The Rise of the Maleficarum
Pantheon of Darkness
BANE (pronounced bain) is the evil and malicious greater deity of fear, hatred and tyranny and ruler of Banehold. Preferring to plot and scheme, Bane rarely appears to act in a direct manner, instead acting through his worshipers and other various agents. His ultimate goal is to eventually control all of Faerûn.When summoned though, he has a dark, rather shadowy appearance with a resemblance of dark armor and his tell-tale jeweled dark gauntlet. He emanates an aura of vast power and cruel intelligence.
CYRIC (pronounced SEER-ick), whose titles include The Lord of Three Crowns, The Mad God, and The Prince of Lies, is monomaniacal deity of strife and lies with an immense following though his power has waned to some degree since Bane’s return. He is petty and self-centered, and enjoys misleading individuals of all inclinations so that they perform acts that ruin their lives or so that they make fatal mistakes. Cyric is closely associated with the essence of murder, conflict, lies, intrigue, and illusions.
LOLTH(pronounced LOALTH), , the Queen of Spiders or Queen of the Demonweb Pits, is the goddess of the drow, a chaotic evil deity who revels in chaos. She patterns her life and the lives of her worshipers on a regimen of chaotic acts and the veneration of spiders. The way that new-born spider broods tear each other apart to survive especially appeals to her. She promotes this by encouraging her worshipers to kill their rivals, thus ensuring that they are the strongest of the ‘brood’. Her love of chaos often makes her appear mad but the wise see her as a calculating individual who is always several steps ahead of those who believe that they can anticipate her.
MASK(pronounced MASK), the Lord of Shadows, is a loner god, most often associated with thieves or those of otherwise ill-repute. He is a neutral evil Intermediate deity, from the Shadow Keep in the Plane of Shadow, whose portfolio includes shadows, thievery and thieves; although it previously also included intrigue. Mask’s symbol is a black velvet mask tinged with red. Known for his constant scheming, cool head, and oft reserved biting comment he has recently lost a significant portion of his power, the intrigue portfolio, to Cyric. This has, of course, led to two things: an enduring hatred of Cyric, and the Lord of Shadows leading himself to be more direct than he was in his prior, elaborate plots.
SHAR(pronounced SHAHR), the Mistress of the Night, is the goddess of darkness, and the caverns of Faerun. Counterpart to her twin Selûne, she presides over caverns, darkness, dungeons, forgetfulness, loss, night, secrets, and the Underdark. Among her array of twisted powers is the ability to see everything that lies or happens in the dark. Shar’s symbol is a black disk with a deep purple border. She is also the creator of the Shadow Weave, which was meant as a counterpart and to foil the Weave, controlled by Mystra, the goddess of magic.
TALOS (pronounced TAAHL-ose), also known as The Storm Lord (and long ago as Kozah), is the Faerûnian greater deity of storms and destruction. His dogma is self-serving, demanding utter obedience from his priests and instructing them to spread destruction where they may. His followers of are known as Talassans. Although often assumed to be a true god, Talos is, in fact, an aspect of the orcish god Gruumsh.
UMBERLEE (pronounced uhm-ber-LEE), also referred to as The Bitch Queen, is the evil sea goddess in the Faerûnian pantheon. She is most often worshiped by sailors or people traveling by sea, out of fear for her destructive powers. She controls the harshness of the sea and while reveling in her own power, is not hesitant to drown people, if she so pleases.