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The Darkening was the name given to a spell that cast shadows over the Silver Marches in preparation for the drow and orc invasion of that land starting in 1484 DR. The spell was given to the drow wizard Tsabrak Xorlarrin by the illithid Methil El-Viddenvelp by the order of Matron Mother Quenthel Baenre. While casting the spell, Tsabrak was said to have served as a conduit of Lolth, the first such occurrence since Yvonnel Baenre channeled Lolth in when destroying House Oblodra in 1358/1359 DR.
The effects of the Darkening were described as "roiling clouds of smoke or some other foul substance that turned daylight into something less than moonlight and hid the stars entirely."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 378–379. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
- ↑ R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
- ↑ R.A. Salvatore (September 2014). Rise of the King. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 263–264. ISBN 0-7869-6515-0.
- ↑ R.A. Salvatore (September 2014). Rise of the King. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 2. ISBN 0-7869-6515-0.