She immediately began constructing the Deadgate, and when some of her fellow derro tried to stop her, she slew them and made their heads the first to be placed on the Deadgate. The Wand of Orcus is consistently the most important and most described of these artifacts. This palace "straddles a yawning chasm whose sheer slopes hold hundreds of tombs and burial sites, creating a tiered necropolis below the palace". A pillar in the center of the room serves as an elevator to and from the throne room. It is no longer seen by the ego consciousness as destruction is bad and something to be escaped from, and nor is rebuilding seen as good and the only thing to be hoping for. Contents[show] Description Orcus is typically described as having the head and legs of a goat, although with ram-like horns, a bloated body, bat-like wings, and a long tail. Although the gods sent a host of angels to slay him, Orcus killed every last one of them.[28]:223. Members of the Dustmenfaction can be hired as guides by visitors, and most undead will ignore visitors accompanied by Dustmen. In the center of these vast chambers is an enormous dumbwaiter that can take characters straight to the throne room of Orcus. [14] The return of Orcus from the dead was the central theme of the adventure "Out of the Darkness" on pages 5–124 of the Dead Gods adventure anthology (1997), also by Cook. Orcus plays a key role in the adventure The Throne of Bloodstone, which is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Pluto is the volcano that has the scientist scratching their heads wondering “how did that happen?” and Orcus is that energy that is like those plants and mosses and bugs that show up to live on the barren plane of lava after the volcano explodes, that also have the scientists scratching their heads “wondering how that happened also.” But unconditional love is sometimes like that, on both sides. It is then not interested in the past, or anything that came before, it is only interested in, what comes next in love? Spirits fill the air with a ghostly chorus of piteus moans. http://www.arwenmclaughlin.com/what-does-orcus-mean-in-astrology/  Thank you. He is named after Orcusof Roman mythology. Bennie, Scott. [24], The fourth edition Monster Manual describes Thanatos as "a dark landscape of death shrouded by gray clouds and often obscured by fog. In the adventure, Orcus uses one of his followers in a scheme to steal souls from the lands near Sterich. On page 21, it is revealed that evil duergar have built a temple to Orcus underground, involving a series of planar gates through which he could one day enter the mortal world; the temple and its inhabitants are described on pages 33–42. The text of the adventure states that these creatures seek to dominate a layer of the Abyss because they believe themselves to be superior to demons, and are therefore willing to help the characters defeat Orcus. Cultists of Orcus reside in cities spread across the layer's vast tundras, and thousands of undead roam the land outside the cities. Orcus cared for nothing save himself—not even his devotees and undead servants—and focused only on spreading misery and evil. Orcus is a demon lord and master of the undead. A temple to Orcus may have existed on the Palatine Hill in Rome. [9]:57 Lightning constantly flashes with varying intensity around the fortress, changing the color of the sky and places on the ground. The Dustmen continue to offer their services as guides, although mortal Skull Lords and fiends often seek to attack parties led by Dustmen. [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]:8 In "Adventure Book Two", when the characters arrive in her citadel and her guardians challenge them, she appears during the battle and ends it. [26], Rob Heinsoo explains in the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons preview book, Races and Classes (2007), that the first set of design work from 2005 was code named "Orcus I", while the next design phase in 2006 was called "Orcus II". "Setting Saintly Standards.". Orcus (pronounced OHR-kuhs) is the demon lord of the undead and those who practice vile necromancy, but is also associated with the sin of wrath. He does not delight in his charges, the undead, and has not taken up the self-proclaimed mantle “Prince of the Undead” out of devotion or allegiance. The book also includes some details about his realm and his return. Finally, the whole transformation starts over again, as the wraithlike form solidifies into the obese, evil human. [11], Thanatos is described in the third edition Manual of the Planes, which also includes details on Naratyr. Remnants of the Dustmen, now a shattered faction, have outposts in all the layer's cities and house themselves in the otherwise abandoned city of Vadrian, managing to "eke out a grim existence here after being exiled from the city of Sigil". [15]:100 In his quest for knowledge, he slew not only Primus, but the powers Bwimb, Maanzecorian, Tomeri, and Camaxtli, and others. Orcus proceeded to climb through the demonic ranks in the next several thousand years, going from larva to mane, then on to dretch, rutterkin, vrock, glabrezu, nalfeshnee, and eventually a balor. Masculine is to feminine and Pluto is to Orcus. "[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. His new priests and followers preserved the essence of his remains in a large phylactery, a glass container about five feet tall filled with highly toxic green preservative fluid. Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. The four parts are The Left Horn of Orcus, The Right Horn of Orcus, The Face of Orcus, and The Head of Orcus. But most terrible of all are the hundreds of severed heads impaled on the cruel barbed hooks that seem to cover every square foot of the tower's matrix [...] each and every one of them twitch and writhe with an unholy life. Only then it managed to reach a high position. A Deadgate is well protected from magical attacks, but can be destroyed through sufficient physical attacks. Your email address will not be published. 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. He is named after Orcus of Roman mythology. [24]:128 The book describes Golmin Thur as a "sweeping city of narrow avenues and towering minarets" which houses as many as a thousand failed Skull Lords who are now liches known as the Disgraced. Worship usually involves grave robbery and the animation and conscription of the newly dead to the forces of evil. [47]:85 Orcus/Tenebrous is listed as a foe of Labelas Enoreth, who "strongly opposes the powers of entropy and undeath" such as Tenebrous. Orcus is one of the most detailed demon lords of the Dungeons & Dragonsgame and one of a small handful to be detailed in every edition of the game. Ever hungry for more power, Orcus wanted to be recognized as "Prince of Demons", a title held by Demogorgon and coveted also by Graz'zt. And each part has its own cult and followers. This book also suggests that it is probable that Orcus "is one of the most powerful and strongest of all demons. 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. [24], Orcus was also used in the climax of the "Savage Tide" adventure path. The creatures that dwell within serve to allow only those to pass through who may do so at the will of Orcus. His symbol is a mace with a human skull as the head. [61], Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition (1977-1988), Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition (1989-1999), Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 Edition (2000-2002), Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Edition (2003-2007). If the Wand of Orcus is removed from its socket, Orcus will sense the disruption and return to his throne room. [15] The ninth area is a prison where the player characters can find the drow vampire who hid the Wand of Orcus. On January 20th, 2020, the 6,000th article was added to the SuccuWiki! [9]:61–62 If characters come within 30 feet of the bridge, the two skulls mounted to either side will magically duplicate the strongest warrior in the group. The builders of the Last Spire inscribed a prophecy about the coming of Tenebrous on a brass plug in the spire's interior, which reads: "Here in this Bright World shall trod the feet of ineffable Darkness. The book also notes that he is extremely intelligent, and mentions a number of magical abilities that he can use, such as being able to summon certain types of undead - "for he is their Prince". Orcus also wielde… Edible food is difficult to come by, and the air is thin, and creatures that die on Thanatos are transformed into its servants - usually undead, but occasionally demons. It only looks forward. [17]:47–48 The adventure features a magical device called a Deadgate that "saw much use in ancient times in the Sueloise homeland". Both are equal in strength and necessary for transformation. A Deadgate is a minor artifact, a magical device which appeared in the adventure "Headless" in Dungeon #89. The angel will try to give them an item called the moonstone sphere (which is secretly an aspect of the Eye of Vecna) to sway them to Vecna's service if they prove capable and discerning, and Calah will also direct them to where they can find the means to deal with the servants of Orcus. Administration of the town's affairs falls to the balor Glyphimhor. His great wings stir up a reeking cloud of diseased air. While Pluto’s energy of unconditional love blasts away anything that is not authentic and in complete harmony with the greater universal plan, Orcus brings in all that is authentic and based in