This is my understanding of the chain of events involving the books of Laroth: 1) The Once-Elves escape Laroth's dungeon and, stealing artifacts including the Books of Laroth, found a kingdom in the Shadow Rift 2) Auric Ulvin, accidentally brings sunlight into the Shadow Rift for the first time. 3) Taking advantage of this distraction, Rathaus Denmora, a shade, enters the Shadow Rift's portal to the Netherworld and claims the Netherblade. 4) The Once-Elf prince Varn Gossam is blinded by the sunlight and has a vision of Lugus. He leaves the Shadow Rift with the Books of Laroth. 5) Somehow, the Books of Laroth fall into the hands of Sandalphon, who uses them to teach people how to become immortal shades. I'm getting this from two sources: 1) The FFH wiki entry for Rathaus which is identical to the civilopedia entry: Spoiler : The once-elves startled at the alarm. Even the obsidian-clad Perditioners broke their stoic watch to look toward the vortex. The ever-night was gone, light tore through the curtain that contained the veil and blinded the warriors who had never seen sunlight before. Rathus moved through the once-elves massed at the city's edge. He moved among them unnoticed, an easy feat for a shade who often found it more challenging to be recognized or remembered by those he knew. After decades spent like this, you become something other than mortal, the world is as much a ghost to you as you are a ghost to the world. And you pay close attention to anything that stands out from that haze. 2) This old thread: Spoiler : Auric reached for the only mana source he could find, which he only barely felt through the mist. He didn't really know what he was doing nor did he know how to control the power he channeled, but he had natural talent enough to pull the sunlight though the barrier, and to destroy the mist in the process. This merged the Shadow Rift with Creation, blinded Haerlond and his army, and gave Varn his first vision of Lugus. They went their seperate ways after this, Auric eventually finding Letum Frigus and trying to become the God of Ice and Varn going on to found the Empyrean and become the first priest of Lugus in over 600 years, but they kept a deep respect for one another. Varn and Talia took the Books of Laroth with them when they left the Shadowed Vale. Eventually, somehow, I don't know when or how, these tomes fell into the hands of Sandalphon. In them, he found the secrets to immortality. He and his followers used the rituals within to become the first shades, men who gained immortality Something wrong here: How did Rathaus become a shade before Sandalphon learnt the secrets of becoming a shade? Am I misunderstanding something or is there an inconsistency? I assumed from the sources above that Rathaus entered the Shadow Rift at the same time as light broke through for the first time. But maybe Auric brought the light in, then the Once-Elves somehow restored the darkness, then Rathaus somehow broke it again a long time later.