(Forgotten Realms) Scepter Tower of Spellgard
Monastery of the Precipice
The adventurer Kuryon built the Monastery of the Precipice to minister to those coming to Spellgard in search of prophecy. His larger reason for doing so remains unknown, but Allendi (the current master of the monastery) and the other monks believe that Kuryon was instructed to build the place by Lady Saharel when he met her forty years ago.
Kuryon and those volunteers he could recruit from among the seekers of Spellgard built the monastery stone by stone from the remains of the ruined fortress. The building is a mix of military fortifications and the stonework of a bygone age.
The monastery is now home to several monks and other seekers who hope to gain the lady’s favor through through their actions and gain an audience with her.
The Analects of Kuryon
The following are excerpts from the Analects of Kuryon, a cycle of poems regarding prophecy and the nature of the future. The work was composed by Kuryon, first master of the Monastery of the Precipice. The passages below are those relevant to Spellgard explorers. The rest of the work consists of abstract philosophical discourse-perhaps interesting to a sage but not otherwise useful.
Analect 2: On Meeting Lady Saharel
Amid the ancient, weathered stones,
Below the phaerimm-haunted sky;
Above the tombs of lordly bones
From Netheril and years gone by.
’Twas there, beneath the moonlit stair,
“Take heed, you seeker, bow your head,
“I see the rising of the sun
“The distant past is mine to see,
“O palest lady! Grant me peace!
“Too well I know the words you seek,”
“For Truth itself is my sole chain,
“All Truth is mine to comprehend;
Analect 7: The Walls of Spellgard
The claw within the silver seal . . .
And then, enticed by crystal glow
Two alabaster pillars stand
A timid step will bring me near
Analect 12: On the Nature of the Past
I set each stone into its place,
She hovered o’er my dusty toil,