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Soros - Table of Contents
:: The Saga of Soros ::
:: Soros & The White Dove ::
:: Kyria & Poindexter ::
:: The Fall of Soros, pt. 1 ::
:: The Fall of Soros, pt. 2 ::
:: Is He really Gone? ::
:: A Flerian's Tale ::
:: More on Soros ::
:: The Power of a Word ::
:: A Hint of Soros, Pt. 1 ::
:: A Hint of Soros, Pt. 2 ::


Soros and the White Dove ...

[The following is a transcript of the tale told by Monilea Callifera on April 11, 1997.]

This is the story of Dazrada Soros and the White Dove of Rinanni.

The story takes place during the Time of the Bane, two hundred years ago.  At this time the High Priest of Taath was a Psycian named Dazrada Soros, who had disappeared during the Great Conflagaration and summoned back to the Spur by the Muatana-al Esteban a hundred years later.  Soros was a loyal servant of Taath, at least for a while.  But he changed.

The precipitating factor seems to have been the theft of an artifact from the Temple of Taath, a cluster of glowing morbius stones, although whether this was the cause or only coincidence one cannot say for certain.  But after the theft of the stones, Soros withdrew.  He stopped presiding over rites and services, and refused even his most loyal acolytes access to him.  At the same time, black-robed men unknown to any in the Spur began to migrate to the city, and with these men only did Soros agree to speak.  And then, one day, he quietly slipped out of the Temple with a guard of black-robed men, though always before he had claimed to be bound to the Temple Taath and unable to leave.

Perhaps this is when the rumors of Soros' having been replaced by an impostor began.  There are tales of an eyewitness, a Flerian named Sampo Grotte, who saw the High Priest's corpse; but these tales are now impossible to verify.

It was not long after Soros' disappearance that a Human trader named Basalak came to the Spur and met with a gathering of residents in the Town Square.  He claimed to have "appropriated" a great artifact, the White Dove of Rinanni.  The White Dove is a most wondrous thing, for whoever bears it is immune to the will and the power of any of the gods.  For the right price, Basalak claimed, he would sell the White Dove, or return it to the Temple of Rinanni if the buyer so wished.

Now, as you can imagine, there was a great deal of outrage and distrust among the people of the Spur, and most would not have paid a tarnished copper piece to Basalak.  But among the people gathered in the Town Square that night was a Drag-alene Bardess of Rinanni named Roxy Glytterchaser, beloved by all the people in the city.  She was heavy with child, and had been saving up every silver so that she might perform the rites of childbirth as her race was accustomed to do.  But surely, she thought, the safe return of her Goddess's most holy artifact was of more importance.  So while the others bickered and threatened, Roxy slipped away to the Bank, returned with pockets laden with gold, and paid Basalak's ransom for the White Dove.

Only then did Basalak confess that he did not actually have the White Dove with him.  Though he promised to return with the Dove, the people of the Spur were outraged by his deceit.  How Basalak managed to escape the angry mob that pursued him through the city is a story long since lost, if ever known.

He did return to the Spur, however, several days later.  He claimed that he had intended to fetch the White Dove from its hiding place and give it to Roxy, but had been waylaid by a black-robed man.  The White Dove was in the hands of a minion of Dazrada Soros, claimed Basalak, and it could take as long as six weeks for him to find the Dove and steal it back.

Now, the people were in no mood to trust this thief who had taken the money of a pregnant Drag-alene, but they found that they had no choice, for none of them knew where Soros and his minions were to be found.  Impatiently the people of the Spur waited for Basalak to return, fearing what they thought was the worst -- that they had been taken for a fool by a con artist, and that they would never seen Basalak again.

But Basalak did return to the Spur.

One day there was a great explosion far to the south, perhaps as far as Meetpoint, perhaps further, and clouds of ash rained down on the Spur.  Shortly thereafter Basalak fairly dragged himself into the Town Square, battered, burned, and bleeding -- all but dead.  The people of the Spur quickly healed Basalak, not forgetting the ill will they held toward him, but only wishing to hear his tale.

Basalak said that he had followed the trail of the White Dove to a large, well-trafficked temple far to the south.  But Soros had tracked him there, and somehow caused the temple to explode, with Basalak and many others still inside.  Basalak barely escaped with his life.  Most were not nearly so lucky.  And if the White Dove had been at that temple, Basalak had not been able to find it.  He feared that Soros himself had gained possession of the Dove, and was using its power to shelter him from the wrath of the Gods.

Still, Basalak promised to continue searching for the White Dove, and to attempt to steal it from whatever had taken it into its possession.

He would not succeed.

One day, a group of people in Town Square heard a piercing scream to the north.  They found Basalak's body on the Guild Road, crumpled on the cobblestones.  One of their number called out to Rinanni, begging her aid in returning the poor creature to life.  But Rinanni did not listen, or -- more likely -- could do nothing against the force of the White Dove.  Rinanni's holy light turned Basalak's corpse to dust, and a breeze blew the ashes southward.

The group rushed back to Town Square, only to find it filling with men in black robes, men who set upon the adventurers with weapon and with rune.  And thus began the siege of Soros the Conqueror, bearer of the White Dove of Rinanni, who sought to set himself above the gods.

Revised: September 02, 1998.
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