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Elminster: The Making of a Mage is the first book in the open-ended Elminster series.
|“|| In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic... The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra—and her kisses were wonderful.
It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.
With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made.
The origins of Elminster, mightiest mage in Faerûn, have long been lost in the wash of time. Only the old wizard himself remembers how he came into being, and he hasn't told. Until now...
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This novel contained an entire chapter, entitled "Dark Times in Hastarl," that was cut from the final product. It contained a scene between Elminster, Farl, Tassabra, and the Magister of the time, Dorgon Heamilolothtar.
- Rob King (September 1994). “The Game Wizards: Ed Greenwood's Crown of Fire and Elminster: The Making of a Mage”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #209 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 10–15.