The Princes of Shade were the rulers of the City of Shade and the greater empire of returned Netheril.[1] This inner circle was led by the Lord of Shadow, High Prince Telamont Tanthul, and twelve of his sons.[2] While they were born as Netherese noble citizens, before the first fall of the empire, they spent most of their millennia-long lives in the Shadowfell and became shades who ruled over the Shadovar.[3]

High PrinceEdit

Telamont Tanthul

The High Prince, who was known in his mortal life as the Lord of Shadow spent much of his years in the Plane of Shadow preserving what he considered the finest elements of Netherese society. The Shadovar viewed him as the embodiment of ancient Netheril's customs and values.[3] During his reign he was aided by his right hand, the shadow wizard Hadrhune.[2] He maintained his longevity over the centuries of exile by means of powerful magic, such as the wish spell,[3] but met his end at the hands of Elminster Aumar in 1487 DR.[4][page needed]


While the sons were fiercely competitive with one another[3] they remained united in their goal of re-establishing the glory of the Netheril empire and never acted against one another, at least in public view.[1]

Rivalen Tanthul

Just as his father was the supreme ruler of the Shadovar, Telamont's eldest son was their spiritual lead. He was the High Priest of Shar within the City of Shade.[2] Two years after their return to Netheril, Rivalen and his brother Brennus masterminded the takeover of Sembia, before ascending as an exarch of Shar after absorbing a portion of her divine son's power.[5] Over a century later. While trying to complete the Cycle of Night in 1484 DR, Rivalen was stripped of his divine power by Erevis Cale, the Chosen of Mask, and died alongside Brennus when the enclave of Sakkors crashed into Ordulin.[6]

Clariburnus Tanthul

The young captain of the Netherese military was a fierce warrior and skilled commander. Despite his martial prowess, he rapid promotion among the ranks of the military could be attributed to his high birth, a fact that was a subject of gossip among the nobility of the City of Shade.[2]

Mattick and Vattick Tanthul

The twin sons of Telamont, oh whom Mattick was two minutes the senior, were exactly alike in their physical appearance and completely inseparable from one another. They spent their time as scholars, divided between the Academy of alchemy and assisting their younger brother Brennus with hunting down ruins of ancient Netheril. They both idolized Hadrhune and sided with Brennus in the rivalry between their father's right hand and eldest brother Rivalen.[2]

Yder Tanthul

Serving as the right hand of Prince Rivalen, Yder was a masterful warrior, dedicated to the Mistress of the Night. He led the temple guards of the Hall of Shadow in the City of Shade.[2]

Lamorak Tanthul

As overseer of the Deteminists' Guild, Lamorak led the administration of tests that would determine how the Shadovar could best serve within the City of Shade and returned Netheril. He was also charged with the crucial responsibility of deciding which of the Shadovar were deserving enough to be transformed into shades.[7]

Dethud Tanthul

Wise and reserved in his demeanor, Dethud served as advisor to his father and brothers of Shade. He was a peacemaker when disagreements arose, remaining neutral on all matters military, or political. Although he rarely shared his personal opinions, Dethud agreed with Melegaunt's subtle approach of manipulation.[7] He had two daughters Lelavdra and Manarlume.[4][page needed]

Melegaunt Tanthul

Unlike his other Shadow Weave-wielding brothers, the younger prince of Netheril demonstrated little ability in the arcane arts, a fact that was ordered to be kept secret by his father Telamont. He was however, extremely charming, cunning and adept exploiting and manipulating others due to his uncanny talent for demonstrating insincere empathy.[2] He believed the more good-aligned people of Faerûn had the innate weakness of believing what they wanted over what was truly real, a dynamic the empire could use to manipulate and take control of the Heartlands.[7]

Aglarel Tanthul

Detached from the political issues that were prevalent within the City of Shade, Aglarel was only concerned with the safety of his father, the High Prince. He served as the commander of the elite bodyguards of The High. His loyalties lay with his father first and foremost, which bordered on an unhealthy obsession.[7]

Escanor Tanthul
Malath Tanthul

Malath perished when he and ten of his brothers battled five Chosen of Mystra at the mythallar of the City of Shade.[8][page needed]

Brennus Tanthul

The youngest of the princes, Brennus was a prodigy among the brilliant arcanists of the family and even the City of Shade. Favored by his father, he had a strong appreciation for the history of the people of the Shadovar, ancient Netheril and spent much of his time seeking out ruins of the empire's ancient enclaves. He was convinced these sites held the secret needed to return glory to the reformed Shade Empire. Brennus died when the enclave of Sakkors crashed into the Sembian city of Ordulin, along with his eldest brother Rivalen.[2] Brennus died when Sakkors crashed on Ordulin while he held his brother Rivalen down, finally taking revenge for his mother Alashar.[6]





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