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A former adventurer and Purple Dragon Knight of far-off Cormyr, Sir Isteval is living out his retirement in Daggerford (area 10). Believing that the kingdom of Cormyr was a light to the world, a shining exam¬ple of everything that a nation should be, he fought boldly against the forces of chaos and evil wherever they threatened the stability of his home realm. As his power grew, he assembled several different groups of like-minded adventurers to help spread the vision of Cormyr’s glory into the Western Heartlands. His former companions are spread up and down the Heart¬lands and the North, from Cormyr to Baldur’s Gate and the Moonsea to Icewind Dale.

In a fateful battle against an ancient green dragon, Isteval suffered a grievous wound to his leg that has never fully healed. His wounded leg means that Iste- val’s greatest quests are now behind him, but he has never lost his vision of Cormyr as it should be—a beacon and bastion against encroaching darkness. Isteval believes that Cormyr’s greatest challenge is fast approaching, and unless its scheming nobles and cor¬rupt knights and wizards can pull together in unity, the nation is in danger of being conquered by its enemies.

Isteval is a paladin of Amaunator, but he views the god in an outmoded light as Lathander, the god of dawn and new beginnings. In these days of chaos, Isteval sees the birth pangs of a new age, and he believes against all evidence and reason that it will bring unprecedented peace and prosperity. Many trials yet lie ahead, but Isteval is convinced that at the end of his journey is a far fairer place.

Although he is no longer able to fight as he did in his youth, Isteval seeks to bring together a new, great com¬pany of brave souls to carry on his legacy, preserving his vision for future generations.

Isteval is a slender and tawny-skinned human with dark brown hair salted with gray. He often wears the plate armor of a knight, although his left leg is braced and he carries a walking stick as well as his greatsword. His armor is decorated with the holy symbol of Lathander, which some members of the church of Amaunator might consider heretical