was a runic script used by dwarves
and a few other humanoid
races to record language, usually by engraving stone or fine metal. Its runes were constructed from straight lines for easier carving in hard surfaces. There were runes for letters and numbers, as well as ideograms for certain ideas and concepts, but Dethek lacked punctuation.
The Dethek alphabet was transliterated like so:
The use of runes for writing dated back to the beginning of recorded history in Faerûn. One example of the spread of Dethek use was between the gold dwarves of the Great Rift and the people of Unther. Close association and trade led to the adoption of Dethek for recording the Untheric language. The Dethek system of writing went on to become the most widespread and popular runic script by the 14th century DR.
Realms of the Dead
was an anthology of short stories from the Forgotten Realms
, and the last published anthology of original tales to date. It accompanied the The Haunted Lands
trilogy by Richard Lee Byers
, and had stories spanning both sides of the setting-changing Spellplague
. It was published in January 2010 and edited by Susan J. Morris
|| Not even the mightiest mage, working spells that remain utterly reliable, can hope to prevail against dozens of tireless, ruthless UNDEAD who suffer no pain and can be distracted by nothing.
Every creature on Faerûn has its dark mirror in the undead—from the ghosts of ancient warriors to the rune-scribed skeletons of dragons. And in a world with as rich and bloody a history as the Forgotten Realms, they are legion—outshining the living in variety and number.
Here are a dozen of the most terrifying tales of the haunted Realms.