Some believe shadow lords may eventually become , drawn down into the Abyss by the weight of their sins to drown in the eternal darkness. . She has a vague interest in capturing Shelyn and transforming her into a hideous breeder of monsters, but such interests can wait until her offspring cover the mortal world. It took her centuries to recover, but upon her emergence from the pit, she wrested control of their territory from Pazuzu. In others, they draw the attentions of scavengers. The Skull of Mashaag: This is the preserved skull of a yaenit champion slain by a cleric of Desna. Several nascent demon lords dwell here as well-powerful minions of Lamashtu that may soon become true demon lords and rulers of Abyssal realms of their own, including many-bodied Izyagna, sulking and filthy Murnath, and shadowy Nightripper.
The bodies and any items they wore or carried are usually left to rot where they fell, since the shadows are incapable of moving them, even if they wanted to do so. Adventurers tell of at least one pink-skinned gnoll chieftain who speaks like a human nobleman raised in a great city. Some male worshipers of Lamashtu, jealous of the revered position of female clergy members, go to outlandish and repulsive lengths to mimic the ability to give birth, willingly becoming the vessels for rot grubs, xill eggs, vrock swarms, and other terrible parasites. Frost, Ed Greenwood, Stephen S. Finally I covered the whole pool with Woodland Scenics Water.
Particularly ambitious Lamashtans may infiltrate other faiths to corrupt them from within, sowing nightmares, suspicion, infighting, and even monstrous offspring among them, a tactic they particularly favor against worshipers of Pharasma because of their shared interest in births. Communing with the Demon Queen typically involves an animal or beast for her to possess and some sort of meat sacrifice for the creature to eat. Casting this spell creates approximately 2 ounces of the waters of Lamashtu, enough for one draft or use if bottled as a thrown weapon. The shadow is an undead horror, and as such has no goals or outwardly visible motivations other than to sap life and vitality from living beings. Success causes the creature to become violently ill, vomit the fluid, and become for 1d4 rounds. Yet while such spontaneous transformations do occur, the vast majority of shadows are instead created by magic.
Such commands not only earn a snarl of disgust from the creature, but could cause the baregara to attack you if the command is particularly egregious. Because death at the hands of a shadow means becoming one, places plagued by the creatures are either already desolate ruins, or else quickly become so once enough shadows have infested the area. She murdered the god Curchanus and stole his dominion over beasts, which is why the untamed creatures of the wild consider humanoids their enemies. Divine Fighting Technique Lamashtu's Carving Source One of the grisliest divine fighting manuals is Fecundity of Corpses, a harrowing tome that depicts the fighting styles favored by the followers of Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters. A place for the cultists of Lamashtu to bring their pregnant victims to birth horrors. Exactly what changed depends on who you ask: perhaps the dug too deeply, or were betrayed by the communities they traded with.
When splitting your party at the end, the main group faces the significantly tougher fight so a 4-2 split may be appropriate. Sometimes these loners hide for a time among lepers and beggars, using their misshapen flesh to blend in and create new converts to the faith. The origins of the mothers of oblivion is debatable and some of Lamashtu's most heretical followers even whisper that the mothers of oblivion were Lamashtu's sisters who the Demon Queen stripped of their divinity and then bound as her servants. The baregara follows your commands perfectly for 1 minute for every Hit Die you possess before vanishing back to its home in the Abyss. Most wear her symbol as an amulet, brand, or tattoo.
Such tall tavern tales can add a fun element to your adventure, and may provide the players with a valuable clue or a dangerous falsehood they can use later on. Every few years, a number of Lamashtan cults meet to hear the skull speak, and heroes of each cult face off in contests of strength to determine which cult holds the skull until the next meeting. Rather than making Stealth skill checks, these shadows simply have partial or even total concealment among normal shadows, adding a 20% miss chance to their already formidable ability to shrug off many mundane sources of damage. The state of her pregnancy varies, but she is always visibly pregnant, and often hugely so, though this never affects her mobility. Second, we have the braziers. While most such petty and despicable souls travel on to their final rewards the same way everyone else does, in some cases gluttons, misers, and thieves waste away into nothing but shadows— things that reach and grab, but cannot hold. Great is the Daughter of Heaven who tortures infants.
I've decided to start a series of alignment based shrines. She is a fertility goddess, but though those who pray to her are certainly more likely to survive childbirth, their offspring will be inevitably tainted. Presented below are a few sample lairs. Creatures of twilight, shadows are unaffected by most sources of light, and indeed often use the light shed by torches, lanterns, and sunrods to their advantage, mixing with and hiding among the other shadows. Their code is one of bloodshed and howling madness.
The clergy have no official ranks-all are merely priests unless they gather enough fame and power to lead their tribe. Shadows that should not have been there moved in the torchlight, and the final cries of the lost miners echoed in the tunnels. Shadows effectively enhance the environments they inhabit: they are frightening, difficult to spot, and good for putting adventurers and their players a bit on edge. This leaves shadow-haunted places isolated as word of the danger spreads, and ensures that the shadows there are ravenous when the next living beings appear. I then painted the bubbles with the light green.