In the dark of the noon day sun
Female Dwarf of the Axe of Mirabar
Helda Silverstream has gray eyes and dreadlocks of long, mahogany hair that she pulls back behind her head. She wears the hooded silver-stitched blue cloak of her clan, fastened with a silver clasp in the shape of a dwarven war axe, marking her as a warrior of the Axe of Mirabar
The Party met Helda as she led guards at Bryn-Shander in repulsing a Yeti attack
Born of the union between clans Silverstream and Battlehammer, Helda Silverstream is a young dwarf who inherited the formidable cunning of her father’s kin as well as the bravery associated with her mother’s name. Worldly as well as wise, she has already seen more of Faerun in her sixty years than her uncle has in his many long winters.
After spending her formative years hearing about the vaunted clan Battlehammer and the splendor of her mother’s clan’s seat at Mithral Hall, Helda took it upon herself to travel there at the tender age of thirty-five, defying her parents and the conventions ofdwarven society to leave her home at so young an age. Helda’s father asked Stokely Silverstream, leader of the Dwarven Valley in Icewind Dale, to forbid her from leaving. The elder Silverstream instead gave Helda his blessing—likely because he regretted never visiting the vaunted Mithral Hall and because nothing he could have said would have swayed the determined young dwarf.
Helda’s fiery personality was forged in the valley of Kelvin’s Cairn, and her skills were tempered in the bowels of Mithral Hall. There, she learned mining, smithcraft, and the arts of war and diplomacy from her mother’s people, displaying the earnestness of a dwarf who had grown up in a harsh land that could ill modate the time required to spend so long at study
Even in their protected valley home, the dwarves of Kelvin’s Cairn struggle through each winter, hunting for resources while fending off orcs, giants, and other creatures that would claim the valley’s shelter. The clan members in Icewind Dale work hard to survive; they don’t have the luxury of a lengthy education.
By comparison. Helda’s life at Mithral Hall was geared toward study. The dwarves there have a sense of the great sweep of history that has brought them the wealth and comfort they now enjoy, and they understand that it is not haste—or even hard work—that will ensure their continued prosperity, but the careful study and application of their race’s centuries of collective wisdom. Courage might come naturally to the Battlehammers, but patience is a virtue that the dwarves of that clan labor hard to learn. Helda never intended to spend the rest of her winters in Mithral Hall, so after ten years there, she moved on to Mirabar, to seek a life and a fortune of her own. Though she makes her home in that city, she travels throughout the North, bringing her metalwork and jewelry to customers ranging from Waterdeep to Icewind Dale.