The Raistlin Chronicles

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The Raistlin Chronicles is a pair of novels, The Soulforge and Brothers in Arms, set in the Dragonlance campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

The Soulforge[edit]

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The Soulforge
Author Margaret Weis
Cover artist Larry Elmore
Country United States USA
Language English
Series Dragonlance: The Raistlin Chronicles
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Publication date
January 1998
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 408 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-7869-1314-2
Followed by Brothers in Arms

The Soulforge is a fantasy novel written by Margaret Weis and set in the Dragonlance campaign setting. The novel was first published in January 1998, and covers the early life of the character Raistlin Majere.

The story begins from Raistlin's childhood, and follows his progress through magic school. Many things occur that foreshadow the great power that he would one day attain, and offer an explanation as to why he is often vindictive and power hungry. The book concludes with Raistlin's test at the Tower of High Sorcery of Wayreth. The account of the test conflicts somewhat with a story that appeared in one of the books of the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, but gives a much more detailed account of how Raistlin came by his golden skin and hourglass eyes, and also how he bested the ancient archmage, Fistandantilus, from the time before the fall of Istar.

Inspiration[edit]

Margaret Weis has acknowledged Terry Phillip's The Soulforge gamebook for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons as the inspiration for the novel.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

Power Metal band Blind Guardian wrote a song about The Soulforge, titled "The Soulforged", on their album A Night at the Opera.[2]

Brothers in Arms[edit]

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Author Margaret Weis and Don Perrin
Cover artist Daniel Horne
Country United States of America
Language English
Series The Raistlin Chronicles
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Wizards of the Coast[3]
Publication date
August 1999[3]
Media type Paperback
Pages 476
ISBN 0-7869-1429-7
Preceded by The Soulforge

Brothers In Arms is a Dragonlance book, the second of the Raistlin Chronicles, written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin.

Brothers In Arms begins where The Soulforge left off, after Raistlin Majere has passed the Test of High Sorcery. Raistlin and Caramon Majere have decided to be hired as mercenaries, and are attempting to go to Langtree, the base of the army of Baron Ivor of Langtree. Antimodes goes with them part of the way. On the way, Raislin's horse throws him while fording a river, and Raistlin catches pneumonia. He is taken to Haven, where he is healed by his friend, Lemuel. Antimodes leaves the brothers there. They winter in Haven, setting out in the spring towards Langtree.

At the same time, Kitiara uth Matar, the twins' sister, is in Sanction, trying to advance in the ranks of the Dragonarmy. To prove her worth, Ariakas sends her on a special mission: convince the red dragon Immolatus to come to Ariakas in Sanction, where he will receive orders from him. Kitiara succeeds, and the orders are to go to the city of Hope's End, and find the hiding place of the Gold and Silver Dragon Eggs.

Meanwhile the twins have joined the Army of the Baron Ivor, and are trained: Raistlin as a war mage by Master Horkin, Caramon as a warrior. They also meet Scrounger, a half-kender and fellow recruit, and forge a friendship with him. Finally, they receive marching orders: the army has been hired by Good King Wilhelm of Blodehelm to destroy the city of Hope's End whose citizens have rebelled against the king.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weis, Margaret (2003) [1998]. The Soulforge. The Raistlin Chronicles. Renton, WA, USA: Wizards of the Coast. Acknowledgments. ISBN 0-7869-1314-2. "I would like to acknowledge the work of Terry Phillips, whose original Adventure Gamebook, The Soulforge, was the inspiration for my story." 
  2. ^ Pizek, Jeff (April 5, 2002). "Blind Guardian's new CD has the ring of Queen". Daily Herald. p. 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Brothers in Arms". Wizards.com. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 

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