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Dragons of Autumn Twilight
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System: Novel 
Abbreviation: — 
Series: Dragonlance Chronicles 
Author: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman 
Publisher: TSR 
Publication Date: November, 1984 
Format: Paperback 
Page Count: 313 
ISBN-10: 0-88038-173-6 
Preceded by: - 
Followed by: Dragons of Winter Night

Dragons of Autumn Twilight is a fantasy novel by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It is the beginning of the Chronicles trilogy, that is, along with the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, generally respected as the core of the Dragonlance books.

The book details the meeting of the Companions and the early days of The War of The Lance

Plot introduction[edit]

The book begins with the return of a group of friends to the Inn of the Last Home in Solace. They had separated five years previous.

(See below)

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

Dragons of Autumn Twilight follows a pattern with the other novels in its series, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning, in that they all start with Dragons, followed by the series of Autumn, Winter, and Spring, as well as a passing of time series, Twilight, Night, and Dawning. The individual title meaning may be a reference to the fact that autumn and twilight are the predecessors to what are generally considered unfavorable times, winter and night, respectively (as the book is the opening to a terrible war).[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

The Companions had separated five years earlier to seek proof of the existence of the True Gods of Krynn. It is the eve of their reunion and Solace is much changed from the peaceful village they left five years before. Solace is now under the control of the Highseekers of Haven, an agnostic order of truth-seekers that sprang up after the Cataclysm when the True Gods supposedly abandoned Krynn. The Seekers, however, are no longer benign and fanatical elements have gained control of their order. Even worse they are collaborating with the evil Dragon Highlords who are preparing for the conquest of the continent of Ansalon. Solace is now an armed camp and goblin soldiers patrol the once peaceful village. Tanis, Flint and Tasslehoff meet outside of Solace. After a brief confrontation, they continue to the Inn of the Last Home and meet up with their friends, and, as circumstance would have it, two barbarians, Riverwind and Goldmoon. Kitiara Uth Matar is absent, having left a letter saying that "her new lord is keeping her busy". Flint remarks that Kitiara has broken a sacred oath, bearing bad tidings upon the group. Goldmoon bears the Blue Crystal Staff, a holy artifact of the goddess Mishakal which possesses healing powers and sparks the revival of the faith of the True Gods. The Companions are forced to flee Solace after Goldmoon uses the staff to heal a Seeker, which results in a bar fight.

This pulls the Companions, unwittingly, into a great struggle against the goddess Takhisis, Queen of Darkness, and leader of the enemy forces.

The companions cross a nearby lake by boat in their escape, and Raistlin notices that the constellations known as “The Valiant Warrior” and “The Queen of Darkness” (representations of the True Gods Paladine and Takhisis) are absent from the sky, which he claims means that the two gods, the heads of good and evil, respectively, have come to Krynn. The next day, the group is attacked by Draconians. These creatures are numerous among the Dark Queen's armies, and often serve as footsoldiers into the woods, the companions soon find themselves in a place known as Darken Wood, where the Companions are attacked but are rescued by centaurs, who take them to the Forestmaster, a unicorn. The Forestmaster charges the group to go the Xak Tsaroth to retrieve the Disks of Mishakal, that contain the teaching of the True Gods and are instrumental for the restoration of the faith in the True Gods.

After a lengthy trip and several encounters with the forces of darkness, the companions enter Xak Tsaroth and eventually meet some gully dwarves. One of the dwarves, Bupu, leads them to the dragon Khisanth, who is killed by the holy power of the blue crystal staff. When this happens, Goldmoon is consumed by its holy flame and presumed dead. However, they find her later resting at the foot of a statue of Mishakal, which now bears the Blue Crystal Staff, having blessed Goldmoon with true clerical powers. The Companions leave with the Disks of Mishakal and Bupu also gives an ancient spellbook (formerly belonging to the archmage, Fistandantilus, who has a dark pact with Raistlin and sometimes lends his power to him) to Raistlin and then returns home to her fellow gully dwarves. After returning to Solace (their collective hometown), despite their earlier exploits, to regroup and finding it occupied, the Companions are captured by the evil armies and, along with Gilthanas, the son of the leader of Qualinesti, the elven nation where Tanis Half-Elven was born, are captured and chained in a slave caravan. En route to Pax Tharkas, a fortress they were being carried to to work in the mines, the group is freed by Porthios, Gilthanas's brother. They return to Qualinesti and decide to lead an attack on Pax Tharkas to free the slaves and break Verminaard's hold there. The Companions journey through a secret passage underground to Pax Tharkas and device a plan to free the slaves. They also heal Elistan, a dying Seeker, and convert him to the faith of the true gods. He becomes the first cleric of Paladine, and eventually the leader of Paladine's church on Krynn, becoming a very influential spiritual leader. He also is believed by Goldmoon to be the recipient of the Disks of Mishakal, which she turns over to him. In the carrying out of the plan, they are betrayed, allowing Verminaard and his dragon to attack the Companions. His dragon is killed by another, insane dragon; Verminaard is killed by Tanis and Sturm. A mysterious figure called "The Everman”, who will come into play in later book, would later appear at a celebration following the slaves' freeing, but he fled after bring spotted.

