Once a bastion of safety on the edge of Neverwinter Wood,
the fortified monastery and community called
Helm’s Hold has endured through the last decades,
diminished but unyielding. It has lived through the
death of the god who gave the place its name, the
ravages of the Spellplague, and the ruination of Neverwinter.
Through all this, Helm’s Hold has taken a
serious beating but stubbornly clings to its original
purpose: to provide sanctuary for those who have none.
Helm’s Hold has always been a place of healing
and protection for the people of Faerun. Even when
Helm perished a year before the Spellplague, the
monastery remained open, seeking to aid those with
nowhere else to turn. During the decades after the
Spellplague hit, the Hold became one of the few safe
destinations- if not the only one- along the Sword
Coast. The cataclysm once again made clear the
need for Helm’s Hold and its services. Its doors have
remained open over the years, admitting all who
suffer, regardless of race, background, or faith.
Today, the monastery proper serves as an asylum
for those cursed with the Spellplague. People from
all over Faerun make the pilgrimage here for treatment,
as do people from Neverwinter, which is less
than a day’s journey to the northwest. In fact, Lord
Neverember issued a standing order a year ago that
anyone in the city showing symptoms of Spellplague
infection should be sent to Helm’s Hold as soon as
possible. The influx of the needy since that time has
swelled the town’s numbers, but tolerance is in the
air here, so the spellscarred feel more at home in the
Hold than anywhere else in the Realms.
Originally a small monastery and its surrounding
village, Helm’s Hold has grown over the decades. The
cathedral’s foundation had hardly been laid when
Helm died, but the people finished it as a monument
in his honor. Helm has become a cultural icon here- a
patron saint of the community- and all followers of
all gods are welcome under his watchful gaze.