jeudi 25 avril 2013

Petty Gods - Bokrug and the Beings of Ib

These days, I do not have much time to blog so here are some of the entries that I sent to Greg Gorgonmilk for his project Petty Gods.

The Great Water Lizard,
The Doom of Sarnath

Petty god of millennium revenge

Name: Bokrug
Symbol: A gibbous moon
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60'
Armor Class:
Hit Points (Hit Dice): 120 hp (35 HD)
Attacks: 1 and special
Save: M30
Morale: 12

The general appearance of Bokrug's idols is those of very large lizards or a blue-green iguanas. But no one knows what it is like in reality. The fact that it is one of the great old ones suggests that its appearance is much more disturbing than that, to the point of maddening a mere mortal (maybe it is a terrifying octopus-headed lizard with tentacles or even worse). This god dwells in the depths of a vast still lake that is fed by no stream, and out of which no stream flows. This strange lake is opaque and green as the damnable mists that rise above it, and the water level fluctuates because of the phases of the moon, revealing sometimes sinister ruins and half-buried monoliths of antother time. Wandering through the haze can lead to a horrible death : first, there is a sea-green stone idol chiseled in the likeness of Bokrug buried in the rushes of the marsh. Woe to the man who finds it : the dreaded god will visit the fool on the next gibbous moon. Second, ghosts of the beings of Ib roams on the shores of the lake, looking for a prey to scare it to death.

Bokrug is half covered by sediments at the bottom of the lake. In a deep sleep, he will not awake until the moon is gibbous, when black clouds will descend from the inclement sky. It is only then that he is vulnerable and can hurt those who dare enter the dark waters. Its main characteristic is its almost infinite patience, especially when it comes to affronts that are done to him and his meager worship. It can wait for centuries before manifesting her divine wrath upon the unaware.

Its gaze has the same effect (at will) as the spell fear, and he has the following spells abilities : wish (every other year to punish those who offended him), confusion (2 per day), hold person (3 per day). It can use telepathy at will.

Bokrug Reaction Table (Use Opposite Charisma Modifier instead of Charisma Modifier)
Roll (d4+d8)
Antagonistic : Curse the Pcs (will use his wish to cause them trouble in the future).
Indifferent: Does not take care of the Pcs. But his gaze is still dangerous.
Neutral: If the PCs are Chaotic, he instills in their minds the desire to revere him. If they aren't, treat this result like Indifferent.
Unfriendly: He tries to drive insane the Pcs with his gaze.
Hostile: Attack the PCs.

Name: Being of Ib
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 30'
Armor Class:
Hit Dice: 4
Attacks: 1
Save: F6
Morale: 12

These elongated creatures are the minions of Bokrug, petty god of millennium revenge and Doom of Sarnath. They have bulging eyes, greenish rough skin, flabby lips, and curious ears. Voiceless, they do not seem to communicate in any way visible or audible. They seem to move while dancing in a strange way on a rhythm known to them alone.

These servants are the ghosts of the members of an extinct race. These creatures lived in the prehuman city of Ib, when the world was young, and worshipped Bokrug. But men came and slaughtered them, throwing their bodies into the vast still lake that is fed by no stream, and out of which no stream flows. Bokrug then recalled the beings of Ib so that they can wreak their vengeance as achieving the will of their inhuman deity. Since then, they haunt the banks and the depths of the lake, attentive to their master's orders that send them sometimes unleash its wrath on a sinful city or civilization. The servant's cohort is then led by the cleric-like Magisters (CA 3 ; HD 6) who brandish in their paws golden platters set with rubies and diamonds where shines the livid light of a pale will-o'-wisp* as a sinister banner. The mere sight (once a fight) of a being of Ib drains one hit dice (saving throw against death applicable) and only one hit dice: no loss of level or abilities (the hit dice cannot be recovered by rest). The chilled touch of Bokrug's minions ages of 1-10 years.

*refer to its description in the Monster Manual.

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