After his death, his soul, like the souls of all chaotic evil mortals, went to the Abyss and Orcus began his afterlife as a lowly larva. The book also includes some details about his realm and his return. [9]:64,71 The narrow walkway out of that castle leads over the moat and to a raised platform that serves as a chessboard-like battle arena, where Orcus stages fights to the death. The City of Liches is behind a great bone wall with an iron gate, described as "a silent, dead city, magnificent in architecture but deathly cold", and inhabited by liches, demiliches, and death knights. Dead creatures respond to the presence of Orcus, even without his command. Orcus is the fictional demon prince, and lord of the undead in many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game. The supplement Demihuman Deities (1998) by Eric L. Boyd lists Orcus/Tenebrous as one of the foes of Kiaransalee, and recounts his history with her. [15]:6–9 The adventure also gives an accounting of these events from the perspective of Orcus on pages 36–37. Orcus’s energy like Pluto can be working seemingly “hidden form view” in your life for many years. [33], The Throne of Bloodstone describes the vast Abyssian fortress of Orcus, a citadel which represents the focal point of his power. It is ruled by Glyphimhor, a powerful lieutenant of Orcus. The adventure Dead Gods gives a glimpse into the past life of Orcus, as seen through a manifestation in the form of a shapechanging creature on the Astral Plane: At first, the being appears to be a fat, grotesque human - probably a foul wizard or a wicked priest, judging by the evil affectations and horrid symbols on his clothing. In the center of these vast chambers is an enormous dumbwaiter that can take characters straight to the throne room of Orcus. That lord's name is never spoken now, as Kiaransalee has decreed that it must be struck from each monument, slave band, and scroll. Its immense moon phases at random when covered by clouds, making it difficult to tell time. "[11]:29 The booklet The Dark of the War in Hellbound: The Blood War reveals that Orcus was either deposed or slain by Kiaransalee, and his body was cast into the Astral Plane. A quindecile is the symbol of an obsession or strong focus. It then bloats and takes the shape of a manes, then a bar-lgura. [16]:103 The Book of Vile Darkness reveals that Orcus has reinstated himself to his former position, once again finding himself in a struggle for dominance with other demon lords. The demons were soon driven out of Amoth's realm of Kalandurren by divine hosts from the domnions of other deities, although the realm was forever marred. "[25]:53–56 In the adventure "Prince of Demons" in Dungeon #150, Orcus commits four legions of 25,000 assorted demons and undead to the invasion of Gaping Maw, including his personal legion that has never been defeated in battle. How can we crate a structure that works for everyone in its highest and best form? It is then not interested in the past, or anything that came before, it is only interested in, what comes next in love? And at this point you do not wonder like the scientist standing at the mount after the volcano explosion, because you understand yourself to have been the volcano, and the new plants. [11] The Wand of Orcus was described in the fourth volume of the Encyclopedia Magica series (1995), on pages 1490-1491. [9]:52–53 Skeletal Mountain fills most of the valley, "a huge mountain made entirely of bones, stretching upward nearly 4,000 feet", and is said to contain the remains of all skeletons ever destroyed on the Prime Material Plane; this mountain is also alive and can form part of itself into strange skeletal shapes to attack intruders. The absolute magnitude of Vanth is estimated to be 4.88, which means that it is about 11 times fainter than Orcus itself. [9]:57 Lightning constantly flashes with varying intensity around the fortress, changing the color of the sky and places on the ground. [18]:138, The fourth edition Monster Manual describes Orcus as "one of the most powerful demons in the Abyss - powerful enough to threaten gods". Orcus set Doresain with the task of finding her name, feeling that with it he could unravel her divinity and displace her. After his death, his soul, like the souls of all chaotic evil mortals, went to the Abyss and Orcus began his afterlife as a lowly larva. [9]:59 The walls around the fortress are affected by the spatial distortion in the area, making them dangerous to climb; additionally, the walls are able to form appendages to attack climbing creatures. [13]:15 In the aftermath of the adventure Dead Gods, it is revealed that Kiaransalee is driven to the brink of madness with paranoia when she discovers that Tenebrous was Orcus, and begins fortifying her realm against an expected future attack from him. His arms are human, but "Vast bat wings sprout from his back, and his long, snaky tail is tipped with a poisonous head". HORCUS (Horkos), the personification of an oath, is described by Hesiod as the son of Eris, and the avenger of perjury. And healing that which from a previous point of view before the death met by Pluto, seemed to never be able to happen. "[28], The fourth edition Manual of the Planes (2008) by Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, and