History of Shadowdale - Mourngrym's Rule is a book about the community of Shadowdale. It describes the rule of the Lord of Shadowdale, Mourngrym Amcathra, during the period around the Time of Troubles and the situation of Shadowdale during the game. This book is the last entry in the history of Shadowdale series, History of Shadowdale - Shaerl and Mourngrym Meet and Marry is the book before the final entry. This item appears in Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. In Baldur's Gate, this item is not for sale at any shop, but it can be found in bookshelves and other containers.


Since being recommended to the position by the outgoing Lord Doust Sulwood, Lord Mourngrym Amcathra's rule of Shadowdale has been less peaceful than he had hoped. The First Battle of Shadowdale occurred in the Year of the Prince (1357 DR) and involved Daleland forces routing those of Lyran the Pretender. Lyran has made repeated attempts to gain the Lordship, as was intended by the former Zhentish puppet, Lord Jyordhan. While significant, this battle pales when compared to the larger battle fought on the same site between Bane-led Zhentil Keep forces and the Dales during the Time of Troubles (1358 DR/0 PR). When the Battle of Shadowdale referred to (without a number), it usually mens this second battle. In addition, Mourngrym has had to deal with a large number of skirmishes, incursions, a possible invasion from below, and other sundry disasters.
Mourngrym and Shaerl have one child, Scotti, who is now nine winters old. By the customs of the area, he is not considered the heir apparent, and another suitable warrior or mage may take the reins of power of the small community. Most feel that Mourngrym will hold the Pendant, until his son has reached his maturity, then abdicate in young Scotti's favor once he takes his grown name. If this happens, it will be the first occasion of the lordship of Shadowdale passing down a family.

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