Nobility of Waterdeep

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The nobility of Waterdeep is a merchant prince aristocracy. These nobles are not the military families of so many other nations; it is only fitting that the greatest mercantile city in the North should have an aristocracy derived from its most successful economic adepts.

The nobles of Waterdeep do not rule: they do not make or enforce laws. Their nobility is a legal status, one which grants them extensive privileges, and one which must be registered and recognized by the Lords of Waterdeep. Such recognition usually only happens at the encouragement of the nobles themselves, although the Open Lord Dagult Neverember flouted this tradition and ennobled whom he pleased, primarily those who had "purchased" the nobility of another Waterdhavian family.

Today, there are eighty-five Waterdhavian noble Houses, each with heraldry properly registered and approved by the Heralds.

[edit] Of Noble Interest

  • Timeline of Foundings: The timeline of Waterdhavian noble house foundings, by year.
  • Extinct Houses: Those Houses which have fallen over the years.
  • The Coming Out Event: The introduction of new noble adults to society, a rite of passage for Waterdhavian nobles.
  • The Game: The social "game" of influence and prestige played by Waterdeep's nobles, whether they wish to or not.
  • Wines of Waterdeep: The five vintner Houses of Waterdeep have a rivalry as fierce as any over their vintages. This is a look at the wines they bring to the table.