James Wyatt also describes Thanatos on pages 82–83. [13], In the mega adventure The Great Modron March (1997) also by Cook and McComb, it is revealed that on page 11 that Primus of the modrons had been killed and temporarily replaced by a mysterious shadowy entity searching for something he has lost. He created this place as a retreat in case things ever went terribly wrong. He served this position faithfully, becoming a symbol of the Praetorus Magics. This fortress is located on the periphery of "civilized Thanatos", in the center of a sprawling desert of bonemeal known as Oblivion's End. The heads of intelligent creatures can be impaled on the Deadgate, and there is room for one head per foot of height of the structure, which has a miles-long aura of influence that increases with the number of heads impaled upon it. His symbol is either a demonic ram-headed skull (the most common), a representation of himself seated on his throne, or a depiction of his skull-tipped wand. He planned to join the Occult Rangers but was later pushed into the Council Grandeur, becoming the representative of the Emorphian people. In the adventure on pages 6–9, it is confirmed that Kiaransalee had actually previously killed Orcus, and it is also revealed that the mysterious being who killed and posed as Primus was actually Tenebrous, the creature which was what was left of the former demon lord and deity Orcus. This place has become a central focus of his cult, and mortal Skull Lords are expected to make a pilgrimage here upon first visiting Thanatos. Nearly all residents of Naratyr are dead, and many of them are the reanimated corpses of drow and driders loyal to Kiaransalee. One of his most identifiable symbols was the artifact known as the Wand of Orcus, a skull-topped wand with the power to slay any living being. He has little but contempt for them and uses them without thought or consideration. [15]:121 The adventure also explains that after being an Abyssal lord, Orcus eventually became a deity, forever giving up his physical form. According to the module, Demogorgon and Orcus have been at war "for thousands of centuries", and it is possible that if Demogorgon hears about the player characters' mission to stop Orcus, he will want to help them. Reynolds. Orcus is a very old demon. While holding it, Orcus can use an action to cast animate dead, blight, or speak with dead.Alternatively, he can expend 1 or more of the wand's charges to cast one of the following spells from it : circle of death (1 charge), finger of death (1 charge), or power word kill (2 charges). The invader carried no weapon and made no move to strike, yet there was something inherently threatening about him. I guess you could say that Orcus is kind of like a chicken. Orcus Demon Prince of the Undead is one of the most powerful demons in the Abyss - powerful enough to threaten gods. Skeletal arms claw up from the ground where he walks and grab at the feet of his foes. Orcus cares for nothing save himself - not even his devotees and undead servants - and focuses only on spreading misery and evil. In 2010, Wizards of the Coast also released a full sized gargantuan figure of Orcus as part of their Icons line. (And Orcus is the higher octave of Venus, just as Mars is the higher octave of Pluto). Orcus is a very old demon. [9] The Lake of Fire is "a long, narrow lake filled with boiling lava", where magmen and lava mephits in the lake use illusions to appear human to fool the characters into rescuing them. It is the energy of your soles higher plan for you on a spiritual level, if you ever seek to look at it. The fifth area is a sacristy which contains the phylactery which holds the remains of Orcus, which his followers had smuggled out of Thanatos when Orcus was slain, and brought to Tcian Sumere; an illio of this scene appears on page 172 of the book. It was named after the Greek goddess Eris, who is … If successful, this will impress Orcus enough for him to promise that his legions will attack Demogorgon, claiming that "I will be there to win your battle for you! [15]:124, The third edition Manual of the Planes notes that although the ceremony to resurrect Orcus was seemingly disrupted, "Orcus returned all the same". [22] Tenebrous, the Shadow that Was appears as a vestige on page 48 of the Tome of Magic: Pact, Shadow, and Truename Magic (2006), by Matthew Sernett, Dave Noonan, Ari Marmell, and Robert J. In adventure E1 Death's Reach (2009) by Bruce R. Cordell and Chris Sims, Orcus uses his cult to plot the downfall of the Raven Queen, building an army to assault her realm and freeing a powerful primordial creature named Timesus who has been trapped since ancient times. Eldritch Wizardry also revealed that demons had lords, even as it introduced two of them: Demogorgon and his eternal foe Orcus.Orcus appeared in that book in the … He only appears personally at the end of the adventure to reclaim one of his possessions and warn the characters to cease meddling in his affairs. [28]:206 According to the fourth edition Manual of the Planes, Orcus wants to wrest control of the Shadowfell from the Raven Queen due to his interest in shadow and the plane of its origin, and believes that the key to her defeat lies in her true name. [29]:23, In The Throne of Bloodstone, Orcus is paying Pazuzu to battle any creatures he finds in the sky. [33]:96, Vecna is noted in the adventure E1 Death's Reach in "Adventure Book One" as having an interest in the conflict between Orcus and the Raven Queen, and the player characters will have to deal with his secretive servants. The player characters must infiltrate the Embassy of Ghouls, and use a portal from there to the White Kingdom to confront Doresain in his palace; however, he has already sent the primordial to Orcus using a chaos ship by the time the characters arrive.