Kerreth hated winter. The cold, snow and lack of trade made her frustrated nothing was happening around the city and not even taking Kell into her bed could alleviate her boredom. To make things worse when she tried to mediate, her contemplations where often interrupted by visions of webs accompanied with blinding headaches, and the visions were coming more and more often. This night the headache was bad, thumping behind her eyes, so rather than disturb Kell who was fast asleep, she took to the streets and tromped through the slushy snow.
Out of a darkened alley a drunken fool pawed ineffectually at her breasts, but the spellfilcher stepped aside and as fast drew her magical shortsword and drove the blade into the man’s neck, blood spurted and he collapsed to the ground silently. She looked around quickly before dragging the body into the alley and covered the blood trail with heaped snow. There in the alley she rifled through his pockets and found a single copper piece and a thin sliver of wood. As her fingers touched it, the vision of the webs slammed into her head, blood gouted from her nose as she collapsed to the ground.
“Ahhh, finally” a voice spoke deep in Kerreth’s head. “I have broken through!”
Kerreth could only moan in agony.
“Young Kerreth, we are going to create such wonders here. We shall lay our web across this city and like a spider queen rule the mortals of this realm. Not even that upstart Blackstaff shall know what is happening until it is too late.”
Kerreth raised her hands to her head. She felt like her skull was about to explode.
“But of course, the pain must be killing you. I shall fix that for you, dear Kerreth.”
Kerreth collapsed to the ground, blood pouring from her ears and eyes. She felt the touch of many strands across her head, covering her face and then screamed as they pulled tight and fell through her head to settle in her brain. Instantly the pain released, her bleeding ceased.
“Now, don’t say I am nothing if not caring to those who serve.”
Picking up a handful of snow and wiping the blood away from her face, Kerreth looked around. “I serve no-one!” she spat “Now reveal yourself, witch!”
“I think you’ll serve me, dearest Kerreth. I can give you your dearest dreams. Protection from the spellfilchers, power beyond belief. All this and more I can give you.”
“You already wear my sigil and have completed work in my name. I find you….worthy. Worthy of the gift I am to give you. Do you not want to rule the city, free from constraint? A spider pulling on her webs to control those who would otherwise treat you like dirt.”
“That does sound mighty appealing” Kerreth nodded in agreement.
“It does that.”
“But what about those I work with?”
“What about them indeed? If they wish to help you rule, then so be it, if not….well, they will not matter anyway. You will have the ability to control who you wish.”
Kerreth smiled, blood still tinged her teeth. “I like the sound of that. What do I need to do?”
Pleasure seeped into the voice in Kerreth’s head. “Well, now. That is the hard bit, but for someone with your skills and background I am sure you will find a way. There are seven objects you need to acquire. I do not know what most of them look like now. They have been magically shielded from my eyes, though you do hold one in your hand right now.”
Kerreth looked down at the sliver of wood she was holding. Now that she paid attention to it, it felt slick, not like it was made from wood at all, something…..other.
“You must find the other six. I believe they are hidden within or near the City of Waterdeep. Once you have them, we shall lay our web across the city. “
“If you don’t know what they looked like then how am I to find them?”
“I shall give you the means. My amulet. Hold the sliver to the amulet and I shall attune it fully.”
Kerreth unbuttoned her top and pressed the sliver to the amulet. Instantly, Kerreth was surrounded in the purple glow of the amulet and fell to her knees once again. As the pain subsided, Kerreth noted that the familiar weight around her neck had gone, and raised her hands in panic to the amulet. As they ran over the skin of her chest, she touched the warm metal of the pentagram, now merged with her skin.
“You shall forever be mine Kerreth. This is the gift I give you. With this amulet, your blood flowing through it, shall you be able to locate these items. You will feel a tug from the amulet when you are near one of these items. I cannot tell how far this will be, but it should be enough. Break off your dalliance with that Human. He is no longer of any import. None must know of this gift, until we are ready to rule and by then it will be too late.”
A smile crept across Kerreth’s face as the voice faded from her mind. Finally, finally she was on the road to gaining the power she craved….