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Back to Other Elemenstor Literature




After the "success" of the ELotH: TES - Pen and Paper RPG in 1997, Realmworlds Publishing and Black Fox Games decided to "Strike While the Gear Was Hot", and flood the market as much as possible with "Lore" to feed the masses of RP'ers that were bound to multiply at the trough of their creation, slaking their appetite on the hash and tripe of their imaginations.


The result was not only a great number of companions and manuals to supplement the RPG, but also a volume of books about the Realm of Battal, known as The ElemenstorLance Series. Little is known about the authors of these books. Due to their poor quality, and often predictable storylines, it is largely speculated that the authors are none other than Holhik and Krakins. Others have pointed out that this was quite infeasible, as they seem to actually have been published faster than anyone could read them.


In 1999, TSR sued Realmworlds over the series, claiming that their model of storytelling had been incredibly plagiarized, even down to the very title and events of their imaginary world. Realmworlds' lawyers countered by asserting that TSR were a bunch of douchebags who exploited and easily manipulated fanbase by turning out reams and reams of printed douchebaggery, and that such a strategy was by no means fucking proprietary (this is of course, paraphrased). Judges agreed and TSR's lawsuit failed.


The books stayed on the shelves and continued to sell, much to he befuddlement of fans and booksellers alike.


The ElemenstorLance Series

listed by Battal Chronology (not the order written)

The Hierarchy


The Great Breakening


The Magic Sword Kings


The Wandering Age


The Sundering


The War Men


The Lost Factions of Unknown Misgivings


The Heroes Quartology


The Resundering and Beyond


The Ending Times


The Scourges Pentadecaphron


Comments (11)

Anonymous said

at 7:15 am on Feb 2, 2006

wow.. this is the sign of much to come. our world just got a lot bigger.

Anonymous said

at 7:22 am on Feb 2, 2006

Considering that a lot of this wiki is sourced in the ElemenstorLance Series, it was about time to add it... we've all got to admit that we spent our hard-earned cash on these books, and not only did we read them... but we remember shit about them.

Anonymous said

at 7:48 am on Feb 2, 2006

didn't this series go by another name? ElemenstorStave or something?

Anonymous said

at 7:52 am on Feb 2, 2006

If I remember correctly, the first editions of about half of the books I have listed here had "ElemenstorStave" on the cover because it was during the lawsuit with TSR. After Realmworlds successfully defended the suit, they went back to calling it "ElemenstorLance".

Then again, someone once told me that "ElemenstorStave" was the original name of the series, and that they changed it to "ElemenstorLance" to try and seem affiliated with the legitimate TSR, which is why they got sued in the first place.

I'm still not sure.

Anonymous said

at 8:37 am on Feb 2, 2006

Also, this list is current as of somewhere around last summer... I'm sure it's already out of date.

Anonymous said

at 9:54 am on Feb 2, 2006

Baby, this is grand. I remember looking at all the books I've got on my shelf and thinking, "Damn, I do not envy the man/woman/hermaphrodite that has to put that up." But now it's here and we can rock out.

Anonymous said

at 10:07 am on Feb 2, 2006

I don't think I ever read any of the ElemenstorLance books themselves, but that's because our RPG game tended to use the modules that were based on the books, so reading them would have been spoilers. Plus, I didn't realize the books were out there for a long time, so I was really confused the first time I heard someone describing a plot. I thought he'd been taking notes on our Saturday night game!

Anonymous said

at 1:39 pm on Feb 2, 2006

Man, the Resundering, that brings back memories. took me through a terrible time in my life. Actually it might have *been* the terrible time in my life now that I think about it.

Anonymous said

at 7:12 pm on Feb 2, 2006

curse you for mentioning "The Underdogs of Rubian"

Anonymous said

at 11:12 pm on Mar 8, 2006

if anybody is into the wang kingdom they should write the entry for "the golden wang"

Tim said

at 5:56 pm on Jul 28, 2006

fixed the publication date for THGtB. Jan'et Plain published "the hitchhikers guide to battle" in 1997

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