Lord Mourngrym Amcathra
Leader and Lord of Shadowdale
Mourngrym stays physically fit, and his brown hair and moustache are both neatly trimmed.
Mourngrym is a very shrewd man, and his abilities in the diplomatic arena both show caution and a great care for those he leads.
Born in Waterdeep to a noble house, Mourngrym Amcathra grew up with almost everything he needed. He had several friends, and, while still a child, he started learning the ins and outs of the city. However, this wasn’t enough for him: Mourngrym wished to feel useful, and he had a need to make his way on his own. As a result, he started training in various martial arts in his early adolescence. Also during these years, he came to the attention of Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun. Due to an incident where Mourngrym assisted an associate of Khelben’s, the Chosen of Mystra made sure to watch the young man. Khelben noted Mourngrym’s ability to remain diplomatic in the face of adversity and his skill at arms when words failed to resolve a situation.
The very process of assisting others made Mourngrym realize his growing interests in local issues, and he eventually allied himself with the local Harpers. After a time, Khelben himself requested that Mourngrym join Doust Sulwood, who was Lord of Shadowdale, in Sulwood’s adventuring endeavors.
Mourngrym’s initial reasons for joining up with Doust included lending aid to Doust in whatever capacity was needed and increasing his personal holdings while doing so, with the former of the two being more important to both parties. With his skill at combat, Mourngrym joined Doust’s adventuring group, which were known as the Knights of Myth Drannor, and he served Doust well in a variety of skirmishes and tough situations. He so impressed the Lord of Shadowdale that when Doust decided to step down from his role in 1353 DR, Doust asked Mourngrym to take over. With Khelben’s encouragement, Mourngrym accepted, thereby gaining both the title Lord of Shadowdale and the Pendant of Ashaba, which is the symbol of office for the Lord of Shadowdale.
While acting as Lord of Shadowdale, Mourngrym met an intriguing woman who was acting as the diplomatic envoy from Cormyr. Her name was Shaerl Rowanmantle, and while her actions initially kept them apart, her death while saving him from the fiends of Myth Drannor affected Mourngrym deeply. After destroying the foul beings that killed her, he sought to have Shaerl resurrected. In 1355 DR he married her, and they welcomed their first son Scotti into the world in 1358 DR.