The House of Mystery was a vast, many-storied complex of odd exterior design.
The interior of the temple was equally confusing. So full it was with passageways, secret doors, hidden chambers, mysterious locking mechanisms, bizarre stairwells, and plunging drop chutes that even its own clerics often got lost or confused.
The temple was constructed sometime between around −1859 DR and −1359 DR, when followers of Shar secretly and slowly migrated to the vicinity of Sepulcher. They did so in number because of the darkness of the northern latitudes in the winter and because the town was so remote, leaving them free from persecution to pursue their dark religion. The pilgrims built the temple in honor of their goddess.
Rumors & Legends
The shade cleric Variance Amatick believed that among the treasures of the House of Mystery were The Leaves of One Night, a document that Shar believed so dangerous to her well-being that she cursed it to make it unreadable.
- The Netherese origin of The Leaves of One Night presented in the novel Mistress of the Night is later conflicted by both The Grand History of the Realms and the adventure module Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. Since both of those sources are more recent, and since novels receive lower importance than sourcebooks, this wiki assumes the latter sources to include the more accurate origin story. Perhaps Shar misled the Shadovar into thinking that the document was rightfully theirs. If so, Shar also managed to corrupt the archives of the city of Thultanthar, which were said to have references to the work—an otherwise impossibility, since Netheril fell long before the creation of the text.
Similarly, it would have been impossible for the document to ever have existed among the treasures of the House of Mystery in Sepulcher, as the novel claims, since that town fell soon after the greater empire.
Alternatively, it is possible that Variance Amatick simply confused The Leaves of One Night with the Book of the Black, the work upon which the former was based. This latter work was written by Augathra the Mad, who was indeed Netherese. Perhaps the Book of the Black was once stored in the House of Mystery.
In any case, The Grand History of the Realms agrees with the novel on the date of the recovery of the work by the Shadovar in 1373 DR.
- Mistress of the Night (mentioned only)
- slade, Jim Butler (October 1996). “The Winds of Netheril”. In Jim Butler ed. Netheril: Empire of Magic (TSR, Inc.), p. 86. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
- Don Bassingthwaite, Dave Gross (December 2004). Mistress of the Night. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 2–3. ISBN 0-7869-3346-1.
- slade, Jim Butler (October 1996). “The Winds of Netheril”. In Jim Butler ed. Netheril: Empire of Magic (TSR, Inc.), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
- Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.