[30]. [26]:94–95, The fourth edition Monster Manual names the Raven Queen as a god whom Orcus particularly wants to destroy, as he hungers to usurp her control over death and the souls of the dead. The throne is a conduit for negative energy, drainging the strength from other nearby creatures, and leaping shadows and tendrils of negative energy that whip around the throne point out any living creatures. [29]:3 He can send a vision to an archmage character, telling that character to seek the Raven Queen, although it is not possible for the character to determine who sends this vision. The creatures that dwell within serve to allow only those to pass through who may do so at the will of Orcus. The adventure's prologue on pages 12–13 tells the story of the murder of Primus from Primus's own point of view, and the epilogue on pages 124-125 tells the story of the entity ending his impersonation of Primus to move on to the next phase of his plans, revealing some of his motivations and doubts. Sernett, Matthew, Dave Noonan, Ari Marmell, and Robert J. Schwalb. (And Orcus is the higher octave of Venus, just as Mars is the higher octave of Pluto). [25]:53, The fourth edition Monster Manual describes Everlost as a "vast obsidian palace with embedded bones barely visible through the semitransparent black stone", at the heart of Thanatos. Orcus is the Prince of the Undead, and it is said that he alone created the first undead that walked the worlds. But the figure shrinks as if melting, becoming a wormlike larvae. [33]:53 The module E1 Death's Reach reveals in "Adventure Book One" that Orcus has been causing souls that should go to the Raven Queen to instead go to Death's Reach on the Shadowfell. Also, the Legion of Vengeful Banshees, an affiliated order of crusaders devoted to Kiaransalee, are fanatically dedicated to the destruction of Tenebrous's visages, and are based in the Acropolis of Thanatos deep beneath the Galenas. They ruled for another thousand years, until a Valg Queen appeared: Maeve. [18]:137 He makes outright war between his armies of undead and demons with Graz'zt hordes of monsters and demons, but uses assassination and sabotage against Demogorgon, as his and Demogorgon's armies are usually simultaneously warring with those of Graz'zt. The throne room platform "towers over every point in sight - including the mountains visible to the farthest horizon. His symbol is a mace with a human skull as the head. The city's gates are open, with a long empty street which passes dark houses in this silent city. He focuses his anger and hate on the absolute destruction of his enemies and the spread of woe and havoc among mortals. Orcus also wielde… Truly a demon reborn, Orcus is more terrible and dangerous than ever." The Scythe is made entirely out of yellowed bone, but has the strength and hardness of adamantine. "[31] The first edition Manual of the Planes describes the layer of the Abyss ruled by Orcus: "The dwelling of Orcus is a great palace made of bones, rising out of ground bone meal. It is the planet of alchemy. In this sourcebook, it is revealed that Gareth Dragonsbane and his band of adventurers were responsible for the defeat of Orcus. Orcus is a demon lord and master of the undead. What can we now build in its most glorious from that serves the self as well as others? A great lord of the infinite pit, once brought low, shall find his way here, having pulled himself from death's cold embrace. The four parts are The Left Horn of Orcus, The Right Horn of Orcus, The Face of Orcus, and The Head of Orcus. Ilithkar was ultimately overthrown by his cousin Rheligaun "the Horned," a half-fiendish son of Fraz-Urb'luu. [15] If the player characters defeat Tenebrous, Tcian Sumere disappears, along with the portal to it on the world of Ranais. The walls and ceiling are formed by a shimmering green dome - transparent, but somehow appearing solid." [9]:42, In "The Book of Chaos" in the Planes of Chaos boxed set, it is revealed that Kiaransalee "recently wrested" the plane of Thanatos "from the former Abyssal lord of the undead.  Thank you. From here he issues his decrees throughout the multiverse, leaving his underlings to enact the details of his plans. [3]:38, The first edition Monster Manual adds to the description for Orcus, giving him the title "Prince of the Undead". Less than a god but still divine, this essence coalsced into the bitter sentience which became the vestige Tenebrous, the Shadow that Was - "a pale reflection of what he once was, a shadow of a shadow". The Mines of Bloodstone features an illustration of a representation of Orcus (the head of a horned goat) on page 6, and a pull-out map of the temple of Orcus is featured on pages 23 and 26. 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