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The jingle of gold and the chance to earn glory in the battlefield motivate many people to answer a call to arms. These men and women are mercenaries, willing to fight someone else's battle for the chance to earn a few coins or lasting fame.

Gold & Glory describes the mercenary companies of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. The famous and the infamous are detailed within: the Flaming Fist, possibly the most powerful private army on Toril; The Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, certainly the most bizarre; the honorable Bushido, the sly Masquerade, the snobbish Order of the Blue Boar, the hard-fighting She-Wolves, and many more. Many of the companies are brought to life in the full-page full color portraits in this sourcebook.

Gaming information, including statistics for BATTLESYSTEM(tm) Game scenarios, is offered as well. Player characters can adventure with these mercenary corps, earning gold and glory for themselves!

Product History

FR15: "Gold & Glory" (1992), by Tim Beach, is the fifteenth book in the "FR" series of sourcebooks for the Forgotten Realms. It was released in November 1992.

Continuing the "FR" Sourcebooks. Though most of the "FR" sourcebooks were geographic splatbooks, some of them instead went in different directions. "Gold & Glory" is one of those it lies somewhere between being a military history book and an organizational splatbook for mercenary companies. As such, it's the most like FR12: "Horde Campaign" (1991).

In comparison, "Horde Campaign" was definitely a military history book in the style of those published by Osprey Publishing (1969-Present). "Gold & Glory" also is light on D&D stats, is heavy on Battlesystem stats, and has several full-color pages of illustrations, but beyond that it doesn't have the same high quantity of illustrations and maps as its predecessor.

Not Exactly Maztica! Many Forgotten Realms fans have avoided "Gold & Glory", because its name and cover picture of a conquistador suggest that it's a Maztica book, tying in to the Maztica Campaign Set (1991) that TSR was pushing at the time. Three of the mercenary companies in "Gold & Glory" — the Flaming Fist, the Jaguar Guard, and the Golden Legion — do have ties to Maztica, but the general scope of the supplement is much larger than that: you'll also find references to the Horde Wars, Spelljammer, and more.

Expanding the Realms. Adventuring companies are as old as the Realms, so it was natural for TSR to publish a supplement that gives some small attention to these adventuring groups and also talks about the larger mercenaries companies that they can evolve into.

Many of the mercenaries companies described in "Gold & Glory" come from other sources. I14: Swords of the Iron Legion (1988) — a previous supplement that linked Battlesystem and the Realms — provided many of them. As already noted, the Golden Legion was also well-known, thanks to its appearance in almost half-a-dozen Maztica supplements and novels. However, the Flaming Fist would go on to probably become the best-known mercenary company in the Realms, thanks to its past connections to Maztica and its future appearances in Baldur's Gate (1998), and in Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad (1998).

"Gold & Glory" also provides lots of interesting details on the Realms, though you'll have to dig through all the individual company descriptions to find the little nuggets of information.

About the Creators. Beach was the coauthor of the Maztica Campaign Set and the "Fires of Zatal" (1991) adventure for Maztica. However, his work for TSR was rapidly expanding beyond that, with releases in 1992 covering Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Thunder Rift, and a few generic sourcebooks.

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