|Forgotten Realms Deity|
|Title(s)||Prince of Lies, the Dark Sun, the Black Sun|
|Homeplane||The Supreme Throne,</br>Pandemonium (in First and Second Edition Forgotten Realms and in The Avatar Series)|
|Portfolio||Murder, lies, deception, illusion, strife, intrigue|
|Domains||Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Illusion|
Cyric is a fictional deity in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, a branch of Dungeons & Dragons. Cyric has many titles, some of which include the Prince of Lies, the Dark Sun, the Black Sun, the Mad God, and the Lord of Three Crowns. Cyric is closely associated with the essence of murder, strife, lies, Intrigue, and illusions.
Though he is a freelance god due to his lack of superiors, friends and allies, he has made himself a wide variety of enemies. These include gods such as Mystra, Kelemvor, Oghma, Azuth, Mask, Tyr, Torm, Deneir, Leira (killed by Cyric), Iyachtu Xvim (now Bane), and many others. Cyric is recognized in Faerûn by his symbol, a white jawless skull on black or purple sunburst, and his alignment, Chaotic Evil. He is a Greater Power, and he rules supreme in his divine realm, the Supreme Throne.
Cyric became a divine being due to the events which occurred during the Time of Troubles as detailed in The Avatar Series. He won over many followers during that time, and he also stole the domains of other fallen gods, most notably Bhaal and Leira.
Cyric's power is immense, and he is considered one of the major evils in Faerûn. The destruction of Zhentil Keep is his doing, along with many unfortunate problems Faerûn has to deal with. Cyric became utterly mad when he read a tome he had created, the Cyrinishad, which made whomever read the book believe everything it says, thus making him or her a wholly devoted follower of Cyric, and came to believe that he was the greatest power in all of the universe, superseding even Ao, the overgod. Cyric's sanity has since been somewhat restored with the help of his Seraph Malik, but the deity remains evil, unpredictable, and egocentric. He delights in placing people in power through intrigue, then tearing them down at his whim.
In The Grand History of the Realms, recently released by Wizards of the Coast, it is stated that Cyric is somehow behind the future murder of Helm (1384 D.R.), though Tyr is the one who actually has Helm's blood on his hands. It also says that in 1385 D.R., Shar assists Cyric in murdering Mystra (Midnight), thus completely destroying the Weave and many of the planes. The other gods imprison Cyric within his throne for a period of one thousand years as punishment.
Cyric hates all other gods, especially Mystra and Kelemvor, due to their past dealings. These enmities, however, are dwarfed by the deity's brewing war with the returned deity Bane. Cyric believes in his own heart that every other god is a slave to his will and can easily be undone.
He has formed temporary alliances with dark deities (e.g., Mask in the form of Godsbane, used to slay both Bhaal and Leira), but inevitably these are short-lived, as he uses them wholly for self-serving purposes, and betrays all too easily (as seen by his weakening of Mask and subsequent stealing of his portfolio element of "intrigue").
The sinister demipower Velsharoon also despises him. The archnecromancer is well aware of Cyric's megalomania and of the deity's past and considers him to be a bungling clod who has lost much of his power and will continue to lose more. Cyric hates Velsharoon because of the latter's somewhat reluctant servitude to Azuth.
Company of the Ebon SpurEdit
This fighting order established by Cyric had no leader. It is rumoured that the two clerics in charge of establishing admission standards into the order could not agree on what those standards should be and were engaged in intricate plots to kill each other off, since each was convinced that he was right. They both pretended that Cyric appeared to them and gave them precise orders, but the orders given to the two priests were contradictory. It was originally feared that when the order finally got off the ground, Cyricist crusaders would certainly lead fighters against rival churches for the glory of the Prince of Lies. Since, however, the army destroyed itself while plotting to attack Candlekeep.
Cyric features prominently in the following novels:
- The Avatar Series novels
- Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002).
- Martin, Julia, and Eric L Boyd. Faiths & Avatars (TSR, 1996).