Yet another Realms book that made me cry.

I loved The Companions.  It is all about –you guessed it- the Companions of the Hall, the group of friends and family that our beloved Drizz’t traveled with for so long, and who all have played such an important role in the Realms events.  Very little of Drizz’t but I’m ok with that…

So for those who don’t know, the Companions of the Hall (Mithril Hall to be exact) were a group of adventurers consisting of the drow ranger Drizz’t Do’Urden, dwarf fighter Bruenor Battlehammer King of Mithral Hall, Halfling rogue Regis, human barbarian Wulfgar, and human ranger-turned-wizard Cattie Brie who also in the end was Drizz’t’s wife.

Now Wulfgar left the Companions to walk his own path many years before the Spellplague.  Then during the events of the Spellplague, when the Blue Fire raged, Regis and Cattie Brie were killed tho some said to have seen a unicorn bearing them away to safety.  Shortly after this Bruenor ‘died’ and left his throne to a successor so he and Drizz’t could search for Gauntlgrym, home of Bruenor’s ancestors and ultimately where he died trying to free the abandoned city from those who had overrun it.  This left Drizz’t alone for…what a hundred years or so?  And when we last saw Drizz’t at the end of The Last Threshold, he too had passed.

Or so we thought…well I definitely thought as I bawled my eyes out at the end of that book…

Anywhoodle, what had actually happened, was that at the time of the deaths of all the companions, Meilikki had stepped in and ‘caught’ their souls, depositing them in a little magical side pocket of reality crafted just for them called Iruladoon I think?  And once they had all gathered Cattie Brie told them that something big was going to happen in the Realms, and that Drizz’t would need their help.  The Companions had a choice: Pass on to the heavens of their gods and the rewards that they had reaped in life, or be reborn on Toril holding all knowledge and memories of their past lives, to one day make their way to the side of their beloved friend at a designated place and time when he needed them most.

All but Wulfgar surprisingly agreed to be reborn, and once all Companions had left that pit stop the rest of the book is mostly just following Regis, Cattie Brie and Bruenor in their new lives as they were born and grew through the years before gathering at Kevin’s Cairn and finding Drizz’t mortally wounded.  But now Cattie Brie is a wizard and a cleric of Meilikki, so she was able to heal her past and future husband, who was astonished understandably to see them all again, even Wulfgar who had changed his mind and somehow was reborn again but kept secret from the readers until the end.

So now, at the end of the Companions, the Companions of the Hall are together once more, and all are well aware that something comes for their Realms, something that they will have to once more join together with friends and possible foes in order to defeat.

And Mystra’s back!!!!! Not quite sure how, but it is confirmed that not only has she returned, but her death was actually part of a cycle of renewal.  Apparently every few centuries she needs to die and be reborn in order to refresh or maybe ‘reset’ the magic that practically holds Toril together.

Sooooooo excited to see where the rest of the Sundering leads!!!!  But until then we’ll check out the latest DnD source book, Tales of the Yawning Portal is next.

When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.