Sunday, June 9, 2013

Campaign Design - The Lords of Hell: Kivutar


Mother of Plagues; The Queen of Maggots; The Rotted Temptress, Demon Mistress of Sickness, Pestilence, and Lust

Alignment: Chaotic Evil.
Cleric Domains: Disease, Distraction, Lust, Pestilence, Plague, Temptation.
Unholy Warrior Domains: Corruption, Disease, Lust.
Summon Monster: Kivutar's clerics can summon anarchic and fiendish creatures using summon monster spells.
Symbol: A head, half rotting and worm eaten, and half that of a beautiful woman.
Favored Weapon: "Beauty's end" (kukri).
Related Classes: Unholy Warrior.
Related Prestige Classes: Champion of the Dark Seven, Servant of Kivutar.

The mother of sickness, plague, and poison, Kivutar is the personification of disease. She appears in myth as a black skinned twisted old crone clad in a rotting gray shift and cloak. Her mouth foams and hair pulls from her head in clumps. There are boils and blisters over her diseased skin and the flesh is pulled taut over her bones. In myth anything that touches her rots away immediately, affected by a wasting disease or destructive rust and decay. However, she is also able to present herself as a beautiful, ravishing woman, capable of arousing desire in all who see her. This appearance is, however, merely an illusion, woven over her true appearance by her mastery of deceiving magic.

In the War in Heaven, she was unbeatable until Yng struck her with arrows loosed from his mighty bow. She was unable to withstand his radiant light and was driven back and cast down into Hell. Because of this, Kivutar and her followers bear a special animosity towards Yng and all who follow him. Kivutar is Füllar’s mother, having deceived Woda with her enchantments into coupling with her to produce the child. She bears great animosity towards the three brother knights Heim, Tiwas, and Forseti and Füllar’s half-sisters Syfa and Vali for their theft of the infant Füllar from her.

This goddess is loosely associated with Louviar, although the chaos and disorganization of her kingdom makes any sort of preference or hierarchy impossible to seriously determine. Her worship is, however, quite common in Polþia, although whether her priesthood enjoys any particular favor in that kingdom is a mystery to outsiders. Her priests always seem to have suffered from some sort of wasting disease that has left marks on their body and faces, although those who rise highest in her hierarchy are those who were once handsome or beautiful before the diseases of their patron ravaged their bodies.

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