Urxehl

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Urxehl
The demonic rune of Urxehl
(Deity)
Titles The Trollfather,
Lord of Storms,
Father Urxehl
Home Verakivhan, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Portfolio Natural disasters
Storms
Trolls
Worshipers Trolls, druids, those who live in fear of natural disasters
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Evil, Fire, Weather
Subdomains Ash, Catastrophe,[1] Demon, Storms[2][3]
Favored Weapon greatclub
Symbol Storm cloud with lightning
Sacred Animal Bear
Sacred Colors Brown, green
Images of Urxehl

Urxehl (pronounced URK-zhell)[4] is the demon lord of storms and disasters, worshiped by the trolls as their patron. His symbol is that of a storm cloud being pierced by a lightning bolt.[5]

Background and beliefs

Urxehl is only pleased when witnessing extreme natural disasters; he can control storms and forest fires on a whim.[5] Trolls believe that Urxehl created the world and placed them there in order to torment them: in a strange twist, Urxehl actually despises the trolls with whom he shares his form caring little for anything but wanton destruction. He gave trolls the power of regeneration so that he could inflict countless cruelties upon them over and over again. They say he sends terrible forest fires (one of the few things of which trolls are truly afraid) and populates their territories with annoying humans and ogres, simply as torture.[6] Urxehl is also said to act in more indirect ways by sending dreamers visions of forest infernos in order to inspire them to commit arson themselves.[5][7]

Home

Urxehl dwells in Verakivhan, a realm of constantly burning forests, lashed by fierce storms and a special rain which only further feeds the flames.[5]

Appearance

Urxehl appears as a gigantic troll with wicked horns, nearly 20 feet in height, with a long, barbed tongue.[5][7]

Cult and worshippers

Urxehl's wily troll priests ape their master in using fire as a whip to control their troll congregations through fear, and ensure their divine capability adequately protects them from fire.[5]

Urxehl's followers are common in the River Kingdoms where trolls are numerous and angry.[5][7] Another center of worship lies in distant Vudra, among the Mistshaper trolls; led by a gigantic female named Xelnud, this tribe claims to fulfill Urxehl's desires by planning the destruction of all civilization and returning the world to the brutal state of the Age of Darkness.[8]

Alarmingly, especially to more mainstream druids, Urxehl numbers some human druids in his followers who worship his power over storms and natural disasters; these druids are thoroughly evil.[5]

Augurs

Some devout trolls are said to be blessed by the Trollfather in the gift of augury, although they practice it in a very particular, and some think disturbing way. These soothsayers disembowel themselves and read the future in their own entrails, trusting in their own powers of regeneration to keep them from dying. Augurs such as this can be found in the anarchic Varisian city of Kaer Maga and in the Vile Forest of eastern Vudra.[8]

References

  1. Although this subdomain would normally not be available to worshippers of this deity, in this case an exception is made due to the deity's close association with this theme.
  2. James Jacobs. (17 February 2011). Golarion Day: Subdomains for Everyone!, Paizo Blog.
  3. Before the Paizo Blog article stated the subdomains, these subdomains were listed for Urxehl but from an unlisted source and so are preserved here for reference: Ash, Demon, Seasons, Smoke, Storms
  4. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 26. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  6. Joshua J. Frost. (2008). Troll. Classic Monsters Revisited, p. 60. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-079-7
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  8. 8.0 8.1 Joshua J. Frost. (2008). Troll. Classic Monsters Revisited, p. 60. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-079-7