Nelnfaen Sauntarae was the only drow Magister. He hailed from Sshamath and reigned from 1104 DR to 1126 DR.[1]


Nelnfaen was the Master of Alteration in Sshamath[1] and so a member of the Conclave of Sshamath.[citation needed] However, Nelnfaen broke with the Council, becoming a renegade for his wish to spread magic, especially magic not connected to faerzress. Nelnfaen considered the faerzress as an evil weakness that made the drow subservient to the rulers of their cities, usually clerics of Lolth.

He wandered the Underdark exploring many areas, especially the Upperdark. In his tenure as Magister, he befriended some priestesses of Eilistraee and even a few humans from Waterdeep. However, in truth, most human wizards of the surface never realized that there was a Magister in the Underdark and thought it was a time without a Magister.

His fate was unknown, and one day in 1126 DR, Azuth appeared to Olohmber Starnardyn, offering to him the position of Magister.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood (January 2000). Secrets of the Magister. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0786914302.