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Hruitt (or Hruit[2]) is a giant owl who represents the Middle Dura ward of Sharn on the City Council.[2][1]

History[]

Once known to be a shifter druid with a peculiar affinity for owls,[2] Hruitt once flew in the Race of Eight Winds to represent the Bazaar of Dura, competing as a rider on a giant owl,[2][1] before apparently being revealed to be the owl himself.[speculation]

He now negotiates on behalf of the Bazaar and Middle Dura as a whole on Sharn's Council.[2][1]

Activities[]

On the Council, Hruitt works for the benefit of Middle Dura and the merchants of the Bazaar, looking after their interests. In this, he regularly comes into conflict with Ilyra Boromar, representative of Lower Dura, and by extension the Boromar Clan and their allies, as well as the councilors representing other market wards of Sharn.[2][1]

Abilities[]

Hruitt has all the skills and powers of a druid and Sharn skymage, and was talented in aerial combat and fighting with a falchion.[2] Hruitt is a skilled negotiator.[1]

He can assume human form.[1][note 1]

Possessions[]

In humanoid form, Hruitt fights with magical falchion and wears magical hide armor. He has a number of potions and a feather fall talisman.[2]

Relations[]

He has an animal companion in the form of an owl named Feritis.[2]

Appendix[]

Background[]

In 3.5-edition Sharn: City of Towers, Hruit (one 't') was a shifter druid. Subsequently in the novel The City of Towers and 5th-edition's Rising from the Last War, Hruitt (two 't's) is stated to be a giant owl. According to Keith Baker on Discord, this was the original vision of the character.[3] Hence, this article treats this as a retcon and attempts to marry the two versions.

Notes[]

  1. Given the change of Hruit's race from shifter to giant owl, it might be considered that Hruit can also take the form of a shifter.

Appearances[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Keith Baker, Jeremy Crawford, & James Wyatt (2019). Eberron: Rising from the Last War. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 156, 157. ISBN 0786966890.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Keith Baker & James Wyatt (2004). Sharn: City of Towers. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 57, 110–111. ISBN 0-7869-3434-4.
  3. Keith Baker (2020-02-02). Eberron: Races (instant messaging). Discord. Retrieved on 2020-11-15. "I've always preferred Hruit as an owl; I think it was too weird for folks when we wrote Sharn CoT. Per 3.5 rules giant owls are just as intelligent as people and wiser than most (default Int 10, Wis 14) and can speak Common. There has been a community of owls in the city for centuries -- since the Race of Eight Winds began -- and we called out that there were owl merchants. So I liked the idea that you could have an owl politician. I'll note that in the novel City of Towers, Hruit is simply presented as a giant owl, with no suggestion of being a druid-in-owl-form... I suspect that I was already writing CoT when the Sharn sourcebook was going through editing - so Hruitt was changed into a druid in the sourcebook, but remained an owl in the novel."
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