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ericlboyd
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Posted - 18 Oct 2019 :  18:10:12  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Autumnal Rotting Sect
The Autumnal Rotting sect is an obscure elven cult whose practitioners believe that elven society can only be renewed by first accelerating the pervasive decay that has infected the existing world. To members of this sect, known as Autumn’s Spores, all sentient life that is not part of the natural world must be destroyed, and even all elven institutions must crumble before the cycle of life can begin again.
The Autumnal Rotting sect first emerged among the Fair Folk of Tsornyl, an elven city in the great forest of Cormanthor north of the Glaemril, in the Year of the Verdant Pain (38 DR) nearly a century after the Darkbringer’s cult began to grow among the humans of Yûlash to the north. The Fair Folk believe it was the prayers of this cult, started by an elven merchant who had visited human-ruled Yûlash in the Year of the Dark Venom (37 DR) and been infected by a dark seed, that incited the Darkbringer to bring doom to Tsornyl in the Year of Clinging Death (75 DR).
This cult’s beliefs are an anathema to followers of the Seldarine, who actively hunt down the Autumnal Rotting sect wherever it takes root, driving members of this cult to practice their faith in absolute secrecy. No true elven deity answers the prayers of these cultists, so they venerate Moander the Darkbringer and his supposed bride, Zuggtmoy, the Demon Queen of Fungi, who dwell beneath the shade of Malgarius, the Demon Tree.
While most priests of this cult are druids or favored souls (Complete Divine), some are clerics who have access to the Corruption (Book of Vile Darkness), Destruction, Evil, Plant, and Slime domains. Like most followers of Zuggtmoy, but unlike most followers of Moander, their only option for a favored weapon is the scythe. Their weapon of the deity (Magic of Faerun) is a +1 corrosive (see page 342) scythe. Cleric believers in this sect must be neutral evil or chaotic evil.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 18 Oct 2019 :  18:19:21  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow! Talk about anathema to elven society.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 18 Oct 2019 :  18:33:11  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Wow! Talk about anathema to elven society.



As a I said earlier, a pantheon of CG deities is BORING!!!!

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 18 Oct 2019 :  18:55:35  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Wow! Talk about anathema to elven society.



As a I said earlier, a pantheon of CG deities is BORING!!!!

:-)



Lol well, sounds like they don't even follow the Seldarine.

I do love the Seldarine though, "boring" CG or not lol.

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Cosmar
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I like these non-good elven sects partially for expanding options for elven villainy outside the Daemonfey and Eldreth Veluthraa.

And I always thought Zuggtmoy was a stylish and unique and underused villainous power. Sure we have Moander and Ghaunadar and Malar, but there's something really cool about such specific plant-based destruction/decay. Are you familiar with the (from Dungeon 337) prestige class Thrall of Zuggtmoy?

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 19 Oct 2019 :  20:38:37  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, I've drawn from that article, but didn't include a thrall of Zuggtmoy. I did include a worshiper or two of hers though.

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CorellonsDevout
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quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Autumnal Rotting Sect
The Autumnal Rotting sect is an obscure elven cult whose practitioners believe that elven society can only be renewed by first accelerating the pervasive decay that has infected the existing world. To members of this sect, known as Autumn’s Spores, all sentient life that is not part of the natural world must be destroyed, and even all elven institutions must crumble before the cycle of life can begin again.



What causes elves to join this cult, especially since it is anathema to the Seldarine and what most elves stand for? If they are weeded out whenever they take root, what causes them to form up again? It's interesting that this idea has survived, though on the very outskirts.

I'm also curious as to why the Seldarine themselves haven't done anything about this cult, considering this cult is the opposite of most elven values. Then again, the Eldreth have persisted, as well, though most distance themselves from it. It's probably the same as it is for the extremists among any race; the rest want no association, or actively try to eliminate it.

