181. Azura’s statue

181. Azura's statue

The Pariah Abbey is dedicated to Azura, whose sphere of influence is dawn and dusk, that mystic realm of twilight, that haze twixt night and day.  She is sometimes called the Queen of the Night Sky, her plane is known as Moonshadow, where she is said to reside in a rose palace at the heart of a silver city… She is also a Daedric Prince.

This priory of Daedric worship is ‘tolerated’ by the Breton King Emeric because they have for many years supplied Wayrest with potions that are said to prevent the dreaming of dreams.  Abbot Durak claims he founded the Abbey under instruction of Azura herself to prepare for this very time when Vaermina would strike at the peoples of Stormhaven with ‘a plague of nightmares’.

The Midnight Union however have stolen a relic called the dream shard, a piece of the Moonshadow realm through which the Spirit Wardens distil water from the cave of dreams to create their dreamless potions.  If Emeric were to suffer the same fate as Pascal, Sir Hughes or Rosalie Nurin then this Covenant would quickly fall to the mercy of Vaermina, the Daedric prince of nightmares, cerebral terrors, and evil omens.

I wonder why Vaermina has taken such an ardent interest in High Rock, and indeed, what are Azura’s motives in defending it.  Not for the first time I am wondering who I should trust least, friend or foe.  I feel like a game piece being moved around a gaming board by a player who is unsure of the rules.


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