Flames of Madness
The land of shades, a tyrannous empire resurrected, the great foe of Myth Drannor, conquerers of Sembia and the Dalelands, worshippers of Shar, and home to some of the most powerful swordmages in all existence.
Netheril’s enemies are dead or seriously outmatched. Sembia is formally their sub-state. The world trembles under the empire’s expansion, which goes unchecked. Of course, to call Netheril the equal of Thay would be terribly insulting: The Netherese are a far greater evil.
It is rumored that there is a place in Netheril not under the shades control. The Phaerimm memory spire. Nobody can say why the shades fear it, or where it is.