By Ramon Arjona
Portal of the Dead Goddess
not even Lolth, can surpass That Which Lurks in depravity, cruelty, and
maliciousness. The immeasurably old Ghaunadaur predates the Crown War
and Lolth's fall from the elven pantheon. He may even predate the arrival
of the elves in Faerûn. Only the most insane and debased individuals pay
homage to Ghaunadaur. In a twisted way, this honors Lolth's own cruelty
-- so horrible is the Spider Queen that some of her chosen race turn to
the service of That Which Lurks in hope of getting a better deal. These
individuals, without exception, find only madness and death.
of the Dead Goddess was not created by Ghaunadaur, though it may be as
old as he is. The magic used to create it must have been powerful, for
after so long a period of time the portal continues to function
perfectly. Ghaunadaur's magic has perverted the portal, however.
Through the interference of That Which Lurks, the portal has been
given a key. This is an uncommon occurrence since the conditions of a
portal's activation cannot normally be changed once the portal
has been created, and it certainly required a great expenditure of power
on Ghaunadaur's part. Because of the taint placed upon it by That Which
Lurks, only slimes and oozes can activate the portal. Once the
portal is activated, it stays open for 1 round. After this, the
portal reseals itself.
connects a section in the deep Underdark with a small realm in one of
the Outer Planes. This realm was once the domain of a goddess who has
long since disappeared or died. The goddess may have been a contemporary
of Ghaunadaur, and she may even have been his enemy. No being that exists,
besides Ghaunadaur himself, knows for certain. The name of the goddess,
her portfolio, and all details of her existence have been forgotten, except
perhaps by That Which Lurks.
certain, however, that the god of oozes has taken an interest in this
plane. He has dispatched the oozemaster Kurolaboath Notepirroth, one of
his most insane and effective servants, to this plane to search for something
in the long-forgotten ruins of the dead goddess' domain. What the oozemaster
is looking for, and what he will do with it when he finds it, is a secret
known only to the Kurolaboath and his incomprehensible master.
to Incorporate the Portal of the Dead Goddess Into Your Campaign:
- The Dead Goddess
was not the enemy of Ghaunadaur, but his ally. The oozemaster Kurolaboath
Notepirroth is searching the plane for a stockpile of artifacts left
there eons ago by That Which Lurks. The PCs will have to stop the oozemaster
or face the consequences of his success. They may need to seal the portal
to do so.
- The dead goddess
is not dead, merely sleeping. She comes to one of the PCs in a dream
and begs for aid. The PCs must enter the dead goddess' realm and awaken
her before Kurolaboath has opportunity to destroy or control her. Having
done this, the PCs must then find a way to remove the taint That Which
Lurks has placed upon the portal to her realm. If the PCs are
successful, they have earned a powerful ally and altered the balance
of power among the gods of Faerûn.
- The Dead Goddess
was the mortal enemy of Ghaunadaur. While he has survived the passage
of time, she has not. However, somewhere within her realm is a major
artifact capable of destroying any ooze or slime -- even That Which
Lurks. The PCs must locate the artifact before Kurolaboath has the opportunity
to destroy it, or they will miss an opportunity to rid Faerûn of one
of its most depraved and inhuman deities.
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