Contest of Wills
Exarch of Mask
Drasek Riven is a one-eyed former Zhentarim assassin and longtime rival of Erevis Cale.
After he and Erevis were pulled into a near-death experience at the hands of a shadow adept and his slaadi partners, they grudgingly joined forces to oppose them. During this period, Riven and Cale became the first and second of Mask’s five mortal servants and are sometimes known as the right and left hands of Mask.
Riven is Mask’s Second, following Erevis Cale as his friend and associate. As Mask’s second of five, Riven was imbued with certain skills reminiscent of a divine champion, including a shadow-based lay on hands, and divine wrath which causes his sabers to bleed shadow. He was also given the Black Speech which, when spoken, causes anyone within earshot to experience nausea and pain.
Riven is a devout follower of the Shadowlord, and the caretaker of his temple which was stolen from the mad god Cyric. This temple was magically moved by a Githvyrik sorcerer named Vhostym to the Wayrock where it still stands.
Riven is a cold-hearted and efficient killer, and has never shown any soft spot towards anyone or anything other than canines. Riven’s eye was lost in a beating he received from an Amnian nobleman who was the slave master of him and his mother when he was a child. Riven was a kennelboy at the time, which is how he acquired his affinity for dogs. He became an exarch when he inherited part of Mask’s portfolio (shadows) after the battle with Kesson Rel.