Friday, 30 April 2021

Z is for Zuggtmoy, Demoness Lady of Fungi

Few ascendant demons enjoy worship on Oerth more than Zuggtmoy, "dread and fell ruler of the 222nd level of the Abyss. Zuggtmoy, through a perverse relationship with Iuz, established the Temple of Elemental Evil in 567 CY.

The forces of Good soon defeated her in the campaign that accompanied the Battle of Emridy Meadows in 569 CY. Zuggtmoy was bound deep inside the temple with the aid of Lawful gods of Oerth. Iuz lost track of his "paramour" after her binding, but became aware of her bound existence as he attempted to re-establish the Temple in 579 CY.

Zuggtmoy remains bound in the temple after the Red Company defeated the cults of the Temple working with Iuz toward his purpose. Iuz feigned his interest in the release Zuggtmoy, and while his loss at the Temple was a setback, he considers Zuggtmoy a rival and less a "romantic interest." 

Her binding to Oerth has had dire consequences on the 222nd level of the Abyss. Little is known, but those that study and scry on the machinations of the Abyss report her position as "ruler" is tenuous at best. Her steward is firmly in control of the level and less and less likely to relinquish power with each passing year to his "liege" should she be freed from her prison.

Zuggtmoy is portrayed as a dark beauty by her worshipers. It is said Zuggtmoy's true form is a grotesque toadstool with elephantine legs.

Posted by caffeinated at 1:33 PM in d10