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Cosmar
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Probably a misinterpretation of the Seldarine's will, or perhaps an arrogant assumption that the Seldarine are, in fact, wrong...
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quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Autumnal Rotting Sect
The Autumnal Rotting sect is an obscure elven cult whose practitioners believe that elven society can only be renewed by first accelerating the pervasive decay that has infected the existing world. To members of this sect, known as Autumn’s Spores, all sentient life that is not part of the natural world must be destroyed, and even all elven institutions must crumble before the cycle of life can begin again.
The Autumnal Rotting sect first emerged among the Fair Folk of Tsornyl, an elven city in the great forest of Cormanthor north of the Glaemril, in the Year of the Verdant Pain (38 DR) nearly a century after the Darkbringer’s cult began to grow among the humans of Yûlash to the north. The Fair Folk believe it was the prayers of this cult, started by an elven merchant who had visited human-ruled Yûlash in the Year of the Dark Venom (37 DR) and been infected by a dark seed, that incited the Darkbringer to bring doom to Tsornyl in the Year of Clinging Death (75 DR).
This cult’s beliefs are an anathema to followers of the Seldarine, who actively hunt down the Autumnal Rotting sect wherever it takes root, driving members of this cult to practice their faith in absolute secrecy. No true elven deity answers the prayers of these cultists, so they venerate Moander the Darkbringer and his supposed bride, Zuggtmoy, the Demon Queen of Fungi, who dwell beneath the shade of Malgarius, the Demon Tree.
While most priests of this cult are druids or favored souls (Complete Divine), some are clerics who have access to the Corruption (Book of Vile Darkness), Destruction, Evil, Plant, and Slime domains. Like most followers of Zuggtmoy, but unlike most followers of Moander, their only option for a favored weapon is the scythe. Their weapon of the deity (Magic of Faerun) is a +1 corrosive (see page 342) scythe. Cleric believers in this sect must be neutral evil or chaotic evil.




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ericlboyd
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Posted - 20 Oct 2019 :  01:30:27  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

What causes elves to join this cult, especially since it is anathema to the Seldarine and what most elves stand for? If they are weeded out whenever they take root, what causes them to form up again? It's interesting that this idea has survived, though on the very outskirts.

I'm also curious as to why the Seldarine themselves haven't done anything about this cult, considering this cult is the opposite of most elven values. Then again, the Eldreth have persisted, as well, though most distance themselves from it. It's probably the same as it is for the extremists among any race; the rest want no association, or actively try to eliminate it.



There are lots of evil cults that no good deity "stops". No one knows how deities actually think and act, but presumably they are blocked from doing so by the divine protection of evil deities. The Seldarine also haven't wiped out the fey'ri ... and they consorted with demons.

As to why one would join such a nihilistic cult ... I think every race has certain individuals who are consumed with bitterness, who view the world fatalistically, and who are comfortable inflicting harm on others in pursuit of their ideology. Even among the elves ...

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 20 Oct 2019 :  01:32:26  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

What causes elves to join this cult, especially since it is anathema to the Seldarine and what most elves stand for? If they are weeded out whenever they take root, what causes them to form up again? It's interesting that this idea has survived, though on the very outskirts.

I'm also curious as to why the Seldarine themselves haven't done anything about this cult, considering this cult is the opposite of most elven values. Then again, the Eldreth have persisted, as well, though most distance themselves from it. It's probably the same as it is for the extremists among any race; the rest want no association, or actively try to eliminate it.



There are lots of evil cults that no good deity "stops". No one knows how deities actually think and act, but presumably they are blocked from doing so by the divine protection of evil deities. The Seldarine also haven't wiped out the fey'ri ... and they consorted with demons.

As to why one would join such a nihilistic cult ... I think every race has certain individuals who are consumed with bitterness, who view the world fatalistically, and who are comfortable inflicting harm on others in pursuit of their ideology. Even among the elves ...



That is very true. Good points. Dumb questions on my part lol. And you do have the Shevarashans, who are also consumed with bitterness and desire for vengeance, though they aren't on the same level as the Autumn Spores. But, if there's one level, there's probably another.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Oct 2019 :  05:04:38  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

What causes elves to join this cult, especially since it is anathema to the Seldarine and what most elves stand for? If they are weeded out whenever they take root, what causes them to form up again? It's interesting that this idea has survived, though on the very outskirts.

I'm also curious as to why the Seldarine themselves haven't done anything about this cult, considering this cult is the opposite of most elven values. Then again, the Eldreth have persisted, as well, though most distance themselves from it. It's probably the same as it is for the extremists among any race; the rest want no association, or actively try to eliminate it.



There are lots of evil cults that no good deity "stops". No one knows how deities actually think and act, but presumably they are blocked from doing so by the divine protection of evil deities. The Seldarine also haven't wiped out the fey'ri ... and they consorted with demons.

As to why one would join such a nihilistic cult ... I think every race has certain individuals who are consumed with bitterness, who view the world fatalistically, and who are comfortable inflicting harm on others in pursuit of their ideology. Even among the elves ...



