Of old, the nobles of Waterdeep took haughty pride in their bloodlines and birthrights. Few could marry into the ranks of the nobles without being swallowed up in the manners and trappings of nobility, and nobles shunned those who refused to act "higherborn than the common unwashed," as one broadsheet put it. Those deemed unworthy would have doors literally slammed in their faces, find lords and ladies turning away from them rather than talking to them at public functions, and receive no invitations for feasts, revels, and high-society social gatherings. Even great wealth could not buy a title or a seat at most nobles’ high tables in these earlier days.
Yet as times change, unyielding armor shatters, and customs fade.
These days, the same unwashed commoners once spurned by nobles bear an increasing number of Waterdhavian titles—but only those commoners who amass enough wealth to buy these titles can achieve this status. Others choose a different path—that of the socalled "wildblade."
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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in . . .