Part 316: 1354: The Prince of Masks
No gifts from the case winner, but justice has been done! In the great Garstali tribe, spying on your neighbors is not only condoned, but encouraged. This is why Queen Angry takes baths in full armor--well, that and the time Garstal released a fever-crazed wolf into her stead.
A ritual to our ancestors tells us that yes, there are treasures still within our borders. Presumably, they're burried a few dozen yards beneath the earth.
I'm continuing the current temple expansion project, selecting Humakt's temple... enlarging it allows us to maintain both the Oath (clan relation) and Truesword (doubles our weaponthane power) miracles--and it looks really cool, besides.
Sadratha, one of the explorers you sent to the far northwest, reports back. "We found a land called Tarsh. They are a little different from us, but they still know the laws and stories of the gods. While there, we were approached by an odd and dandyish fellow who called himself The Prince of Masks. He said that if we gave him silver and gems worth fifty cows, that he would visit a magical catastrophe upon any clan in Dragon Pass we chose."
Agree to his proposal.
Bargain with him.
Forget the incident.
Send a party to attack him.
Tell another clan about him.
We should curry favor with annother clan by telling them about this opportunity to harras their foes. But we must choose a clan that regards us favorably, for obvious reasons.
Hiring foreign magicians to vex one's foes is not illegal, but I can't think of any great heroes or kings who would have done such a thing.
Hire him to curse one of our enemies!
He is a haughty fellow, and will be offended if we try to bargain with him -- so offended that he will refuse to deal with us at all.
The lands to the north have been cut off from us for centuries. There's no telling what strage magics are up there.
He hasn't told us exactly what he would do to our enemies. His offer is too vague, and we have no assurances that his magic even works.
There is much to admire in this fellow.
We've got some Glorianthi nerds in the thread--is the Prince of Masks a historical figure, or just Nyalathorp here to confound us?