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Hadrhune was an ambitious elven[1] shade who served as the right hand of High Prince Telamont Tanthul, ruler of Thultanthar.[citation needed]

Hadrhune fought his way through the ranks of his peers, proving himself to be a capable manipulator as well as a determined and talented mage. With his skills (and the elimination of his rivals), he soon became Telamont's top agent and personal emissary. Using divination spells, he became probably the most knowledgeable shade in the entire city on matters of the world outside of Anauroch, taking particular interest in the realm of Thay and the dungeon of Undermountain. Using resources diverted from the city, his agents scour the ruins he takes interest in, looking for lost Netherese magic. It was also he who suggested the destruction of any settlements near the enclave, seeing that modern-day adventurers could pose a serious threat to his peoples' plans of world domination.[2]

In 1375 DR, Hadrhune plotted with the leader of a hive of hated phaerimm to obtain a set of the Nether Scrolls. In exchange for their aid, he taught them the secrets of the Shadow Weave. The Scrolls were in the form of a tree, the Quess'Ar'Teranthvar, and required a complex ritual to return them to their proper form. However, a group of heroes were following the trail of the Quess'Ar'Teranthvar and had procured a way to destroy it before the Scrolls could be obtained. In doing so, Hadrhune flew to the site of the ritual atop his shadow dragon Delethyrsos to take his revenge, but didn't realize that the tree negated the dead-magic zone in the Weave. Thinking himself superior due to his use of the Shadow Weave, he rushed into combat and was slain[3]. Hadrhune was alive and well at the onset of the Sundering[4], implying that he had been resurrected in the meantime, but was dead again in 1487 DR - this time his resurrection had been prohibited by his master Telamont.

Personality and goalsEdit

Evil through and through, Hadrhune was cold and calculating. He often used scrying to realize his goals and had no qualms about spying on his allies, using bribes and personally crafting magic items either. He was ambitious as well, planning on obtaining for himself a position of governor of Thay or the north and then using the magic of the Red Wizards or Halaster to cement his power in the hierarchy.[citation needed]

Although he was still young for a shade, he fully intended to pursue lichdom when his body began to fail him.[2]

Equipment Edit

Hadrhune's characteristic magic item was his dark staff, which he used to punish incompetent minions and fend off attacks from envious princes. Although he was very quiet and reserved in his manner, when agitated he would grind his thumbnail against the handle of the staff, which had worn a groove in it. The staff sometimes "leaked" harmless black energy from this point. His personal sigil was a winged serpent, silver on a black field; within the serpent's coils is a gray stone tower.[citation needed]


  1. Return of the Archwizards
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  4. Paul S. Kemp (March 2014). The Godborn. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 078696541X.

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