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Darkheyr
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  07:17:39  Show Profile  Visit Darkheyr's Homepage Send Darkheyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Well, the novels are bad, but Telamont is pretty cool - however, even in the novels, he never does anything that qualifies him as "the best spellcaster".


He is a level 35 caster, though. And pretty darn old. Novels are just that, novels. The Archwizards books are plain silly, thats aboot it, so I'm definitly not judging by that.
Also dont forget his mostly epic-level sons (most of them spellcasters) and the entire might of Shade behind him.

As for Iolaum: He is widely considered the second most powerful arcanist of Old Netheril, and was already old during Karsus' rise to power. He fled before the Fall, and by now he is an undead elder brain wizard or something equally strange. Without doubt one of the most powerful "mortals" of Faerūn. I can get you some more information once I'm home if you want :)

I also believe a former student of Iolaum is living somewhere around Red Larch...

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Khaa
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  13:10:50  Show Profile  Visit Khaa's Homepage Send Khaa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Anyone remember the wizards in R.A. Salvatore's series? There name escapes me... The ones who have "Puddlejumper" and one of them is a werewolf. I really like them. How many wizards sit around inventing spells no matter what happens to them.

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Crennen FaerieBane
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Good point, Khaa. There are several criteria besides power and levels that could determine one to be the "best" caster of the Realms. It is a very subjective word, indeed.

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quote:
Originally posted by Khaa

Anyone remember the wizards in R.A. Salvatore's series? There name escapes me... The ones who have "Puddlejumper" and one of them is a werewolf. I really like them. How many wizards sit around inventing spells no matter what happens to them.



The Harpells. Bidderdoo (what a horrible name!) was the werewolf. Malchor Harpell is a normal mage, and a powerful one at that, but the rest of his clan are a few orcs short of a horde.

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Fletcher
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  17:46:02  Show Profile  Visit Fletcher's Homepage Send Fletcher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Elminster it is. There is a distinct difference between best and most powerful. El isn't the most poweful wizard out there, but he has made the greatest difference with what power he has.

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Thelonius
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quote:
Originally posted by Khaa

Anyone remember the wizards in R.A. Salvatore's series? There name escapes me... The ones who have "Puddlejumper" and one of them is a werewolf. I really like them. How many wizards sit around inventing spells no matter what happens to them.



I really like the Harpells too, specially Harkle and his spell that allows him to know things but making him banish if revealing them, I have never seen any wizard using such a spell; (sorry at this moment I can't remember the name of the spell). Someone must be a slightly powerful wizard to use this. But I am not saying he is the most powerful though, it is a too subjective opinion.

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Darkheyr
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Posted - 04 Nov 2005 :  07:11:03  Show Profile  Visit Darkheyr's Homepage Send Darkheyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fletcher

Elminster it is. There is a distinct difference between best and most powerful. El isn't the most poweful wizard out there, but he has made the greatest difference with what power he has.



I suggest you read up on the wizards I mentioned ;)

Especially Larloch is a master schemer - he just doesn't WANT to control or influence the entire world. He's happy gathering knowledge and magic items.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 04 Nov 2005 :  20:00:46  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess I look at this question from a very humanistic perspective. *shrug* Iolaum might be old and powerful, but come on, now he's some sort of brain? How can I relate to that? Same goes for the Shades. Old they may be, but didn't they spend much of their lives on a distant plane? I like someone who is not just powerful and old, but walks the Realms with everyone else, interacts with everyday folk, learns from them, and shares his gifts with others.

And I agree that "powerful" is a deceptively subjective term.

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Darkheyr
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  07:17:43  Show Profile  Visit Darkheyr's Homepage Send Darkheyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
True. I rate from experience, personal power and influence.

Elminster has the Chosen of Mystra and other friends, Telamont has his Shades, Szass Tam has Thay, Larloch his cadre of liches... Hard to tell the most powerful. But just from their vast collected knowledge and experience, I couldn't go with Elminster, but Larloch, Halaster, Telamont and Iolaum. Halaster doubly so, because he's insane :P

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Magus Rages
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  11:37:35  Show Profile  Visit Magus Rages's Homepage Send Magus Rages a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fascinating replies from all who had replied, thank you!, nice and honest replies from Darkheyr and Rinonalyrna Fathomlin, rarely do I come across such honest replies, well thanks by the way.

