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25th Apr '16 6:29:58 AM Fireblood
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* SorcerousOverlord: In ''Elminster: The Making of a Mage'', a country was taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. One of Elminster's friends is an ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country. Though not evil, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.

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* SorcerousOverlord: In ''Elminster: The Making of a Mage'', a country was taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. One of Elminster's friends is an a more ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country. Though not evil, cruel, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.
25th Apr '16 6:28:42 AM Fireblood
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* SorcerousOverlord: In ''Elminster: The Making of a Mage'', a country was taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. One of Elminster's friends is an ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country. Though not evil, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.
20th Apr '16 2:57:49 PM StarSword
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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: ''Elminster's Daughter'' notes that Elminster has left a trail of children across western Faerun over the years (including the Dowager Queen of Cormyr!), but in the case of Narnra Shalace, it was because he was attacked by the evil goddess Shar (a rival of Mystra) through her mother and had to leave them for his own safety.

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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: ''Elminster's Daughter'' notes that Elminster has left a trail of illegitimate children across western Faerun over the years (including the Dowager Queen of Cormyr!), but in the case of Narnra Shalace, it was because he was attacked by the evil goddess Shar (a rival of Mystra) through her mother and had to leave them for his own safety.
18th Apr '16 7:57:44 PM Fireblood
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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: ''Elminster's Daughter'' notes that Elminster has left a trail of bastard children across western Faerun over the years (including the Dowager Queen of Cormyr!), but in the case of Narnra Shalace, it was because he was attacked by the evil goddess Shar (a rival of Mystra) through her mother and had to leave them for his own safety.

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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: ''Elminster's Daughter'' notes that Elminster has left a trail of bastard children across western Faerun over the years (including the Dowager Queen of Cormyr!), but in the case of Narnra Shalace, it was because he was attacked by the evil goddess Shar (a rival of Mystra) through her mother and had to leave them for his own safety.



* MentorShip: In the first book, Myrjala Darkeyes mentors Elmara, who then learns how to turn herself back into Elminster. They then become romantically involved after she rescues him when challenges the Mad Mage to battle and bites off more than he can chew. [[spoiler:This is before she's revealed to be an avatar of Mystra.]]

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* MentorShip: In the first book, Myrjala Darkeyes mentors Elmara, who then learns how to turn herself back into Elminster. They then become romantically involved after she rescues him when he challenges the Mad Mage to in battle and bites off more than he can chew. [[spoiler:This is before she's revealed to be an avatar of Mystra.]]
18th Apr '16 5:39:32 PM StarSword
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* TheMagocracy: Elminister's native country becomes one after his uncle hires a number of mages to secure the throne, who then take over with him being essentially a puppet monarch. Another country was also taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. Later he overthrows the mage lords of his country with her help. Finally one of Elminster's friends is an ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country. Though not evil, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.

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* TheMagocracy: Elminister's native country becomes one after his uncle hires a number of mages to secure the throne, who then take over with him being essentially a puppet monarch. Another country was also taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. Later he overthrows the mage lords of his country with her help. Finally one of Elminster's friends lovers, Alassra "The Simbul" Silverhand, is an ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country. Though not evil, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.



* MentorShip: Elminster and Myrjala.

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* MentorShip: Elminster In the first book, Myrjala Darkeyes mentors Elmara, who then learns how to turn herself back into Elminster. They then become romantically involved after she rescues him when challenges the Mad Mage to battle and Myrjala.bites off more than he can chew. [[spoiler:This is before she's revealed to be an avatar of Mystra.]]
18th Apr '16 3:41:03 PM StarSword
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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: ''Elminster's Daughter'' notes that Elminster has left a trail of bastard children across western Faerun over the years (including the Dowager Queen of Cormyr!), but in the case of Narnra Shalace, it was because he was attacked by the evil goddess Shar (a rival of Mystra) through her mother and had to leave them for his own safety.
25th Mar '16 9:43:47 PM Fireblood
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* TheMagocracy: Elminister's native country becomes one after his uncle hires a number of mages to secure the throne, who then take over with him being essentially a puppet monarch. Another country was also taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. Finally one of Elminster's friends is a benevolent version, as she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country.

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* TheMagocracy: Elminister's native country becomes one after his uncle hires a number of mages to secure the throne, who then take over with him being essentially a puppet monarch. Another country was also taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. Later he overthrows the mage lords of his country with her help. Finally one of Elminster's friends is a benevolent version, as an ambiguous version: she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country.country. Though not evil, she's feared by her subjects due to being reckless and unstable.
25th Mar '16 9:38:07 PM Fireblood
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* TheMagocracy: Elminister's native country becomes one after his uncle hires a number of mages to secure the throne, who then take over with him being essentially a puppet monarch. Another country was also taken over by a [[EvilSorcerer cruel]] [[TheArchmage archmage]]. He's known as "[[TheCaligula the Mad Mage]]" because torturing people is his pastime. Elminster tries to defeat him, but almost gets killed and has to be rescued by Mystra. Finally one of Elminster's friends is a benevolent version, as she's a very powerful mage and also queen of her country.
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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* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Elminster almost falls prey to this in the first book, when a mage who's taken control of his mind compels him to run over the edge of a cliff. He manages to save himself with magic.
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