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No: "he" was a publisher's error. Quoting from here (emphasis mine): In The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt Anthology, R.A. Salvatore explained that while writing The Crystal Shard, he was told by TSR that magical items could not have a gender, despite his arguments otherwise. To his "horror," he later discovered after the book was published that ...


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The image in question contains two cropped and heavily re-coloured pictures composited together; 'Red Wizard' by Fred Fields and 'Tower' by Ciruelo Cabral I've found a copy of the exterior of the CD cover which contains no credit to either artist nor a copyright tag that identifies the current licence-holders Wizards of the Coast, both of which are ...


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This is the Forgotten Realms novel Undead, by Richard Lee Byers, from 2008. From the Realms Wikia article: Meanwhile, undead kraken-like behemoths emerged from the ground behind the Council’s legions and proceeded to massacre the southern troops. That sounds very distinctly similar to what you're describing. There are also a lot of other things ...


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Driders are not spiders, so just because they combine elements of spider physiology does not make them automatically revered. The origin and societal roles of driders hasn't been terribly consistent in D&D settings, but generally a drow gets turned into a drider specifically as a punishment, either by Lolth or by more powerful drow. Spiders are ...


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The Chosen of Mystra (and the Chosen of other deities) were immortal. But exactly who was chosen and whether Mystra even existed has varied over the years in the Forgotten Realms plotline. It hasn't exactly been the most reliable way to stay immortal. However, for Elminster this seems unlikely to have been essential as the Wish spell is not specifically ...


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Update (2019) - it would appear that there are no more Eliminster-focused novels forthcoming. Q: After Death Masks, Are there any more Elminster-related stories coming? Ed Greenwood: Book length? Don't know. I've already penned a few Mirt tales that have Elminster briefly appearing as a supporting character (they were up at DM's Guild and will be ...


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After Drizzt leaves Menoberzzeran, House Do'Urden is effectively no more. With him being the last remaining noble of the house, there is no reason for him to change it any more because he can make the name associated with good instead of evil.


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Generally, you can check suggested order per author, as books by different authors generally should not spoil one another. If you prefer strictly chronoligical order, here is the suggested compiled list For Robert Salvatore books (Dark Elf, The Cleric Quintet) here is a suggested order: The Dark Elf series There is already an answer here and here (...


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According to the Forgotten Realms wiki, citing the 2014 R. A. Salvatore novel Night of the Hunter as its source, the house was reconstituted from unrelated noble drow. To form the house membership, Quenthel selected a number of drow from other houses, starting with her own sister, Sos'Umptu Baenre, to serve as temporary matron mother. Sos'Umptu was ...


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As a DM I choose to regard this transformation as a bizarre form of blessing granted in a form of a trial. Since Lolth herself and her worshipers are wicked and cruel - her attention, be it an act of punishment or a granted favor are sacred to all drow. Such a harsh divine interference may result in various outcome however. If a subject of transformation ...


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I should point out that in the novels Homeland (first in Dark Elf Trilogy), Legacy, and the short story Fires of Narbondel (Realms of the Underdark, written by Mark Anthony but focuses on Drizzt and House Do'Urden) Driders were depicted as mindless, sexless (in FoN at least), blubbering, pitiful wretches- not something you'd want to become. Also it was ...


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TLDR Go with nigh-infinite and for all intents and purposes endless. Forgotten Realms cosmology of hell This is one of the most complicated topics in most Roleplaying games and in the prose stories of the multiple realities of the Forgotten Realms. Cosmology in the Forgotten Realms postulates that each plane of existence is a nigh-infinite place centered ...


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Ashardalon, the great red dragon, started as a background character and antagonist in the last chapter of an 8-module adventure series for Dungeons & Dragons 3e in 2000-2002. The first, last (where the dragon actually appears), and one other were written by Bruce Cordell. There do not seem to be any novels dealing with this character, so only the ...


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If you've read the Sellswords series (Servant of the Shard, Promise of the Witch King, Road of the Patriarchs), then you should be caught up. I'm assuming you're reading the Neverwinter Saga now. I'm not aware of a separate story that details how Artemis winds up in the situation he's found in there. I suspect that, as you work your way through those books, ...


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For the Salvatore books, "The Cleric Quintet" should be read prior to the "Paths of Darkness" series. There are some connections between the Drizzt storylines and the "Cleric" characters after that point. You don't need to do so, but being up-to-date on both storylines before they touch each other may make a better reading experience.


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The answer regarding shaved heads is simple, that they originated among the Mulani people, who shave their heads. Red Wizards of Thay - Forgotten Realms Wiki Many traditions of the old Red Wizards were lost in the transformation and modern Red Wizards don't maintain the same Mulani traditions of shaved heads and tattoos that the old organization did. ...


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