Xitannoth

From Bestiary of the Hypogriph

Template:Deity Xitannoth is a force of nature associated with carrion, poisons, rot and trickery.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Xitannoth is a gigantic vulture, larger than a Roc, with fanged teeth upon his beak. His feathers are blackened but end in purple highlights, and a trail of larger dark red plumage runs down from his head to his neck. Wherever he flies, a cloud of toxic smoke is emitted from his wings.

History[edit | edit source]

There is evidence found in Primordial ruins that Xitannoth was involved in the Great Gap as one of the gods who fought the demon lords unleashed by Varagarash Narahil. Such tales describe an enormous vulture clashing against legions of aerial demons, and mercilessly devouring them.

Realm[edit | edit source]

Xitannoth nests at the mountains of the Ogrelands, where he has dug out a cavernous lair for himself. There, he keeps a great hoard of treasure, accumulated over the centuries from many raids to trading caravans.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Considered one of the more unpleasant of the gods of nature, Xitannoth is a known trickster with a foul sense of humour; he enjoys making fools out of mortals and has no quarrels with stealing from them. Because of this, he is considered a threat to most beings who share his vicinity. He is notoriously vain, and may be appeased with sweet words and flattery, though he knows when such feelings are sincere or if they're merely an attempt to gain his mercy.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Xitannoth enjoys teasing on other deities, particularly those who represent aspects of nature such as Eostraeya. However, as he oversees over decomposition of living matter, he is particularly offended by the undead, who are unnatural to the cycle of life and death. The Storm of Death also has an intense hatred for Skanqrak, the demon lord of pestilence, seeing him as a perversion of what he represents; any Rakash unfortunate enough to be noticed by Xitannoth is promptly devoured.

Cult of Xitannoth[edit | edit source]

Xitannoth has few worshippers, as most who are aware of his existence believe him to be a dangerous monster rather than a deity. The Ogres of the Ogrelands, who live near his lair, treat the Lying Giant as a deity to be feared and respected. Xitannoth is believed by some circles to have served as inspiration to the first plague doctors. He is also revered as a desert vulture god by the denizens of Arkharset.

See also[edit | edit source]

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