Maen Grirngrim

Maen Grirngrim
CategoryPrimordials
Typenecrotic infused being
TitleFather of Necromancy
Alignmentchaotic evil
Died9 Witchrite 7791 DE

Maen Grirngrim was a necrotic infused primordial. He got his strength by devouring Soul Energy, whereupon it was shunted back to Chaos, broken down and scattered. Enagaged in a seemingly endless war, the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE), decades of this transference resulted in soul energy remaining inside his body. The result was that Maen Grirngrim got smarter, more independent, and found that he could re-purpose the stored soul energy into other energy types. For a thousand years of this war, he sided with his fellow primordials, seeking to undo Creation. Corrupted by his experiments with negative energy and soul energy at Ink Hold, he eventually went his own way, becoming a problem for both sides.

Maen Grirngrim is credited with creating the Art of Necromancy. His studies into Negative Energy led to the creation of some of the first undead. At Ink Hold, he delved into the mysteries of Necrotic Energy, inventing life draining spells and unlocking recipes for empowering items with the ability to devour souls.

On 9 Witchrite 7791 DE, Maen Grirngrim by defeated by seven Covenant heroes called the Golden Seven. Three of these heroes died fighting Maen Grirngrim. Each lost their soul to him. When the remaining angels killed the primordial they combined their holy might, utterly annihilating Maen Grirngrim's body with holy fire. Researchers of Horgon lore claim that the Golden Seven did not completely destroy Maen Grirngrim. Evidence of this is said to be the Saints of Maen and their torcs, each holding a bit of Maen Grirngrim's essence.

After the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE), the Covenant went to great lengths to rid the realms of the most dangerous parts of Maen Grirngrim's magic. One of the things they missed was the Scrolls of Maen. Found by the Thraedli, they would use these ancient texts, reviving the art of Maen Saetild.

Maen Grirngrim is credited with creating the first dracolich. It is said he failed many times before he finally succeeded in creating one from a legendary green dragon. He named this beast Hurguulich. This wyrm was so mentally strong and powerful that even Maen Grirngrim had trouble controlling it. Those dragons that perished in his experiments were disposed of by his minions. They unceremoniously tossed the bones of these wyrms into the basin Viing Qeth.

The 592 year cycle of the Zenith of Darkness is not an astronomical phenomena, but a number equal to years that Maen Grirngrim lived. When this primordial master of necromancy was dispatched by the Golden Seven, so began the cycles of the Zenith of Darkness.

- Tîran Hattar, of Nil Koraaviik, excerpt from his study on - "Planetary Cycles"

The work of Maen Grirngrim resurfaced with the arrival of Molakh-Búle on Bal-Kriav. It was revived again with Caliguworm, Thasmudyan and the undead leaders of the Black Tide.