From the desk of Jod Hil, Magus of the Arcane Society
Fellow Arcane Society Members,
The proposed expedition to Evereska has been approved. The intelligence-gathering portion of our mission should prove to be quite pleasant, as Evereska is a most beautiful elven city, perhaps second only to Evermeet. The elves of Evereska are our allies and will likely go out of their way to help us. However, we will need to interpret correctly all the data gathered by the Evereskans in order to pinpoint the location of our target: the Phaerimm search party that is attempting to gather the Paradox Fragments.
A note on the Phaerimm: they are an evil, sadistic, powerful race bent on alternately enslaving or exterminating all other creatures. They feed on magic, but also eat all mammals and reptiles. Fortunately, many of them are imprisoned behind the Sharn Wall under the deserts of Anauroch. Unfortunately, many of them escaped in 1371 DR, whereupon the Phaerimm and their army of enslaved creatures attacked Evereska. The war was bloody, especially for the Evereskans. It took a combined army of Shadovar, Evereskans, and humans (including Cormyreans) to finally defeat the Phaerimm army in 1372. Evereska has been rebuilding ever since.
Phaerimm are cone-shaped monsters, with a jagged-toothed mouth at the widest part of their body. They move by levitation, have four arms, and can use their tails as weapons. Most importantly, phaerimm have a better command of magic than most human mages. They can absorb or reflect spells cast at them. And they can mind-control numerous minions, such as illithids and beholders.
Thus, the search and destroy portion of our mission could be very dangerous. I implore the most powerful members of the Arcane Society to join this expedition. We cannot let any of the Paradox Fragments fall into the hands of this most evil and dangerous race.