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4th Feb '16 4:34:51 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ImAHumanitarian: While probably not before the Spellplague, the novels afterward reveals that as part of the Simbul's insanity, she's developed a propensity to use her magic to brutally murder and then eat people who intrude upon her prison, which is part of the reason Elminster has locked her up.
1st Nov '15 1:04:52 AM Fireblood
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The Elminster Series is an ongoing series of novels set in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign setting, written by setting creator Ed Greenwood. Its starring character is the archwizard Elminster Aumar, one of the Chosen of the goddess of magic.
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The Elminster Series is an ongoing series of novels set in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign setting, written by setting creator Ed Greenwood. Its starring character is the archwizard archmage Elminster Aumar, one of the Chosen of the goddess of magic.

* ''Elminster Enraged'' (2012): Despite a command by the ghostly vestige of Mystara herself that they must work together, Elminster and Manshoon, both now bodiless entities, fight a shadowy war across Cormyr as they try to pursue their own goals of protection and conquest.
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* ''Elminster Enraged'' (2012): Despite a command by the ghostly vestige of Mystara Mystra herself that they must work together, Elminster and Manshoon, both now bodiless entities, fight a shadowy war across Cormyr as they try to pursue their own goals of protection and conquest.

* DeusExMachina: The literal version-it's hard enough to face Mystra's top-rank servants with overwhelming power or control them, and doing this tends to attract her personal (and rather annoyed) attention. In ''Myth Drannor'' several elven High Mages were quite disconcerted to have a goddess manifest and wag her finger at them. During [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Very Definitely Final Battle]] of ''Elminster in Hell''. [[spoiler:The Red Wizards are invading Aglarond, blasting everything in sight, Elminster and the Simbul are exhausted, and then an avatar of Mystra rejuvenates them and [[CurbStompBattle the battle ends very quickly.]]]]
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* DeusExMachina: The literal version-it's hard enough to face Mystra's top-rank servants with overwhelming power or control them, and doing this tends to attract her personal (and rather annoyed) attention. In ''Myth Drannor'' several elven High Mages were quite disconcerted to have a goddess manifest and wag her finger at them. During [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Very Definitely Final Battle]] of ''Elminster in Hell''. Hell'' [[spoiler:The Red Wizards are invading Aglarond, blasting everything in sight, Elminster and the Simbul are exhausted, and then an avatar of Mystra rejuvenates them and [[CurbStompBattle the battle ends very quickly.]]]]quickly]]]].

* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this besides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have. (This is explained by what amounts to AWizardDidIt in other material: the gods, Gond in particular, have decreed strict limits on technological advancement on Toril.)
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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this besides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have. (This have (this is explained by what amounts to AWizardDidIt in other material: the gods, Gond in particular, have decreed strict limits on technological advancement on Toril.)Toril).

* NegativeSpaceWedgie: Elminster dives into one of his own (accidental) creation immediately prior to ''Elminster in Hell''. (The details are in ''The Siege'' by TroyDenning.) He succeeds in closing it, but is trapped in the Nine Hells.
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* NegativeSpaceWedgie: Elminster dives into one of his own (accidental) creation immediately prior to ''Elminster in Hell''. (The Hell'' (the details are in ''The Siege'' by TroyDenning.) TroyDenning). He succeeds in closing it, but is trapped in the Nine Hells.

