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Galuf the Dwarf
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Posted - 28 Jul 2019 :  05:02:18  Show Profile Send Galuf the Dwarf a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
So we all know that Xvim died on Midwinter of 1372 DR and that Bane emerged from his corpse. What I'm curious about is this.
1) Does he still have any bit of a following after death? I know before he died he had his father's portfolio, so it's unlikely that he would still be worshipped as such. If so, would it be possible for him to worshipped via the Servant of the Fallen feat?
2) If not that, what about existing as a vestige (per the 3.5 Edition Tome of Magic sourcebook)? I could see him as such giving any Binder abilities related to his cruelty, charm and fiendish nature.

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I theorize that Xvim did not die -- the whole thing was a grand con job. He took Bane's name, and thus got Bane's followers, and a considerable boost in power.

Here's my reasoning:

Bane 2.0 (the reborn Bane) does not act like Bane 1.0 (original Bane, or Bane Classic, if you will).

Bane 2.0 is not using the holy symbol that Bane 1.0 used.

Bane 1.0 favored red and black. Bane 2.0 favors green and black. Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson, also favors green and black.

There is a critter called the Black Beast of Bane. In the write-up of that beast, it notes that Bane 2.0 -- like Xvim! -- likes manifestations involving evil critters and carnivores. That was not something Bane 1.0 favored. When I speculated on this in the Shadowdale: The Scouring of the Land adventure discussion, Eric L Boyd's response was "Glad you're having fun speculating. ;-)". I admit that is far from an admission of anything, but it's also not a statement that I was on the wrong track.

The return of Bane was heralded by a vision of him bursting forth from Xvim, with those receiving the vision waking to find cold green flames enveloping their hands. Here's the real kicker, though: Only Xvim's faithful received this vision. Any who had remained faithful to Bane, or who had converted to Cyric, didn't receive that vision. So the only ones who saw it were the ones that would need to be convinced to switch from Xvim to Bane... And those worshippers would be the only ones Xvim could send a vision to. The strategy worked: most of them did convert to Bane.

Xvim has previously masqueraded as another deity, with the intent of getting more power out of the deal. And in the Realms, it's not uncommon for one deity to assume the identity of a fallen deity, even if the fallen one had nothing in common with the usurper -- like Shar and Ibrandul, Cyric and Leira, or Lolth and Moander.

So, Xvim's worshippers, whom he would want to retain while masquerading as someone else, received a vision directing them to worship the reborn Bane, who uses Xvim's colors, Xvim's favored manifestations, and who does not use Bane's old holy symbol.

And this is what got me to thinking.

There are three possible conclusions:

1) It really is Bane 1.0, with no trace of Xvim. Bane 1.0 has inexplicably decided to act like his son, rather than sticking with centuries of habit. It is my opinion that this is unlikely enough to be dismissed.

2) Bane 2.0 is some mix of Bane 1.0 and Xvim. Maybe he is a gestalt entity; pieces of both have combined to form something new. Or perhaps Xvim is not fully subsumed into Bane, and we are seeing parts of him leaking thru. This was my original theory.

3) Bane 1.0 is dead and gone. Bane 2.0 is Iyachtu Xvim impersonating his late father; he has gotten a huge power boost by using his father's name and reputation. This is my current, preferred theory.

Of course, it's all theories. I've taken some odd facts and assembled them into a picture I find pleasing, but that doesn't mean it's the only possible picture, and it doesn't mean I'm not reading into things.

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Asharak
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I theorize that Xvim did not die -- the whole thing was a grand con job. He took Bane's name, and thus got Bane's followers, and a considerable boost in power.

Here's my reasoning:

Bane 2.0 (the reborn Bane) does not act like Bane 1.0 (original Bane, or Bane Classic, if you will).

Bane 2.0 is not using the holy symbol that Bane 1.0 used.

Bane 1.0 favored red and black. Bane 2.0 favors green and black. Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson, also favors green and black.

There is a critter called the Black Beast of Bane. In the write-up of that beast, it notes that Bane 2.0 -- like Xvim! -- likes manifestations involving evil critters and carnivores. That was not something Bane 1.0 favored. When I speculated on this in the Shadowdale: The Scouring of the Land adventure discussion, Eric L Boyd's response was "Glad you're having fun speculating. ;-)". I admit that is far from an admission of anything, but it's also not a statement that I was on the wrong track.

