D&D Next: Lords of Waterdeep?
Themistoclea's Imperfect Sphere
This spellbook is one of the great wonders of Nimbral, although it’s history is clouded by rumors and apocrypha. Proponents of Dioclitan thought often argue that Themistoclea could not have died less than a century before the Imperfect Sphere is first mentioned in surviving historical records. They propose Aspasia as a better candidate for the creation of the Sphere. Other, less reputable rumors claim that it was once called Themistoclea’s Perfect Sphere, but that the name was changed as a philosophical joke. There are even nastier rumors that suggest the Perfect Sphere was deliberately called the Imperfect Sphere by enemies of Themistoclea who openly denigrated her virtue. The book of spells seems to be spun out of hand blown lead crystal with obvious magical origins, although at first glance it is difficult to see whether it is hollow or not. As a wizard’s understanding grows, he is able to mentally pierce deeper layers of the Sphere; each layer represents one of the nine levels of spells, with the more difficult levels being further in and seemingly smaller. This could be an illusory effect generated Imperfect Sphere or it could be that there are nine hollow spheres, each one inside the last. Or both; high-level illusory magic often changes reality. The Sphere appears to be between 13 and 32 centimeters in diameter, accurate measurement has so far proved impossible. Magical runes displaying a spell’s text and instructions carve themselves into the Sphere, or seem to float from its depths to the proper level, when the wizard needs to study it. Themistoclea and Aspasia date from Netheril. Not a few wizards think that the Sphere could contain ancient spells from the lost two levels of magic, but few are brave enough to say so out loud.
How did Kurufinwë, highly unskilled by Nimbral standards, come into possession of such an important arcane device? Through the power and influence of his uncle, one of the Lords of Nimbral.