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Majetag, 17th day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

The Dark Queen is Alive and in Palanthas!

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Fleurgreen 31, 422 AC

Palanthas – The Caretaker of the Temple of Takhisis claims Takhisis is alive.

Kryon Darkwind, former cleric of Takhisis and long time caretaker of the Temple of Takhisis today added his voice to that of jailed kender Lily Ann Sojourner about the return of the Dark Queen.

"Its true," said Darkwind, "The Dark Queen has returned. I've seen her and felt her awesome presence."

Last week, a kender criminal, Lily Ann Sojourner returned to Palanthas after nearly a decade long absence from the city. She told anyone who would listen that the Queen of Darkness had returned. This news was met with scorn and skepticism by most who heard the kender's words.

"These allegations are troubling," said Revered Daughter Clarissa Thurston. "I've known Kryon for many years. He is not the type of man to spread meaningless lies. If he says Takhisis has returned then I believe him."

Darkwind further elaborated on his comment when pressed by the Herald. He said, "When I opened the doors of the Temple this morning, I was greeted to the sight of the statue of Takhisis lying on the ground in pieces and a black haired woman draped over the throne in which the stone statue once sat. At first I was furious that this woman would have dared desecrate the temple, but when she opened her eyes and looked at me I knew I was in the presence of the Queen."

According to Darkwind, the woman called herself the Temptress, after one of the aspects of the Dark Queen. Whether there is any truth to Darkwind's claims that she is the Queen there is definitely some sort of presence emanating from the Temple of Takhisis that hasn't been felt since the end of the War of Souls and it is drawing scores of people to the Temple.

"This presence has mystics and clerics alike in Palanthas in a tizzy about what this means," said Thurston. "All of the temples and shrines are being called together to discern the ramifications of the return of Darkwind's Temptress. I'll be honest, I'm scared."

The Herald was granted a short interview with the imprisoned Sojourner in the city jail. She told the Herald, "So now you see that what I said was true. The Dark Queen has returned."

When asked if she knew why the Queen had chosen now to return, the kender shrugged her shoulders and said, "The Queen keeps her own counsel; why don't you ask her. As for me, I have served my purpose in heralding her return. What further role she has for me only she knows."