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* NegativeSpaceWedgie: PsychicAssistedSuicide: Elminster dives into one almost falls prey to this in the first book, when a mage who's taken control of his own (accidental) creation immediately prior mind compels him to ''Elminster in Hell''. (The details are in ''The Siege'' by TroyDenning.) He succeeds in closing it, but is trapped in run over the Nine Hells.edge of a cliff. He manages to save himself with magic.
22nd Sep '15 10:01:35 PM Fireblood
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* LogicalWeakness: Casting spells requires making hand gestures. Elminster having his [[{{Fingore}} fingers cut off by a rival mage]] thus renders him unable to do so, and temporarily helpless.
7th Aug '15 3:32:37 PM StarSword
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* SmokingIsCool: Elminster loves to smoke a pipe. His in-game version even specifies it as ''Elminster's ever-smoking pipe'', a unique magical item which apparently never runs out of tobacco.
27th May '15 3:27:44 PM StarSword
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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this besides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have.
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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this besides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have. (This is explained by what amounts to AWizardDidIt in other material: the gods, Gond in particular, have decreed strict limits on technological advancement on Toril.)
27th May '15 10:36:31 AM Fireblood
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** The series also doesn't shy away from the results of all that sex. ''Daughter'' is centered on one of Elminster's several children with various lovers, who meets some more near the end of it. Technically, fertility of the Chosen is under Mystra's complete control, but she rarely has good reasons to veto a magically strong bloodline.
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** The series also doesn't shy away from the results of all that sex. ''Daughter'' is centered on one of Elminster's several children with various lovers, who meets some more near the end of it. Technically, fertility of the Chosen is under Mystra's complete control, but she rarely has good reasons to veto a magically strong bloodline.

* DeusExMachina: The literal version-it's hard to face Mystra's top-rank servants with overwhelming power or control them, but doing this tend to attract her personal (and rather annoyed) attention. In ''Myth Drannor'' several elven High Mages were quite disconcerted to have a goddess manifest and wag her finger at them. During [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Very Definitely Final Battle]] of ''Elminster in Hell''. [[spoiler:The Red Wizards are invading Aglarond, blasting everything in sight, Elminster and the Simbul are exhausted, and then an avatar of Mystra rejuvenates them and [[CurbStompBattle the battle ends very quickly.]]]]
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* DeusExMachina: The literal version-it's hard enough to face Mystra's top-rank servants with overwhelming power or control them, but and doing this tend tends to attract her personal (and rather annoyed) attention. In ''Myth Drannor'' several elven High Mages were quite disconcerted to have a goddess manifest and wag her finger at them. During [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Very Definitely Final Battle]] of ''Elminster in Hell''. [[spoiler:The Red Wizards are invading Aglarond, blasting everything in sight, Elminster and the Simbul are exhausted, and then an avatar of Mystra rejuvenates them and [[CurbStompBattle the battle ends very quickly.]]]]

* GodInHumanForm: In ''Making of a Mage'', [[spoiler:Myrjala Darkeyes is an avatar of Mystra, which Greenwood manages to keep unclear until the very end of ''Making of a Mage''. She teaches Elminster magic, takes his virginity, then is incinerated by a dragon during the final battle, only to have her body reform to admonish him after he screams that he'll never work magic again.]] Later some of her other avatars also enjoyed his company.
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* GodInHumanForm: In ''Making of a Mage'', [[spoiler:Myrjala Darkeyes is an avatar of Mystra, which Greenwood manages to keep unclear until the very end of ''Making of a Mage''.the book. She teaches Elminster magic, takes his virginity, then is incinerated by a dragon during the final battle, only to have her body reform to admonish him after he screams that he'll never work magic again.]] Later some of her other avatars also enjoyed his company.

* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: By 3.5 edition, the strongest of the Chosen of Mystra (including Elminster, naturally) have enough power to obliterate armies by themselves without half-trying.
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* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: By the 3.5 edition, the strongest of the Chosen of Mystra (including Elminster, naturally) have enough power to obliterate armies by themselves without half-trying.

* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have.
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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides besides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters all those other]] applications that magic would have.

* TruthSerum: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.
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* TruthSerum: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, {{mind control}} spell, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.
25th May '15 5:09:12 PM Fireblood
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* TruthSerum: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.

* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other applications magic would have.
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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other those other]] applications that magic would have.

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* MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass TruthSerum: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the books, but hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still nothing seems orders Elminster to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other applications magic would have.save himself.
14th May '15 6:03:40 PM Fireblood
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* CannotTellALie: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.
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* CannotTellALie: TruthSerum: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.

