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The Tablets of Pharyssolnyth, or the Pharyssolnyth Tablets, were a collection of writings by the silver dragon Pharyssolnyth. They detailed the secrets of dragon magic.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The Tablets consisted of thirty-seven large slates, obsidian black, with one side polished and the other rough. They seemed strange in appearance, and to feel. They were in fact the permanently enlarged scales of a black dragon.

The polished sides were etched with minute, invisible etchings and scrawls, in a form of tactile writing unknown to any race that once inhabited Myth Drannor, and extremely difficult to notice and read regardless. On the raw sides, meanwhile, the elven examiners recorded their translations and theories in an ancient moon elven language.[1]

HistoryEdit

Pharyssolnyth dwelled in the elven city of Yrlaphon, among the eastern woodlands of Cormanthor, in its first century after its founding in −1535 DR (prior to −1435 DR).[2] There she recorded the Tablets of Pharyssolnyth.[1]

Following the fall of Yrlaphon in −722 DR,[3] the Srinshee took the Tablets with her to Srinshinnar. When Srinshinnar also fell, the Srinshee and the survivors carried the tablets with them to Cormanthor.[1]

As the Srinshee accepted a place among the Tower Elders of the Windsong Tower, the Tablets of Pharyssolnyth came into the possession of Windsong Tower.[1] They were hidden and locked away, examined only by permission of the Tower Elders or the Tower Master.[4] There they remained as late as 650 DR.[5]

In their time, the Tablets of Pharyssolnyth had been kept hidden for centuries. The Srinshee and other researchers spent also spent long ages examining them. It took several centuries just to determine that the Tablets were fashioned from enlarged black dragon scales, and many years after to find the carvings. Examiners spent nearly four centuries studying and interpreting them, scribing their translations on the backs of the scales.[1]

ContentsEdit

The Tablets were a treatise on how dragons understood, learned and practiced magic, whether as spells or in magic items. Any non-dragon who managed to read all the Tablets gained great insights into the powers of dragons, their attitudes towards magic and its casting, and an enhanced ability to resist magic used by dragons.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 160. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  2. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 34. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  3. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  4. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 158. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  5. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.

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