The next time you're preparing an adventure and need a villain foul enough to wreak unbridled havoc on your world, look no further than The Blasphemer, villain of Dragon War, the newest Eberron novel by author and designer James Wyatt.
The earth groaned in protest and pain as the dragonfire coursed over it. Kathrik Mel crouched down and placed his palm on the ground. The grass died at his touch, and the earth's outcry grew louder in his ears. He lifted his hand, looked at his fingers, and rubbed away flecks of gray ash from the tips. He drew a slow breath, and the mingled aromas of autumn and smoke turned to rot in his nostrils. He stood, stretched his arms wide, and shouted.
"Forward! Trample their bones into the ground! For Kathrik Mel!"
His warriors took up the cry: "Kathrik Mel! Kathrik Mel!"
He felt the heat of the dragonfire at his back and smiled. The warriors before him were too slow. He spoke a word, and fire leaped around him to lash at their backs, impelling them forward. For a moment he was bathed in fire, and he cackled.
About the Author
James Wyatt is the D&D Design Manager for Wizards of the Coast Roleplaying R&D. He was one of the lead designers for 4th Edition D&D and the primary author of the 4th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. He was one of the designers of the Eberron Campaign Setting, and is the author of several Eberron novels.