** Averted, oddly enough. Elminster and most of the other Chosen of Mystra were deadly spellslingers in their own right before officially being made Chosen. They did gain a great deal of power afterwards, however.
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** Averted, {{Averted}}, oddly enough. Elminster and most of the other Chosen of Mystra were deadly spellslingers in their own right before officially being made Chosen. They did gain a great deal of power afterwards, however.
14th May '15 5:58:10 PM Fireblood
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* ''Elminster in Hell'' (2001): The first entry set following the Time of Troubles, during which the original Mystra was killed and the mortal wizard Midnight [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to fill the position]]. After events in ''ReturnOfTheArchwizards'' result in a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie dimensional breach]] between the Prime Material Plane and the Nine Hells, Elminster dives into the hole to seal it and is captured by an archdevil.
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* ''Elminster in Hell'' (2001): The first entry set following the Time of Troubles, during which the original Mystra was killed and the mortal wizard Midnight [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to fill the position]]. After events in ''ReturnOfTheArchwizards'' ''Return Of The Archwizards'' result in a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie dimensional breach]] between the Prime Material Plane and the Nine Hells, Elminster dives into the hole to seal it and is captured by an archdevil.

* BoringInvincibleHero: The main criticism of the series. Coupled with the fact that Ed Greenwood seems to have difficulty keeping [[PowerLevels power levels]] consistent across books due to [[PowerCreepPowerSeep power creep]], Elminster (and to a slightly lesser degree, the Simbul), seem to suddenly come to the revelation of "The book is almost over, guess I'd better just destroy the supposed threat." WordOfGod is that this was partly due to ExecutiveMeddling. Due to fear of MoralGuardians, the writers weren't allowed to have villains achieve even minor victories.
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* BoringInvincibleHero: The main criticism of the series. Coupled with the fact that Ed Greenwood seems to have difficulty keeping [[PowerLevels power levels]] consistent across books due to [[PowerCreepPowerSeep power creep]], Elminster (and to a slightly lesser degree, the Simbul), seem to suddenly come to the revelation of "The book is almost over, guess I'd better just destroy the supposed threat." WordOfGod is that this was partly due to ExecutiveMeddling. Due to fear of MoralGuardians, the writers weren't allowed to have villains achieve even minor victories. * CannotTellALie: The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a spell which makes controls him, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself.

** Elminster's village is burned to the ground by a dragon-riding wizard at the beginning of ''Making of a Mage'' [[spoiler:with the intent of assassinating Elminster's father, a [[KingIncognito Prince Incognito]]]]. Elminster survives because he was herding sheep in the hills.
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** Elminster's village is burned to the ground by a dragon-riding wizard at the beginning of ''Making of a Mage'' [[spoiler:with the intent of assassinating Elminster's father, a [[KingIncognito Prince Incognito]]]]. Elminster survives because he was herding sheep in the hills.hills, and wasn't recognized by the wizard, who interrogated him to find out what his father looked like.

** Mystra herself has various titles as befitting a deity.
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** Mystra herself has various titles titles, as befitting a deity.

* InexplicableTreasureChests: The novels provide a justification for this happening. Apparently one of Elminster's jobs as a Chosen is ''stocking dungeons with magic items''.
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* InexplicableTreasureChests: The novels provide a justification for this happening. Apparently one of Elminster's jobs as a Chosen is ''stocking dungeons with magic magical items''.

* MedievalStatis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other applications magic would have.
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* MedievalStatis: MedievalStasis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other applications magic would have.
14th May '15 5:36:10 PM Fireblood
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* MedievalStatis: Hundreds of years pass in the books, but still nothing seems to change much aside from some kingdoms falling. We see wizards with vehicles they [[MagiTek enable to fly with magic]], but [[ForgottenPhlebotinum none does anything with this bedsides use them as a personal transport]]. Not to mention [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] and all the other applications magic would have.
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