Not even necessarily a bitterness thing, I should think. I can see this group appealing to elves who feel their race has lost its way, and that only through cleansing can they rise again.

In fact, I'd be tempted to spin it, a bit: some who are attracted to the cult don't even know about Moander. Instead, they're following an aspect, the Verdant Phoenix, a magnificent raptor with vines, tendrils, and leaves in place of feathers. Followers of the Verdant Phoenix feel that elven society has been corrupted by long interaction with lesser races, and that only by cleansing the world in a wave of all-consuming plant life can the surviving elves be purified and regain their lost strength.

You could even reskin an anime for some adventure ideas... There was this anime called Blue Seed that had an ancient race of sentient plants that wanted to cleanse Japan, purging the humans and returning it to its formerly wild state. There were a lot of attacks from plant monsters, some of which were animals that had been taken over by the plants. The bad guys were trying to resurrect a deity that would then wipe out humanity...

So the Verdant Phoenix could be behind a series of attacks, and could be corrupting plants and animals, all in an effort to be able to free their deity. They may not even know that he's all about corruption, or that the elven society left after his plans would not at all be what they envision...

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This cult's idea of a purge via vegetation is a good example of the proverb, "the road to hell was paved with good intentions."

I am sure more than a few elves (particularly sun) feel that the race has lost its way, but only a select number would believe that this kind of cleansing is the answer (thus the obscurity of the cult). I can imagine they would have to be "called" by the cult, so to speak, due to its very nature and the fact is is rather obscure, and you have to be of just the right (or wrong) mindset. I can picture an elf, full of resentment and anger over what he believes his people have become, praying for justice and guidance. His prayers are "answered" by Moander (or the Verdant Phoenix), and he is inducted into the cult (or however new members are initiated).


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ericlboyd
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I like the Verdant Phoenix ideas. This is the spirit of what I had in mind for the cult. I would think about how to work 3 aspects into the cult, so that it's not just Moander, but also Malgarius and Zuggtmoy.

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quote:
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I like the Verdant Phoenix ideas. This is the spirit of what I had in mind for the cult. I would think about how to work 3 aspects into the cult, so that it's not just Moander, but also Malgarius and Zuggtmoy.



I'll have to research them to figure out how to work them in. I'm familiar with Moander, but Zuggtmoy I only know from the Gord the Rogue novels, and it's been a long time since I read those. Malgarius I'm not familiar with at all.

I'm glad you like the Verdant Phoenix idea, though!

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

I like the Verdant Phoenix ideas. This is the spirit of what I had in mind for the cult. I would think about how to work 3 aspects into the cult, so that it's not just Moander, but also Malgarius and Zuggtmoy.



I'll have to research them to figure out how to work them in. I'm familiar with Moander, but Zuggtmoy I only know from the Gord the Rogue novels, and it's been a long time since I read those. Malgarius I'm not familiar with at all.

I'm glad you like the Verdant Phoenix idea, though!



Best source on Zuggtmoy is Dragon #337, pages 36-54, although FC1 - Hordes of the Abyss has some detail as well. (Obviously T1-4, Temple of Elemental Evil, does as well.)

There's not much on Malgarius, outside of Fiendish Codex 1: Hordes of the Abyss, page 139, 156, and Dungeon #122, pages 56-70.

