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Tren of Twilight Tower
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Posted - 01 May 2010 :  19:32:28  Show Profile  Visit Tren of Twilight Tower's Homepage Send Tren of Twilight Tower a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Intriguing question that hardly can have a precise answer. I like to think about Elminster as the "best", but that does not make him so. Obviously, it is matter of a personal opinion and can be argued endlessly.

In my not so humble opinion, and as some scribes have already pointed it out, the offered poll choices are very limiting and exclude some of the greatest mages (i.e. The Shadow King, Gromph, etc.). On the other hand, included are mages that are certainly better than most, yet not the top of magic pyramid (i.e. Wangerdahast and Manshoon).

Only my 101¢.

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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 01 May 2010 :  19:41:24  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well it is a personal feel. But there are still some that are clearly better or more succesful than others!

Larloch, Iouloum, Srinshee, Elminster, Simbul so on and so forth.

Funny to think that for all the Simbul's power, she is a mageling compared to the pinnacle of magic provess in Fearūn!
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Dennis
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Posted - 03 May 2010 :  04:39:14  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Would have been difficult for me to choose just one since I loved El ever since reading El series. But Telamont has fascinated me more.

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Dennis
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Posted - 03 May 2010 :  04:58:07  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tren of Twilight Tower

Intriguing question that hardly can have a precise answer. I like to think about Elminster as the "best", but that does not make him so. Obviously, it is matter of a personal opinion and can be argued endlessly.

In my not so humble opinion, and as some scribes have already pointed it out, the offered poll choices are very limiting and exclude some of the greatest mages (i.e. The Shadow King, Gromph, etc.). On the other hand, included are mages that are certainly better than most, yet not the top of magic pyramid (i.e. Wangerdahast and Manshoon).

Only my 101ļæ½.

Tren




I wonder too why Gromph was not in the list...The drow race should at least have a representive, and who else is more fitting than the archmage himself. Dyrr might be another, but then Gromph killed him.



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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 06 May 2010 :  21:41:25  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Manshoon, was a dush... And a pathetic mage, no power at all!
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 06 May 2010 :  22:43:25  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolai Withander

Manshoon, was a dush... And a pathetic mage, no power at all!




Hmm, actually i daresay he is quite proficient in his art, and i do believe this is a common belief? So this 'no power at all' might have been an understatement if i ever saw one :)

Edited by - Elfinblade on 06 May 2010 22:44:08
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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 06 May 2010 :  22:53:44  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
He he... I know! Thats why I said it. Thou I do daresay that he does not seen to anything special compared to some of the top-mages!

On I side note, I killed one of his clones in less than 10 rounds without it having a chance!
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Nicolai Withander

He he... I know! Thats why I said it. Thou I do daresay that he does not seen to anything special compared to some of the top-mages!
Eh. Even though the Manshoon Wars plot wasn't followed through, that's enough for me to see that Manshoon himself was anything but a "regular mage."

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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  13:21:41  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I look back now at the votes and see that Karsus is only second to Elminster???

How dare that old geezer get more votes than the allmighty Karsus. I highly suggest you all change your votes to Karsus, lest he punish you upon his re-ascension to godhood.

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Elfinblade
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  14:00:11  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Karsus was a moron. Get over it. His failed and futile attempt at grasping for divinity got him served and then some. Why did he go after the one deity that could hold the weave together? Why not, when he had achieved that immense spell, go after some lesser deity and build his way up from there? Karsus is vastly overrated by way too many. In my opinion

Edited by - Elfinblade on 07 May 2010 14:19:56
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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  15:49:07  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Karsus was a moron. Get over it. His failed and futile attempt at grasping for divinity got him served and then some. Why did he go after the one deity that could hold the weave together? Why not, when he had achieved that immense spell, go after some lesser deity and build his way up from there? Karsus is vastly overrated by way too many. In my opinion



He knew what was going to happen. It's all part of his master scheme which only his vast intelligence can comprehend. Even his most faithful such as I have difficulty in understanding the why, but we most certainly understand the what, which is his return that is to come. That is what makes him the best. Overrated?? Underrated is more like it!!

