Back to your graves...
  — Sammaster to an army of undead.

Sammaster was an immensely powerful human mage and a former Chosen of Mystra. Sammaster was known for discovering the process which turns a dragon into a dracolich. After being killed in a great battle, he returned several hundred years later as a lich, but has since been destroyed once more.


Sammaster was a tall handsome man with dark brown hair. His hair was usually long and straight.

History Edit

Early LifeEdit

Sammaster was born in 800 DR, and at age 17 was taken on as an apprentice by a travelling mage named Mnethos. Not long into his training, Sammaster was introduced to the goddess Mystra, whom he soon began worshipping.[1]

After just 8 years under the guidance of Mnethos, Sammaster had learnt all he could and began a path of his own. This led to him achieving the status of archmage just a decade later, at age 35. To reach such a level at that age was almost unheard of at the time.[1]

Not long after, he began travelling Faerûn in search of knowledge and wisdom. During this time he made numerous advancements in metamagic through detailed research.[1]

In 851 DR the goddess Mystra appeared to Sammaster and offered to make him one of her Chosen. This was most likely in anticipation of the death of a current Chosen. Sammaster began meeting regularly with Elminster, in order to understand his new powers.[1] Although both archmages worked together and Sammaster learnt from Elminster, the two did not get along well, as their personalities grated on each other.[2]

During one lesson with Elminster, Sammaster had to defeat an army of undead without destroying a single monster. He was instructed to force them to return from whence they came. Although he struggled at first, he ultimately succeeded.[3]

A few years later, Sammaster began researching the processes of life, death and undeath. This research lasted several years and resulted in the creation of several original necromantic enchantments.

In 861 DR after ending his research Sammaster once again began travelling Faerûn. On his travels he met and began a relationship with another Chosen of Mystra, Alustriel. A few years later the relationship came to an end, and Sammaster’s emotional and mental well-being were permanently damaged.[1]

Later LifeEdit

Sammaster soon met and befriended Algashon Nathaire, in or around the city of Baldur's Gate. Algashon was a mage and dedicated priest of Bane (Mystra's enemy). For the next few years the two mages traveled far and wide together, and Algashon slowly turned Sammaster more bitter, resentful and evil.

By 875 DR Algashon had convinced Sammaster to attack his former lover, Alustriel. Although wounded by Sammaster's initial assault, Alustriel survived and summoned two more Chosen, Khelben Arunsun and Laeral Silverhand, to help her. In the ensuing battle, Sammaster was stripped of his Chosen powers and would have been killed if not for Algashon. The battle destroyed what was left of Sammaster's sanity and from that point on, he fully embraced evil.[1]

He soon began translating ancient prophecies and distributing his findings, most notably his translations from the ancient text Maglas’s Chronicle of Years to Come. The validity of these translations is highly speculated, and it is suspected that they were just a means for him to promote his new ideals. From his research he quickly became convinced that 'dead dragons' would one day rule over Toril. He named this belief the Scaly Way.[1]

In 902 DR Sammaster successfully created the first Cult dracolich, named Shargrailar. He compiled accounts of the rituals and components necessary to create a dracolich in a book entitled Tome of the Dragon. This holy relic is still used by the many members of the Cult of the Dragon to raise their own dracolich allies.[1]

By 905 DR Sammaster finished his principal work on the Tome of the Dragon, and copies started appearing all over Faerûn. His philosophy and beliefs of the Cult of the Dragon also began spreading across Faerûn.[1]


In 916 DR Sammaster and a group of his followers were travelling to visit two Green Dragons in southern Cormanthyr, in order to convince them into becoming dracoliches. However they were ambushed by The Harpers and clergy of Lathander. A battle broke out and Sammaster was forced to do battle with an avatar of Lathander. During the chaos Sammaster was killed and seemingly obliterated.[1]

Resurrection and DestructionEdit

Once the chosen had left, Algashon appeared from a hiding place and began resurrecting Sammaster. The spell he used also managed to recapture a fraction of the Chosen powers into Sammaster, returning his immortality. [4]

336 years later in 1282 DR, a lich calling itself Sammaster was found in the Desertsmouth Mountains. The creature began forming an army from humanoids, undead, and dragons.[5]

In 1285 DR an adventuring group of paladins known as the Company of Twelve attacked Sammaster’s stronghold. Of the twelve, nine were killed, but the lich’s physical form was destroyed. The survivors confirmed that this creature was in fact Sammaster.[5]

Almost another one-hundred years later in 1373 DR Sammaster (now a lich) completed his transformation of the Dracorage mythal binding his phylactery within. This precipitated a Rage of Dragons independent of the King-Killer Star.[6]

Under the alias of the Witch-King reborn, Sammaster then raised an army of orcs and giants in Vaasa. The army took the Bloodstone gates and flooded into Damara. Within the year, despite his immense power, Sammaster was destroyed along with his phylactery, and the Rage came to an end.[6]


Further ReadingEdit

Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 103–109. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  2. Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  3. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  4. Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 153, 154. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.

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