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Auzkovyn Tangle
For nearly two centuries, the stretch of forest between the Lost Peaks and the Star Mounts known as the Auzkovyn Tangle has been a nigh-impenetrable thicket of thorny vines wrapped around twisted trees with interwoven limbs. The Auzkovyn Tangle, as this region came to be known, was fashioned through the fell sorcery of Clan Auzkovyn, a tribe of Vhaeraun-worshiping drow that attempted to establish a small fastness in the Realms Above after centuries spent as itinerant wanderers in the Underdark. Relentless attacks by the Fair Folk of fallen Eaerlann drove the drow of Clan Auzkovyn to abandon their hard-won home in the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), when they fled the High Forest via the Harp Gate in the Tower of Swirling Shards (see page 96) for Battledale, only to come under attack by the Sisterhood of Essembra.
In their wake, this stretch of forest remains a nigh-impassable landscape of nightmares, inhabited by carnivorous plants and dark fey creatures, such as banshrae (MM5) and evil dryads, and ruled by a verdant prince (MM4) known as the Masked King. (The Masked King was born of an evil dryad and Lord Ord Artemel of Waterdeep (CN male Illuskan fighter 9), who found himself stranded in the western High Forest, after uncovering the truth behind the Hunt Lords of Noanar’s Hold. Lord Ord eventually made his way back to Waterdeep and now seeks fitting revenge.)
In the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), the Masked King forged an oath bond with Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar of Teuveamanthaar (see page 139). Under the terms of their agreement, the Masked King agreed to trade drugs from the Underdark to House Ahmaquissar in exchange for information about the movement of wood elf clans through the High Forest. The Masked King uses the information provided by Lord Marigaer to safeguard his kingdom and identify small groups of wood elves to attack.
The Masked King acquires the drugs from Vhaeraun-worshiping drow in the Underdark. He sends various dark fey under his rule via the perilous passages through Rornfaern into the Underdark to prearranged meeting points. The dark fey bring valuable surface goods (rare herbs and foodstuffs) provided by House Ahmaquissar to exchange for drugs by the drow. The Masked King then sends dark fey with the drugs to prearranged meeting points in the High Forest between the Auzkovyn Tangle and Teuveamanthaar. There the dark fey meet with agents of House Ahmaquissar to trade the drugs for sealed scrolls penned by Lord Marigaer.

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No update on this in awhile. Is this coming out soon?

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No update on this in awhile. Is this coming out soon?



Soon as in the next couple of weeks? No. Soon as in the next couple of months? Unlikely. Soon as in next year? Possibly.

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quote:
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Auzkovyn Tangle
For nearly two centuries, the stretch of forest between the Lost Peaks and the Star Mounts known as the Auzkovyn Tangle has been a nigh-impenetrable thicket of thorny vines wrapped around twisted trees with interwoven limbs. The Auzkovyn Tangle, as this region came to be known, was fashioned through the fell sorcery of Clan Auzkovyn, a tribe of Vhaeraun-worshiping drow that attempted to establish a small fastness in the Realms Above after centuries spent as itinerant wanderers in the Underdark. Relentless attacks by the Fair Folk of fallen Eaerlann drove the drow of Clan Auzkovyn to abandon their hard-won home in the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), when they fled the High Forest via the Harp Gate in the Tower of Swirling Shards (see page 96) for Battledale, only to come under attack by the Sisterhood of Essembra.
In their wake, this stretch of forest remains a nigh-impassable landscape of nightmares, inhabited by carnivorous plants and dark fey creatures, such as banshrae (MM5) and evil dryads, and ruled by a verdant prince (MM4) known as the Masked King. (The Masked King was born of an evil dryad and Lord Ord Artemel of Waterdeep (CN male Illuskan fighter 9), who found himself stranded in the western High Forest, after uncovering the truth behind the Hunt Lords of Noanar’s Hold. Lord Ord eventually made his way back to Waterdeep and now seeks fitting revenge.)
In the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), the Masked King forged an oath bond with Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar of Teuveamanthaar (see page 139). Under the terms of their agreement, the Masked King agreed to trade drugs from the Underdark to House Ahmaquissar in exchange for information about the movement of wood elf clans through the High Forest. The Masked King uses the information provided by Lord Marigaer to safeguard his kingdom and identify small groups of wood elves to attack.
The Masked King acquires the drugs from Vhaeraun-worshiping drow in the Underdark. He sends various dark fey under his rule via the perilous passages through Rornfaern into the Underdark to prearranged meeting points. The dark fey bring valuable surface goods (rare herbs and foodstuffs) provided by House Ahmaquissar to exchange for drugs by the drow. The Masked King then sends dark fey with the drugs to prearranged meeting points in the High Forest between the Auzkovyn Tangle and Teuveamanthaar. There the dark fey meet with agents of House Ahmaquissar to trade the drugs for sealed scrolls penned by Lord Marigaer.




