The seat of arcane power, where the Arch Mage of Waterdeep holds his court. A dark monolith where the rules of reality do not apply. All Waterdeep rests in the shade of
In Blackstaff, a man who helmed the Forgotten Realms for years tackled an epic tale of the famous wizard Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun – and wrote an instant classic. In Blackstaff Tower, Steven Schend delves once more into the lore and wizardry of the Realms, and spins a tale that is a "must" for all who hold Waterdeep dear, and want to know what goes on behind the masks many folk in the Forgotten Realms wear. Pay much attention to the man behind the curtain!
– Ed Greenwood
Born in 1967, Steven E. Schend fell into the fantastic worlds of L. Frank Baum's Oz and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom. All that fantasy helped, as Steven worked for over fifteen years with TSR, Inc., Wizards of the Coast, and other game companies. He has been an editor, a designer, an assistant manager, and world builder. He's also worked as a teacher, landscaper, street sweeper, and concrete curb builder.
After all's said and done, his favorite job has always been as the mouthpiece and chronicler for the denizens of the Forgotten Realms. There is, however, no truth to the rumors that Steven has actually assumed Khelben's identity, or he his. It just seems that way more and more since Steven grew a beard.