Prince of Lies
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battle my enemy’s minions. You can’t expect me to just stand aside and watch.” “How did you know?” Mystra asked. “I am called Torm the True for a reason, Lady. What you told me about the doom of Zhentil Keep had the ring of truth about it, but it was faint, as if I were hearing only half the chord.” He scowled at Mask. “I realized then that you must be moving armies in the shadows. It’s common enough knowledge that you’ve been trafficking with this snake.” “And you’re helping us?” Mask said.
this Gwydion fellow and the other souls wrongly imprisoned in the Wall of the Faithless?” “Possibly,” Mystra said. Torm stepped forward again, blustering happily, “Of course, this great wrong can be righted! The laws established in the Realm of the Dead for the treatment of the Faithless—” “Were ratified by the Circle of Greater Powers when Myrkul reigned in the City of Strife,” Oghma noted coldly. “Cyric has always claimed himself free of laws established by the trio of powers he replaced.”
neither turned nor spoke, and the comment fell away unanswered. The current Goddess of Magic stared out at the blizzard and watched the plants and animals die. She gritted her teeth as the magical chaos threatened to warp even her sorcery, but the wave passed, leaving her shield intact. Suddenly uncomfortable, Adon chattered on to fill the silence. “Still, the land has healed quite a bit since then. Used to be bubbling tar pits as far as the eye could see—well, mortal eyes anyway.” He laughed
I shall be of service to the rest of the pantheon.…” “I’m sure you’re anxious to help,” Mystra replied stiffly. “I’ll mention that to the rest of the Circle.” Mask bowed again. “As you wish. But do not forget the Chaos Hound will devour the honored thieves in the darkened alleys of my domain as well as the sages in your weave-wrought castle of magic. I’m certain all the gods will want to strike against Kezef before he grows strong again. We should—” Oghma dropped his hand onto Mask’s shoulder.
Elusina found the Zhentilar officer shouting at her, angrily demanding his money be returned. Brok had taken up a post behind the sergeant. He looked to the old woman, watching for the nod that would mean it was time to throw the client into the street. But Elusina merely reached down into her strong box and grabbed a handful of coins. She emptied these onto the table without counting them, then rose silently and shuffled into the back room. She saw no more customers that day or ever again.