In the “Dungeons & Dragons” universe, Volothamp Geddarm, or Volo for short, is known for his travels, which he used to craft stories and write his guidebooks. He is the “D&D” scholar and, coincidentally, butted heads with the legendary Elminster, Simon’s great-great-grandfather in “Honor Among Thieves.”
Volo’s work dates back to the early days of “D&D,” with all of it being published within the “D&D” world and in real life for players to use in their campaigns. “Volo’s Guide to All Things Magical” was his first guidebook, detailing spells, magical items, and magical locations across Faerûn. TSR published the book as a companion to the Second Edition of “D&D.” Other Second Edition guidebooks by Volo include location guides for the Sword Coast, Dalelands, and Waterdeep.
“D&D” is currently in its Fifth Edition, which features one of Volo’s most well-known guidebooks, “Volo’s Guide to Monsters.” The book details many fantastical creatures throughout the “D&D” realms, including illustrations and in-depth lore so any aspiring adventurer can travel with knowledge. In the real world, the guidebook became a must-have for anyone running a campaign, allowing Dungeon Masters to pluck creatures from the pages and drop them into any encounter.