love to take its place. Favored Weapons: Ornamental heavy mace (spiked or skull-tipped) Form of Worship and Holidays: Day of the Dead (Late Fall), Nights of blood red and horned moons. [9]:50, "The Book of Chaos" in the Planes of Chaos boxed set describes the realm Thanatos, the Belly of Death, the 113th known layer of the Abyss, at the time ruled by the goddess Kiaransalee. [29]:15 She speaks with the characters, giving them whatever useful information she can provide. [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. It describes him as a "foul and corpulent humanoid creature who has powerful goat legs and a desiccated head similar to that of a ram. [1], Orcus was first presented in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement in 1976, by Gary Gygax and Brian Blume, for the original (white box) Dungeons & Dragons game. Obox-ob was the first demon lord to hold the title of "Prince of Demons", a coveted status symbol, followed by Miska the Wolf-Spider, and then Demogorgon. Orcus (Latin: Orcus) was a god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths in Italic and Roman mythology.As with Hades, the name of the god was also used for the underworld itself.In the later tradition, he was conflated with Dis Pater.. Orcus was portrayed in paintings in Etruscan tombs as a hairy, bearded giant. It is the New energy. It is the planet of alchemy. "[15]:71 Another character in the adventure describes him as such: "It was gaunt and angular, almost shadowy and ethereal. [47]:142–143 Note that each time Orcus/Tenebrous is included in a god's list of foes in this book, the entry is recorded as "Orcus (dead)/Tenebrous (undead)". Orcus also wielded a powerful artifact known as the Orcuswand. 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". It does not allow anything into this life that is not authentic, or that would compromise its integrity. Perceptive characters will get the feeling that they are being watched and followed. [9]:75, "The Book of Chaos" in the Planes of Chaos boxed set describes the towns of Naratyr and Lachrymosa, the Cauldron of Tears. vi. In the later tradition, he was conflated with Dis Pater. [24], The adventure E2 Kingdom of the Ghouls, in "Adventure Book One", mentions that the White Kingdom is a domain in Thanatos, "bright in the moonlight that shines forever above it". The loathsome balor bloats, its head growing ramlike, adopting the traditional form of Orcus. The modrons found that two drow had hidden the wand, but the memories of the drow were erased when they were drowned in the River Styx, so Tenebrous sought to use a magical blossom to restore their memories and find the wand. [17] Orcus is featured as one of the demon lords appearing in the Book of Vile Darkness (2002) by Monte Cook, with full third edition game statistics on pages 136-138, descriptions of his activities and followers on 138-140, the thrall of Orcus prestige class on 71-72, and third edition game statistics for the Wand of Orcus on 122. He also found the Last Word in the ruins of Pelion on the plane of Arborea, which he could use to slay even gods. Its immense moon phases at random when covered by clouds, making it difficult to tell time. The city's gates are open, with a long empty street which passes dark houses in this silent city. Any living creature who dies within the region influenced by the Deadgate and is brought back to life will suffer terrible visions, and any living creature who tries to sleep within the area will have horrible nightmares. [8] In the next module the adventurers must defeat the Witch-King in his own castle, and the series then ends in a final confrontation with Orcus in H4 The Throne of Bloodstone (1988). In 2010, Wizards of the Coast also released a full sized gargantuan figure of Orcus as part of their Icons line. According to this book, Everlost "is and has ever been the seat of Orcus's power on Thanatos", although he is able to manifest throughout his layer at will. Their energies harmonized and blended together crate transformation in the highest sense. (And Orcus is the higher octave of Venus, just as Mars is the higher octave of Pluto). He created this place as a retreat in case things ever went terribly wrong. 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. ", Fraser, Paul. 