CategoryHigher Powers
Alignmentlawful evil
DomainEvil, Luck, Trickery
EnemiesGarl Glittergold
Born28 Hollow 1425 DE

In the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE) Kurtulmak's methods were so upsetting to Garl Glittergold that they went to war with each other many times. This personal conflict between the two continued in the Demon Spawn War and still continues across mortal realms today with kobolds and gnomes often bitter enemies.

The most venerated kobold legend is the origin and ascension of Kurtulmak. While the particulars of the story vary from tribe to tribe, a popular version is related below.

When Bruh Kreniik gave the secret of creation to the true dragons, the first dragon to put that ritual into practice was Caesinsjach, a green dragon. The first kobold to take form out of her blood was Kurtulmak.

From the beginning, Kurtulmak was much larger than any of his kin. For this reason, Caesinsjach always commanded her kobolds through Kurtulmak. As a result, the towering kobold naturally ascended to a position of leadership.

When Caesinsjach told the kobolds to mine for precious metals, Kurtulmak invented a pick-axe. When Caesinsjach told the kobolds to tile her lair with gold, Kurtulmak minted the first draconic coin. When Caesinsjach told the kobolds to mine precious stones, Kurtulmak taught himself sorcery and learned how to divine where minerals were located.

When Caesinsjach’s lair was finally completed, laden with platinum, filled with gold, and gleaming with gemstones, she had become the wealthiest true dragon in creation. Without further need for mortal servants, she released the kobolds from their duties to embrace their own destiny.

In emulation of his former mistress, Kurtulmak immediately began mining a lair of his own. Although he never asked for any help in this endeavor, he nonetheless received it, assisted by every kobold he had worked beside for the past several decades.

Kurtulmak found a spot in the ground where a near limitless supply of metal ore and precious stones were waiting to be mined. Once properly unearthed, a discovery of this size could sustain kobolds for millennia and serve as the foundation for their society. With Kurtulmak commanding the operation, it quickly became the most structurally sound and resourcefully designed mine the world had ever seen. Kurtulmak called it Darastrixhurthi, a fortress fit for dragons. Nothing rivaled it. Garl Glittergold was not pleased. He looked upon Darastrixhurthi and beheld the marvel Kurtulmak and his followers had created, surpassing any achievement his own people had mastered in the same time.

While gnomes were playing useless games, kobolds had been busy working and were now fit to emerge as one of the dominant races in creation. And so, with a casual wave of his hand, Garl collapsed Kurtulmak’s mine, crushing all the kobolds inside.

The gods were appalled and demanded an explanation from Garl, who could only sputter out that his actions were intended as a joke, as if that could somehow excuse the heartless massacre he had committed. Garl had acted out of spite and, even more degrading for the gnome god, jealousy over mortal accomplishment. And yet, regardless of all the berating Garl received from his equals, not one deity came forward to reverse the damage done, leaving the crime unpunished.

Then Bruh Kreniik moved on behalf of Kurtulmak. Once he realized that no god would champion the kobolds, he searched through the souls of those who died that day until he found Kurtulmak’s broken body, still clinging to life. Even buried under so much rock, Kurtulmak wouldn’t give up on his people, refusing to let go of his mortal form until he could find the strength to dig them all out. Bruh Kreniik gave Kurtulmak a choice. He would either empower Kurtulmak with the strength to rebuild the mine, or he would make the mighty kobold a champion of his people for all eternity. In this latter case, the loss of Darastrixhurthi would remain, but the memory of what happened would endure in the minds of kobolds forever, ensuring that atrocities of this magnitude would never be overlooked again.

Kurtulmak made his choice, and because of that decision, this story can still be told today[1].

In the Demon Spawn War, Kurtulmak sided with Orcus and Tiamat. When he had to choose between the two, he picked Orcus. This led to a conflict that resulted in one of his armies being annihilated in the northern hills of Krein Jusk. These hills are named Hergu'loon in honor of Kurtulmak's kobold army that was wiped out to a man by Tiamat's army.

Kurtulmak resides on the charred world Avernus. This world is also the home of his old nemesis Tiamat. The two work together when ordered to do so by Asmodeus, otherwise they wage a constant war with each other. If demons are present, they will dispatch them first before turning on each other. The strict hierarchy of the Hells is such that a world can have only one leader. Currently, Tiamat is Overlord of Avernus, but in the past Kurtulmak has held it several times. Kurtulmak rules over the Draukari continent.

Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
AshmerthoonTinvaakin Kurtulmak
Lahvirn Piiv
Known Powers
Divine Toughness+2,000 hit points as Minor Power
Modulating Energy+15 modulating energy damage for all attacks


  1. Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Kolja Raven Liquette (January 2006). Races of the Dragon. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN-13: 978-0-7869-3913-8
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