Morbakh

Morbakh
CategoryHeroes
RegionGrashakh
Class20th barbarian
RaceToomrur (Taln'nazân Famine Spirit-King)
Gendermale
TitleOgre Lord
Alignmentlawful evil
DeityVaprak, Rioch Tetrax (as undead)
BirthplaceGorkith
Born26 Dreamer 1468
Undead16 Hollow 1531

Morbakh was an Ogre Lord of the Khatúlg city-state. He led the largest and most well-organized armies against the Orchish Empire in the First Ogre War. In 1511, he signed the Orc-Toomrur Ceasefire with Emperor Blac'Drugulois. This peace treaty ended the First Ogre War, and established the Toomrur as a regional power of eastern Grashakh.

Morbakh was transformed into an undead in 1531, during a sinister cycle of Deaths Kindle known as a Shade of Darkness. While leading an unsanctioned plundering of the Barrow of Agdúm, his forward units began running from the area much worse for age. Morbakh and his close advisors entered the barrow to deal with the problem. They passed those too frail to move from severe unnatural aging and a few piles of dust. Morbakh's group were decimated in the place. In the burial chamber of Agdúm, Morbakh succeeded in finding the item he came for, the Hoof of Gluttony. He turned to meet the ghost warden of the barrow, but ended up being no match for her. This ghost was but powerful and bitter, perhaps for having been both a bride and daughter of Agdúm. Instead of killing him, she infused him with the unholy blessing of Rioch Tetrax, which transformed him into a Taln'nazân Famine Spirit-King. Thereafter, he became a servant of Rioch Tetrax, pledging allegiance eternally. The barrow's ghost continued to attack and harry Morbakh all the way out of the barrow.

Now as an undead, Morbakh cut a path through the lands of the ogres and then wrecked havoc on the garrison of the Pillar of Drog. He was driven off with a heavy dose of psionics and magic by the leaders of Crimson Eye. Junkel, one of the group's council leaders, recounted:

No weapon could pierce the fat on it's body. My good friend Drog, sent some fodder ahead to probe the terror for any special attacks. Those poor gnolls were either tore apart from a bony weapon in the shape of a hind leg of an ass or had their heads bitten off. Several passes of Argontholopus and a liberal dose of ranged magic succeeded in driving the foul creature off. I have to say, this was the most powerful creature we had faced since the Tree God of Igas.

- Junkel, from his book the Legends of Crimson Eye - "Morbakh's Attack"