Elric the Damned was a Netherese archmage who lived 2000 years ago. He earned the title "the damned" during a short but bloody war his floating city fought with the eladrin kingdom of Myth Drannor. After he slaughtered an entire moon elf village, he was stricken with madness, presumably by Corellon Larethian or one of the other elven gods, but Elric continued to serve his floating city as archmage for further eight years, before he vanished suddenly along with the spoils of his brutal war. By the fall of Netheril in -339 DR, all of Elric's belongings had been recovered by his fellow archmages, save one: Elric carried a magical orb which was never recovered.
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