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Elorian Campaign Pantheon Pt. 4

December 3, 2018

Nerull (God of Undeath)

No god had the fall that Nerull experienced and nobody pitied him because he brought it on himself. In ancient times, Nerull formed from the primordial forces of death and never really connected with the 6 Holy Domains. He remained on his own, hiding away from the world while the other gods roamed and introduced themselves to each other and creation. For the first while, there was not much for Nerull to do until more people started to die. This was back when there was only one afterlife and Nerull watched over it with his nameless lieutenants. As the afterlife was populated, Nerull started to experiment on the dead in secret. He was very interested in the domain that he had been given, so interested that he wanted to take it apart and put it back together again. As he experimented, he succumbed to madness and contempt for the Holy Six whose fingers were not stained by the dead. One of his experiments ended up destroying a whole kingdom. In revenge, Azrea killed him and stole his domain from him, casting his body into the afterlife he had called home. However, Nerull did not die, at least not exactly. He pulled himself back together and used the energies of his broken home to become the God of Undeath. In the Shadowfell, he continues his experiments mostly by whispering to the wizards of the material plane, trying to tempt them into creating more undead to rip apart and corrupt the creation that spurned him. His followers are necromancers, liches, and other dabblers in the undead arts. His symbol is a sewn X.

Those of the Abyss

Gruumsh (God of Destruction)

Where there is creation, there will also always be destruction. It is part of the natural order. And so, Gruumsh was born of that primal force and from birth desired to destroy what others had made. However, evil bent his heart and he desired only to destroy what was good in the world. As he was thwarted again and again by the Holy Seven, he began to thirst for their blood and the blood of everyone they sought to defend. When he was defeated in the great conflict, he was chained up at the very bottom of the Abyss and left there. Still, there are plenty who remember him fondly and carry out violence in his name. Many evil men, bent on destruction, carry out his mission, trying to wreck society and make it bleed. Principal among his followers are the orcs who have constructed large stone temples where they feed victims’ blood to their god to sustain him should he ever return. Few have seen one of these temples and lived and most would rather die on the battlefield than be captured to bleed for the brutes who follow Gruumsh. His followers hate all government, desiring pure anarchy where the weak are controlled or destroyed at the strong’s whims. His symbol is a bleeding heart.

Shar (Goddess of Darkness)

While physical darkness is not inherently evil, metaphorical darkness is known as evil and Shar works with both. Shar lurked in darkness and learned to love all of the other things that lurked in darkness and also hated the things that lurked in the light. Her beloved monsters were quite adept at destroying allies of the light and good. The drow, duergar, ilithids, and the beholder societies were all born bathed in Shar’s darkness. Gods like the Three Suns, the Moon, Bahamut, and Mara tried to seek her out but they could never find her in her element. They successfully fought back her companions mostly into the Underdark but dared not journey too deep into her territory. In the final conflict, Shar and Lloth chose to support Gruumsh as they admired his passion. They struck from the darkness as Gruumsh raged against the other gods and it was only through the use of a terrible weapon that Shar was removed from the Underdark, leaving much of its civilization in ruins. Afterward, Shar was thrown into the darkness of the Abyss where she was free to create the demons with Lloth, hoping to use them to destroy the material plane as she wished before. Her symbol is a black diamond.

Llolth (Goddess of Poison)

Lloth was born to kill the world or pervert it in her own message or one and then the other. Lloth quickly partnered with Shar, seeing that the two were of a similar mindset. However, Lloth’s attentions turned toward both harmful and beneficial poisons, ingesting them all until she herself was toxic. She mutated and that gave her ideas of how she and Shar could accomplish their goals. She used her poisons to mutate elves and dwarves into drow and duergar. She kept all sorts of spiders and other poisonous creatures as pets and part of her personal army. She and Shar are responsible for the particular deadliness of the Underdark. In the great conflict, she and Shar struck from the shadows but both were horribly injured by the terrible weapon used against them and their armies. Her creations are still very loyal to her and also to Shar but Lloth above all. Her followers despise the surface world, attributing the Holy Seven’s previous devastation to their heirs. Rampant xenophobia on both sides has created an unending divide between both sides. Her symbol is her beloved spider.

Those of the Nine Hells

Cyric (God of Corruption)

Born from that little voice in your head that tells one to act for evil instead of for good. Cyric seeks to turn the tide and make the world as evil as himself and his compatriots. Unlike his more monstrous-looking friends, Cyric easily walked among the races that walked the world to learn all he could about them. He learned so many weaknesses that he used to make the world darker and more vicious. He followed two main lines of thought. He used charisma and he invented psionic powers to influence minds directly. In the final conflict, he helped amass an army for one of the evil sides. He was cast into the Nine Hells along with his allies where he is the most beautiful thing there. His followers seek to spread evil through influence, anyway that they can. His techniques with psionics were picked up by the ilithids deep underground although some have survived on the surface available for use for good and for evil. His symbol is the slithering serpent.

Torog (God of Subjugation)

He is called He Who Binds and is the god of kidnappers, slavers, and all of those who entrap and use other beings. In ancient times, he seized people in the darkness and held them against their will. He created creatures to entrap those he was interested in and exhorted evil people to help him in his task. Even those who served him did not count themselves as free as Torog would not let them go too far. In the final conflict, he constructed a grand fortress but a division in the evil gods’ ranks caused an easier defeat. After the final conflict, he was sent tumbling into the Nine Hells where he eventually set up his own twisted prison to torture anybody and anything he could get his hands on. Few have truly seen him and escaped but those who did shakily described a living shadow with large glowing eyes from which long clawed arms would stretch impossible distances. His followers feel they gain and show their power by enslaving others. His symbol is a lock.

Tiamat (Goddess of Conquest)

In response to the creation of Bahamut, the evil gods all agreed on something for once. They needed to create their own enforcer and so they did, taking their inspiration from Bahamut himself. However, they constructed something from the chromatic dragons instead since they seemed to be of like mindset. Of course, they had to try to make her more powerful, fusing five ancient dragons together and upping their power level. What resulted was a very powerful force of combat but also a very intelligent new goddess. She believed that the world deserved to be under her thumb or ground under her heel. An intelligent general, she was the only force existing that could rally all of the chromatic dragons together which was scary on its own. However, she was out-thought by Ioun in the final conflict and defeated by her rival Bahamut. She was sealed with her compatriots in the lowest layer of the Nine Hells where she schemes without much effect. However, she still has plenty of worshippers who will try to carry out her will. Her symbol is an inverted pentagram.


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