Wizards beyond counting died in the Spellplague. What makes Ondal memorable is not his wizardry— he was reportedly a fairly kind recluse, devoted to researches and experimentations into all manner of small, benign magic. He is remembered for the wine he’d bottled but hadn’t yet sold when the Spellplague struck. Or rather, what the infamous blue fires which raged violently where Ondal and his house happened to be, did to that wine.
Ondal made a lot of good wine—a little for himself but primarily to sell (it was his chief source of income). His extensive cellars were always full of large casks of wine, sitting in the gloom and aging in the normal manner. The wine—which happened to keep very well, though Ondal swore he never cast the slightest magic on it—was enjoyed widely. Overall, life was good ... until god moved against god, and the Spellplague ruined everything.
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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 ...