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. It is the vibration of the alchemist. orcus symbol The Descending (south) Node stars reveal the nature of that which we must bring forth and express through the theme revealed by the Ascending (north) Node stars—how to apply the south node theme through the north node theme. Wand of Orcus.The wand has 7 charges, and any of its properties that require a saving throw have a save DC of 18. Orcus is also about new frequencies of energy. [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. [18] Orcus's reappearance in the rules was even used as a selling point for the book (among others) and his image was featured in the online art gallery previews. The Scythe is intelligent and chaotic evil in alignment, and can communicate with its wielder by empathy. Orcus proceeded to climb through the demoni… Orcus is the fictional demon prince, and lord of the undead in many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game. [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". If the sphere is destroyed, the stone cracks and falls away to reveal the Eye of Vecna. Orcus was typically described as having the head and legs of a goat, although with ram-like horns, a bloated body, bat-like wings, and a long tail.Orcus cared for nothing save himself—not even his devotees and undead servants—and focused only on spreading misery and evil. The device consists of a matrix of stone and/or metal, and can be up to 200 feet high. He was apparently a wicked spellcaster of some sort, most probably a priest to some dark deity. The ancient blade was Orcus's personal weapon long ago, before he created his wand. Tweet, Jonathan, Mike Donais, Skaff Elias, and Rob Heinsoo. 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. The Forbidden Citadel lies near the center of the city, once the seat of Kiaransalee's power in Thanatos, resembles a bust of Kiaransalee facing towards her former winter capital of Naratyr. HORCUS (Horkos), the personification of an oath, is described by Hesiod as the son of Eris, and the avenger of perjury. Orcus and his brothers came to desire her and courted her, but ultimately she chose to marry Orcus as he was the eldest and most powerful. "The Known World Grimoire. Beyond, he will find the means for his goal, but the price of vengeance is death again - unless he can find that which was his, now lost." "Demogorgon's Champions: The Death Knights of Oerth, Part Two. Also visible from the ridge are six areas of twisting black smoke impenetrable to sight and magical detections; great mazes with bizarre angles and corners; many cities in the near periphery of the castle and numerous more cities spread across the wide plain behind the castle. Most demon lords had secretive mortal cults who sought to elevate their lords to godhood through prayer and sacrifice. In the final room, the Chamber of Secrets, these temporary player characters can find the True Words as runes on the walls, words of power potent enough to slay even gods. [47]:24 The book notes that it has been a decade since the defeat of the Witch-King and the destruction of Castle Perilous, and in that time Kiaransalee's priests have nearly exterminated the remaining clergy of Orcus in the Bloodstone Lands, and destroyed most of the goblinkin tribes who venerated Orcus while the Witch-King reigned. Some time later, "in the not-so-distant past", the body of Orcus began to stir, slowly changing until he disappeared. Anything slain by the Scythe of Orcus (but not beheaded) rises again as a free-willed undead creature, and the wielder of the Scythe can magically summon these undead creatures. "[4]:17, As Tenebrous, he is described in the adventure Dead Gods: "It was as if someone had taken a man and squeezed him until all the light was wrung out like water, leaving only the purest of darkness. His thick, spiny tail is in constant motion." (Theog. [29]:20–21 The moonstone sphere can benefit the characters, but it retains its ties to its master, Vecna. Thanatos is described as "a frozen necropolis", and "a cold plane of ice, thin air, and a black, moonlit sky, a place that belongs as much to the undead as to the tanar'ri." Monsters in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game are generally the antagonists which players must fight and defeat to progress in the game. Statistics for Orcus and related characters (aspect of Orcus, Doresain, exarch of Orcus, deathpriest hierophant, deathpriest of Orcus and crimson acolyte) are provided on pages 206-210. [48], The adventure "Headless" in Dungeon #89 takes place in the World of Greyhawk, and is set in the Crystalmist Mountains. [15] The fourth such area is a temple to Tenebrous, which contains the circlet in which the soul of Anarchocles is trapped. Orcus and Graz'zt contested this title, while Obox-ob desired to regain it. Kostchtchie once sent a squad of giants to deal with Orcus, but when Orcus fed the giants to the hordes on the Plains of Hunger, the giants later reanimated as undead creatures called "crawling heads" which have now joined with the other undead. Game statistics for Orcus appear on page 27, while a description of Orcus appears on page 35 with an accompanying illustration, and a description for his Wand of Orcus appears on page 42 under the section for