Cyric

The holy symbol of Cyric
  • Prince of Lies
  • The Dark Sun
  • The Black Sun
Greater Deity
  • Deception
  • Illusion
  • Intrigue
  • Lies
  • Murder
game stats
Fighter3
Rogue20
Rogue15
Assassin10
Illusionist20
Ranger5

Cyric (SEER-ick) is the powerful Prince of Lies. He has an immense following, though his followers have dwindled since his imprisonment for the murder of Mystra.

Worshipers

The Church of Cyric is hated all over Toril, and for good reason: Cyric’s church is pledged to spread strife and work murder everywhere in order to make folk believe in and fear the Dark Sun. It supports cruel rulers and indulges in intrigue in such a way that the world won’t be overrun by wars (thus falling under the sway of Tempus). His church is often beset by internal feuds and backstabbing, but this conflict has decreased in recent years as Cyric has gained better control of himself and has consolidated the churches of the deities whose portfolios he took over.

Cyric’s clerics, who often multiclass as rogues or assassins, pray for spells at night, after moonrise. Cyric’s church has few holy days and does not even celebrate the date of his ascension to divinity (this would also honor Mystra, called “the Harlot” by Cyricists). Whenever a temple acquires something, or someone, important enough to be sacrificed, its high priest declares a Day of the Dark Sun to signify the holiness of the event. Eclipses are considered holy, being accompanied by feasts, fervent prayers, and bloody sacrifices.

Relationships

Cyric

The Prince of Lies, Cyric

Cyric hates most of the other deities of Toril, but he particularly loathes Mystra, Kelemvor and Bane. Cyric has no divine allies, but he has made himself a wide variety of enemies. These include gods such as Mystra, Kelemvor, Oghma, Azuth, Mask, Tyr, Torm, Deneir, Leira, Iyachtu Xvim, Bane and many others.Since the events of Ao’s Pantheonage, Cyric is now served by Beshaba, Talona, and Malar.

History

Before the Gods War, Cyric was a mortal thief hailing from the streets of Zhentil Keep. He attempted to steal the Ring of Winter from a powerful tribe of frost giants, but was unsuccessful and became trapped in their cave. The opportunity to flee only came when a band of adventurers, including the mercenary Kelemvor Lyonsbane, attacked the frost giants lair, also trying to find the Ring of Winter. Kelemvor’s entire party, save himself, was slain and only he and Cyric managed to escape. Once back in Arabel the two would eventually join Adon, a young cleric of Sune, and they would work for the local city watch to uncover a traitor.

As the Time of Troubles began, they met Caitlin, who beseeched the three to help her on a quest to free the now-mortal Lady of Mysteries, who had been imprisoned in Castle Kilgrave north of Arabel, by Bane. Along the way, they met Midnight, a beautiful wizardess. Once the goddess had been freed, she attempted to ascend the Celestial Stairway to confront the God of Guardians with the information that Bane and Myrkul had stolen the Tablets of Fate. But Helm’s orders were clear, and without the two Tablets he would not let Mystra pass, and thus the Lady of Mysteries attacked the God of Guardians in a bid to pass him and re-enter the planes. Helm, having retained his divine powers for just the purpose of guarding the stairways, easily slew Mystra. On Midsummer, her divine essence being spread over the nearby lands by a powerful explosion as her avatar was destroyed. Helm’s mention of the tablets, as well as witnessing the destruction of a deity, did much to kindle the powerlust in the young Cyric, and when Midnight announced that the now-dead Goddess of magic had instructed her to recover the tablets, Cyric was eager to help, planning to take the tablets for himself when chance came.

Dogma

Death to all who oppose Cyric. Bow down before his supreme power, and yield to him the blood of those that do not believe in his supremacy. Fear and obey those in authority, but slay those that are weak, of good persuasion, or false prophets. Battle against clergy of other faiths, for they are false prophets and forces who oppose the One True Way. Bring death to those that oppose Cyric’s church or make peace, order, and laws, for only Cyric is the true authority and all other authority must be subverted. Break not into open rebellion, for marching armies move the false deities into action. Fell one foe at a time and keep all folk afraid, uneasy, and in constant strife. Any method or means is justified if it brings about the desired end.