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AdamBridger
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Posted - 13 Aug 2011 :  16:53:32  Show Profile Send AdamBridger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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For me the greatest spell has got to be the one cast at the end of Steven E. Schend's Blackstaff.

The spell was about 1000 years in the making, featured numerous blackstaffs and hundreds of magical items, hundreds of spellcasters, some of the greatest mages in the Realms including Elminster and the high mages of Myth Drannor and it consumed Khelben Blackstaff in its casting.

The effects of the spell restored the city of Rhymanthiin and safely disposed of the Killing Storms.

How can that not be Faerun's Greatest Spell?
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Dennis
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It's a great one, but I wouldn't call it the greatest. The Imaski Godswall didn't only encompass a city, but the entire empire. And the effects of Karsus's Avatar didn't only bring down a city, but a whole civilization...

Every beginning has an end.
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phranctoast
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My vote goes to Q'arlynd Melarn and the high magic that made all the followers of Kiaransalee forget her existence and then killed her. Killing a god with a spell is pretty bad ass.

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Thauranil
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quote:
Originally posted by phranctoast

My vote goes to Q'arlynd Melarn and the high magic that made all the followers of Kiaransalee forget her existence and then killed her. Killing a god with a spell is pretty bad ass.


That was pretty cool but i have to vote for the dark disaster as its the most kickass spell of all time.
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WalkerNinja
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Voted Other:

"In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic. Some said they'd found it, but such men were usually dismissed as crazed.
I saw one of these 'crazed' mages myself. He could ignore spells cast at him as if they did not exist, or work any magic himself by silent thought alone. I did not think he was mad - but a peace, driven by urges and vices no longer. He told me the One True Spell was a woman, that her name was Mystra - and that her kisses were wonderful."

Halivon Tharnstar, Avowed of Mystra
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Dennis
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So Mystra is the spell and her Chosen and all her faithful are the spell components...That's another way of looking at things. But it doesn't change the fact that that same spell (Mystryl) fell victim to a mortal's own spell (Karsus's Avatar).

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Marc
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She has a living spell template?

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Nicolai Withander
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Just thought of one, but doea it have to be cast by mortals?
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Old Man Harpell
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A spell presented to Elminster, Mordenkainen, and Dalamar by the Simbul named Alamanthar's Return (in 'Mages Three').

In effect: See spell, cast spell. See Wish being cast, you can cast it yourself. Or theoretically, any spell whatsoever, including High Magic.

- OMH
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Old Man Harpell

A spell presented to Elminster, Mordenkainen, and Dalamar by the Simbul named Alamanthar's Return (in 'Mages Three').

In effect: See spell, cast spell. See Wish being cast, you can cast it yourself. Or theoretically, any spell whatsoever, including High Magic.

- OMH



I believe it was also detailed in The Seven Sisters.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Old Man Harpell

A spell presented to Elminster, Mordenkainen, and Dalamar by the Simbul named Alamanthar's Return (in 'Mages Three').

In effect: See spell, cast spell. See Wish being cast, you can cast it yourself. Or theoretically, any spell whatsoever, including High Magic.

- OMH



I believe it was also detailed in The Seven Sisters.

It is indeed.

I've always wanted to know more about Alamanther of Aglarond. His once-consort-relationship with the Simbul would be interesting enough, but I'm also curious about his history of nasty-spellturning development.

This might be one for Ed, I think.

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Markustay
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I would hazard to guess, given his region of origin, that his magic was hand-tailored to battle other Mages.

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The Sage
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And that's an intriguing aspect for me. I'm sure Ed would've likely tinkered with that basis for Alamanther's spell development.

After all, the Red Wizards would've made the perfect "test subjects" for his research.

