It's nice to see this actually being posted. I'm honored that I was allowed to read it in advance so long ago. I also appreciate the alignment reference; Chaotic Neutral and Neutral Evil truly are the best of alignments.
Great insight into your wonderful stories! I especially like how a Cabal member becomes an inspiration for the literary Svengali--and while I haven't ready Trilby yet, a quick online search did confirm the fetishized prominence of her feet in the book and many adaptations of it.