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The '''Song of Selune''' is a children's bedtime story about the goddess [[Selune]].
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[[File:Imgig Zu and Luna 1.jpg|thumb|right|Aided by the wand of power, the goddess Selûne and a disguised Imgig Zu ride on winged beasts to Toril, with the rest of Imgig's people.]]The '''Song of Selûne''' was a legend about the goddess [[Selûne]] the Moonmaiden.<ref name="ADDc-03">{{Cite comic/The Secret of Selûne's Eye|7-9, 25}}<br/>{{Cite comic/Dungeons & Dragons Classics, Vol. 1|63–65, 81}}</ref>
   
==The Main Story==
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==The story==
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The story began with Selûne as a youthful and beautiful goddess, residing in a mystic realm populated by deities. Turning aside from a life of ease, she was impulsive and grew tired of life in her own plane. Thus, she "borrowed" a [[wand of power]] from a god known only as "her father" and used the wand to fly away in a bubble of force, so that she might experience life in other realms. <ref group="note">The idea that Selûne has a father seems rather at odds with other depictions of the goddess and the conventional creation myth of the Realms, in which she is said to have coalesced out of the primordial essence of [[Realmspace]] (''e.g.'', ''[[Faiths & Avatars]]'' page 141 and ''[[Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition]]'' page 260) and no "father" is mentioned. However, since these sources also say Lord [[Ao]] created Realmspace, it is possible that this "father" is Ao. On the other hand, it is possible that this father is strictly the father of [[Luna]], Selûne's [[avatar]] within the comics.</ref>
   
The story begins with the goddess getting tired of life in her own plane. She "borrowed" a wand of great power from a god known only as "her father." Using the wand she travels to a far away plane with a forbidding blood moon. She is smitten by an mysterious and attractive fighter. The stranger tricked her into transporting him and his followers to [[Faerun]]. He then revealed his true form, he was [[Imgig Zu]]. He and his people were hideous monsters now capable (and with the intention) of killing the deceived goddess. Fortunately help arrived in the form of a young wizard. While the wizard was not powerful enough to defeat the the monsters, he was capable of causing enough confusion and chaos so Selune could escape. The goddess, now freed from her subjugation, uses the only thing she has left - her life force. Draining her life force away she imprisons the monsters inside a gigantic [[Moonstone]]. Yet, the price of victory was great. By using her life force, Selune weakened herself and sacrificed her youthful vitality and beauty. She left the gem known as the ''[[Selûne's Eye]]'', with the young mage who rescued her for safe keeping.
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In time, she traveled to a [[plane]] with a forbidding blood moon palely glowing over a barren land. There, Selûne was smitten by a mysterious and attractive warrior, a lord of his people. The stranger persuaded her to use the wand to transport him and his followers to [[Toril]], riding upon winged beasts, where they planned to settle.
   
==Alternate endings==
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[[File:Imgig Zu and Luna 2.jpg|thumb|right|Imgig Zu reveals himself and seizes the wand of power from Selûne, meaning to slay her with it.]]However, once they landed, he revealed his true form and intentions—he was the monstrous [[Imgig Zu]]. He and his people were hideous shapechanging monsters, set on conquest and ruin. He seized her father's wand of power and intended to kill the deceived goddess. <ref group="note">It seems unlikely that a being like Imgig Zu could so easily kill a goddess. It may be that the wand of power gave him this ability.</ref>
   
The story has a few alternate endings.
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Fortunately, help arrived in the form of [[Ostus Agrivar|a brave young wizard]] riding by on horseback and racing to her rescue. Although the wizard was not powerful enough to defeat the monsters, he was capable of causing enough confusion and chaos that Selûne could escape. The goddess, now freed from her subjugation, used the only thing she had left: her own life force. Draining her life force away, she imprisoned the monsters inside a pocket dimension within a gigantic [[moonstone]], which should contain them for all time. She reduced the gem, now known as ''[[Selûne's Eye]]'', in size and gave it to the young mage who'd rescued her for safe keeping.
* Selune goes back home, and brings the young mage as well
 
* Selune dies because of her sacrifice, but she is resurrected come the next full moon.
 
* The young mage loves her, but she rejects his advances because she is no longer young or beautiful.
 
   
==References==
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However, the price of victory had been great. By using her life force, Selûne had weakened herself and sacrificed her immortal youthful vitality and beauty, aging thousands of years. This was a fact she kept hidden from the young wizard.
   
1. Michael Fleisher, Jan Duursema (May 2011) [[Dungeons & Dragons Classics, Vol. 1]]: [[The Secret of Selûne's Eye]], p. 63-65 DC Comics, IDW Publishing, ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-895-2
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The story had a few alternate endings, depending on locale and the point the storyteller wished to make. In some, Selûne learned her lesson and went back to her home, and brought the young mage with her. In others, Selûne died because of her sacrifice, but was resurrected come the next full moon. Still others told that the young mage loved her, but she rejected his advances because she was no longer young or beautiful.
   
