Lampads protect dark, isolated underground areas from danger and despoilment. In addition, they also act to guard surface-dwellers from the dangers found underground, and guide lost travelers to the surface. Lampads are known for their mercurial and emotional natures; due to the long periods they spend alone underground, they are often highly morose and prone to disconsolate crying, although this process acts a form of catharsis and lampads typically experience relief and calm after a long cry.1
Lampads are named after wisps of magic light that they carry, which they use to guide lost travelers to safety and threats to their doom.1
Lampad queens are paragons of their kind, and rule over extensive cavern systems. They hold a strong animosity towards evil subterranean races such as duergar and drow. Lampad queens are very fond of bats, and are often attended by nykteras.2
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