Trees of Prophecy
Daelkyr the Elder Orb
Daelkyr the Elder Orb is the most ancient beholder.
Daelkyr spawned far beyond the world, and came down to rest in the West Elder Mountains.
He hid in the deep places of the world and grew in power.
He gathered other beholders to him.
Together, they hid in the deep places of the world and grew in power.
They emerged. And when they did, legged creatures had founded a little nation around their home. The falling things named it Xyron.
The beholders laughed and blinked their eleven eyes erratically, cruelly.
Daelkyr the Elder Orb gathered these falling things to him.
Daelkyr thought they would make lovely statues. Daelkyr the Elder Orb loved statues.
Daelkyr thought they would make excellent target practice. Daelkyr the Elder Orb loved shooting.
And so the Beholder Games were begun.
The Beholder Games pleased Daelkyr the Elder Orb for a long time, but he grew bored with them.
Recently, very recently, one of the so-called lords of the falling things disappeared.
Daelkyr thought a thought.
Daelkyr the Elder Orb blinked his eleven eyes rhythmically, cruelly.
Daelkyr uttered an utterance: The Tyrant’s Reach should extend… To the Halls of Nightshade.
Daelkyr the Elder Orb, with his beholder brethren, forged the Great Flotsam and set its course to Nightshade Citadel.