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Cyric (pronounced SEER-ick [5]), whose titles included The Lord of Three Crowns, The Mad God, and The Prince of Lies and was called N'esr[6] by the Bedine, was the monomaniacal deity of strife and lies with an immense following, though after he murdered Mystra and caused the Spellplague, his faith diminished somewhat.[7] He was petty and self-centered, and enjoyed misleading individuals of all inclinations so that they performed acts that ruined their lives or so that they made fatal mistakes. Cyric was closely associated with the essence of murder, conflict, lies, intrigue, and illusions. Cyric was recognized in Faerûn by his symbol, a white jawless skull on a black or purple sunburst, and his alignment was chaotic evil. He was a greater power, who ruled supreme in his divine realm, the Supreme Throne.

Worshipers Edit


Cyric, Faerûnian greater god of strife.

Main article: Worshipers of Cyric

The Church of Cyric was hated all over Toril, and for good reason: Cyric's church was pledged to spread strife and work murder everywhere in order to make folk believe in and fear the Dark Sun. It supported cruel rulers and indulged in intrigue in such a way that the world wouldn't be overrun by wars (thus falling under the sway of Tempus). His church was often beset by internal feuds and backstabbing, but this conflict decreased in recent years[as of when?] as Cyric gained better control of himself and consolidated the churches of the deities whose portfolios he took over.[citation needed]

Cyric's clerics, who often multiclassed as rogues or assassins, prayed for spells at night, after moonrise. Cyric's church had few holy days and did not even celebrate the date of his ascension to divinity (this would also honor Mystra, called "the Harlot" by Cyricists). Whenever a temple acquired something, or someone, important enough to be sacrificed, its high priest declared a Day of the Dark Sun to signify the holiness of the event. Eclipses were considered holy, being accompanied by feasts, fervent prayers, and bloody sacrifices.[8]

Gugari worshipers knew Cyric as Sirhivatizangpo.[9]

Relationships Edit

Cyric hated most of the other deities of Toril, but he particularly loathed Mystra, Kelemvor and Bane. Cyric had no divine allies, but he made himself a wide variety of enemies. These included gods such as Mystra, Kelemvor, Oghma, Azuth, Mask, Tyr, Torm, Deneir, Leira, Iyachtu Xvim (deceased 1372 DR), Bane and many others.[4]

History Edit

Cyric the Mortal Edit

Before the Gods War, Cyric was a mortal thief hailing from the streets of Zhentil Keep. He attempted to steal the Ring of Winter from a powerful tribe of frost giants, but was unsuccessful and became trapped in their cave. The opportunity to flee only came when a band of adventurers, including the mercenary Kelemvor Lyonsbane, attacked the frost giants' lair while also trying to find the Ring of Winter. Kelemvor's entire party, save himself, was slain and only he and Cyric managed to escape. Once back in Arabel the two would eventually join Adon, a young cleric of Sune, and they would work for the local city watch to uncover a traitor.

As the Time of Troubles began, they met Caitlin, who beseeched the trio to help her on a quest to free the now-mortal Lady of Mysteries, who had been imprisoned in Castle Kilgrave north of Arabel by Bane. Along the way, they met Midnight, a beautiful wizardess. Once the goddess had been freed, she attempted to ascend the Celestial Stairway to confront the God of Guardians with the information that Bane and Myrkul had stolen the Tablets of Fate. But Helm's orders were clear, and without the two Tablets he would not let Mystra pass, and thus the Lady of Mysteries attacked the God of Guardians in a bid to pass him and re-enter the planes. Helm, having retained his divine powers for just the purpose of guarding the stairways, easily slew Mystra. On Midsummer, her divine essence was spread over the nearby lands by a powerful explosion as her avatar was destroyed. Helm's mention of the tablets, as well as witnessing the destruction of a deity, did much to kindle the powerlust in the young Cyric, and when Midnight announced that the now-dead Goddess of magic had instructed her to recover the tablets, Cyric was eager to help, planning to take the tablets for himself when chance came.[citation needed]

Cyric the God Edit

1358 DR 
On Marpenoth 15, Cyric ascended into godhood. At some point after this and before the events of the book Prince of Lies (written by James Lowder), Cyric killed Leira, making himself the God of Deception, God of Murder, God of Strife, God of the Dead (a title he lost to Kelemvor), God of Intrigue (when he temporarily killed Mask). Cyric also released Kezef the Chaos Hound, and created a book called the Cyrinishad, a magical tome that proclaimed him the One True Deity. This last plot ultimately failed (though not before the book was written and read by both Mask and Cyric which cost Mask most of his power and drove Cyric insane.
1385 DR 
In retaliation for his murder of Mystra, which sparked the Spellplague, Lathander, Tyr and Sune trapped Cyric in the Supreme Throne for 1000 years.[10]
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Death to all who oppose Cyric. Bow down before his supreme power, and yield to him the blood of those that do not believe in his supremacy. Fear and obey those in authority, but slay those that are weak, of good persuasion, or false prophets. Battle against clergy of other faiths, for they are false prophets and forces who oppose the One True Way. Bring death to those that oppose Cyric's church or make peace, order, and laws, for only Cyric is the true authority and all other authority must be subverted. Break not into open rebellion, for marching armies move the false deities into action. Fell one foe at a time and keep all folk afraid, uneasy, and in constant strife. Any method or means is justified if it brings about the desired end.[4]

Publication historyEdit

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)Edit

Cyric's story as a mortal is described in the Avatar Trilogy, in the novels Shadowdale,[11] Tantras,[12] and Waterdeep.[13] Cyric first appeared in a Dungeons & Dragons game supplement in 1989's Hall of Heroes.[14] By the end of the original Avatar Trilogy, Cyric had risen to godhood.

Cyric was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[15] the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet,[16] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[17]

Cyric's story as a deity is continued in the novels Prince of Lies (1993),[18] and Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad (1998).[19]

His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[20]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)Edit

Cyric appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[21] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[22]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-2014)Edit

Cyric returns as a major deity in the 4th edition, as a Greater God of strife and lies. Due to his murder of Mystra, he was imprisoned in his realm by Tyr, Lathander, and Sune. His "rantings" are recorded in The Cyrinishad, a book of ever-changing text that drives those who read it mad.[citation needed]

References Edit


  1. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 235. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. See FRCS Errata page 3; Bane does not have Strife, Cyric does. Please see also the discussion before hastily changing it back.
  3. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. Troy Denning (July 1991). The Parched Sea. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 310. ISBN 1-56076-067-2.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 282. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  8. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 20–21. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  9. Cannot cite pages from this boxed set. Instead, see {{Cite book/The Horde}} for a list of products inside the boxed set and cite pages from a product.
  10. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  11. Scott Ciencin (May 2003). Shadowdale. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3105-1.
  12. Scott Ciencin (June 2003). Tantras. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3108-6.
  13. Troy Denning (July 2003). Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3111-6.
  14. Ed Greenwood, et al (1989). Hall of Heroes. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-88038-711-4.
  15. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  16. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Julia Martin (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc).
  17. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0786903849.
  18. James Lowder (August 1993). Prince of Lies. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 1-56076-626-3.
  19. Troy Denning (February 1998). Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-0724-X.
  20. McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  21. Ed Greenwood et al. (2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. (Wizard of the Coast).
  22. Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
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