The return of Bane was heralded by a vision of him bursting forth from Xvim, with those receiving the vision waking to find cold green flames enveloping their hands. Here's the real kicker, though: Only Xvim's faithful received this vision. Any who had remained faithful to Bane, or who had converted to Cyric, didn't receive that vision. So the only ones who saw it were the ones that would need to be convinced to switch from Xvim to Bane... And those worshippers would be the only ones Xvim could send a vision to. The strategy worked: most of them did convert to Bane.

Xvim has previously masqueraded as another deity, with the intent of getting more power out of the deal. And in the Realms, it's not uncommon for one deity to assume the identity of a fallen deity, even if the fallen one had nothing in common with the usurper -- like Shar and Ibrandul, Cyric and Leira, or Lolth and Moander.

So, Xvim's worshippers, whom he would want to retain while masquerading as someone else, received a vision directing them to worship the reborn Bane, who uses Xvim's colors, Xvim's favored manifestations, and who does not use Bane's old holy symbol.

And this is what got me to thinking.

There are three possible conclusions:

1) It really is Bane 1.0, with no trace of Xvim. Bane 1.0 has inexplicably decided to act like his son, rather than sticking with centuries of habit. It is my opinion that this is unlikely enough to be dismissed.

2) Bane 2.0 is some mix of Bane 1.0 and Xvim. Maybe he is a gestalt entity; pieces of both have combined to form something new. Or perhaps Xvim is not fully subsumed into Bane, and we are seeing parts of him leaking thru. This was my original theory.

3) Bane 1.0 is dead and gone. Bane 2.0 is Iyachtu Xvim impersonating his late father; he has gotten a huge power boost by using his father's name and reputation. This is my current, preferred theory.

Of course, it's all theories. I've taken some odd facts and assembled them into a picture I find pleasing, but that doesn't mean it's the only possible picture, and it doesn't mean I'm not reading into things.



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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Only Xvim's faithful received this vision. Any who had remained faithful to Bane, or who had converted to Cyric, didn't receive that vision. So the only ones who saw it were the ones that would need to be convinced to switch from Xvim to Bane... And those worshippers would be the only ones Xvim could send a vision to.

Not so.
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So Saith Ed:

Every drow who sets out on an expedition to the surface, to raid, gets “tempted by Eilistraee in their dreams” [...]
So almost all drow learn of Eilistraee’s existence, and even receive a true picture of what it is (Lolth can’t stop that, because she too uses the dream-vision approach, and to try to block others from using it would rob her lay worshippers of much sanity, her priestesses of much daily control over those lay worshippers, and herself of much control over her priestesses).


The rest is sound, IMO.

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2) Bane 2.0 is some mix of Bane 1.0 and Xvim. Maybe he is a gestalt entity; pieces of both have combined to form something new. Or perhaps Xvim is not fully subsumed into Bane, and we are seeing parts of him leaking thru. This was my original theory.

"Absorbing" another divine entity and being affected too much is a known "part of the game", indeed.
Selvetarm + Zanassu, Bast + Zandilar. Also, all the juggling Tempus and Lolth did with their respective sub-pantheons and portfolios, rather than trying to simply catch and crush any troublesome weaker powers.
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3) Bane 1.0 is dead and gone. Bane 2.0 is Iyachtu Xvim impersonating his late father; he has gotten a huge power boost by using his father's name and reputation. This is my current, preferred theory.

He could give up on converting more Banites, but still want their faith, indeed. After all, they were remarkably persistent.
Another benefit: prevents further attempts to revive Bane. Who knows how many more tricks the old sneak prepared? Now it's "No need to scour Astral any more, my faithful. I'm with you again!"
Not absolutely foolproof, but a strong move. If he can control Bane's undead guys and mislead mortals for less than a century, then it will be a moot point.

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Galuf the Dwarf
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Posted - 29 Jul 2019 :  04:05:33  Show Profile Send Galuf the Dwarf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Okay, so about my questions?

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Galuf the Dwarf

Okay, so about my questions?



