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Shadows: The Palpable Cohesion of Formless Corporeality was the second major work of Telamont Tanthul, under the pseudonym "Shadow".[1]

DescriptionEdit

Shadows was a tome describing the Plane of Shadow, based on investigations by Telamont himself and a group of other researchers.[1] It was careful not to rudely dismiss previous beliefs on planar mechanics and explained the concept of demiplanes and quasiplanes thoroughly, beyond simply describing research into the Shadow Plane.[2]

HistoryEdit

When a student at Karsus's Academy of Mentalist Study,[3] Telamont Tanthul published a thesis on the planes of existence. His work was scorned, and he was expelled,[1] because thinking at the time insisted that all planes branched from Netheril itself.[2] Further study of the demiplanes and quasiplanes was banned in a number of cities of Netheril.[1]

Nevertheless, Karsus himself found the work fascinating, and secretly, he invited Telamont to return and continue his studies,[1] Karsus funded the investigations, even providing a building, the Shadow Consortium, in which to work in safety,[2] and Telamont recruited other researchers to covertly join him in his research.[1][2] As part of this research, Telamont was granted access to the Planus Mechanicus, one of the sets of Nether Scrolls, which described planar relationships.[4]

After eleven years, sometime in the −390s DR,[2][5] Telamont described their findings in this book.[1][2] Upon its publication, which was lauded and approved by Karsus,[1][2] other archwizards recognized the importance of the research and the advantages of exploiting the Shadow Plane for magical power.[1] The ban on research into other demiplanes and quasiplanes was lifted,[1][2] and other students were now instead encouraged to investigate such planes.[1]

ReferenceEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 104–105. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  3. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  4. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (Encyclopedia Arcana). (TSR, Inc.), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  5. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 115. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.

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