By Ed Greenwood
How do you tempt an archmage who has every thing?
From a gloomy and dusty tomb, Elminster emerges, looking the counsel of Mystra, and reveals in basic terms silence. he's drawn into the clutches of the mysterious and sinister girl of Shadows. the trail he is taking will result in a Realms-shaking war of words the place Elminster has to take advantage of very important selection of his lengthy lifestyles.
Whatever he comes to a decision, the nation-states might be eternally replaced . . .
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