Thomas's Forgotten Realms
The Lady Mage of Waterdeep
One of the Seven Sisters, a Chosen of Mystra, and the Open Lord of Waterdeep, Laeral Silverhand has a deep and interesting history. She was raised and apprenticed to Elminster, and became a harper and lord of the realm of Stornanter. She spent time as a wanderer and was the hard-drinking, fearless leader of the adventuring band known as The Nine. She became a Chosen of Mystra, then was driven mad by a Netherese lich, and later healed by Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun, who became her partner and parent to their child, Krehlan Arunsun, a future Blackstaff.
Laeral is one of the most prolific magic item creators in recorded history. Its rumored that she enjoys a good tavern brawl, and frequently changes her shape so that she can travel about Waterdep freely. It is said she assumes the form of a rat on occasion to keep an eye Waterdeep’s sewers and to tag along with adventuring parties.
Mystra has tasked Laeral with maintaining the stability of the Sword Coast by becoming the Open Lord of Waterdeep, and since she assumed the mantle in 1489 DR she has. Her ultimate goal is to unite all thinking races, be they dwarves, elves, humans or orcs, in a goodly purpose.