Shapechanger on the Loose!
Waterdeep -- Shoppers on the Street of the Tusks in Trades Ward were startled yesterday by a lone being that ran south down the street, changing its shape repeatedly as it made various screams, wails, and grunts. No one noticed where it came from, and after stumbling hurriedly down the busy street, it turned east into even busier Vellaar's Lane -- where no one seems to have noticed it (suggesting either a magical disappearance or an immediate cessation of beast-shapes).
Along its brief run, the being passed two startled members of the City Watch, who were off duty and buying pastries and beer for a walk and talk*; a clerk from the Palace on official duty; and several well-respected senior officials of various guilds. All agree that they saw such things as tentacles, elephant heads, stag antlers, "dozens of flowing, opening eyes and mouths," wings, and a shark tail. It's not known if they witnessed an illusion; the results of a magical prank, curse, or punishment; an experimental spell gone wrong; or something more sinister. Persons with any information about the shapechanging display are asked to report what they know to the Watch; testimony will be kept in strict confidence.
*A meal taken while walking and talking in the streets, in this case as they strolled home from work.
About the Author
Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, sf, 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 . . .