I also love The Automn Spores. Very Golgari'esque

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quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Auzkovyn Tangle
For nearly two centuries, the stretch of forest between the Lost Peaks and the Star Mounts known as the Auzkovyn Tangle has been a nigh-impenetrable thicket of thorny vines wrapped around twisted trees with interwoven limbs. The Auzkovyn Tangle, as this region came to be known, was fashioned through the fell sorcery of Clan Auzkovyn, a tribe of Vhaeraun-worshiping drow that attempted to establish a small fastness in the Realms Above after centuries spent as itinerant wanderers in the Underdark. Relentless attacks by the Fair Folk of fallen Eaerlann drove the drow of Clan Auzkovyn to abandon their hard-won home in the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), when they fled the High Forest via the Harp Gate in the Tower of Swirling Shards (see page 96) for Battledale, only to come under attack by the Sisterhood of Essembra.
In their wake, this stretch of forest remains a nigh-impassable landscape of nightmares, inhabited by carnivorous plants and dark fey creatures, such as banshrae (MM5) and evil dryads, and ruled by a verdant prince (MM4) known as the Masked King. (The Masked King was born of an evil dryad and Lord Ord Artemel of Waterdeep (CN male Illuskan fighter 9), who found himself stranded in the western High Forest, after uncovering the truth behind the Hunt Lords of Noanar’s Hold. Lord Ord eventually made his way back to Waterdeep and now seeks fitting revenge.)
In the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), the Masked King forged an oath bond with Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar of Teuveamanthaar (see page 139). Under the terms of their agreement, the Masked King agreed to trade drugs from the Underdark to House Ahmaquissar in exchange for information about the movement of wood elf clans through the High Forest. The Masked King uses the information provided by Lord Marigaer to safeguard his kingdom and identify small groups of wood elves to attack.
The Masked King acquires the drugs from Vhaeraun-worshiping drow in the Underdark. He sends various dark fey under his rule via the perilous passages through Rornfaern into the Underdark to prearranged meeting points. The dark fey bring valuable surface goods (rare herbs and foodstuffs) provided by House Ahmaquissar to exchange for drugs by the drow. The Masked King then sends dark fey with the drugs to prearranged meeting points in the High Forest between the Auzkovyn Tangle and Teuveamanthaar. There the dark fey meet with agents of House Ahmaquissar to trade the drugs for sealed scrolls penned by Lord Marigaer.




quote:
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Auzkovyn Tangle
For nearly two centuries, the stretch of forest between the Lost Peaks and the Star Mounts known as the Auzkovyn Tangle has been a nigh-impenetrable thicket of thorny vines wrapped around twisted trees with interwoven limbs. The Auzkovyn Tangle, as this region came to be known, was fashioned through the fell sorcery of Clan Auzkovyn, a tribe of Vhaeraun-worshiping drow that attempted to establish a small fastness in the Realms Above after centuries spent as itinerant wanderers in the Underdark. Relentless attacks by the Fair Folk of fallen Eaerlann drove the drow of Clan Auzkovyn to abandon their hard-won home in the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), when they fled the High Forest via the Harp Gate in the Tower of Swirling Shards (see page 96) for Battledale, only to come under attack by the Sisterhood of Essembra.
In their wake, this stretch of forest remains a nigh-impassable landscape of nightmares, inhabited by carnivorous plants and dark fey creatures, such as banshrae (MM5) and evil dryads, and ruled by a verdant prince (MM4) known as the Masked King. (The Masked King was born of an evil dryad and Lord Ord Artemel of Waterdeep (CN male Illuskan fighter 9), who found himself stranded in the western High Forest, after uncovering the truth behind the Hunt Lords of Noanar’s Hold. Lord Ord eventually made his way back to Waterdeep and now seeks fitting revenge.)
In the Year of the Unstrung Harp (1371 DR), the Masked King forged an oath bond with Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar of Teuveamanthaar (see page 139). Under the terms of their agreement, the Masked King agreed to trade drugs from the Underdark to House Ahmaquissar in exchange for information about the movement of wood elf clans through the High Forest. The Masked King uses the information provided by Lord Marigaer to safeguard his kingdom and identify small groups of wood elves to attack.
The Masked King acquires the drugs from Vhaeraun-worshiping drow in the Underdark. He sends various dark fey under his rule via the perilous passages through Rornfaern into the Underdark to prearranged meeting points. The dark fey bring valuable surface goods (rare herbs and foodstuffs) provided by House Ahmaquissar to exchange for drugs by the drow. The Masked King then sends dark fey with the drugs to prearranged meeting points in the High Forest between the Auzkovyn Tangle and Teuveamanthaar. There the dark fey meet with agents of House Ahmaquissar to trade the drugs for sealed scrolls penned by Lord Marigaer.




A few things I'd like to clear up about House Ahmaquissar. Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar is NOT representative of House Ahmaquissar. Far from it. To align with such evil is not normally within the deeds of the moon elven house.

