Before the tumult of the Spellplague, Waterdeep was home to several beholders. Some were known; others were suspected; and a few were only rumored or completely forgotten. One of the latter was still alive but trapped in magical stasis, literally walled away in a secret chamber by Halaster for some future use that never came. The Spellplague stripped away captor and cage, freeing the beholder into the tumult of Undermountain as the vast labyrinth shuddered and rumbled under the aftershocks of the first rolling, blue-firelaced destruction. Now, ravaged by centuries of imprisonment and blasted by magic, disfigured and possible insane, it is known as "Deadeyes."
Harhoarguh was used to a steady diet of mortal flesh from before its captivity. It had devoured men daily, both sacrifices made to it and prey it hunted down. It awakened ravenous and angry. Many were the Waterdhavians it devoured in its initial liberty, when confusion reigned and citizens fled in all directions seeking sanctuary, escape, or to reach hidden magic or valuables. Harhoarguh’s meals included their brains and the magic they bore—rings, bracers, and pendants that sometimes exploded or burned within it, and more often were twisted by the Spellplague, discharging their magic in floods that raged through the beholder’s body.
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Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in ...