Holy Mystra, I just had a epiphany. Ok, in my Netheril research, Ed's version fell about 500 years ago. In the early Realms material (prior to Making of a Mage), Elminster always claimed to be about 500 years old. That puts the dates in-line. Now, when I read Making of a Mage, the kingdom he's the lost prince of is a mage-dominated realm in the high forest, directly west of where he put Netheril, prior to Slade's work. I think his kingdom (some variation of the word "Atlantis", don't remember the spelling off-hand) sounds a bit similar to how he describes Netheril in Anauroch. It makes me wonder...did he originally intend Elminster to be a lost prince of Netheril, and had to adjust after his realms were mucked with? Its speculation, but it fits.
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