Thasmudyan, Lord of the Undead
CategoryHigher Powers
WorldEndearing Shackles
Alignmentchaotic evil
Symbolvulture, hyena, worm
DomainChaos, Deathbound, Deathless, Necromancy
EnemiesAthena, Hades, Phalgas, Kebechet, Surtur
Born31 Witchrite 369
Godhood13 Witchrite 1001

In the Year 390, a rebellious Khazarkar priest named Thasmudyan, abandoned worship of Kebechet. When he abandoned the dictum of Kebechet, he became a fallen cleric. His reason for doing this was an insatiable desire for power and control. This desire of unabated power led to a search for secret lore which in turn led to pacts with fiends. He was told by these nether creatures to go to Necrocrypt, but first he must find keys and secret words stored in a highly secure church vault called Îbendîllûn.

Thasmudyan plotted the destruction of the main temple of Kebechet. The capture of Miruk-Nalbêth would allow him to enter Îbendîllûn. In this vault were ancient Horgon tomes and relics of dark lore that were deemed against the doctrines of Kebechet. This place held maps and secret words that would be required to enter ancient vaults created by the Abâthigûr.

In the Year 409, during an event called the Zenith of Darkness, when Deaths Kindle is its most dire, Thasmudyan struck the temple of Kebechet. He summoned three maralith blackguards, beseeching none other than Demogorgon for this aid. Demogorgon, always seeking some pawn to spread his Abyssal might, eagerly sent these three vile creatures, all members of his crack personal guard. These demons along with mercenaries, aided Thasmudyan in destroying Miruk-Nalbêth.

In the Year 410, Thasmudyan traveled to Gathrot and entered the Spire of Molakh-Búle. In this place, he increased his understanding of the dark arts and made off with tomes and other Horgon relics. One of the tomes plundered from the Spire was the Ebon Legion.

The years to follow saw the rise of Thasmudyan. He was very charismatic, and his intelligence rivaled that of an illithid. Thasmudyan espoused radical ideas of prolonging life through necromantic practices. Villians of society flocked to his Black Banner (a name later taken by the adventuring group Black Banner which in turn became the First Dead Council). He carried on all manner of activities to gain treasure to aid in spreading his influence and power. Extortion, briberies, assassinations, robbery, slave-trading, and in any other foul enterprise were used by Thasmudyan and his followers.

By the middle of the First Epoch, Thasmudyan was a power to be reckoned with in the lands of Gulimbor. His followers numbered in the tens of thousands and were growing. Thasmudyan was unmatched in personal power and his undead armies were becoming a threat to the living. Many of his flock began to revere him as a saint.

Seeking to maintain harmony, needing a counter to the influence of Kebechet, the watchful eyes of The Balance voted to raise Thasmudyan to divine status. On 13 Witchrite 1001, during a cycle of Deaths Kindle called the Zenith of Darkness, Thasmudyan passed through the Temple of Ascension, becoming a Higher Power. The area where he became a god was corrupted and radiates vile energies and evil power. This place was later enshrined, and became a massive temple called the Basilica of Thasmudyan.

Thasmudyan, now raised to divine status by The Balance, turned his minions against those of Hades. His Cult of Worms subverted a number of Hades cults, most notably the Pale Brotherhood and the Death Guards. Those that resisted the lure of Thasmudyan's power, and "gift" of un-life, were killed and raised as zombie soldiers.

"What they would not do in life, they will carry out in undeath."

- Caliguworm, "Service in Life, Service In Death"

In the Grim Harvest Crusade (1462 - 1464), the minions of Hades were beset by the undead and goblin armies what would become the Black Tide of Thasmudyan.

The Dead Lord Balance will be short-lived. I see no need for balance or status quos, the game will change to absolute domination and eternal sentience for those willing to embrace the Ultimate Gift. You will carry the Black Banner against the foes in the west, that bulwark of good.

- avatar of Thasmudyan, to Jairall Bloodtusk from Jairall's Diaries - "Dead Lord Balance"

In the Year 1464, the citadel Gravestone Gates was occupied by the undead and goblin armies of the Black Tide. They renamed the place Ugidreth. It became the heart of evil, which spread its gloom across Hells Womb and into the Land of Purity. Armies of undead followed in the Black Tide War (1465 - 1504). Thasmudyan was gaining divine power. After the Black Tide's forty year reign this reversed in two overlapping wars. The one in the Lands of Purity was the Athenian Crusade (1539 - 1551), while east in the Hells Womb region the Black Tide became the target of the Artery War (1546 - 1554). Black Tide's defeat in these wars resulted in Thasmudyan losing a tenth of his divine power.

On the world Bal-Kriav, Thasmudyan's influence is concentrated in evil areas. In the Black Tide War, his divine power rose dramatically, for a time making him a greater power. When the Black Tide was defeated in the Athenian Crusade and the Artery War, Thasmudyan was reduced back to being a lesser power.

Thasmudyan's symbol represents aspects of vultures, hyenas, and worms. His more complex symbol is of a rotting hyaenadon with a skeletal head, worms emerging from its eye sockets, and a vulture on its back with entrails in its beak. Thasmudyan is a master of necromancy. He owns a vast repertoire of dark secrets, necromantic spells and rites, all recorded in a great tome called the Last Chapter.

Church Hierarchy of Thasmudyan
Priest RankNotes
Master of Zombieslowest level priest of the Church of Thasmudyan
Master of Skeletons
Master of Ghouls
Master of Ghosts
Master of Licheshead priest of a city's Church of Thasmudyan
Cabalhead priest of a nation's churches, or region's churches, rarely are there more than 1
Arch-Cabalhighest priest of all the Churches of Thasmudyan for a world
Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
Ag EnvokCult of Worms
ArgruxielBlack Cluster
Black Tide of ThasmudyanIlfengrim
Tormoran FederationPharêthôn
Known Powers
Divine Toughness+2,000 hit points as Lesser Power
Master of UndeadThasmudyan creates double the number of undead with any spell, and they are enhanced with all the Undead Bolstering Feats
Modulating Energy+20 modulating energy damage for all attacks
Follower Boons
Undead in the Making none
Undead Horde priests

Sign of Thasmudyan

The Sign of Thasmudyan is meant to be a short prayer. It is a finger starting from the left side of his chest, then across to the right, then back to the middle and straight down. It was first conceived by Kat-Trâra Hlothuru. A Tragaran woman known better as Katrana Dumu-loc, lich wife of Raxcvillibus Dumu-loc. She came up with this sign in the early days of the adventuring group Black Banner. This group would go on to become the leaders of the Black Tide of Thasmudyan and were instrumental in increasing Thasmudyan’s divine power.