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The Way of Lost PowerD&D Insider Article
Eye on the Realms
by Ed Greenwood

For centuries, wizards across the Realms have heard scores of exaggerated, sometimes entirely fanciful, tales about various lost books of spells or rituals and processes that could swiftly make them mighty in magic. These tales include stories of haunted books, books wherein the opinionated talking souls of wizards are trapped, books that slay the unwary or spew forth guardian monsters if handled without proper precautions—many legends for many books. It seems that at least one such book is indeed real—a plain, slim chapbook called The Way of Lost Power.

Find a door enspelled by a fallen god; Gaze well upon it, to see long ago and mark the place where Sammaster toppled but did not land. On that spot, stand and look due east to find the peak that stands alone. Atop that height, words are written in the rocks. Spoken aloud before a shattered door in the place of many locks, far from that peak, those words will cause the way to open.

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    About the Author

    Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in ...