artifacts. [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. Orcus is the fictional demon prince, and lord of the undead in many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The mature nabassu Glursidval plays illusion-fueled mind games with visitors to the town, as streets that appear straight to loop back upon themselves in extradimensional ways, while he taunts characters with illusions of fallen comrades or tries to convince them that they have returned to the Material Plane. These aspects of yourself express themselves as separate in your personality and as aspects outside of yourself until you cross the door of complete death rendered from Pluto and trust as you walk thru the void to come out the other side and really feel the other side of unconditional love energy, which is Orcus, — this is when you turn into the phoenix and rise from the ashes. 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. The intruder on the sands had the form of a large man - gaunt as though from a long illness - who had never experienced illumination (or perhaps had driven itself from him completely). Orcus, a transneptunian, is the mythical symbol of broken promises, contracts and oaths. From here he issues his decrees throughout the multiverse, leaving his underlings to enact the details of his plans. This instrument causes death (or annihilation) to any creature" by touching it to their flesh, except for creatures of like status to Orcus himself. The first ruler of Tharos and later Narfell was Thargaun, a human worshipper of Orcus. 3000 years ago, Orcus and his brothers started a war on the world they wished to conquer. When Orcus died, the weapon lost much of its potency, and Tenebrous keeps the Orcusword both as a sign of his past and what he hopes to be, as he expects the sword to resonate with its original power after he regains his former status. 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. A symbol for Orcus's moon Vanth can be seen at my page of moon symbols. Both planets represent power in someone’s chart and they represent the universal plan being carried out in a very sometimes real and tangible undeniable way. Therefore, regardless of what the truth is, the text states that Kiaransalee is making efforts to find and eliminate every last trace of both Orcus and Tenebrous, leaving her with little interest in interacting with the other gods of Faerun. 86. Your email address will not be published. Events apparently came together that helped to bring him back, including his worshipers in the City That Waits waking from their eternal slumber, Acererak scheming with the Negative Energy Plane, and a once-powerful follower of Orcus sending a final impassioned prayer. And is internal of course. When they are ready to enter Death's Reach, she creates a soul gate which allows them passage. He was still a god, but much less powerful than before his death. [15] Later in the adventure, if the characters are confronted by Tenebrous looking to kill them, they can break the Orcusword to distract him and escape. He craves only personal power and the spread of misery and destru… Dead creatures respond to the presence of Orcus, even without his command. [18]:138, The fourth edition Monster Manual describes Orcus as "one of the most powerful demons in the Abyss - powerful enough to threaten gods". Environment any (Abyss) Organization solitary or troupe (Orcus plus 1–2 mariliths, 1–3 glabrezus, and 4–20 zombies or shadows) Treasure triple standard. A quindecile is the symbol of an obsession or strong focus. Orcus is a minor Goa'uld who on Earth has been known as a god of the underworld in the Roman Empire, but among the Goa'uld he never had great power, at least until the re-establishment of the empire. His servants had been slain by Kiaransalee, so Tenebrous brought them back as undead tanar'ri called "visages", tasking them to gather information to plot his vengeance. [11]:29–30, Fiendish Codex I describes the City of Straight Curves as a frozen-over port city which clusters with docks and flat-bottomed river skiffs, which has taken on the character of a ghost town. ", Heard, Bruce A. It exists as a cluster of linked safe spherical areas within the plane, joined by magical passages which pull characters from one area to another. [15] A map depicting each portion of Tcian Sumere as well as a diagram of how each location fits together is included in Dead Gods. When the Deadgate is active, the spirit of any creature who dies within its influence will travel to the Deadgate, where it is absorbed and imprisoned by it, and the spirit can be used to power spells or create a magic item. The book goes on to say that "Orcus is no longer content to grow old and fat on the larvae in his castle. 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