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The Sundering: Hundreds of High Magi gathered in the heartland of Faerūn at the Gathering Place. Ignoring the lesson learned from the destruction of Tintageer centuries earlier, the High Magi cast a spell designed to create a glorious elven homeland. As the Day of Birthing dawned, the spell reached its apex. Faerūn, the one land, is sundered apart by the unbridled force of the spell. As a result, hundred of cities are washed away, thousands of elves lie dead, and the face of Abeir-Toril is changed forever. The name Faerūn, no longer the one land, was given to the largest continent. Evermeet, Island of Elves, is created. The Tree of Souls is given to the elves.
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

And that's an intriguing aspect for me. I'm sure Ed would've likely tinkered with that basis for Alamanther's spell development.

After all, the Red Wizards would've made the perfect "test subjects" for his research.



Of course, after his reputation spread, such field testing would be more difficult...

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TBeholder
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quote:
Originally posted by Eol

Which of the following spells do you think is the greatest successful spell ever cast? (Karsusļæ½s avatar is not in the list because it was an spectacular failure )
Hard to say, and not because they all were too good.
What passed fine on the spell side, didn't work out well the way it was used.
  • Waymeet: useful, but much the same (access to Prime and Inner planes only) could be done via demiplane with customized properties (built-in Gate/Worldwalk, etc), and mortal wizards without High Magic created these again and again.

  • Dragon Rage Mythal: great; but managed to suck on the safety part so much it gone even beyond its "normal" functionality... and eventually was hijacked, after all.
  • Imaskar wards: great on the magic side; but as a solution - in the end, Imaskar ended off the map just like Netheril.
  • Sundering: was fixed by divine intervention. I.e. casters did "succeed" due to being bailed out by Seldarine, on their own they would have a failure, so much more embarassing after the catastrophic part of the results.
  • Dark Disaster: one big boom, done for... no better considerations than an imperial hissyfit?
  • Mythallars: great, except the part with magical creatures looking like horses at a fire, and for a reason. Weave depletion also translates into inefficiency: by all accounts, spellfield didn't simply recharge the reserve, but buzzed at full power no matter its load. If not Phaerimm, either someone else would start the stink, or they eventually would undermine themselves. I.e. were pulling Netheril toward an internal resource deficite war.
Put together, it looks like there's a common theme.
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-Karsus' Avatar a spectacular failure...? Wow...Just wow...
A successfull casting ending in an immediate catastrophic failure due to its unavoidable consequences. I.e. the crown of all the abysmal stuff above.
quote:
Originally posted by phranctoast

My vote goes to Q'arlynd Melarn and the high magic that made all the followers of Kiaransalee forget her existence and then killed her. Killing a god with a spell is pretty bad ass.
Dunno, i doubt it falls within the acceptable unspoken guidelines.
Forgetfulness for a specific fact, limited to one world and with limitations such as dead magic and resistance is okay - it's not unlike Dracorage. But was Kiaransalee just a local phenomenon? And no way this should extend to the domain (where the deity's will is almost a law of nature) and the power reserve, however meager, there. So a reasonable variant would cause a major setback at most, unless someone used this opening to simply go in and behead her. After all, she didn't forget where to apply - one night of frantic vision sendings, and a fair chunk of the lost power is restored.
If it could be done just like this, why every other High Mage didn't try to boo away some or other god he doesn't like? They certainly would like to - and old ones had so much more of personal experience with High Magic use than some guy who picked up his lore in ruins.
That is, smells like complete godmodding, reaching far beyond even what traditional justified godmodding does. Aaand, what this bulette does in a thri-kreen village, again?..

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Dennis
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Posted - 13 Jan 2012 :  14:28:50  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

If it's not just Faerun's, but simply the Greatest Spell, maybe it's the Shadowstorm cast upon Ephyras. It completely devoured the whole world, leaving nothing but a great void.

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Artemas Entreri
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Clearly the greatest spell in the history of D&D is Affect Normal Fires. I can't tell you how many times that saved my hide.

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Dennis
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Telamont's Shadow Weave Replica. To be revealed soon.

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