People, NEVER piss off an archmage, especially when sed archmage is favored of the reborn goddess of magic.  It’s never a smart idea…

So Elminster Enraged here pick up were Bury Elminster Deep ends.  Manshoon believes he has finally killed the Sage of Shadowdale once and for all, and relaxes into his plots and schemes to become the Emperor of all Cormyr.  Meanhile the usual Benny Hin-ery ensues with everyone rushing around squinting at shadows, condemning allies as spies and spies as allies.

That’s my biggest issue with Cormyr.  They’re ruled largely by the war wizards, and all they do is go around glaring suspiciously at everyone, each one thinks they’re the only ones telling the truth about anything, and they just wind up making things worse all around in the end.

Anyways, Elminster has been tasked by his newly resurrected goddess to bring the war wizards to heel as she has need of them, so that’s what he undertakes to do.  But when they blast him almost unto death and the Simbul shows up to sacrifice her life to save the man she loves…yeah…he goes a bit nuts.

To be well and truly dead for the most briefest of moments, killed by defenders of a realm he too has sworn to defend and protect, have an egomaniacal arch enemy be so self-destructive as to allow the world to fall about AND have the death of his lady love on his conscious?  Elminster losed his SHIT, blasting apart Manshoon and his minions and giving the war wizards SUCH a beat down they’ll need to climb back up through several levels of Cormyrian sewers to see the sun again.

I am very saddened by the death of Allassra the Simbul, Witch Queen of Algarond, but gawd I loved this book.  Wonder how the next one in Elminster’s tale will pan out…

Until then, we’re going to pop back into the source books with Horde of the Dragon Queen.

Fight the War Against Draconic Oppression in this Adventure for the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game

In an audacious bid for power the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faerun. To this end, they are sweeping from town to town, laying waste to all those who oppose them and gathering a hoard of riches for their dread queen. The threat of annihilation has become so dire that groups as disparate as the Harpers and Zhentarim are banding together in the fight against the cult. Never before has the need for heroes been so desperate.