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Shadowdale, by Scott Ciencin,[note 1] is the first book of the Avatar series.

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faerûn in the guise of mortals.

When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.

When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

Summary

In the first part of the book, the adventurers Kelemvor Lyonsbane, Midnight, Cyric, and Adon are presented as they join in a party to rescue a lady, who actually is the goddess Mystra, held captive by the avatar of Bane. Midnight also receives a token of Mystra's power during the quest. The group eventually manage to help the goddess, who proceeds to defeat Bane. Mystra then tries to ascend to the gods' world to provide Ao with the names of those responsible for the theft of the Tablets of Fate, but she is destroyed by Helm by Ao's order, since the Overgod wants the Tablets themselves back. In her last moment, the goddess pleads for the adventurers to rescue the Tablets and to ask for Elminster's help on their quest.

In the second part of the book, the adventurers face a difficult travel to Shadowdale, home of Elminster. All the land is scarred and deformed by the violent death of the goddess Mystra, making travel dangerous and deadly. The party manages to reach Shadowdale only thanks to the power Mystra granted to Midnight. During the journey, Midnight and Kelemvor establish a sentimental bond between each other, while Cyric starts to develop some feeling toward the woman. In the meanwhile, Adon's faith in Sune is shattered as a consequence of a serious face injury, which gives him a disfiguring scar. The adventurers reach Shadowdale just before a battle begins; Bane marches to war on Shadowdale with two goals in his mind: destruction and preventing the involvement of Elminster. The battle is won and Bane apparently destroyed by an apparition of Mystra, but Elminster disappears in the huge energy generated by the event. The book ends with the adventurers accused of the death of Old Sage.

Index

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Characters

AdonMourngrym AmcathraAnnaleeBishopTempus BlackthorneBohaimBrionAngelique CantaranFzoul ChembrylCyricMordant DecruewDrizhalTensyl DurmondElminsterForresterGillianConnel GreyloreMayheir HawksguardIsaacKelemvorTrannus KialtonRonglath KnightsbridgeLeetymMyrmeen LhalMarekMawserMidnightCaitlan MoonsongBrehnan MuellerPhylannaReneeRhaymonRuschSememmonSharantyrStorm SilverhandJhaele SilvermaneEvon StralanaThurbalThurbrandTorrenceVogtWelchYarbroZehlaZelanz
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AldolphusShaerl Amcathra • Apenimon • ChessChiah • Elki • Bartholeme GuinTorum GarrGelzunduthGoulartParys GuinLhaeo • Lukyan Lutherum • Burne LyonsbaneKendrel Lyonsbane • Knotum • Kyle LyonsbaneLukyan LyonsbaneAzoun Obarskyr IVPrettiQuicksalSulcar Reedo • Seif • SimbulSunlarKnorrel TalbotVanceTessaril Winter

Creatures

elementalfalconant (fire ant) flyhakeasharheronhumanhorsejackalwerepantherrat (giant rat) ravensnakespider (giant spiderspider hound)squirrel
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buzzardcatdemondogdragonfalcongoblinjackalpig

Events

ArrivalBattle of Shadowdale

Items

Food & Drink
applecheesesweetbread
Other
poison
Plants
cypresslotusmahoganyoakorchidrose
Substances
goldivoryrubysilversteel
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daffodilsilk

Locations

Buildings
Castle KilgraveDark TempleElminster's towerFlagon Held HighThe House of the LadyHungry Man InnNight Wolf InnOld Skull InnPride of ArabelTemple of Gond (Tilverton)Twisted Tower of Ashaba
Geographic Features
Ashaba RiverDesertsmouth MountainsShadow GapSpiderhaunt Wood
Regions
CormyrDalelands (DaggerdaleShadowdale)FaerûnGnoll PassZhentil Keep
Landmarks
Ashaba bridge
Settlements
Arabel
Other
Celestial StairwayPrime Material planeNirvana
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AcheronAnaurochBlack MaskCalantar's WayCitadel of the RavenDeepingdaleEveningstarGentle SmileGnoll PassHarpers' HillHigh Moon InnHouse of GelzunduthInner SeaKingdom of LathanderKingdom of SuneKrag PoolThe Lady's HouseLantanLyonsbane KeepMistledaleMyth DrannorNirvanaRiver AshabaScarlet SpearSembiaShou LungStonelandsSuzailTantrasTemple of SufferingTemple of Sune (Arabel)TeshwaveThayTilver's GapTilvertonVoonlarWaterdeepWyvernwater

Magic

Items
clairaudiencecloak of displacementMethild's harppotion of healingpotion of speedTablets of Fate
Other
The ArtillusionportalwardThe Weave
Spells
decastavedetect magicfireballforgetgeasGeyron's death spelllevitatemagic missileNezram's Ruby Rayprismatic sphereshape change
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Ring of Winter

Organizations

Company of DawnCompany of the LynxHarpersIardon's HirelingsKnights of Myth DrannorLyonsbaneRiders of MistledaleThieves' guild of Zhentil KeepZhentilar
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Red Wizards of Thay

Miscellaneous

avatardemigodmagistertrue name
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chaoslawtattoo

Religion

AoBaneHelmMyrkulMystraSuneTalos
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GondIlmaterLathanderLliiraLoviatarOghmaSekerSharSylunéTalosTymoraTyr

Appendix

Notes

  1. The first three novels of the Avatar series were originally released under the pen-name "Richard Awlinson."

References

Editions

Edition Pages ISBN-10 ISBN-13 Publisher Published Citation
Mass Market Paperback 352 0-8803-8730-0 978-0880387309 Wizards of the Coast 1989-06-17
Mass Market Paperback 352 0-7869-3105-1 978-0786931057 Wizards of the Coast 2003-05-01
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