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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  16:02:24  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ha... Karsus would fall to the Lord of Spells; namely Melcar Silverdragon! Manshoon fell, Dendar the Nightserpent, The Tarasque, all have fallen to the power that he wields!!!!

I have said this before and im gonna say it again! He would fall just like Larloch and Iouloum would fall!!!!
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  16:07:06  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I honestly don't know why i am getting myself involved in these kinds of discussions
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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  16:09:55  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ha ha... because its fun!
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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  16:51:06  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

I honestly don't know why i am getting myself involved in these kinds of discussions



Because deep down inside you truly believe that Karsus is the allmighty one!

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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  16:52:08  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolai Withander

Ha... Karsus would fall to the Lord of Spells; namely Melcar Silverdragon! Manshoon fell, Dendar the Nightserpent, The Tarasque, all have fallen to the power that he wields!!!!

I have said this before and im gonna say it again! He would fall just like Larloch and Iouloum would fall!!!!



Nay. It is they who will tremble before the might of the great Lord Karsus. Even Kezef the Chaos hound whimpers at the mere thought of Karsus.

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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  17:45:37  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
HA... The mageling Karsus bores me.!!!
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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  17:49:19  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolai Withander

HA... The mageling Karsus bores me.!!!



Karsus is no mere mageling knave. He was perhaps such when he was but a babe, but his powers have far surpassed mortal understanding

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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  17:59:34  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
so you say... tell me again.. Is he alive? Melcar is, that alone makes him more powerful!
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Alisttair
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  18:00:06  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolai Withander

so you say... tell me again.. Is he alive? Melcar is, that alone makes him more powerful!



Will be - and will be a god

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Sill Alias
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Posted - 08 May 2010 :  02:33:02  Show Profile  Visit Sill Alias's Homepage Send Sill Alias a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If he is so great, why is he dead?
An old joke.
Mordenkainen and Halaster for me. Until Karsus rises, I will assume that his cult is the same by it's value as cult of Ao.

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Dennis
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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  00:50:06  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sill Alias

If he is so great, why is he dead?
An old joke.
Mordenkainen and Halaster for me. Until Karsus rises, I will assume that his cult is the same by it's value as cult of Ao.



Mystra died, but that didn't make her any less powerful than her fellow greater deities...I might not be as fanatic as Allistair, but I like Karsus too. I just voted for Telamont since he's the living emblem of the reborn Netheril, and though not as great as Karsus was/is, he's still powerful!

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jordanz
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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  02:10:09  Show Profile  Visit jordanz's Homepage Send jordanz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Some comments. I think Elminster is slightly underated. Elminster doesn't use magic for show. He usually uses the minimum amount of power to get the job done and he often chooses subtlety over flash.A polar opposit to someone like the Simbul who will usually go into most situations with guns blazing.

I also think we often underestimate wisdom when it comes to mages. Knowing when to (or not) cast a spell is sometimes more important than the spell itself. I think Elminster is perhaps the wisest of them all.

I think Szass Tam is someone to look out for. Anyone who read the last novel of the Undead trilogy might speculate how invincible Tam really is. The minute Larloch slips up, I expect Tam to be right there to take his place. Lets not forget how close Szass Tam came to achieving total power and domination ...

The second tier of archmages: Manshoon, Gromph, Emelyn the Gray, Vanderghast, Pharaun are actually more interesting to me. Still very -extremely powerful but not necessarily ALL powerful.

Edited by - jordanz on 10 May 2010 02:17:14
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  04:19:35  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The best spellcaster in the realms...

I'd have to say Halaster off hand...though Elminster is far more "with it" than the Blackcloak.

Though, my favorite spellcaster might be either Manshoon or the Simbul. One for cunning and patience, the other for flash and style...or both with both.
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Nicolai Withander
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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  14:29:34  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How can anyone choose anyone who is below the srinshee's level. Especially when Ed states she is the best spellcaster in fearun!!?????
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