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The Nether Scrolls consisted of two sets of 50 scrolls each, one set older and more tarnished than the other,[1] and were among the most influential artifacts in Faerûn. While they had no direct magical powers, they provided a seemingly-limitless supply of arcane knowledge. After the discovery of the Nether Scrolls, the arcane might of Netheril increased immeasurably. The Netherese found the scrolls among the ruins of Aryvandaar, a fallen sun elven empire. These elves however, had not dared to use the power of the scrolls themselves.

The Nether Scrolls were created in Oreme[2] by the sarrukh. Their empire was vast, and they sought to gather all magical knowledge from its borders into one location, in order to consolidate their arcane power. This effort spawned its own secret society, the Ba'etith, and lasted thousands of years after the fall of the empires of the Creator Races. It included magic from the batrachi and aearee (although not fey or humans, the two other Creator Races) as well. Eventually the Golden Skins of the World Serpent were created, which are now known as the Nether Scrolls.

The "scrolls" appeared to be sheets of gold or platinum[citation needed], with arcane runes floating about the surface. Each time a scroll was read, different knowledge was gleaned. When a reader gained sufficient understanding, re-reading the scrolls provided new knowledge and information. There did not seem to be any limit to the amount of information one scroll could contain.

No destructive magics could affect the scrolls. They could be physically destroyed, but would always reform themselves eventually.[3]

HistoryEdit

c. -30000 DR 
The Ba'etith create the Nether Scrolls or Golden Skins of the World Serpent.[4]
-3533 DR 
The Netherese discover the scrolls amid the ruins of Aryvandaar.[5]
1963 NY 
A band of thieves steal 24 parts of the Nether Scrolls from the chambers of Ioulaum. Frightened of discovery, they mash the scrolls into golden lumps and sell them.[6]
-3095 DR 
The elves of Cormanthyr steal one set of the Nether Scrolls and hide it away in Windsong Tower.[7]
Unknown Date 
Tyvollus Aluviirsan transforms one set of the Nether Scrolls into Quess Ar Teranthvar.[8]

Known Scrolls Edit

The tomb of Hsssthak once contained scrolls known to the ancient elves to contain a pair of spells that could allow lizardfolk to gain much power and prestige.[9] These scrolls contain the awaken intelligence and alter beast spells.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Warning: book within boxed set not specified for Netheril: Empire of Magic
  2. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  3. Warning: book within boxed set not specified for Netheril: Empire of Magic
  4. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  5. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  6. Warning: book within boxed set not specified for Netheril: Empire of Magic
  7. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  8. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  9. Ed Greenwood et al. (1989). Lords of Darkness. (TSR, Inc), p. 34. ISBN 0-88038-622-3.
  10. Ed Greenwood et al. (1989). Lords of Darkness. (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 0-88038-622-3.

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