So far based on the polls, it appears that Elminister has the leading vote, not surprising anyway but rather much expected since the Old Sage is considered currently the realms' greatest spellcaster or what some says as the currently most powerful spellcaster given he has Mystra's favor.
Halaster may be mad and insane and a sure supermage, but he is capable of exerting his tremendous power when it is needed, heard that he can go One on One with the 9 Chosen of Mystra, or maybe go against all 9. Also, he is considerably patient enough to complete his Undermountain project which he manipulates it as though it was his playhouse. Larloch is reclusive, gang-boss of a circle of liches(ex-archwizards) and yet possessing insurmountable power and wisdom, a level 46 mage, ex-netheril supermage with enough wits to fight Karsus, but he had created the Death Moon Orb, one of the most hotly contested and fought over items. Telamont Tanthul, near supermage was heard to be a former mentalist(some say so which may explain why he was able to use his will to tame a dracolich) and Telamont may have the backing of 500 shades or so, Telamont himself is hard to take on especially when he is made of shadowstuff(100% pure shadowstuff quality) and with a incredible mastery of the Shadow Weave but Telamont's body is ailing weak. Elminister may be near a thousand years old with great mastery of the Weave magics, a supermage yes, but he seems slightly addled of mind.

How I consider in my opinion of who is considered the most superior and powerful spellcaster is based on my personal catergory:
1) Ability to eliminate powerful opponents whether they are in massive numbers or small numbers and conquering powerful spellcasters with minimum exertion of efforts and done in the shortest time.
2) Flexible, adaptable and pragmatic, able to bend the situation to his will and whim as well as responding to change of situations in the most appropriate way as the situation demands.
3) Control-example: no stuttering and stammering during spellcasting- and decisiveness with incredible willpower in himself/herself.
4) Great planner and strategist with foresight, I mean, like able to forsee what potential threats may arise against his/her power, and developing superpowerful spells in advance to deal with the threats and alongside a sound planned strategy to implement the spells against the threats. Larloch and Telamont Tanthul(has anyone read his personal spellbook yet?) are good examples.
5) Charisma.
6) Posssessing Unbreakable Devotion and Unbreakable concentration, unshakable determination and great perseverance.
7) Casting spells with Exteme speed(as fast as possible but at least above a newly graduated mage and above a lvl 30 mage) and extreme ruthlessness, with mind set on the results and victory, I mean like Drizzt being the Hunter, killing with extreme speed and extreme ruthlessness.
8) Learning quickly from personal defeats and others' defeats.
9) A constant thinker and analyzer, never sitting around and hanging up the legs.

Guess who among the spellcasters has the most number of listed points in my catergory?


Edited by - Magus Rages on 07 Nov 2005 11:40:05
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Khaa
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  13:25:13  Show Profile  Visit Khaa's Homepage Send Khaa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Im dunno who. But think of the Harpells!

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Chosen of Bane
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  15:17:07  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Bane's Homepage Send Chosen of Bane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Narm - the damsel in distress

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Crennen FaerieBane
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  15:21:15  Show Profile Send Crennen FaerieBane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

I guess I look at this question from a very humanistic perspective. *shrug* Iolaum might be old and powerful, but come on, now he's some sort of brain? How can I relate to that? Same goes for the Shades. Old they may be, but didn't they spend much of their lives on a distant plane? I like someone who is not just powerful and old, but walks the Realms with everyone else, interacts with everyday folk, learns from them, and shares his gifts with others.

And I agree that "powerful" is a deceptively subjective term.



Well, to be fair, the Shades didn't ask to be away from Faerun for all that time.

Powerful is a very relative term - like I said, look at Szass Tam, he may not have all the levels, but he certainly has more underlings who are powerful than, let's say Khelben. I know that Khelben has a great many friends, but you don't control friends through power - underlines you do.

There is a lot of different scales that can be used to discuss powerful.

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sleyvas
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Why Sleyvas of Thay, of course <g>. So he lacks the sheer power of these others. He makes up for it in creativity.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  20:15:28  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Magus Rages

Fascinating replies from all who had replied, thank you!, nice and honest replies from Darkheyr and Rinonalyrna Fathomlin, rarely do I come across such honest replies, well thanks by the way.


You're more than welcome.

quote:
Guess who among the spellcasters has the most number of listed points in my catergory?




Hmm, I don't know...Elminster? The Simbul? :) Although Elminster isn't as obsessed with "power", IMO, as a lot of other mages are, which may be a good thing. He has taken it upon himself to look beyond his personal power and work for all good people in the Realms.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  20:17:26  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CrennenFaerieBane

Well, to be fair, the Shades didn't ask to be away from Faerun for all that time.


Maybe so, but that doesn't change the fact that they *were* away for such a long time.

quote:
Powerful is a very relative term - like I said, look at Szass Tam, he may not have all the levels, but he certainly has more underlings who are powerful than, let's say Khelben. I know that Khelben has a great many friends, but you don't control friends through power - underlines you do.

There is a lot of different scales that can be used to discuss powerful.