[edit] The Houses

House Adarbrent
A house of wanderers and travelers, with interests in shipping, navigation, cartography, and exploration.
Members: 7 • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Valkur • Ennobled: 1317 DR
House Agundar
A house of duelists, with interests in mercenary fighting and warrior training.
Members: 36 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Talos • Ennobled: 1116 DR
House Amcathra
A house of politicians, with interests in wine, sword-smithing, horse-breeding and -training.
Members: 24 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Tymora • Ennobled: 1142 DR
House AmmakylNot Updated
A house of rustics, with interests in agriculture and wine-making.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Chauntea • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House Anteos
A house of ruffians, with interests in trading, money-changing, and barter (and formerly in slaving).
Members: 17 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House Artemel
A house of hunters, with interests in hunting (boar and monsters), and money-lending.
Members: 18 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Malar, Waukeen • Ennobled: 1233 DR
House Assumbar
A house of craftsmen, with interests in carpentry (including the design of exotic and splendid carriages)
Members: 36 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Siamorphe • Ennobled: 1273 DR
House Belbrundel
A house of monster procurers, with interests in the breeding of domesticated monsters and the harvesting of magical components.
Members: 35 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1468 DR
House BladesemmerNot Updated
A house of swordsmen, with interests in fencing, sword-smithing, and designing of exotic body armor.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1158 DR
House CassalanterNot Updated
A house of usurers, with interests in banking, money-lending, information-gathering, and rumor-mongering.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Waukeen • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House CragsmereNot Updated
A house of banksmen, with interests in land-owning, and money-lending.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Tymora • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House CrommorNot Updated
A house of braziers, with interests in brasswork (particularly musical instruments)
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Lathander • Ennobled: 1222 DR
House DezlentyrNot Updated
A house of caravaneers, with interests in caravan trading and shipping, exploration, island settlement, and establishment of harbors.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 1230 DR
House De'spriNot Updated
A house of herbalists, with interests in agriculture, greenhouses, apothecary goods, and alchemy.
Members: 19 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Chauntea • Ennobled: 1465 DR
House DunflagonNot Updated
A house of brewers, with interests in agriculture, brewing, and distilling.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House DurinboldNot Updated
A house of agriculturalists, with interests in mercenary fighting, cattle-rearing, and sheep-farming.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House EagleshieldNot Updated
A house of husbanders, with interests in tack-making, mercenary fighting, and animal husbandry.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House EirontalarNot Updated
A house of hunters, with interests in hunting, tracking, and guiding.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Mielikki • Ennobled: 1282 DR
House EmveolstoneNot Updated
A house of smiths, with interests in ironmongery and curio trading.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1205 DR
House EstelmerNot Updated
A house of scholars, with interests in heraldry, sage-lore, and printing.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Oghma • Ennobled: 1293 DR
House GauntylNot Updated
A house of prospectors, with interests in mercenary fighting, exploration, and mining.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1097 DR
House GostNot Updated
A house of traders, with interests in caravan-mastering, trading, and armor-smithing.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Lathander • Ennobled: 1197 DR
House GralhundNot Updated
A house of soldiers, with interests in mercenary fighting and weapons-crafting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1260 DR
House GrallethNot Updated
A house of foresters, with interests in guiding, forestry, lumbering, hunting, and mercenaries
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House GrifstoneNot Updated
A house of xxx, with interests in xxx
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House GundgulfNot Updated
A house of wilderfolk, with interests in hippogriff breeding and training, exploration, and guiding.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House HarteNot Updated
A house of frontiersfolk, with interests in hunting, caravan-mastering, fur-trapping, guiding, and exploration.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House HawkwinterNot Updated
A house of defenders, with interests in soldiering, garrisons, and guardianship.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Helm • Ennobled: 1276 DR
House HedareNot Updated
A house of xxx, with interests in xx
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House HelmfastNot Updated
A house of shipwrights, with interests in shipping and ship-crafting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Selûne, Gond • Ennobled: 1292 DR
House HiilgauntletNot Updated
A house of soldiers, with interests in mercenary fighting and military outfitting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Kossuth, Tempus • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House HothemarNot Updated
A house of caravaneers, with interests in trading and ownership of fleets of caravan wagons.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Shaundakul, Waukeen • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House HunabarNot Updated
A house of fashion-wrights, with interests in textiles trading and importation of fashion.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1170 DR
House HusteemNot Updated
A house of ruffians, with interests in mercenary fighting and land-owning.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House IlitulNot Updated
A house of herders, with interests in goat-raising and -herding, and mercenary fighting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House IlvastarrNot Updated
A house of tamers, with interests in beast-taming and -breeding, and preparation of exotic meats.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Tymora • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House IlzimmerNot Updated
A house of genteelfolk, with interests in horse-breeding and -racing, making and collecting maps, and the designing of gowns and jewelry.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House IrlingstarNot Updated
A house of wayfarers, with interests in caravan-running and ship-building.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House JardethNot Updated
A house of garrisoneers, with interests in soldiering, garrisons, and guardianship.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Helm • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House JhansczilNot Updated
A house of traders, with interests in trading, horse-breeding, and mercenary fighting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House KormallisNot Updated
A house of soldiers, with interests in the recruiting and training of mercenaries, outfitting groups of travelers (former slave trade).
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Tyr • Ennobled: 1258 DR
House KothontNot Updated
