Krak-Oth

Krak-Oth
CategoryHigher Powers
PowerMinor
SystemTartarus
TypeAscended
RaceDurkoth
Gendermale
Alignmentchaotic evil
Symbolmelting demoniac skull with dagger in jaws
DomainChaos, Destruction, War
Enemiesunknown
Bornunknown
Godhood17 War March 1288 HE

In 862 HE, four Helas Vessels from the world Osâchar arrived on the world Bal-Kriav. On board one of these vessels was the then mortal Krak-Oth. He was one of three Saints of Maen that came to Bal-Kriav in the Horgon Era. His Helas Vessel is today called the Spire of Krak-Oth. In Bal-Kriav's Grashakh region, his people founded the Araj Empire. One of his most powerful lieutenants was the Durkoth Orthraak. As the empire expanded into the Tribe Steppes, this underling controlled the lands around Argruxiel while Krak-Oth ruled from Zînin-Gulc.

Between 1100 HE and 1200 HE, Araj's Durkoth began leaving for the seas. They were joining other Durkoth across Midrêth in what would become known as the Durkoth Descent. The Durkoth under Krak-Oth went into the Underdark where they gained mastery over the aboleth of Cthorgo and the Green Nebulous. The Theegan people back on the surface, were left to take care of themselves. In 1288 HE, Krak-Oth ascended to divine status. Many of the people of Araj took to worshiping him.

Many generations had known only Krak-Oth as leader. He was revered on his old home world, and for a long time revered by those under him on Bal-Kriav. In the beginning it was his Torc of Maen Grirngrim that made him omniscient to the masses. A hundred years into Araj's reign, centuries of leadership and counseling, had turned him into a brutal, yet effective ruler.

When the Durkoth took to living in the deeps, thousands of years of servitude came to an end for the Theegans. Some would continue to worship him, while others would turn to worshiping other things.

- Cathandril, from the Religions of Chaos - "Krak-Oth's Flock"

Early in the First Epoch, some of Krak-Oth's Theegan followers turned from reverence to him to worship of horses. On 11 Bloom 43, Krak-Oth drew upon the power of his Torc of Maen Grirngrim, nearly shattering and forever weakening it in the process. The horse cultists were cursed to rise the next day as a new race of creatures called the Jara. These centaur abominations, bent on destruction and war, accelerated the downfall of the Araj Empire.

Following Krak-Oth's rise to godhood, his missionaries spread his religion. Dozens of gnoll tribes of the Northern Hordelands fell sway to the gospel. By the time of Araj's fall, the gnolls of this region had a strong priesthood dedicated to Krak-Oth. Gnoll worship of this god went alongside other dark gods worshiped in the days of the the Drugnod Empire, and its successor empires Yagamph and Garormuk.

Krak-Oth's influence in the super region Midrêth waned after the fall of Araj. It picked up again with the rise of the Ningizzida empire. In 1305, yuan-ti priests of this empire began spreading the word of Krak-Oth to the Council of Bile. This empire of Hells Womb, welcomed another War God as a counter to the sometimes overbearing influence of the Church of Ares.

In the 1500s, Krak-Oth's worshipper base increased greatly in the Altocumuli empire. This came about from a powerful campaign of misinformation started early in the War of the Fragments.

Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
AntokepfCastration Horde
AltocumuliEntropy
Council of BileSanusanâchâr
Garormuk
Ningizzida
Oathundor
Yastorogg
Known Powers
TraitDescription
Divine Toughness+2,000 hit points as Minor Power
Modulating Energy+15 modulating energy damage for all attacks