Sword Play is the first book in the Netheril trilogy by Clayton Emery. The main character is Sunbright Steelshanks, a barbarian of the Rengarth tribe.[1]

Thousands of years before the Age of Elminster, dragons rule the skies over Faerûn, and elves dominate the huge forests that cover the land. Only in the mighty, magical empire of Netheril are men a force to be reckoned with.

Bored and haughty in his midair castle, the Netherese mage Candlemas bets fellow wizard Sysquemalyn that a certain barbarian who has caught his eye can survive the most savage tests his friend and deadly rival can devise. The only rule: The tests must offer the subject some chance to survive, however slight.

Of course, "playing fair" is a concept as alien to the wizards of Netheril as "mercy".

But the subject of their wager, Sunbright Steelshanks of the Rengarth Tribe, has a mind and a will of his own. And Candlemas and Sysquemalyn are not the only players in this lethal game of swords and sorcery...



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CandlemasDorlasFendrilGreenwillowLady PolarisRuellanaSunbright SteelshanksSysquemalynYsgarda
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BellstarBlindhawkDrigorMonkberryOwldarkRatiteff the SecondSmolynSevenhauntThornwingTipald
DeerDwarvesHalf-elvesHumansMoon elvesOrcsPhaerimmRemorhazWraiths
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BugbearsDryadsGhastsHarpysLichesNight hagsNymphsSuccubiWights
Mountains: Barren Mountains
Nations: Netheril
Planes: Nine Hells
Planets: Toril
Settlements: AugerbendDelia
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Continents: Kara-Tur
Rivers: River Ost
Settlements: DalekevaTinnainen
Raven TribeAngardtBeneficent Traders' GuildRengarth
Lightning bolt
Magic Items
Harvester of Blood


Also seeEdit

Netheril trilogyEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Clayton Emery (May 1996). Sword Play. (TSR, Inc), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-0492-5.
  2. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
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