2. Michael Fleisher, Jan Duursema (May 2011) Dungeons & Dragons Classics, Vol. 1: The Secret of Selune’s Eye, p. 81 DC Comics, IDW Publishing, ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-895-2
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It was a classic tale, sad but oft-told, and one most folk of [[Faerûn]] had heard.<ref name="ADDc-03"/>
   
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==History==
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[[Luna]], proprietress of the [[Selûne's Smile]] inn in [[Waterdeep]], and in truth an avatar of the goddess Selûne herself, told the tale as a bedtime story for the young [[kittenlord]] in the [[1357 DR|Year of the Prince, 1357 DR]]. His guardian, [[Conner]], overheard and remarked upon how poignantly she told it.<ref name="ADDc-03"/>
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Events proved the tale to be almost entirely true, however, as [[Imgig Zu]] somehow escaped the ''[[Selûne's Eye]]'' gem and sought to release the rest of his people from it.<ref name="ADDc-03"/>
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==Appendix==
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===Notes===
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{{Notes}}
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===References===
 
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Imgig Zu and Luna 1

Aided by the wand of power, the goddess Selûne and a disguised Imgig Zu ride on winged beasts to Toril, with the rest of Imgig's people.

The Song of Selûne was a legend about the goddess Selûne the Moonmaiden.[1]

The storyEdit

The story began with Selûne as a youthful and beautiful goddess, residing in a mystic realm populated by deities. Turning aside from a life of ease, she was impulsive and grew tired of life in her own plane. Thus, she "borrowed" a wand of power from a god known only as "her father" and used the wand to fly away in a bubble of force, so that she might experience life in other realms. [note 1]

In time, she traveled to a plane with a forbidding blood moon palely glowing over a barren land. There, Selûne was smitten by a mysterious and attractive warrior, a lord of his people. The stranger persuaded her to use the wand to transport him and his followers to Toril, riding upon winged beasts, where they planned to settle.

Imgig Zu and Luna 2

Imgig Zu reveals himself and seizes the wand of power from Selûne, meaning to slay her with it.

However, once they landed, he revealed his true form and intentions—he was the monstrous Imgig Zu. He and his people were hideous shapechanging monsters, set on conquest and ruin. He seized her father's wand of power and intended to kill the deceived goddess. [note 2]

Fortunately, help arrived in the form of a brave young wizard riding by on horseback and racing to her rescue. Although the wizard was not powerful enough to defeat the monsters, he was capable of causing enough confusion and chaos that Selûne could escape. The goddess, now freed from her subjugation, used the only thing she had left: her own life force. Draining her life force away, she imprisoned the monsters inside a pocket dimension within a gigantic moonstone, which should contain them for all time. She reduced the gem, now known as Selûne's Eye, in size and gave it to the young mage who'd rescued her for safe keeping.

However, the price of victory had been great. By using her life force, Selûne had weakened herself and sacrificed her immortal youthful vitality and beauty, aging thousands of years. This was a fact she kept hidden from the young wizard.

The story had a few alternate endings, depending on locale and the point the storyteller wished to make. In some, Selûne learned her lesson and went back to her home, and brought the young mage with her. In others, Selûne died because of her sacrifice, but was resurrected come the next full moon. Still others told that the young mage loved her, but she rejected his advances because she was no longer young or beautiful.

It was a classic tale, sad but oft-told, and one most folk of Faerûn had heard.[1]

HistoryEdit

Luna, proprietress of the Selûne's Smile inn in Waterdeep, and in truth an avatar of the goddess Selûne herself, told the tale as a bedtime story for the young kittenlord in the Year of the Prince, 1357 DR. His guardian, Conner, overheard and remarked upon how poignantly she told it.[1]

Events proved the tale to be almost entirely true, however, as Imgig Zu somehow escaped the Selûne's Eye gem and sought to release the rest of his people from it.[1]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The idea that Selûne has a father seems rather at odds with other depictions of the goddess and the conventional creation myth of the Realms, in which she is said to have coalesced out of the primordial essence of Realmspace (e.g., Faiths & Avatars page 141 and Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition page 260) and no "father" is mentioned. However, since these sources also say Lord Ao created Realmspace, it is possible that this "father" is Ao. On the other hand, it is possible that this father is strictly the father of Luna, Selûne's avatar within the comics.
  2. It seems unlikely that a being like Imgig Zu could so easily kill a goddess. It may be that the wand of power gave him this ability.

ReferencesEdit

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