Nights of the Long Shadows.
Published in 2007 Night of the Long Shadows is the second installment in The Inquisitives book series. It was written by Scottish author Paul Crilley, illustrated by Michael Komarck and published by Wizards of the Coast. The story revolves around three heroes who attempt to uncover the mysterious murder of Rowen. The novel is entirely based in the city of Sharn and during the Long Shadows.
The three nights of the year when the dark powers of the world gain strength and rise to prey upon the unwary.
When one of Sharn’s most famed Inquisitives is hired to investigate a brutal murder at Morgrave University, his brilliance may be his damnation, as he uncovers a trail of blood leading from the seediest neighborhoods of the City of Towers to the highest reaches of power.
Cutter: A mobbish demeanor and a rough look, Cutter is by far your typical hero. Cutter is a human who stands over six foot three and has a dragon tattoo crawling up his arm and reaching his neck. Cutter wields two long curved daggers known as Khutai Blades which are of Valenar origin. He works for the Boromar clan as a loan shark, torturer and guard of the Tufted Feather brothel in Menthis of which he also owns a room in. Cutter is married to a human courtesan named Rowen whom also works at the Tufted Feather.
Abraxis Wren: A half-elf aristocrat and playboy. When he's not partying with the upper class or exploring the red light districts of Sharn, Wren can be found uncovering the latest mysteries as a self proclaimed inquisitive. He is a well travelled individual, spending time in all five nations accompanied with his best friend Torin. Unlike the majority of Half-Elves whom are a race of their own Wren's father was an Elf and his Mother Human. Wren is a magic user and carries a wand though he also wields a set of modified hand crossbows he created himself.
Torin: A member at Morgrave university, a typical book worm and faithful husband, this dwarf is the opposite of Wren but is somehow his closest and oldest friend. Wren's playboy and impulsive attitude often drags Torin into the company of women and courtesans which has led to his wife despising Wren. Torin's skills are best suited to an academic lifestyle though he still wields a blade.
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The criminal halfling family, The Boromars make an appearance in the novel and are related to the plot. The criminal gang Daask also are referenced multiple times and play some role in the plot.