Racial Portals of Faerûn
do not possess a monopoly on demonology and evil magic. Thay was once
a province of the Mulhorandi empire, which was an ancient and decadent
culture that has only recently begun to reclaim some parts of its former
glory. Followers of the Mulhorandi gods Set and Sebek are guilty of atrocities
that would make a Red Wizard turn pale. The Mulhorandi themselves were
once subjects of the Imaskari Empire, an extraplanar race ruled by powerful
a history so rich and dark, it is little wonder that many forgotten portals
lie hidden in the deserts and mountains of Mulhrond.
such portal is in Raurin, a region frequently called the Dust Desert.
It was here that, ages ago, the Mulhorandi waged their war against their
Imaskari masters. The land was permanently scarred by their conflict,
and it is now nearly uninhabitable. Among those few who brave the perils
of the Dust Desert are the worshipers of Set, who maintain a temple in
the region. The secluded, inhospitable geography provides the perfect
refuge for the depraved worship of their ophidian god.
to the worshippers of Set, hidden perhaps even from the yellow eyes of
the serpent-god himself, a long-forgotten portal to an Outer Plane
is buried beneath the sands in a nearby ruin. Occasionally, the desert
winds shift and expose the worn stones of this ruin, sometimes allowing
the angular top of the portal's structure to be seen in the light
of day. This is only a momentary phenomenon, however, because the desert
sands shift quickly, as though guided by some unseen hand, burying the
ruins and all those unfortunate enough to be standing near them.
someone reach the portal through the constantly shifting sand,
they discover that it will not open readily. The portal is keyed
to allow only divine spellcasters who have chosen the Evil or Darkness
domain. The spellcaster in question must cast a spell from either domain
at the portal, which then absorbs the spell's power. Once activated,
the portal remains active for 1 round. When active, its surface
seems like a rippling sheet of darkness, giving no indication of what
may await on the other side.
Plane that the portal connects to is a lonely, dry place that seems
to resemble the Dust Desert -- except the sun remains at perpetual twilight,
and an unforgiving cold grips the landscape. In this grey, dry land no
native creatures live. Characters who pass through the portal find
that they can breathe normally, but they are hard-pressed to find anything
to eat or drink. Characters passing through this portal have a
final, terrible surprise in store for them. The portal on the Outer
Plane is malfunctioning, and the characters cannot return to their original
destination. Malfunctioning portals are described in the Forgotten
Realms Campaign Setting.
nameless Outer Plane, while home to no living creature, may yet contain
artifacts of the ancient Imaskari -- or perhaps some other, still older
magic that would perhaps be better left untouched.
to Incorporate the Mulhorandi Portal Into Your Campaign
- A Thayan wizard
has discovered ancient manuscripts that allude to a hitherto undiscovered
portal in the Dust Desert. Believing it to be the doorway to
a repository of ancient magic, the wizard attempts to engage the PCs
in a mission to uncover its exact location.
- The PCs are embroiled
in a conflict with the followers of Set, when they inadvertently uncover
the portal. The followers of Set flee through it. Should the
PCs follow, they find a dry world of eternal twilight. The portal
has ceased to function completely, leaving the PCs to find some other
- An ancient lich
from Imaskari awakens in the newly revitalized Mulhorandi empire and
goes on a bloodthirsty rampage, threatening the lives of every mortal
dwelling there. His mind numbed by centuries of sleep, the lich refuses
to believe that the ancient empire has fallen. Once his initial desire
for slaughter is sated, the lich begins to search for the portal
in the Dust Desert -- perhaps to uncover some long-forgotten artifact.
The PCs must thwart him or face the possible restoration of the Imaskari
Empire under his undead hands.
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