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Pool of Radiance
The Heroes of Phlan Trilogy - Book 1

TSR Code:

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-88038-735-1
Author: James M Ward, Jane Cooper Hong
Cover Artist: Clyde Caldwell
Release Date: 1989
Format: Paperback book (316 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'The spellcaster, Shal, seeks to avenge the death of her wizard master. The ranger thief, Ren, hunts the assassin who brutally murdered his beloved Tempest.  The cleric, Tarl, prepares for a confrontation with the undead.
A possessed dragon commands the undead armies of Valhingen Graveyard and the beasts from the ruins of Phlan.  Desperate, Shal, Ren and Tarl join forces to deliver Phlan and the entire Moonsea from the dark possession of evil reincarnate...Tyranthraxus'.

Other titles in the Heroes of Phlan Trilogy:

See also the Pool of Radiance adventure and  computer game.

By: Nicholas Faubert Date: 07-September-2001
Rating: GoodGoodGood Good

This game that this book was based on was, for me, what got me started into Dungeons and Dragons in the first place. When I read the book, I found that it captured the spirit of the game quite well. In particular, Cadorna and Tyrantatharaxis (spelling? it's been a while) were well developed in relation to their game selves, albeit they had more lines in the book ;)

One thing that always nagged me was the firepower that Shal had in the book, contrasted to what you got in the game. I mean any idiot with a staff of fireballs could have cleaned out Sokal keep, which is what she had, if memory serves. The other missions, especially Valhingen and the Textile house, were very loyal to the game.

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