Any rogue can craft a spell - but it takes a really reckless fool to write one down.

Thus, the wizard Elminster introduces the latest collection of wizardly lore from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, including:

  • New spells from mages such as Daltim, Darsson, and Myrl.
  • Fell creatures - the Tome Guardian, the Disenchanter, and the Scalamagdrion.
  • Details of more than 40 spellbooks - appearance, history, the magic they contain, and what is known of the fates of their makers.
  • And just for fun - Elminster's very own travelling spellbook.

"All this could have been avoided, of course... If the handful of heedful folk in the worlds'd listen to me but a few moments more, much trouble could be averted - and, I suppose, much high adventure. Hmmm... perhaps 'tis the doom of humans to always rush in heedless of the costs - and to open and read every old, crumbling book they find." - Elminster

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