Nybors Small Codex

This red book is no larger than a standard spellbook. Bound in red leather, it has burned into its cover a picture of a bald, tattooed woman of exotic but attractive looks. Burned under the picture is a row of evil-looking letters. The edges of the pages are normal parchment, and a red silk bookmark hangs from the spine.

Description: This book is about the same size as a typical wizard’s spellbook. The burn image on the cover depicts a Thayan woman, normally obvious because of the bald head and the tattoos, but also revealed in her facial features. The letters on the cover are in the Infernal alphabet, spelling out “Nybor’s Small Codex” in the Thayan variant of the Mulhorandi language. The lettering on the inside uses a different handwriting than the cover (possibly because of the means used to burn the letters in the cover, whether magic or heated wire), with large calligraphic letters that make even the Infernal script look pleasant.

The book seems old (at least eighty years) but is in very good condition. It has the major resistant, pungent, and waterproof spell protections from Magic of Faerûn, which means that to normal tests the book seems fireproof. (It can easily withstand burning in a stove or campfire.)

Contents: The book has no title page or descriptive text. The first 6 of its 25 pages contain six spells, the rest are blank. These spells are considered unusual spells, and any spellcaster who wishes to use them must first decipher them as described in the Core Rulebook.

  • Nybor’s gentle reminder (Magic of Faerûn/Player’s Guide to Faerûn)
  • Nybor’s joyful voyage
  • Nybor’s mild admonishment (Magic of Faerûn/Player’s Guide to Faerûn)
  • Nybor’s psychic imprint
  • Nybor’s stern reproof (Magic of Faerûn/Player’s Guide to Faerûn)
  • Nybor’s wrathful castigation (Magic of Faerûn)

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History: While many scholars in Faerûn know the name Nybor because of the wicked spells bearing that name, few know much about the woman who created those spells or where she is now. Those few who study Thayan history say that she was once the zulkir of enchantment, seizing that position at an early age by clever manipulation of lovers, servants, spies, and assassins. The young Nybor used her new power to indulge her magical whims, wiping out an entire army of human and monstrous soldiers in testing will-sapping spells and other mind-reaving magic. Unlike other Red Wizards who hoarded their magic, she gave copies of her now-famous spells to many key teachers and as a result her name is famous in Thay and elsewhere. She dabbled in item creation, particularly animate and intelligent weapons, and the few who know anything about her believe she was working on a way to animate a battlefield full of weapons with the stolen minds of enemy soldiers.

What little else is known about her is that she disappeared in 1296 DR (the Year of the Black Hound), leaving her mansion unexpectedly in the middle of the night without instructions. Her senior waited a week before entering her inner sanctum, and there he found two large pools of blood. Her work table had been used recently but whatever she was working on was gone. After six months of mundane detective work and repeated divinations showed she was either dead or not on Toril, a new zulkir was appointed to her position.

Nybor’s Simple Codex is the only known book written in her hand that has ever left Thay. Second- and third-hand copies of her spells have trickled from the east for many years (usually in black market deals between Thayans willing to break the old ban on exporting magic and desperate mages in need of fast magical power) but the Codex is the only verifiable book she wrote that is known to be outside Thay. Presumably her remaining spellbooks and notes are in the hands of her former apprentices or their heirs. In addition to its value as a spellbook, the Codex has great historical value, since its composition and arrangement show it is a personal spellbook of a zulkir, probably intended as a traveling spellbook but never completed. How it made its way out of Thay and its present whereabouts are unknown. Those searching for it should know that the cursed dagger that bears her memories always knows the exact direction to the book as long as both are on Faerûn. Those seeking the Codex should find the dagger, use it to locate the book, and get rid of the dagger as quickly as possible. The last person believed to possess the book is a Halruaan wizard seen in the border kingdoms asking after an exiled Thayan wizard trying to establish a barony there. The last person known to have the dagger is Graytooth, a Theskan orc (a Zhent soldier of the Horde Crusade, settled in his new homeland) who disappeared later in 1372 (and was found dead in the forest a week later), almost at the same time the Halruuan wizard was seen in the Border Kingdoms.

Price: 7,650 gp (spellbook value including 3,000 for major resistant, 2,000 for pungent, and 1,000 for waterproof spellbook-protection properties). As a unique spellbook by a (presumed dead) Thayan zulkir, it is worth 1,000 gp to a historian collector (such as those in Candlekeep) or Thayan enclave, or 2,000 gp to a Thayan enclave with strong ties to the zulkir of enchantment. An enclave is more likely to offer magic items or services rather than gold for the book.

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