda hard to tell which side of that fence he's on.
  • Kukris Are Kool: He dual-wields them. Even cooler given that they are enchanted to produce lighting.
  • Our Elves Are Better
  • Ranger: The closest equivalent to one to be found in the Underdark. Hune is a peerless scout who knows the Underdark inside and out.
  • Scars Are Forever
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: How good is he? He's the most capable tracker in a group that includes a priestess and a wizard skilled in divination.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: His skill at silent movement and teleportation means he can pull this one off effortlessly. It's even more irritating to the drow.
  • The Stoic: Partially because it's just his personality, but mostly out of necessity, due to his job and the environment he's doing it in.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To practically every female he encounters.

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

  • Always Someone Better: Gromph is the Someone Better to his brother, Jarlaxle. When he shows up in the Drizzt books, it's shown that Jarlaxle comes to him for advice and magical assistance with matters that exceed his own expertise, and that Gromph is perfectly secure in laughing in Jarlaxle's face.
  • The Archmage: Rivals Elminster for the title.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is without a doubt the most powerful magic user in Menzoberranzan. The only thing that keeps him in check is that he is vastly outnumbered by the priestess of Lolth, and that he's terrified of the goddess herself.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Pretty standard for the drow, though.
  • Blue Blood: The eldest son of Yvonnel Baenre, making him one of the closest things to Drow royalty possible. Downplayed, given that he's male, so even he can only rise so far in Drow society.
  • The Chains of Commanding: His position of Archmage and Master of the wizarding school Sorcere are really just a way for the ruling priestess to keep him shackled. He's very aware of this and none too happy about it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Just in case he ever got caught by a mind flayer, he prepared a time stop potion and an amnesia potion. He then programmed his own memory to forget what was in the bottles he put them in and made it so that he'd try to warn himself not to drink them just to throw the mind flayer off about what was about to happen.
  • Crystal Ball: He's a divination specialist, and one of the best in the business at using this particular item.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One gets the impression that his ascerbic tongue is how he manages to keep his wits in a Lady Land like Menzoberranzan.
  • Death Glare
  • Eye Scream: Had his eyes eaten out by his familiar as part of a transplant.
  • Familiar: Kyorli, a talented but otherwise normal rat. It's one of the few things Gromph openly shows affection to.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: What he teaches at Sorcere. Also doubles as a Signature Move.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He shares the standard drow love of conspicuous consumption.
  • No One Should Survive That: Escaped the monumental explosion of a House, but only just barely.
  • Older Than They Look: Over 700, but looks young thanks to an Amulet of Eternal Youth. With the death of his mother and older sister, he may well be the oldest living drow.
  • Pragmatic Villany: During the Silence of Lolth, he is by far the most powerful being in the Underdark, but refrains from moving against the priestesses because he correctly guesses that Lolth has put measures in place to protect them during her absence.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He used to have amber eyes (like his brother Dantrag and his daughter Liriel), but was blinded and got an eye transplant.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Although in his case its more a function of him being male, which forces him to do more to justify his existence.
  • Sharp Dressed Drow: One of the best dressed in the Underdark, which is really saying something.
  • Sibling Rivalry: He and Quenthel fight over Triel's ear on the throne. So much so that he tried to kill her several times.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Quite tall, very dark, and extremely surly.
  • Wizards Live Longer: In his case, he lives even longer than expected of an ordinary elven wizard, thanks to a unicorn amulet he possesses.

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 BSoD 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

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    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 Laughing 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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