This is to discuss the book City under the Sands. There is a scene where a powerful Demon lays Siege to the Naggaramakamm. (hope I spelled that correctly) and Nibenays shadow wives fight it off using his powers. The book flirts with the idea that this demon is so powerful that the Shadow King is reluctant to come out and face it. Now I have a hard time accepting that. Gallard successfully wiped out his race. He controls one of the strongest city states in the world. He devised the prison that held Rajaat for 2K+ years and he’s one of the most knowledgeable sorcerer monarchs in the world. I choose to believe that like a lot of things that don’t require his direct attention he analyzed the situation and determined his wives could handle it so he just funneled an extra amount of elemental power their way. No need to dirty his own claws.
Also as a side note. There’s a scene where his various favoured wives start argueing with each other and put him in the middle and he acts like a henpecked husband. That would never happen in my campaign. The last thing any of his wives wants is to attract his attention. Him being such a thoroughly evil and sadistic being.