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The Tome of Universal Harmony was the most holy book of the god Deneir, studied and memorized by his disciples.[1]

DescriptionEdit

It was a large tome in thick black bindings, containing nearly two thousand pages.[2]

The book was worth reading more than once during one's life because, as the perceptions of the world changed while the words in the book remained the same, the meaning of those words would change as well.[3]

PowersEdit

Song of Universal HarmonyEdit

Thoroughly reading and letting oneself get into the book led to hearing the "song" of the book in the reader's mind―the special meaning behind simple words singing in one's mind, a melody along with ancient voices.[4]

The reader could get lost in that song though, the song draining one's strength quickly. Several of higher ranking Deneirian priests had been found dead, lying across the book.[5] They tried to hear the song of Deneir, the song of universal mysteries, but were not strong enough to control the effects of that strange and beautiful music.[citation needed]

The song was a sweet and melancholy melody, a song of living and dying, of salvation and damnation, of eternal energy and finite matter, sung with voices of ancient accents and reverent tones, a music of heavenly spheres, of sunrise and sunset and all the details that played eternally in between. A song without end.[6]

A Chosen could call upon the song at any time and use the power that came with the song. Recalling a certain page, along with the right melody, gave the priest the power to enact different kinds of magic.[7]

AffinityEdit

Chosen hearing the song have the ability to turn into the animal with which they were the most familiar. Cadderly Bonaduce, a Chosen of Deneir could turn into a giant white squirrel, much like his animal friend, the white squirrel Percival.[8]

AuroraEdit

When a Chosen was totally into the song, feeling it with his or her whole being, the soul of other people revealed itself in form of shadowy images on top of their shoulders. This effect was called Aurora. The priest saw the shadows as interpretation of the person's strongest feelings or urgings.[9]

PrevisionEdit

A Chosen sometimes had the gift of prevision―foreseeing events that would inevitably come to pass.[10]

SpellsEdit

The pages contained various spells that had to be memorized in form of a song, such as spells of healing, words of silence,[11] words of light,[12] a spell to enhance one's hearing,[13] a spell to outline and reveal an invisible person,[14] a spell to dispel malevolent collections of magic,[15] and a spell of hypnosis.[16]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  2. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  3. R.A. Salvatore (March 2000). In Sylvan Shadows. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 46. ISBN 0-7869-1605-2.
  4. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786916061.
  5. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  8. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 212. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  9. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  10. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  11. R.A. Salvatore (March 2000). In Sylvan Shadows. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1605-2.
  12. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  13. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  14. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 181. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  15. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 183. ISBN 978-0786916061.
  16. R.A. Salvatore (May 2000). Night Masks. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 228. ISBN 978-0786916061.