The Unbroken Circle of Zerthimon, a holy book with rather few adherents, which claims to present a history as well. Worth reading, I think.Know
that the Rising of the People against the illithid
was a thing built upon many ten-turnings of labor. Many of the People were gathered and taught in secret the ways of defeating their illithid
masters. They were taught to shield their minds, and use them as weapons. They were taught the scripture of steel, and most importantly, they were given the knowing
Some of the People learned the nature of freedom and took it into their hearts. The knowing
gave them strength. Others feared freedom and kept silent. But there were those that knew
freedom and knew
slavery, and it was their choice that the People remain chained. One of these was Vilquar.
Vilquar saw no freedom
in the Rising, but opportunity. He saw that the illithid
had spawned across many of the False Worlds. Their Worlds numbered so many that their vision was turned only outwards, to all they did not already touch. Vilquar’s eye saw that much took place that the illithid
did not see. To the Rising, the illithid
Vilquar came before his master, the illithid
Zhijitaris, with the knowing
of the Rising. Vilquar added to his chains and offered to be their eyes against the Rising. In exchange, Vilquar asked that he be rewarded for his service. The illithid
agreed to his contract.
At the bonding of the contract, a dark time occurred. Many were betrayals Vilquar committed and many were the People that the illithids
fed upon to stem the Rising. It seemed that the Rising would die before it could occur, and the illithid
were pleased with Vilquar’s eye.
It was near the end of this dark time when Zerthimon came to know
Vilquar’s treacheries. In knowing
Vilquar’s eye, Zerthimon forced the Rising to silence itself, so that Vilquar might think at last his treacheries had succeeded, and the Rising had fallen. He knew
that Vilquar eye was filled only with the reward he had been promised. He would see what he wished to see.
With greed beating in his heart, Vilquar came upon the illithid
Zhijitaris and spoke to his master of his success. He said that the Rising had fallen, and the illithids
were safe to turn their eyes outwards once more. He praised their wisdom in using Vilquar’s eye, and he asked them for his reward.
In his greed-blindness, Vilquar had forgotten the knowing
of why the People had sought freedom. He had lost the knowing
of what slavery meant. He had forgotten what his illithid
masters saw when they looked upon him. And so Vilquar’s betrayal of the People was ended with another betrayal. Vilquar came to know
that when Vilquar’s eye has nothing left to see, Vilquar’s eye is useless.
gave to Vilquar his reward, opening the cavity of his skull and devouring his brain. Vilquar’s corpse was cast upon the Fields of Husks so its blood might water the poison-stemmed grasses.
Discussion — Do this chapter and the previous one praise or condemn subterfuge?