True. As for friends, they aren't something you control (or would want to control, else they wouldn't be friends), but they can represent a certain kind of influence, which is itself a kind of power.

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Edited by - Rinonalyrna Fathomlin on 07 Nov 2005 20:17:47
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wiseguysez
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meh, ya all raise interesting points and its hard to take a side in your argument. I'd say to pit one mage against another close competitor. alone. without any of their apprentices and friends and such. and then pit one mages apprentices against the others' and so on. then just take all the "stats" and do an overall. that is, if u have nothing better to do with your life... no offense to anyone who might use this idea or one similar to it...
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Vvornth
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  10:50:39  Show Profile  Visit Vvornth's Homepage Send Vvornth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I heartly recommend that you expand your posting habits beyond threads with polls.

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My vote goes to the Old, wise mage of the Dalelands. His general actions and place as chosen of Mystra (GODDESSS OF MAGIC for petes sake) must make him nothing less than the top candidate for the title in question...

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Rivalen
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I voted Halaster Blackcloak, the famous genius of Undermountain, if there is anybody who can go toe to toe with the greatest of Mystra's Chosen, I would bet my chips on Halaster Blackcloak as the one.

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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  13:26:54  Show Profile  Visit Mystery_Man's Homepage Send Mystery_Man a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well I'd vote Larloch if he was on the list. He could deliver a spanking to anyone on the list or off.
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Asgetrion
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Where is Larloch, or Shaaan the Serpent Queen? 'Tis my humble opinion that these two archwizards should both be suitable candidates for "The Best Spellcaster in the Realms"-title

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Crust
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Posted - 19 Jan 2006 :  20:05:43  Show Profile  Visit Crust's Homepage Send Crust a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Alassra Silverhand...

Look, someone knows his FR!

You should have definitely just said "The Simbul."



I chose Alassra Silverhand (The Simbul to the layperson) based on her performance in Silverfall and El in Hell. Elminster might be more inventive, but I've always thought that The Simbul was capable of unleashing more destruction than anyone else. If I were captain, I'd pick The Simbul first.

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TonyMontana1638
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I went with El simply because he strikes me as, in a literary sense (even if that isn't the sense the thread creator was looking for), I believe he would defeat any of these wizards on here. Before you chuck CR levels or such at me, I just have to think that he would find a way to best any of them one-on-one (which is how I classify 'powerful' though there are many other ways to do so), even if it meant destroying himself in the process.

Also, shouldn't Qysar Shoon VIII (I know that isn't compeltely right, but should be close enough) be on here somewhere?

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Beirnadri Magranth
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Posted - 25 Feb 2006 :  22:36:19  Show Profile  Visit Beirnadri Magranth's Homepage Send Beirnadri Magranth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hmm... i think alot fo the most powerful mages have been forgotten over time.
i believe I would list the terraseer and more mages of other races.
It seems like many extremely powerful elven high mages might have had hgiher levels of power than these listed but there are no stories of their actions directly.
I think also that many dragons came to master a level of magic higher than those listed when they ruled faerun!
there is so much ancient history that it makes sense for some epic wizards to be overlooked
and I'd like to take a moment of silence for them


ok silence is over.
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khorne
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Why isn`t the Sojourner from the Erevis Cale trilogy here? Everyone who has read Midnight`s Mask knows what HE is capable of.(and that was when he was old and dying)

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Volo
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Hmm. You haven't listed one that I'd consider. Iahkovas. Consider the sheer amount of destruction he unleashed in his few years of terror.

Or, barring him, Larloch.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 27 Feb 2006 :  23:26:38  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Crust


I chose Alassra Silverhand (The Simbul to the layperson) based on her performance in Silverfall and El in Hell. Elminster might be more inventive, but I've always thought that The Simbul was capable of unleashing more destruction than anyone else. If I were captain, I'd pick The Simbul first.



I think Elminster is no less capable, he is just more likely to stay his hand. :)

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Lady Kazandra
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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

quote:
Originally posted by Crust


I chose Alassra Silverhand (The Simbul to the layperson) based on her performance in Silverfall and El in Hell. Elminster might be more inventive, but I've always thought that The Simbul was capable of unleashing more destruction than anyone else. If I were captain, I'd pick The Simbul first.



I think Elminster is no less capable, he is just more likely to stay his hand. :)

I think some people overemphasise the destruction/chaotic nature of the Simbul, to a degree. Yes she is quite proficient in the Art and yes she is often capricious with its use displaying little to no patience. But at the same time, she has goals and she moves to enact them almost always through her use of great magic.

So while I think she is less likely to "stay her hand" unlike Elminster . . . I also believe that she would try to at least understand a little about a situation before heading into something "with spells blazing".

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