A house of trappers, with interests in herd farming and fur-trapping.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Chauntea • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House KothorntNot Updated
A house of traders, with interests in mercenaries and caravan-mastery.
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House LanngolynNot Updated
A house of shippers, with interests in textiles and shipping.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Lantanna • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1309 DR
House LathkuleNot Updated
A house of lapidaries, with interests in jewelry, gem-mining and -prospecting, and gemcutting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House MaerklosNot Updated
A house of rustics, with interests in swine-herding, beer-brewing, and seership.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Mystra, Savras • Ennobled: 1332 DR
House Majarra
A house of musicians, with interests in harping and harp-training, instrument-craftings, and silver mining.
Members: 26 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Oghma, Milil • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House MandarthNot Updated
A house of financiers, with interests in banking, moneylending, and financial administration.
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House MantharNot Updated
A house of luxurists, with interests in fine metals and perfumes, and mercenary fighting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1265 DR
House MarchenorNot Updated
A house of seawitches, with interests in shipping, magecraft, and fishing.
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House MargasterNot Updated
A house of traders, with interests in trading and shipping.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House MassalanNot Updated
A house of lapidaries, with interest in jewelry.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House MelshimberNot Updated
A house of trend-setters, with interests in sage-lore, research and information-gathering, secrets, and fine wines.
Members: 39 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Oghma • Ennobled: 1190 DR
House MendtNot Updated
A house of householders, with interests in blacksmithing, household goods, and tanning
Members: xx • Ethnicity: xxx • Faith: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House MoonstarNot Updated
A house of explorers, with interests in guiding, cartography, exploration, and caravan-mastering.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 985 DR
House NandarNot Updated
A house of builders, with interests in house construction and bridge-building.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Malar • Ennobled: 1182 DR
House NantarNot Updated
A house of builders, with interests in civic engineering, house construction, and wall-building
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House NesherNot Updated
A house of foresters, with interests in hawking, lumbering, and wood-making.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Mielikki • Ennobled: 1291 DR
House PhulbrinterNot Updated
A house of fishers, with interests in fishing and ship-building
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House PhylundNot Updated
A house of exoticists, with interests in the training, procuring, and breeding of fearsome monsters.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Helm • Ennobled: 1295 DR
House PiiradostNot Updated
A house of herdsfolk, with interests in horse-breeding and cattle-raising.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Waukeen • Ennobled: 1178 DR
House RalnarthNot Updated
A house of wainwrights, with interests in wagon-, carriage-, and cart-building and land-owning.
Members: xx • Faith: xxx • Ethnicity: xxx • Ennobled: xxx DR
House RaventreeNot Updated
A house of shippers, with interests in ship-building and procurement of rare foods.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House RoaringhornNot Updated
A house of horsemen, with interests in horse-raising and mercenary fighting.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Tymora • Ennobled: 948 DR
House RosznarNot Updated
A house of agriculturalists, with interests in land-owning and winemaking.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1252 DR
House Ruldegost
A house of bankers, with interests in banking, mercenary fighting, bounty-hunting, and caravan-mastering.
Members: 26 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Waukeen, Helm • Ennobled: 1151 DR
House Sandhor
A house of agriculturalists, with interests in agriculture, brewing, and wine-making
Members: 13 • Faith: Chauntea, Tethrin Veraldé (Seldarine) • Ethnicity: Sun elven + Illuskan • Ennobled: 1475 DR
House Silmerhelve
A house of defenders, with interests in guardianship, warrior-training, and pandering.
Members: 22 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Helm • Ennobled: 1259 DR
House Snome
A house of distillers, with interests in brewing, distilling, beer and liquor importing.
Members: xx • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Lliira • Ennobled: 1273 DR
House Stormweather
A house of seafarers, with interests in shipping and naval exploration.
Members: 13 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: Auril, Umberlee, Talos • Ennobled: 1251 DR
House Sultlue
A house of riders, with interests in ranching, horse-breeding and -trading.
Members: 19 • Ethnicity: Tashlutan, Illuskan • Faith: Shandaukul • Ennobled: 1138 DR
House Talmost
A house of clothiers, with interests in textiles, fashion clothing, and furs.
Members: 11 • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Sune • Ennobled: 942 DR DR
House Tarm
A house of horsemen, with interests in caravan-mastering, horse-breeding and -training.
Members: 19 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Mielikki • Ennobled: 1249 DR
House Tchazzam
A house of hunters, with interests in archery, hunting, bowyers and fletchers.
Members: 21 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Mielikki • Ennobled: 1149 DR
House Tesper
A house of duelists, with interests in guardianship and skill-at-arms.
Members: 21 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1235 DR
House Thann
A house of landowners, with interests in land-owning, merchant shipping, and fine wines (former slave trade).
Members: 14 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House Thongolir
A house of scriveners, with interests in calligraphy, limning, and printing.
Members: 44 • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Deneir • Ennobled: 1248 DR
House Ulbrinter
A house of seafarers, with interests in shipping and ship-building.
Members: 16 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Waukeen • Ennobled: 1112 DR
House Urmbrusk
A house of landowners, with interests in land-owning and moneylending.
Members: 6 • Ethnicity: Illuskan • Faith: None • Ennobled: 1254 DR
House Vinen
A house of tinkers, with interests in clockwork, engineering, trap-making (rumored), and moneylending
Members: 30 • Ethnicity: Lantannese • Faith: Gond • Ennobled: 1447 DR
House Wands
A house of arcanists, with interests in mage schooling, magical research and adventuring, dweomercraft-for-hire.
Members: 89 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: None • Ennobled: 973 DR
House Wavesilver
A house of seafarers with interests in merchant shipping.
Members: 14 • Ethnicity: Chondathan • Faith: Selûne • Ennobled: 1251 DR
House Zulpair
A house of seafarers with interests in merchant shipping.
Members: 24 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Umberlee • Ennobled: 1310 DR
House Zun
A house of herders, with interests in cattle-farming and mercenary fighting.
Members: 7 • Ethnicity: Tethyrian • Faith: Tempus • Ennobled: 1103 DR
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