The following short story comes to us courtesy of Erin M. Evans, from the recent anthology, Realms of the Dead. Every creature on Faerun has its dark mirror in the undead—from the ghosts of ancient warriors to the rune-scribed skeletons of dragons. And in a world with as rich and bloody a history as the Forgotten Realms, they are legion—outshining the living in variety and number.
2 Eleasias, the Year of the Reborn Hero (1463 DR)
Viridi had asked the Harlot once what it was like to die.
The spy had hesitated. "You’ve never asked me that before."
"It didn’t matter before," the spymaster replied. Her cough had grown worse and her dark skin had an ashen cast, but her eyes were still bright and sharp. "But now I’m rather invested in your answer. So avail me agent: what have you learned?"
"I don’t recommend trying it," she said lightly.