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Aldinach

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Aldinach
The demonic rune of Aldinach.
(Deity)
Titles She of the Six Venoms,
Lord of Scorpions
Home Aioganthus, Sea of Whispering Sands, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Sand
Scorpions
Thirst
Worshipers Evil humans, gharros demons, desert nomads, slavers, raiders
Cleric Alignments
Domains Animal[1], Chaos, Evil, Sun
Subdomains Demon, Feather, Fur, Light
Favored Weapon Kukri
Symbol Sandy gold scorpion
Sacred Animal Scorpion
Sacred Colors Gold, orange
Images of Aldinach

Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 14f.

Aldinach (pronounced ALL-di-nach)[2] is the demon lord of sand, thirst and scorpions. Her unholy symbol is an image of a gold scorpion with sand dripping from its claws.[3]

Appearance

Aldinach's primary form is that of an enormous, golden scorpion as large as a house, with crimson, crystalline, razor-sharp claws and a hideous human face with an unwholesome complexion. Her towering carapace is covered with members of her endless brood: countless smaller scorpions she can control by thought.[4][5] Her sting is particularly deadly, injecting six venoms reputed to be lethal even to those immune to toxins.[3]

History and relationships

Aldinach is one of Lamashtu's daughters from the time before the Mother of Monsters became a goddess, but there has been little contact between them since the mother's ascension. On the other hand, Aldinach's sphinx-like half-sister, Areshkagal, has been at constant war with Aldinach since the Lord of Scorpions stole the Abyssal realm known as the Sea of Whispering Sands, several thousand years ago. Areshkagal, desperate to regain her lost home, has sent waves of armies from the Blood Clefts, where she rules in exile.[4][5][3]

Abyssal realm

Aldinach rules over the Sea of Whispering Sands, a near-endless desert landscape, dotted with abandoned cities.[6]

Worshipers and followers

Aldinach has few followers on the Material Plane, but since she is the demon lord of sand and scorpions, she has cults in Osirion's and Rahadoum's desert areas, as well as in the deserts of central Casmaron.[4] Her followers prefer to congregate in the temples of abandoned cities, while in more civilized regions, they congregate underground in burrows and caves.[4] Some violent half-scorpion girtablilu tribes in eastern Osirion syncretically worship Aldinach and Rovagug, often led by half-fiend clerics. She has no organized worship outside of Garund's desert regions.[3]

Monsters associated with her include the scorpion-like gharros demon, and the "double scorpion" sandwalkers.[4]

Obedience

Some of her faithful are granted special power after lying prone in sand and eating scorpions.[3]

External links

  • Aldinach (Dungeons & Dragons character) on Wikipedia

References