The Reign of Istar

“The Reign of Istar” is the fourth anthology in the Tales series within the Dragonlance universe. Edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, this collection was published in 1992 and contains short stories set during the time when the powerful city of Istar reigned supreme in the world of Krynn. The anthology explores various aspects of life and culture during this influential era, as well as the political intrigue and moral dilemmas that arose as the Kingpriest sought to enforce his vision of a perfect world.

The anthology consists of the following short stories:

  1. “The Clandestine Circle” by Margaret Weis – A tale about a secret group of wizards operating in the shadows, working against the oppressive regime of the Kingpriest of Istar.
  2. “Weariness of the Heart” by Janet Pack – A story about a knight named Sir Ban and his struggle with the weight of his responsibilities and the expectations placed upon him.
  3. “The Last Battleground” by Nick O’Donohoe – Set during the Cataclysm, this tale follows a group of individuals from various walks of life as they come together to face the end of the world.
  4. “By Virtue of His Office” by Roger E. Moore – The story of a cleric named Crysania, who is sent to investigate the disappearance of a priest and uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy.
  5. “The King’s Justice” by Michael Williams – This tale follows the journey of a knight named Sturm Brightblade as he seeks to bring justice to a lawless land.
  6. “The Thief in the Mirror” by Linda P. Baker – A story about a thief named Pegrin, who is forced to confront his own reflection as he seeks to steal a magical artifact.

These stories, along with others in the anthology, provide insights into the era of Istar’s reign, offering glimpses into the lives of ordinary people and the challenges they faced under the rule of the Kingpriest. Each tale showcases the unique struggles and triumphs of the characters, as well as the broader themes of power, morality, and the consequences of one’s actions in the world of Krynn.

Detailed Information:

  • Publisher: TSR/Wizards of the Coast
  • Catalog #: 969867400
  • ISBN: 0786937793
  • Type: Novel
  • Print Edition: 2nd
  • Status: Available
  • Pub. Date: Sep 2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Timeline: 1 PC