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I'll be the last living thing on this planet, Brennus, screaming into the void as everything dies. [4]


Rivalen Tanthul was the first of the twelve Princes of Shade. Rivalen was an accomplished wizard but also The Nightseer, a high priest of Shar, the goddess of loss and night. This made him what the Netheril call a Theurge, blending the magic of the Art and the Power.[citation needed]

PossessionsEdit

Prince Rivalen's personal sigil was the symbol of Shar; below it was a pair of curving dark purple ram's horns, outlined in black on a dark gray field.[1]

ActivitiesEdit

Although High Prince Telamont is the temporal ruler of the Shadovars, Prince Rivalen was their spiritual leader. From the enormous Hall of Shadow located near the royal palace, the prince administered Shar's clergy and pronounced her will to the faithful.[1]

RelationshipsEdit

HadrhuneEdit

Rivalen was Hadrhune's greatest rival. He resented the approval that his father had shown to Hadrhune, and was secretly working to undermine him. He knew he must exercise great caution, because Hadrhune's enemies had an unsettling tendency of disappearing.[1]

HistoryEdit

In -365 DR, Rivalen killed his mother Alashar by command of Shar.[5] In 1372 DR, Rivalen's divinations enabled his father, Telamont Tanthul, to finally guide Shade back to Faerûn.[1] Shortly after, Rivalen fought Galaeron Nihmedu and Vangerdahast at the battle of Tilverton.[6] In 1374 DR, Rivalen orchestrated, with the help of his brother Brennus, the takeover of the land of Sembia and its reduction to a vassal state of the City of Shade. Rivalen then became a demigod/exarch, having absorbed a shard of Mask's power after helping Erevis Cale and Drasek Riven kill Kesson Rel.[7] In 1484 DR Vasen and Erevis Cale stripped Rivalen, Riven and Mephistopheles of their divinity before Rivalen could finish the Cycle of Night so that Shar could annihilate the world. Mask subsequently reincarnated in Riven and the Cyle of Night was finally stopped. Rivalen died along with Brennus when Sakkors fell upon Ordulin while his brother held him down, avenging his mother Alashar.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  2. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  4. Warning: edition not specified for The Godborn
  5. Various (2008). Realms of War. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 1–7. ISBN 0-7869-4934-1.
  6. Troy Denning (Dec 2001). The Siege. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 493–496. ISBN 0-7869-1905-1.
  7. Paul S. Kemp (December 2008). Shadowrealm. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 295–297. ISBN 978-0786948639.
  8. Warning: edition not specified for The Godborn

Further ReadingEdit

Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.

  1. Shadowbred (November 2006)
  2. Shadowstorm (August 2007)
  3. Shadowrealm (December 2008)
  4. The Godborn (October 2013)

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