Monday, December 5, 2011

Nawr the All-Consuming


Symbol: Stylized image of a rat-king, as if the animals are dancing in a circle.

Alignment: Chaotic

Ravenous Nawr is one of the group of petty deities know as the vermin gods.  It is not so much worshipped as placated.  Every harvest, offerings of grain are arrayed around small statues or carvings of rats where real rodents can consume them.

If this ritual is not observed, there is chance that rats will gather and in the twist and tumult of rodent bodies, a rat-king will form and instantiate the godling.  The composite deity wil summon up a swarms of rats and swirl through the community that has offended it, chewing, biting, and possibly consuming everything in its path.

The visitation always occurs at night and is of variable duration, but always ends by sunrise.

16 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Skaven on the rampage....very nice.

Tim Shorts said...

Most excellent. Simple and very effective. My kind of mythology.

Lee Reynoldson said...

Nice. Well nice in a creepy rodent swarm way. Where did you get the picture?

Justin S. Davis said...

Two comments:

1) Awesome.

2) "Instantiate The Godling" is the new nickname for my sweet, sweet lovin' power move. The Ladies thank you!

Sean Robson said...

This is timely; I'm looking to introduce a rat-god to my campaign and I'm taken with the idea of a swarm-summoning composite deity. Tough to kill a godling whose body is a rat swarm. The imagery that this evokes is creepy as hell; I love it!

James said...

I like it! :)

Rev Rosey said...

Like muchly. A simple but very nasty monster.

Trey said...

Thanks guys.

@Justin - Heh. You could also title your bands first album that.

@Lee - It's actually the wikipedia pic for the "rat-king" entry, I believe.

satyre said...

Chilling stuff. Hard to believe that the rats we see are those pushed to the edge of their territory. Brrr.

Bard said...

Ugghh! Gives me the shivers.

jason kielbasa said...

Fortean phenomenon as the act of minor deities is a good way to go.

The frog gods, as well, will rain their minions out of the sky if not satiated periodically, as I am sure you are also aware.

Trey said...

Thanks guys.

@Jason - Indeed. I had rumors of frogfalls, but of course, living eye witnesses are sometimes hard to come by.

garrisonjames said...

Nice. This makes me think of Murnau's Nosferatu, in a good way, or at least from a DM's perspective...

Trey said...

Heh. You're right. Or Herzog's Nosferatu, for that matter.

garrisonjames said...

Herzog's version is pretty spiffy as well. I was just writing up some stuff that lines-up with Nosferatu, so I went with the first one.

So do some of the Urban Druids blackmail small communities with threats of calling forth Nawr, or do others make a few hard-earned coins putting down swarms and manifestations of the vermin gods? (like the Exterminators?)

Trey said...

Nice adventure seed, indeed. :)