|Titles|| The Shining Scourge,|
Lord of Senseless War
|Areas of Concern|| Deserts|
|Worshipers||Dragons, mercenaries, those who fear the sun, warlike desert nomads|
|Domains||Chaos, Evil, Fire, Sun|
|Subdomains||Ash, Day, Demon, Smoke|
|Favored Weapon||Heavy mace|
|Symbol||Lion jaws around the sun|
|Sacred Colors||Yellow, orange|
|Images of Nurgal|
Source: Lords of Chaos, pg(s). 22
One of the gods of the Azlanti, the demon lord Nurgal was associated with warfare and the sun. His worship went into major decline in the Age of Darkness. Nurgal is the exception to the rule that the sun is associated with benevolent deities and a force for good in the world. For those that fear the sun or enjoy its capability for destruction, the worship of Nurgal beckons.
Nurgal's faith was one of the strongest in Azlant, and archaeological studies have found evidence of Nurgal's unholy symbol and other representations of the deity. During this time, he was a fully fledged god, and his cult held numerous positions of power, and was particularly feared in the long, dry summers of southern Azlant.
Nurgal's nemesis was the moon goddess Acavna. During the Eversiege of Aucharan, Acavna came to the aid of an azata fortress cast adrift into the Maelstrom by Nurgal's forces. They battled atop the fortress, and Acavna emerged victorious. She clove him in two and sent both parts tumbling into the Maelstrom. The lesser half fell into Hell and became the infernal duke Nergal; the greater half plummeted into the Abyss, and became a demon lord that retained the name Nurgal.
Nurgal's realm of Kuthan is connected to the Abyssal realm called the Sea of Whispering Sands as that realm was once ruled by Areshkagal, Nurgal's lover. Areshkagal's sister, Aldinach, however, fought and forced Areshkagal into exile in her current realm of the Blood Clefts.
Cult and worshippers
In modern Golarion, Nurgal's worship is far less than at the height of his power in ancient Azlant. However, cults of his worshippers are found in the deserts of northern Garund, Qadira, and the ruins of Ninshabur. Surprisingly, considering their susceptibility to sunlight, Nurgal is one of the demon lords most often worshipped by orcs. Their worship tends to emphasise his role as a god of senseless warfare rather than a sun deity and is most common amongst orcs who dwell in Garund.
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