His followers converted to Bane, as noted in my response. All of them saw his apparent demise, so why wouldn't they convert?

I don't see why he couldn't be worshipped via the Servant of the Fallen feat, but given the mass conversion of his followers to Bane and the fact that his followers know he's dead (or claiming to be), I don't see why any would try to follow him, now.

Not familiar with the vestige thing, so I can't comment on that.

As I say, though, I think he's faking the whole thing, and that anything other than worshipping Bane would be discouraged. At the very least, I'd expect that someone trying to worship Xvim would be proclaimed a heretic, and that Bane would send some of his loyal followers with a very pointed "convert or die" message. (Even if Bane 2.0 truly is Bane reborn and not Xvim impersonating Daddy, I'd expect the same to hold true: "convert or die.")

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Galuf the Dwarf
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Sheesh, does nobody else know about pact magic and vestiges here?

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quote:
Originally posted by Galuf the Dwarf

Sheesh, does nobody else know about pact magic and vestiges here?



Yes, although I personally wouldn't consider Xvim a candidate for a Vestige, the fact that Karsus still exists as one points to it being a possibility. Personally I like the Idea that Bane 1.0 is dead and he would be the one lurking as a vestige somewhere.
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quote:
Originally posted by Galuf the Dwarf

Sheesh, does nobody else know about pact magic and vestiges here?



I do, and I find them truly interesting. Personally, I also like and WANT Wooly's theories to be true. I in particular am infatuated with the idea that Bane 2.0 is Xvim and Gilgeam 2.0 is in fact Bane 1.0. Basically, deific chicanery. Along these lines, Gilgeam 2.0/Bane 1.0 is possibly wearing an artifact of Gilgeam's in order to impersonate him via a deific form of pact magic which is "binding" an essence of Gilgeam to him, and he hopes to retake his position as Bane.

Along these lines, it might be interesting that a result of Xvim's actions, his "mortal" form of Xvim was cast to the place where vestiges go and he can thus be bound. As to what powers to give the vestige, I'm unsure. Maybe some ability to generate a magical temporary "echo" of the "sword of souls". I would focus on his demonic nature and have anyone showing his sign appear to have brown, scaly skin.

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Post Sundering he could be alive again, but not mentioned yet.
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Galuf the Dwarf
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Okay, apologies for the lack of a sigil, but I don't know how to draw one that works, let alone how to upload it onto here. Otherwise, here's what I had in mind for him as a vestige, mostly the gameplay-related info for now.

