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In the long past days of Netheril, practitioners of the Art once were able to bend arcane powers in ways few today can match. A small number of people from the time of Netheril, a few liches (Larloch being the most well known) and some of the Princes of Shade from Thultanthar, are direct survivors of that fallen empire. Some few others have researched the past thoroughly enough that they have uncovered the secrets of the ancient Netherese.