Matron Mother Vorne Kor'ali entered Szith after finishing her most recent patrol. She was suprised to find a large gathering of drow standing around what appeared to her to be a dwarf from the surface. She approached demanding answers to learn that the dwarf had come to Szith in hopes of trading but that his poor mannerisms were very insulting to the drow assembled.
Seeing that no higher ranking authorities were present, Vorne took command of the ensamble. After speaking with the dwarf and finding that every word from his mouth was an insult she decided to put him to work. He was beaten and dragged to the cave in the residential district where he would spend the next several hours mining precious minerals for the matron mother.
The dwarf refused to willingly work, which came as no surprise to Vorne. She continued to whip him and beat him until finally his insults and disrespect severed her last nerve. The gathering of drow grew larger when the command to take him to the temple was given.
He was tied down to the altar as those gathered kneeled down in reverance to their spider queen....
"Lolth, our honored queen of the demon web pits! We give you this soul, that his torment may please you! We offer this sacrifice in your name our venerated spider queen! May his death bring favor apon our city and apon our people! Lolth Tlu Malla!" She chanted, her voice booming through the temple mainchamber. The others responded in chorus, "Lolth Tlu Malla! Lolth Kyrol Dos!"
With a elaborate sacrificial dagger given to her by a priestess of house Morcane, Vorne set to work on the sacrifice. She firmly grabbed the dwarves beard and pulled it tight. She then ran the shap edge of the dagger across its length, severing it from the dwarves face. The hair was scattered over his chest.
"Malla Vhalsharess Lolth! We give you this soul! We honor your name with this sacrifice! May your power ever swell to know no bounderies! Lolth Tlu Malla!" Vorne chanted once more. Again she was met in chorus by the others gathered, "Lolth Tlu Malla! Lolth Kyrol Dos!"
The matron mother then ran the blade down the length of the dwarf's chest, removing his clothing and exposing his bare flesh. With a vicous grin she plunged the dagger into his torso, ripping apart his flesh and splattering blood over her face.
At the sight of his exposed rib cage, Vorne let out a shout of pure extasy. Then with the sharp dagger she cut once more into his torso, spreading wide his ribs to expose his still beating heart. With one fluid motion she cut the heart free and pulled it from his chest. The heart in hand, she turns to the ensamble, "Let this sacrifice be a testimony to the power of our goddess!"
She then put the beating heart to her lips, taking a very large bite out of it. A wide, wicked and vile grin makes its way to her face as the blood drips down her chin. Again she lifts it high into the air, "Lolth Tlu Malla!" She chants as she quickly works a spell.
At once the heart catches fire in her hands and she once more brings it to her lips. She hardly seems to notice the flames as she devours the heart with wild abandon.
"Lolth Tlu Malla!" The ensamble chants as the sacrifice is complete.
When it is finally finished the males in the room are quickly ordered to remove the corpse and destroy the remains. The order is quickly carried out. Vorne then turns to the guards of Szith, "I understand that in this world death is naut always an absolute thing. If that dwarf ever somehow returns to Szith he is to be killed on sight. No words shall be traded. His head shall be severed and left on a pike before the gates of our city as a warning to those who would trespass! The matron mother has spoken!"
Another day, another sacrifice.
The ceremony now at an end, those gathered begin to dissipate back to their daily duties and life goes on in Szith as it always has and as it always will.....
Naeradil Kor'ali: Elghin Velve
Vorne Kor'ali: Acting Ilharess
Viz'aun Kor'ali: Lost in the Mist.