According to Tracy Hickman, "The restoration of truth and faith are... to a great extent, the theme of this first book in the series."[1]


Heroes of the Lance[edit]


Movie adaptation[edit]

A movie adaptation, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, is currently in production. Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is set to be the first worldwide theatrical movie release based on the Dragonlance campaign setting of Dungeons and Dragons. This movie is to be based on the novel. The screenplay adaptation is being handled by George Strayton, with creative assistance by Weis and Hickman, and Will Meugniot is directing. The movie will be done in animation and is being distributed by Paramount Studios.[2]


Margaret Weis includes allusions to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, one of her favorites stories. References include But there was something disquieting about him—secret, silent, self-contained, and solitary as an oyster[3]and The fate of mankind is my business, turning the quote from meaning good to meaning harm.[4]

In the dedication to this novel, Tracy Hickman dedicates it to his wife, Laura, who he claims is the true Laurana.[5]

Chemosh, god of the undead and of sloth, bears the same name as Chemosh, Biblical god of the Moabites. The name means destroyer, subduer, or fish-god.[6]

Sirrion, god of flame and natural power, bears the same name as the River Sirion, a fictional river in the Lord of the Rings world.

Chislev, goddess of nature, has the same name as a Jewish month. The month generally saw much sowing of wheat and barley and plowing.[7]

Takhisis is strikingly similar to Tiamat. Both are five-headed dragon goddesses. One of Takhisis' other names is Mai-tat, which is an anagram of Tiamat.

Zeboim has the same name as a city of the plains, as well as a ravine somewhere north of Jericho. It also can mean gazelles or roes.[8]

Release details[edit]

  •  (1984). Dragons of Autumn Twilight. (TSR)
  •  (1986). Dragons of Autumn Twilight. (TSR)
  • 1990, U.S., TSR Hobbies (ISBN 9-9955-8067-5), Pub date March 1990, Paperback
  • 1999, U.S., Rebound by Sagebrush (ISBN 0-8335-3164-6), Pub date October 1999, Library Binding
  • 2000, U.S., Wizards of the Coast (ISBN 0-7869-1574-9), Pub date 1 February 2000, Paperback
  • 2003, U.S., Wizards of the Coast (ISBN 0-7869-3064-0), Pub date 1 April 2003, Hardcover
  • 2006, U.S., Devil's Due Publishing (ISBN 1-932796-50-9), Pub date 5 May 2006, Paperback
  • 2006, U.S., Devil's Due Publishing (ISBN 1-932796-70-3), Pub date 26 July 2006, Hardcover

Importance to Dragonlance[edit]

Dragons of Autumn Twilight is important to the Dragonlance World because it is the start of the entire series. It was based upon a Dungeons & Dragons session played by the authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, as well as some of their friends, some of whom became Dragonlance writers themselves. In the next book, the series began to break away from the game session, following the path of the storyline set up by the novels. It sets up many of the most important characters, The Heroes of the Lance. According to the Dragonlance Nexus, the Chronicles Trilogy is essential to setting up the foundation for the rest of the novels[9] It was once stated in a Wizards of The Coast interview that Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis make a good team because Hickman is better at writing about good characters, and that Weis is better at writing about dark characters, evident by her love of Raistlin.[10] Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the debut novel for both Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.


  1. Margaret Weis The Annotated Chronicles. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 197.
  2. "Kiefer Sutherland Headlines Dragonlance Movie by Zonk of Slashdot.". 
  3. Margaret Weis The Annotated Chronicles. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 529.
  4. Margaret Weis The Annotated Chronicles. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 572.
  5. Margaret Weis Dragons of Autumn Twilight. (Wizards of the Coast)
  6. "Chemosh". Retrieved 2006-08-15. 
  7. "The Month Chislev". Retrieved 2006-08-15. 
  8. "Zeboim". Retrieved 2006-08-15. 
  9. "Recommended Dragonlance Reading List". Retrieved 2006-08-15. 
  10. "Dragons of the Dwarven Depths Chat Transcript". Retrieved 2006-08-15. 

Other Books[edit]

  • Margaret Weis (2000). The Annotated Chronicles. (Wizards of the Coast)
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AuthorMargaret Weis + and Tracy Hickman +
ISBN0-88038-173-6 +
Media TypePaperback +
Page Count313 +
Publication DateNovember 1984 +
PublisherTSR +
SystemNovel +
TitleDragons of Autumn Twilight +