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D&D General I'm reading the Forgotten Realms Novels- #141 The Siege by Troy Denning (Return Archwizards 2)


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As is so often the case with these trilogies (the previous Netheril one, with Sunbright and co., being the big exception), the second book is always the most difficult for me to recall, since it's easy for its events to bleed into the first or third book.

In this case, the scene that sticks out most to me is when Princess Alusair tries to negotiate with the phaerimm. Mostly for the part where Alusair has her guards gag Galaeron (present as a resident expert on the phaerimm and shadow magic both) when he speaks out of turn (this is after the phaerimm tried try to mind-control everyone present, and Galaeron angrily points out that there's no reasoning with alien monsters), only to turn around and kiss him passionately when the meeting's over. I mean, he at least can claim to be somewhat schizophrenic thanks to the shadow magic he's using; what's her excuse?

The other characters just didn't make a big impression on me. I seem to recall that Telamont Tanthul (I think it was him) went on a rant about how unfair it was that everyone was against them reclaiming their place in Faerun, where "reclaiming their place" meant, "introducing ecological changes that, while they might be beneficial in the long-term, will cause serious famine in the short-term." Yeah, who could have thought that everyone else on the continent would have a problem with that? I mean, I know that bad guys with a lot of power tend to slip into Bond-villain-esque levels of insanity easily, but even back in AD&D 2nd Edition this guy had a Wisdom of 14 (as per Netheril: Empire of Magic; affiliate link), and I bet it would have been even higher in 3E, so you think that would help with that sort of perspective.

Malik el Sami yn Nasser (seriously, that's a name that's as much fun to say as Inigo Montoya) throwing in with Telamont is something I don't recall too much. I know that he did, just not that much ever came of it; the only things the little guy has going for him are that he seems too craven to be dangerous, will stab anyone in the back if it seems like a good idea at the time, and is fanatically loyal to Cyric. So if the much smarter guy with all the magic (i.e. Telamont) knows all that, then there's not much that Malik can do. Maybe that's why I don't recall him doing very much at all.

Of course, that's more than I can say for Vala et al. Heck, I didn't even remember that Ruha was in this, though I shouldn't be surprised; authors like to reuse familiar characters, and Denning is no exception. I'm amazed that Prince Tang didn't show up in here somewhere.

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