In fact, as it's written in the Elves of Evermeet 2ED supplement, House Ahmaquissar is a large moon elf family on both Faerun and Evermeet. They are a rowdy, mischievous house full of thieves, fighters, clerics, arcane casters, rangers, scouts, and other classes of specializations. All in all, House Ahmaquissar is a roguish based family.

I speculate that if 90% of house Ahmaquissar are rogues of some sort or another, and are prone to playing tricks and pranks on others and themselves, I surmise that they would most likely follow the dogma of the elven god Erevan Ilesere. I would then conclude by saying that almost 75% of all divine casters in the Ahmaquissar family would call to The Trickster for spells and guidance.

That being said... Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar (in my opinion) would most likely not be a Cleric or any type of divine caster of Erevan Ilesere or any other deity of the Seldarine, as serving up wood elves to an evil enemy is an evil act. Clerics of The Fey Jester would fight against that.

I don't know anything at all about Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar besides ELB's last little peek. I am completely coming to my own speculations based on all my extensive knowledge on House Ahmaquissar. My long-time main character for the past 30 years is Curudin Ahmaquissar; The Mischiefmaker of Everlund. I picked that house name 30 years ago for the simple fact that I wanted to play a moon elf PC that was a Rogue/Cleric of Erevan Ilesere; the elven god of trickery, chaos, rogues, mischief and change. House Ahmaquissar was a lesser known moon elf family devoted to rogues and quite unruly. I figured it was the perfect house for a PC like mine. Now 30 years later, ELB is making a masterpiece that involves my long coveted moon elf house of rogues.

I actually feel a twinge of guilt when I just read about the character of Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar. Is he goodly and just doing evil deeds to accomplish some greater good? Or is he just as evil as the Verdant Prince. I would love to know more about Lord Marigaer Ahmaquissar please. And feel free to use me as a index to house Ahmaquissar or Erevan Ilesere.
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Copper Elven Vampire
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quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Wow! Talk about anathema to elven society.



As a I said earlier, a pantheon of CG deities is BORING!!!!

:-)




I couldn't believe that Erevan Ilesere would be boring in the least. In fact, he may just be the most fun loving entity in the entire multiverse. How many lawful good deities have him on their blacklist? LOL. How many chaotic deities have him on their own blacklist? How many fellow trickster deities have him on their blacklist? LOL.

I don't find the Seldarine boring at all, but I get what you're trying to say, I think.

But as far as BORING... Erevan Ilesere has most likely drank wine and spirits with every Fey deity in the multiverse as well. From Titania and Oberon, to the Lords of Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Calculations proceed to conclude that Erevan would also have shady dealings with the Dark Fey of the Unseelie Court. Maybe not The Queen of Air and Darkness herself, but other powerful Dark Fey deities. Not out of evil deals and seedy intentions, but out of necessity towards the elven agenda, and more importantly, his own agenda.

I can see Erevan Ilesere as a nuisance to other deities of chaos, thieves, rogues, and trickery. Constantly playing pranks and tricks on his fellow rogue gods and goddesses. Blacklisted by Mask and Vhaeraun, but tolerated by Brandobaris, Garl Glittergold. Baravar Cloakshadow and Vergadain, among others.

I say get Erik Scot de bie or Elaine Cunningham to write a history of Erevan Ilesere and some of house Ahmaquissar to boot.

Otherwise, a pantheon of CG deities isn't so boring.
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George Krashos
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What Eric and I have done in Crown of Eaerlann is treat elves in a way that Ed Greenwood always has: they are not some godly, enlightened, benevolent group and hence they feature individuals that span the ethical and moral spectrum. Such a one is Lord Marigaer. Is he representative of House Ahmaquissar? Not likely. But respectfully, neither is your creation Curudin. The Realms is big enough to fit in everyone's ideas and creativity. And that's the way it is. And Eric is right, a pantheon of straight CG deities IS boring.;)

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"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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CorellonsDevout
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Originally posted by sfdragon


the black arrow guy is either cn or ce....




Shevarash And I believe he is CN.

I don't think a pantheon of CG deities is boring, but I don't think all the Seldarine members are CG. I believe Fenmarel is also CN, though I could be wrong on that.

When Ed said elves were monsters in the Annotated Elminster, I took it to mean they were the "bad guys" of that book (El in Myth Drannor). That said, they are indeed individuals, and are capable of good or evil. I've always loved elves, but they have done their wrongs, and are not perfect.

Sweet water and light laughter

Edited by - CorellonsDevout on 15 Jul 2020 02:13:12
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