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Orgesh

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Orgesh
(Deity)
Titles The Faceless God
Home Land of Black Blood (originally);
Sightless Sea (unconfirmed)
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Alchemy
Caverns
Hunger
Subterranean waterways
Worshipers Charda
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Earth, Evil, Water
Subdomains Caves, Entropy, Fear, Ice, Metal, Oceans[1]
Favored Weapon Spear
Symbol Open maw surrounding rune
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors Black, blue

Source: Descent into Midnight, pg(s). 85

The Great Old One Orgesh[2] is arguably the best known among the inscrutable and obscure deities of the charda, who view it as an endlessly hungry being that requires constant sacrifices of food to placate.[3]

History

Orgesh was the first among the charda that spawned from the black blood in the Land of Black Blood, a vault of Orv, the deepest Darklands region. According to charda mythology, this dangerous substance is the blood of Orgesh's mother, spilled when their god ate his way out of her womb.[3][4]

Home

Orgesh no longer lives in the Land of Black Blood, having long ago abandoned its children. Due to this neglect, while the charda remain unpredictable, they are no longer cruel or vengeful. Those who do not worship Orgesh believe that it went to the deepest, darkest trench of the Sightless Sea, to take care of its other children.[4]

Appearance

Orgesh is a vaguely humanoid figure with canine legs, a hugely distended belly, and no facial features except an open maw filled with shark teeth. No one alive has seen it for millennia, but its statues are strangely resistant to damage.[4]

Cults

Orgesh's followers view each other as the greatest threat. Some believe that when they eat a fellow worshipper, they can consume their prey's faith as well, and when only one remains, Orgesh will return to use this devotee to unleash a new race upon Orv, one that will relentlessly expand until it consumes everything.[4]

Relics

There are a number of relics of Orgesh in the Land of Black Blood. The Faceless Idol of the Hungering God is considered by the charda to be a depiction of Orgesh. The ancient city of Orgeshta, not far from the idol, also has numerous icons of the god.[5]

References

  1. Metals and Oceans were added in In Search of Sanity replacing Entropy and Fear
  2. Original Source: Wolfgang Baur, "The Land of Black Blood", in Descent into Midnight, 2009; James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 70. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Jacobs, Jason Nelson & F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Bestiary. Descent into Midnight, p. 85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 70. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
  5. Brian Cortijo. (2009). Descent Into Midnight. Descent into Midnight, p. 52–53. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2