Tlahvaratlam

From Bestiary of the Hypogriph

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Tlahvaratlam is the Demon lord of immortality, undeath and the violation of the mortal laws. Neither female nor male, it is the patron god of the Undead and necromantic sorcerers. Its symbol is a skull drenched in blood, symbolising vitality after death.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Tlahvaratlam is not a being of a single resemblance; Taeleni iconography depicts Tlahvaratlam as either a blood-spattered man or woman adorned in the flesh and bones of the dead. Other depictions of Tlahvaratlam include an gargantuan dracolich-like entity, vaguely resembling a dragon of several heads although may be described as more serpentine than draconic. To set it apart from Dominus Mortis, it is often shown as a being with considerably less cadaverous or skeletal figures in other locales around the world.

History[edit | edit source]

Tlahvaratlam's origins are uncertain. Due to the similarities in descriptions between it and Drascasur, some demonological thought suggests Tlahvaratlam is a spawn of the God of Darkness, amid several other lesser demon lords not known to the material plane. Tlahvaratlam has likely been worshipped since before the beginning of recorded history in small cults, as there appears to be no agreed origin on the practice of necromancy or the existence of the undead upon the earth. Tlahvaratlam is often mentioned in some of the darkest creation myths of the universe, seeding the world with the disease of undeath. As a result, Tlahvaratlam has been present in most of the divine conflicts in history, arguably one of the most prolific threats against the natural law.

Realm[edit | edit source]

The realm of Tlahvaratlam is the Sands of the Unliving, one of the deeper parts of Irkalla. The Sands of the Unliving vaguely represent a desolate and long-dead world of entities that have transcended physical death, and thus Tlahvaratlam's realm is inhabited by demonic creatures that are malevolent mockeries of the guardians of the Underworld. The Sands of the Unliving are persistently bathed in a striking, contrast of light and dark that travellers would find exceedingly difficult to traverse. In the more sparse areas, colossal obelisks of dark rock dominate the landscape.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Tlahvaratlam is one the more feared demon lords of the Firmament; whereas other demon lords have distant contact with the mortal world, Tlahvaratlam's influence persists very strongly in the modern world and has been responsible for the rising of undead armies in several points in history. It is not known if Tlahvaratlam can be truly extinguished from the mortal domain, as it is widely accepted by necromancers across the world. The benevolent gods that protect the Firmament harbour an immense hatred for Tlahvaratlam; and in turn, Tlahvaratlam both despises and admires Dominus Mortis for respectively opposing his existence and supplying him with the necessity of violating the finality of death.

Cult of Tlahvaratlam[edit | edit source]

Tlahvaratlam is a patron of the undead and necromancers, who are often responsible for the creation of unnatural life. Unlike several demon lords who demand respect from their followers, Tlahvaratlam has little personal dealings with most necromancers and infrequently tends to the whim of his more devoted followers as they are vessels of his will. Not all necromancers consider Tlahvaratlam their patron, however; Taihadrae Ashdan for instance considers herself a student of all deities.

Clergy[edit | edit source]

Due to the acceptance of studies of necromancy and undeath in Taelen and beyond, Tlahvaratlam is also accepted in these societies among sorcerers and specifically necromancers. Some vampires recognise Tlahvaratlam as a deity of worship as vampirism is sometimes recognised as a state of undeath.

See also[edit | edit source]

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