Thank you. Centuries later, Jesthren, a half-fiend son of Orcus and Larnaeril Darakh "the Fiendwitch" slew King Orlathaun and took the throne of Narfell. Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved Arwen McLaughlin Please give credit if you use this. The adventure's prologue on pages 12–13 tells the story of the murder of Primus from Primus's own point of view, and the epilogue on pages 124-125 tells the story of the entity ending his impersonation of Primus to move on to the next phase of his plans, revealing some of his motivations and doubts. [9]:64,71 The narrow walkway out of that castle leads over the moat and to a raised platform that serves as a chessboard-like battle arena, where Orcus stages fights to the death. Through the doors is a short tunnel that leads to the center of the palace, and the dome inside is described as "the interior of a truly gargantuan skull, held up by curving pillars of bone that look like ribs". Locations also seem to shift to appear closer or further, although all distances actually remain constant. The player characters must infiltrate the Embassy of Ghouls, and use a portal from there to the White Kingdom to confront Doresain in his palace; however, he has already sent the primordial to Orcus using a chaos ship by the time the characters arrive.[30]. He commands legions of followers, living and dead, and cults dedicated to him are terrifyingly widespread in the natural world. Orcus is a demon lord and master of the undead. Bennie, Scott. [2] Although the book states that there are several such demon Princes, only Orcus and Demogorgon are detailed, "two of the greatest of these exceptional demon lords". Cultists of Orcus reside in cities spread across the layer's vast tundras, and thousands of undead roam the land outside the cities. Orcus is in many ways a contradictory figure. Because Demogorgon is more powerful, Orcus uses more subtle tactics against him. The process of creating a Deadgate is lost to mortals, although a Deadgate can be constructed in over a year's time with the aid of a powerful being from the lower plans who retains this knowledge. The book refers to him appearing as an archetypical demon, in fact, his description notes that, "when commoners think of demons, they most likely think of some terrible picture of Orcus that they once saw somewhere." He is named after Orcus of Roman mythology. [24]:74, In the adventure "Enemies of My Enemy" in Dungeon #149, part of the goal for the player characters is to recruit the help of Orcus, who is described as "the demon lord most likely to respond quickly to requests to organize an offensive against Demogorgon and can be counted upon to rally his armies in weeks or a month, rather than the usual years it takes most demonic plots to get underway". This instrument causes death (or annihilation) to any creature" by touching it to their flesh, except for creatures of like status to Orcus himself. [24], Fiendish Codex I describes the frost-rimed Plains of Hunger, east of the River Styx, which teem with hordes of undead wandering aimlessly for victims, each horde containing hundreds of skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and more. [24]:131, Vadrian is a ruined city described in Fiendish Codex I, the former stronghold of a balor who betrayed Orcus thousands of years ago, and which the undead and demons of Thanatos now avoid. According to the Book of Vile Darkness, the loathsome yet identifiable portfolio of Orcus is what makes him worshiped as a god more often than most of the other demon princes, making him closer to ascending to true godhood than even Demogorgon.[18]. ", Holian, Gary. Power is no longer seen as subjected over you, but flowing thru you. [9]:63–69 After getting through the first three mazes, characters will come across a smaller castle with an antechamber with its supercharged iron golem greeter, a vast domed chamber that Orcus uses as a scrying room, a library built by Orcus for his guests, a torture chamber, and a room that can teleport characters back to the start of the bridge. Sadachbia of Aquarius is the "lucky star of hidden things." And at this point you do not wonder like the scientist standing at the mount after the volcano explosion, because you understand yourself to have been the volcano, and the new plants. In the adventure, the primordial Timesus was moved from Sigil to the White Kingdom, where Doresain oversees the preparations for sending the primordial to Orcus. His servants had been slain by Kiaransalee, so Tenebrous brought them back as undead tanar'ri called "visages", tasking them to gather information to plot his vengeance. Orcus keeps his Wand in a socket beside his throne, which powers the dome over the throne room to dispel magic spells and cause magic items to permanently lose their enchantments, on anything approaching the platform through the air. 86. [18]:138 Fiendish Codex I' states that his relentless assaults inexorably penetrate deeper and deeper into Graz'zt territory, and that the holdings of Graz'zt dwarf those of Orcus in size. It does not allow anything into this life that is not authentic, or that would compromise its integrity. Both are equal in strength and necessary for transformation. A Deadgate is well protected from magical attacks, but can be destroyed through sufficient physical attacks. [24] The book states that Orcus returned to Thanatos only in the last few years, and set about removing the influence of Kiaransalee and her worshippers, destroying or conscripting the demons who swore fealty to her; a few mortal and intelligent undead followers of Kiaransalee remain in hiding to plot revenge against Orcus. Orcus is associated with the pentagram symbol, which is featured on a dedicated altar in Kharid-et and on the Necromantic focus (also known as the Orconomicom or Book of Orcus). Skull King Quah-Nomag rules Lash Embrar. Of course, Orcus despises the living as well. "The Known World Grimoire. [61], Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition (1977-1988), Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition (1989-1999), Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 Edition (2000-2002), Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition (2003-2007). [15]:93–98 Once in the present time, if the player characters return to the site they find that Tenebrous had gone to the room in modern times, and destroyed the symbols after learning the Last Word. [47]:24 The book notes that it has been a decade since the defeat of the Witch-King and the destruction of Castle Perilous, and in that time Kiaransalee's priests have nearly exterminated the remaining clergy of Orcus in the Bloodstone Lands, and destroyed most of the goblinkin tribes who venerated Orcus while the Witch-King reigned. [9]:46 Also, Orcus made an alliance with Yeenoghu to capture and hold Baphomet, allowing Yeenoghu to invade and plunder the plane of Baphomet; Orcus then forced Baphomet into imprisonment, to guard an open platform from intruders until he fulfils all of the conditions that Orcus has decreed. Administration of the town's affairs falls to the balor Glyphimhor. "[25]:53–56 In the adventure "Prince of Demons" in Dungeon #150, Orcus commits four legions of 25,000 assorted demons and undead to the invasion of Gaping Maw, including his personal legion that has never been defeated in battle. Each of the four parts of the symbol represent something, but I don't know what. Any living creature who dies within the region influenced by the Deadgate and is brought back to life will suffer terrible visions, and any living creature who tries to sleep within the area will have horrible nightmares. Therefore, regardless of what the truth is, the text states that Kiaransalee is making efforts to find and eliminate every last trace of both Orcus and Tenebrous, leaving her with little interest in interacting with the other gods of Faerun. It rules healing with energy, light and sacred geometry. Like many of the most powerful demon lords who struggle for power in the Abyss, Orcus started his existence as a mortal on the Prime Plane. But the figure shrinks as if melting, becoming a wormlike larvae. As a result, he became the arch-enemy of both demon lords. Orcus is one of the most detailed demon lords of the Dungeons & Dragonsgame and one of a small handful to be detailed in every edition of the game. Power is understood to be the blended aspects of these two planets. While holding it, Orcus can use an action to cast animate dead, blight, or speak with dead.Alternatively, he can expend 1 or more of the wand's charges to cast one of the following spells from it : circle of death (1 charge), finger of death (1 charge), or power word kill (2 charges). Ever hungry for more power, Orcus wanted to be recognized as "Prince of Demons", a title held by Demogorgon and coveted also by Graz'zt. [24]:128–129, Lachrymosa, the Cauldron of Tears, is detailed in Fiendish Codex I as the long serving nominal capital of Orcus, although he spends his time booding in his palace of Everlost. 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