Iyachtu Xvim, the Hated Son
Vestige Level: 4th
Binding DC: 23

Iyachtu Xvim is a more recent vestige. However, his momentary time as a deity as well as the turbulent events of his life and death have left him feeling somewhat detached from his former life. As a vestige, he gives binders abilities to make opponents cower in fear, direct an opponent's anger at certain targets, or experience some of the resilience of his demonic heritage.
Legend: Iyachtu Xvim was the product of the dreaded Lord of Darkness, Bane, god of strife, hatred and tyranny. Curious as to his own fate, Bane stole the Tablets of Fate from the overdeity Ao with the aid of his subordinate Bhaal, god of murder, and found out about his apparent demise. Bane then coupled with a demoness to produce Xvim. After the cataclysmic event known as the Time of Troubles, Bane was destroyed and his son Xvim came to prominence, namely after the Baneson claimed his father's divine portfolios of hatred and tyranny from Bane's successor, the mortal-turned god Cyric, as well as adopting the portfolio of fear. Though he did become worshipped by the Zhentarim of Zhentil Keep in the Moonsea and the Legion of the Chimera in the North, Xvim proved to be a pale shadow of his father's image as a god. All that seemingly came to an end on Midwinter in the year 1372 DR when Xvim apparently combusted and Bane emerged from his son's corpse. Xvim was nothing more than a vessel for his terrible father's own rebirth. Upon his return, Bane regained many of his lost worshippers, his planar realm of Banehold in the Barrens of Doom and Despair, and his own divine portfolio that his ineffectual son had retained in his absence (as well as his son's portfolio of fear). Xvim, however, seemed to be no more. What few realized is that some of Xvim's demonic essence coalesced with his body's destruction and, having no other place to call its own, vanished into a zone between planes where it now rests as a vestige, lost of divine purpose and much of his original desires.
Special Requirement: To summon Xvim, you must not worship Cyric, god of murder, lies, deception, illusion and intrigue. This is due to how said deity vied for control of the portfolios of strife, hatred and tyranny . If you do, he will not answer your summons.
Manifestation: A foul, black smoke appears from Iyachtu Xvim's sigil as he is summoned. Within that massive cloud of smoke, the binder will witness the two green glowing orbs that take the appearance of stylized eyes. When Xvim speaks, he does so in harsh whispers, growing impatient and bellicose with the binder. Though he does speak in whispers, his words can be heard by any around the binder within a mile radius.
Sign: Your skin appears to take on a dark, scaly appearance like that of some demons.
Influence: Iyachtu Xvim urges you to try to cow mortals into submission, whether through idle threats, trickery or overall thuggery. He drives you utilize Bluff or Intimidate checks to somehow unnerve at least as many HD of humanoids as per the level you have in the Binder class (if you have any). Barring that, he goads you into attacking a foe and bringing them to 0 HP (but not below -1 HP) and make them surrender. In addition, having previously been a deity of hatred and tyranny, he forces you to resist all beneficial spells cast by deities of love, peace or just authority as well as that of a priest of Cyric. See the Influence description under Amon (Tome of Magic pg 22) for more details.
Granted Abilites: Xvim gives you resistances from his demonic heritage as well as abilites to give rise to anger or fear in your enemies.
Demonic Resilience: You gain DR 10/cold iron, resistance 5 to electricity and +2 competence bonuses on saving throws against poison. You must have your sign of Xvim's pact present to utilize this ability.
Tyrant's Will: You gain a +5 compentence bonus on Bluff and Intimidate checks. In addition, you take no penalty on Bluff or Intimidate checks when rushed or threatened.
Instill Hatred: Once per day, you can instill great anger in a target. The target must make a Will save (DC 1/2 Binder's level + Binder's Cha modifier, minimum +0) or become fixated upon attacking a certain target of the Binder's choosing with a melee weapon (or unarmed strikes if unarmed). The Binder themself can also be said target, if the caster does so desire. This is a supernatural ability.
Terrifying Gaze: Once per day, you can peer on a foe and cause them to tremble in terror. This is a gaze attack, and the foe must be an intelligent humanoid, native outsider or monstrous humanoid (minimum 3 Int) and have line of sight to you. When you use this ability, the target must make a Will save (DC 1/2 Binder's level + Binder's Cha modifier, minimum +0) a target of 5 HD or less who fails their save becomes panicked. A target of 6 to 10 HD who fails their save instead becomes frightened. A target of 11 to 15 HD who fails their save instead becomes shaken. Effective targets of 16 or more HD only suffers a -2 on attack rolls on a failed save.

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Like the concept. Recommend a little LESS clarity about what happened. Essentially, maybe Xvim was working towards a ceremony to gather his father's power. What he didn't realize is what the results of his ritual would have. EITHER it reawakened Bane OR it caused Xvim to "take over" a "hidden" avatar form of the dead Bane. Even the vestige does not know the truth of what happened to him, as his mortal existence was separated from his divine existence and cast to the place where vestiges go. Something along those lines. Also, perhaps the vestige wants to FIND OUT the truth behind Banes reemergence, because he doesn't even know WHAT he is, but he wants escape from the place where he's entrapped.

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Wooly Rupert
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Problem: Xvim rather predates the theft of the Tablets of Fate. He ruled Westgate more than 600 years before -- he showed up there in 710 DR.

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LordofBones
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Also, Bane's co-conspirator was Myrkul, not Bhaal. Bhaal didn't get involved until all his worshipers were killed off.
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I think Bane was just lucky that Xvim consumed too much of his scattered leftovers too quickly.

Thus accidentally got taken over by his father's psyche being reformed from all these torns pieces being brought together.

Had Xvim just showed more patience in digesting it in smaller quantities before gulping down the next load, Bane would not have reformed and Xvim would still be around.


Either that or my favorite theory that Cyric just slew him and prtends to be Cyric and returned Bane at the same time.
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