Dispaters Concubines

Heriyes, First War Maiden of Ragil
CategoryCults
RegionGrashakh
HeadquartersKangjald
Size
Races
Mîmêk50%
Githirmil20%
Hobgoblin10%
Erinyes10%
other10%
Alignmentlawful evil
DeityDispater
Symbolblack rose and sword
Purposespread the influence of Dispater
Established3 Kindle 973 HE

Dispaters Concubines are cultists seeking to spread the diabolic influence of Dispater on Bal-Kriav. Most of their operations are in the regions Hells Womb, Grashakh and the Northern Hordelands.

In the Horgon Era, an erinyes was summoned to Bal-Kriav by a hobgoblin shaman living near the Ragil river. This erinyes came in the form of a devil seed planted in a female hobgoblin. As part of the ritual, when the devil-blooded baby was born, the mother was sacrificed to Dispater. The baby grew to be a powerful war maiden named Heriyes. She maintained her disguise for many years and when finally revealing her true self, their opinions were unchanged - for them her martial prowess and leadership were far more important than her exotic devil-heritage. As time went on, more war maidens came about. These were an answer to the giant threat coming out of Glangveif, a a frost giant empire hungry for land and minions. Seeking slaves to do their building and dirty work, the Glangveif sponsored slave hunts into the central Giant Steps, rounding up Ragil's hobgoblins and any others they could put to the yoke. The war maidens were the hobgoblin's champions, and proselytizers for the word of Dispater.

In the First Epoch, the hobgoblins were fighting among themselves as much as with the remnants of Glangveif. When Umahanbad came to power, pushing their northern territories up Ragil, the hobgoblins were fought in tough battles. They were so well led and trained that their enemies struggled going up against them even when they outnumbered them five to one. Umahanbad used assassins to tract down the hobgoblin shamans with the knowledge of making war maidens and dispatched them, along with any erinyes war maidens they could find. By 930, the Umahanbad declared that the erinyes menace had been eliminated.

In 959, an exploratory expedition out of Naram-Gunal went into the subterranean chambers of Kangjald. In this ancient hold the entire expedition ended up being charmed and seduced by Dispaters Concubines. The charmed were sent back to Naram-Gunal where they spread the word of Dispater and founded cults dedicated to his worship. The erinyes of Kangjald, the cult headquarters, task others to bring female Mîmêk to their labyrinth. In this place they either willingly, or are forced into having intercourse with devils. The outcome of this breeding program are half-devil dwarves called Gradorians. Today, they are the leaders of the Umahanbad Empire.

Today, Dispaters Concubines focus more on deception than trying to act as war heroes for squabbling tribes. They focus on infiltrating villages, towns, and cities and spreading Dispater's influence by many than showing his might through champions. In areas of the Underdark and in remote areas the war maiden erinyes are still used as a way of spreading Dispater's influence into less civilized groups.

Notable War Maidens
NameNotes
Heriyes
ZoedineNym-Zoedine
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