The Soul-Painter and the Shapeshifter

by Robert Silverberg

Short story

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This story is Chapter 6 of Majipoor Chronicles.

Therion Nismile is a soul-painter during the time of Lord Thraym, a long time before Lord Valentine. This is a high-tech art form in which the artist imprints an image directly from his mind (or soul) onto a canvas made sensitive to him. Therion is the greatest soul-painter of his day, but he becomes dissatisfied with the perfection that surrounds him on Castle Mount and leaves civilization to build himself a hut in the forest of Zimroel. There he meets a woman named Sarise, who also lives in the forest. But he is plagued by doubts—is she really a Shapeshifter masquerading as a woman?

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