Though only a few months have passed since the Lord of
Deception's "banishing" after a failed attack on Spur, most of this town's fair
citizens have forgotten that this devil ever existed. As well, all but a handful of Bards
have stopped singing the tales of the heroes who defended the city from the manes and
scravixxes which swept over our streets like snow on a harsh winter day. But was that
battle really the end of the Lord of Deception, or just another illusion in his proverbial
"web of lies"? In this DFC exclusive, we reveal some startling new information
which indicates that the devious devil's banishment is temporary at best.
It was shortly after the battle's grand final that my first
questions about the validity of this banishing first appeared. For like many Spurians, I
had heard the well known Selder Firemix's voice shouting "You fools! You're
doing it wrong!" as the last mystic syllables were put together and spoken allowed,
stopping the devil's horrible attack. I'm sure most people simply ignored this ranting,
but something about the way he spoke made me believe that this hero was telling the truth.
I was able to catch up with the powerful Dragon during one of the many Demise of Lies
parties held that night, and asked him what his statement during the battle meant.
In that very haughty manner that most of us have come to
expect from the higher stage Dragons, Selder replied, "After all the ridicule the
mortals have given me this past week, I'd rather have my wings plucked out of my spine
than give you the smallest shred of help." Apparently, he was still rather angered by
those Spurians who had called him "Sleder the Dwagon" recently, and wasn't about
to talk. So I hunted down a few other notable heroes of the battle and asked them the same
question. And by every one of them (Jedico Bloodstar, Marjory NyClear, Laurana Ferdain,
Glen Livet, and Thoan Sta to name just a few) I was given a similar reply: the Lord of
Deception had been permanently banished to the Underworld. Rather disheartened at my loss
to find a story, I retired to a comfortable Inn with plenty of good spirits to liven my
It was not until two weeks later that new evidence would
surface to strengthen Selder's claim. During some research I was doing in the temple of
Rinanni's very large library for a new bardic legend, I came upon an oddly marked record
which had recently been donated by an anonymous source. The item was a written copy of
Garlidan's speech in the Town Square regarding Manes, Demons, and Devils. Deciding it was
worth the few minutes it would take to read, I quickly scanned the item to discovered the
piece of information I had been looking for all those weeks ago... That, according to
Garlidan, the only way to banish a native of the Underworld from our material plane was to
go to the CENTER of the UNDERWORLD and speak that being's name. As well, any banished
entity could be brought back to this realm by using the proper summoning ritual and the
beast's name. A feeling of dread surged through me as I read the final line, for if it was
true the Lord of Deception was still in the Spur.
More and more facts pointed out that the group that had
banished the LoD hadn't done as well as first thought. That the Ice Devil's (Loa' Kass)
true name had been spoken multiple times on this plane without him being banished, yet
when it was said only once in the Underworld he was pulled from our dimension to his home
plane only gave strength to the new theory. The Devious Devil's vanishing could also be
explained with logic, for it only makes sense that when something as damaging to a demonic
presence as its name is first revealed, it would lose a great amount of power. Worst of
all, the claims by such famous Spurians such as Talbor the Leuian Runemage and Myste the
Secian Cleric that powerful undead spirits as well as demons had attacked them made me
wonder if the Lord of Deception was not already at work reclaim his original seat of
power. I envy those of you who do not get shaken up by this, for news of this nature tends
to drive the likes of myself to the nearest bar (but then again, what doesn't?)
So before you go on that next picnic in the park or decide to
steal away into the dark shadows with your new girl remember to take along your trusty
sword. For although the above might just be coincidence, a wise man is always prepared for
the worst (and has an ace up his sleeve).
Revised: September 02, 1998.
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