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He is a Dungeon Master, Forgotten Realms fan, aspiring writer and high school student in that order. We welcome his latest contribution and hope you enjoy his review of the Ed Greenwood Omnibus: For most of the ascendinf novel, Elminster abhorred magic and all who used it, hunting and killing many of them.

He ran into the Magister early on and was awed by the power that magic could bring, but his mind was yet to be changed. The later two novels deal with Elminster apprenticing himself to various other Mages and Sorcerers, and occasionally only being beholden asfending Mystra, the goddess of magic herself.

Elminster Ascending by Ed Greenwood

The Elmibster of a Mage deals with Elminster through his adolescence and young adulthood before he became the most powerful and well known Mage elmiinster the Forgotten Realms, and before he became one of the Chosen. Eventually, those Mages overthrew the Stag Throne in all but name. After a harrowing run-in with the Mage who killed his father — and the Dragon that was doing his bidding — Elminster went back to the town he grew up in, only to find that it was utterly destroyed. He swore to his elminstef family that he ascendijg get revenge by killing the Mage responsible for destroying the village.

Elminster then fell in with what at first appeared to be Highwaymen, but later turned out to be the True Knights of the realm. They were loyal to the Throne, not the Mages, and were forced to flee the Capital and hide in the backlands. There, they destroyed patrols sent out to find them with relative ease. Elminster gained great skill with weapons during this time, but never came to enjoy or even be comfortable with killing. Because of his aversion to killing, he moved into the capital of the realm where he became a Thief.

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Review: Elminster Ascending

Again, however, he moved on in pursuit of vengeance. This time, he left what could have been a comfortable and lucrative lifestyle because of an encounter with the goddess Mystra.

She told the Last Prince that he had to learn of magic and worship her. He agreed and she enacted her first test upon him. Elminster the man was transformed into Elmara the woman, a form that forced the Last Prince to learn the ways, trials and hardships of women. He spent many years as a woman, eventually meeting Myrjala. Myrjala taught Elmara a great deal about magic and eventually helped her become Elminster the man once more.

After a time, Elminster enlisted the aid of all of his friends and allies to reclaim the Stag Throne. He enacted his vengeance and gave the acending to the leader of the outlawed Knights, an older man named Helm.

Elminster Ascending

Elminster left the realm in pursuit of greater magical knowledge which is where the story picks up when Elminster in Myth Drannor began. Mystra commanded Elminster to ascendint to the city Cormanthor in the realm of the Elves.

There, Elminster was apprenticed to the first in a line of powerful but cruel Wizards. The Coronal of the Time sought to open the realm of Elves to other ascendig, an idea most of the Elves he ruled over disliked.

His grand plan was to put up a Mythal, which would allow the Elves to remain in control of the city. Elminster took part in this endeavour and achieved the narrowest margin of success in making the Mythal by the end of the second novel. When The Temptation of Elminster began many years had passed since the events in the first two novels.

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A band of adventurers opened a Ascendijg tomb, and inside they found Elminster in stasis. It was unclear exactly how long he was elminxter, but it was a very long time before being revived. He went on several smaller missions of magic, and after completing one of these he met deity Azuth, Lord of Spells. Upon returning to the now-destroyed Myth Drannor, Azoth told Elminster that he must try to use as little sscending as possible for the next year.

Elminster was later apprenticed to another dark Wizard. Their confrontation was epic and was asceneing immensely satisfying ending to this series. The final novel ends with Elminster taking on the role of foster father to three little girls. Those readers familiar with Realms lore can probably guess who they are. I highly recommend this collection. I do caution readers that these are not as straight forward or as easy to ascebding as other Forgotten Realms novels.

These novels are very intensive, especially when it comes to keeping track of all the characters and places where the story is told. The third novel is especially treacherous in this regard.

Each of the three novels collected in this omnibus are considerably longer than typical Forgotten Realms novels. This is actually a good thing in my opinion because it allowed the author to make an even more compelling story. Where I usually just breeze through most Forgotten Realms novels, these really held my attention. Looking for instant updates? He just seemed too powerful to be entertaining. March of the Phantom Brigade Week Building Better Monsters Part 1: Meet Your Maker, Monster.

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