Ansoain was a traveling mage that lived and worked her craft throughout the Western Heartlands during the mid–14th century DR. She ventured from one town to another with her son Galimer and her young apprentice Druhallen of Sunderath,[1][2] educating them in the the arcane arts along the way.[4]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ansoain was a restless woman that took numerous lovers,[2] became haunted by nightmares,[5] and could never spend more than a few days at a single location.[2] While she did maintain a well-kept library of books at her home in Scornubel,[6] Ansoain hardly needed to refer to its contents, as she possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of not-always-useful bits of arcane lore and spellcasting particulars.[4]

She had a particular concern about demons and ensured she and her boys were well-educated about their kind.[7]

Possessions[edit | edit source]

In addition to her extensive collection of books, Ansoain had a collection of magical rings.[8]

Activities[edit | edit source]

At some point in her life Ansoain had formed some manner of relationship with the Dark Lord Sememmon of Darkhold and became associated with the western branch of the Zhentarim.[9] They had given her the name Bitter Ansoain, presumably referring to her behavior after having too much drink.[10]

Because of her history with the Black Network, Ansoain taught her son and apprentice to exercise great caution when dealing with their people. She always assumed they knew everything about the goings on of their lives.[11]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Ansoain had two sons by birth, the handsome and charming Galimer, who followed in her spellcasting footsteps;[1] and the younger, much more mischievous Tiep, who was born a not long before her untimely death.[3] Ansoain had also taken on the young wood-worker Druhallen as an apprentice, after witnessing the talents he possessed for magecraft.[1] As she offered Dru the benefits of her experience and wisdom over the course of his young life, Ansoain became a foster mother of sorts to the young spellcaster from Sunderath.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

In or around Flamerule of the Year of the Arch, 1353 DR, Ansoain, Galimer, and Druhallen took on a job accompanying a bride-groom and her caravan through the Vilhon Reach towards Hlondeth, the City of Serpents. As they were deep in discussion about magical reagents,[2] the caravan was ambushed by Red Wizards utilizing circle magic that originated from their native land of Thay.[12] Ansoain was killed in the attack. Her body was rent to pieces and could only be identified by her scattered possessions and shredded clothing.[8]

Druhallen and Galimer recovered a mysterious, Netherese glass disk from the magic-scorched battlefield, and investigated its origins at Candlekeep, in an attempt to identify Ansoain's killers and find some greater meaning behind her death.[13]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Novels
The Nether Scroll

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 2. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 5–6. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 311. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  5. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  6. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  7. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 138. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  9. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 51–52. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  10. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 47–48. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  11. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  12. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
  13. Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 29–30. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
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