Moander

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Former human god of rotting death, decay, corruption.

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03/17/24

Moander was an ancient god of rot, corruption, and decay who had been banished from the Realms on more than one occasion. Although the ranks of its faithful were never large, Moander had been venerated by a variety of cults since before the rise of Netheril. Alternately represented in the ancient texts as he, she, or it, the Darkbringer is an excellent example of how even dead and forgotten gods can sleep lightly.

The Darkbringer was a cruel and petty tyrant who enjoyed tormenting lesser beings and making them destroy that which they held most dear. Moander frequently lied, particularly when such prevarications would cause great emotional distress in its victims. The Darkbringer sought to control every aspect of its worshipers' lives, viewing them only as puppets. It sought to corrupt and destroy all who would not bow down before it.

Over a thousand years ago, during the time of Myth Drannor, the Darkbringer's sole remaining major temple in the Realms was a huge complex on the site of present-day Yulash whose inhabitants were a continual menace to the forest peoples. The elves eventually burned the complex to the ground, slew all the priests, banished the Jawed God from the Realms, and imprisoned his avatar beneath the ruined temple where it could only be freed by a nonborn child. They hoped Moander would shrink to nothing, starved of worship, but many of its worshipers survived and fled south where they resurrected the priesthood. Over the next millennia, bands of cultists periodically tried to free the Abomination of Moander – without success. Stones inscribed with its symbol ate still discovered on a fairly regular basis in ruined Yulash.

Moander was inadvertently released in recent years by the sell-sword Alias and her companions through the manipulations of the Cult of Moander which still sought to restore the Darkbringer to the Realms. Moander's physical presence in the Realms was then destroyed in a battle in the skies above Myth Drannor and Westgate by Alias and her allies with the aid of the red dragon Mistinarperadnacles Hai Draco, also known as "Mist." The destruction wrought by the Abomination before its destruction resulted in the creation of Moander's Road in Cormanthor, the elven forest.

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