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Alassra Shentrantra Silverhand

(a.k.a. Lassra, The Simbul, The Witch-Queen of Aglarond)

The Simbul, born Alassra Shentrantra Silverhand, is one of The Seven Sisters, a Chosen of Mystra, and one of the most powerful spellcasters in Faerûn. Her character is that of a wild and powerful sorceress, highly unpredictable and prone to sudden outbursts of rage. She is the queen of Aglarond, a nation in the east of Faerûn, but many of her subjects fear her as much as they respect her for her recklessness and apparent unstable nature. She is the lover of the Sage of Shadowdale, Elminster Aumar.   The Simbul is protected by a personal guard called the Simbulmyn, commanded by High Captain Hovor Seawind in 1374 DR.   It is rumored that the Simbul had written a document that named her successor and that the document is in the hands of the Harpers, believed to be with either Elminster Aumar or Khelben Arunsun.  


Being one of The Seven Sisters, the Simbul is the daughter of Dornal Silverhand and Elué. After the death of her mother, young Alassra was entrusted by Mystra, the Goddess of Magic, to the care of Oraumae a Witch of Rashemen. Mystra gave the witches spells that enabled them to rule Rashemen and repel invasions by Thay.   After the Simbul left the witches, she started wandering the planes. Little was known about her whereabouts during that period, which lasted for some 400 years. It was said that Mystra herself revealed to her the fact that she was one of the Chosen of Mystra, after one of her consorts (allegedly a wizard from another plane) perished.   The Simbul ended up as the apprentice of Ilione, a lesser sorceress and ruler of Aglarond. In 1246 DR, the wizard Elminster recognized the Simbul for whom she really was. She took the name "the Simbul" from a deity of the primitive human tribes that inhabited the Yuirwood before the elves moved there, and whose runes can still be found deep within the wood (the goddess known as the Simbul was absorbed as an aspect of Labelas Enoreth).   Ilione had designated the Simbul as her successor. The Simbul assumed the throne of Aglarond upon Ilione's death. Elminster's love helped reduce the frequency of her berserker rage fits, but she is still feared for the amount of damage she can inflict. It was the Simbul whom Mystra sent into Avernus, the first layer of The Nine Hells of Baator, to retrieve Elminster when he was banished there. King Azoun IV of Cormyr once called her “a good friend, but a deadly enemy”.
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