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Elminster: The Making of a Mage is the first book in the open-ended Elminster series.

In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic... The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra—and her kisses were wonderful.
– Priest Halivon Tharnstar, Tales Told to a Blind Wizard

It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.

With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made.

The origins of Elminster, mightiest mage in Faerûn, have long been lost in the wash of time. Only the old wizard himself remembers how he came into being, and he hasn't told. Until now...


Elminster: The Making of a Mage covers from his first encounter with magic as a young boy, to his days as a rebel fighter, to his nights as a thief, then on to his life following Mystra. It is the first real insight into why Elminster is "Elminster". It starts with an overview of his tragic childhood, on to his even rougher life growing up trying to hide who he is. Then as a thief he sneaks into a closed temple of Mystra to defile it. He is about to set to his task when he is spotted by a mage but then saved by the Lady of mysteries and given a chance to slay the mage that was to slay him. After he debated with the Goddess over whether or not it is right to use magic he let the mage go. Mystra then helps to hide him from those who might want him to be used in their plots, or just kill him, until he has the power to take his revenge.


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Geographic Features
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AthalantarDelimbiyr ValeFaerûnHaunted Vale
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Art & Literature
Ballad of the StagDeath to All MagesMusings of a Witch-Queen in ExileShards and SwordsTales Told to a Blind WizardTeachings of an Angry Old MageTears Never CeaseTrail Tales of the NorthA Warrior's ViewsThe Way of the GodsThe Way of a WizardWhen Mages Go to WarWords to Would-Be Apprentices
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This novel contained an entire chapter, entitled "Dark Times in Hastarl," that was cut from the final product. It contained a scene between Elminster, Farl, Tassabra, and the Magister of the time, Dorgon Heamilolothtar.[2] The missing chapter was released as a web article.


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A Ghost of a Chance (deleted scene, archived 2005-12-06)