By Ramon Arjona
Portal of the Demonweb Pits
-- far too frequently for the taste of many drow -- the clerics of Lolth
are summoned to the goddess' home plane. This journey can take place for
a variety of reasons: because the Spider Queen wants to reward one of
her clerics for some especially great service, because she wants to punish
one of her followers for some particularly dismal failure or, as is most
often the case, she wants to test the loyalty and ability of one of her
portal was created to transport drow clerics from the city of Menzoberranzan
directly to the Demonweb Pits. It can be activated by any drow female.
The portal can also be activated by a yochlol, or by the whim of
the Spider Queen herself. Once the portal is opened, it remains
open for 1 round. Afterward, the portal reseals itself.
portal is particularly dangerous because it does not open consistently
at a single place in the Demonweb Pits. Lolth's realm is vast, and the
webs that make up her domain frequently shift. A character entering the
portal may be transported into a far corner of the Demonweb, or
directly into the presence of Lolth herself. The result is completely
random, though Lolth can, should it suit her, cause the user to emerge
at a point of her choosing. This is usually worst of all for the user,
as Lolth's caprice frequently places a hapless cleric in some terrible
danger meant to test her abilities and devotion. Rarely do any clerics
survive such tests. Those that do survive are changed forever, since their
contact with yochlol and darker things can make them the hardest and most
evil among the drow. The cruelest matron mothers are said to be survivors
of these tests.
occasions, drow and nondrow captives are sacrificed to Lolth by being
pushed through the portal. None know the fate of these wretched
beings for none who have been sent through the portal this way
have ever been seen again.
to Incorporate the Portal of the Demonweb Pits Into Your Campaign
- The PCs, while
adventuring in the Underdark, are captured and held in Menzoberranzan.
They are to be part of a massive sacrifice to Lolth and will be thrown
through the portal along with several other sentient beings.
The PCs either have to escape from the clutches of the clerics of Lolth
or take their chances in the Demonweb against whatever lies in wait
for them there.
- A powerful wizard
requires an extraordinarily rare spell component: a piece of spider
web spun by the Spider Queen herself. The PCs must travel to the Demonweb
and return with a segment of Lolth's web. They may choose to enter the
Demonweb through this portal. Or, when they get into dire straits,
they may be forced to use this portal to escape.
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