When The Two Swans Tavern opened in Sarshel, Nathaniel Askovar took to wandering the realms again. Life was short, and it was dangerous, but all that one could do is say “yes” to life, and so live fully. The coin had landed on edge the day that Nthanda was born, but it had been spinning ever since. Life said “go”, and he said “yes”.
Action taken against the Zhentarim in Baytown would ultimately push Nathaniel out of Impiltur for good. Complications in the mission had revealed the young Harper to his enemies. Scarcely escaping the town with his life, Nathaniel would never step foot in the kingdom again.
After returning to his Harper allies in The Vast for a time, Nathaniel would wander The Dalelands and collect the stories scattered there. As in Impiltur, the Shaaran boy was to be considered atypical by all those he met, but found himself making boon companions wherever he went. He soon earned a name for himself as a musician, swordsman and wandmaker, accomplishing good deeds and bringing the people of the Dales closer together.
Throughout his travels, Nathaniel spoke of the many friends and experiences that Impiltur had given him. It was clear to all that enjoyed the boy's company for extended bouts that his time spent upon The Easting Reach had left a great impression upon him, and rarely could he reflect on that period of his life without a smile, or a far off look of contemplation in his wise eyes. As a matter of fact, the larger-than-life exploits of Ms Peveril and her Halfling companion, Quickfoot, began to gain such traction with Nathaniel's listeners that the Bard was commissioned to write a series of novels about the duo! He declined, however, assuring publishers that the story “was still in the process of writing itself”.
Most agree that Nathaniel's life after Impiltur continued to be one of camaraderie, music and adventure – a happy life, indeed, but not without its trials. By the time he arrived in Cormyr, the Bard was seen to have receded somewhat from the physical demands of adventuring, serving in a more artistic and advisory capacity when he sought to make changes in the world. He maintained his autonomy within the Harpers, serving their agenda in the manner of his own preference. Shortly upon arriving in Cormyr, Nathaniel had insinuated himself into the court of a powerful Cormyrian noble house, acting as a minstrel.
Rumour and intrigue would have one believe that the young Shaaran won the heart of a Cormyrian prince, though at best their dalliances could have been called an open secret. Many historians see a clear correlation between the prince's developing political agenda and the relationship he kept with Nathaniel, whom he never truly ceased to mourn after the Bard's passing. Aiding the noble house of his prince in battle against an Orc uprising, Nathaniel's talents would prove to be instrumental in mobilising Cormyr's armies against this tide of Evil. A poisonous Orc arrow, however, found its resting place in Nathaniel's chest. The poison spread too quickly for Nathaniel to be able to recover, and he died shortly after battle's end, at the modest age of 23.