[17]:47–48 The adventure features a magical device called a Deadgate that "saw much use in ancient times in the Sueloise homeland". [28]:206, Fiendish Codex I describes the Final Hills, which separate Oblivion's End from the rest of Thanatos. Spirits fill the air with a ghostly chorus of piteus moans. And is internal of course. His symbol is either a demonic ram-headed skull (the most common), a representation of himself seated on his throne, or a depiction of his skull-tipped wand. Moldvay, Tom. Truly a demon reborn, Orcus is more terrible and dangerous than ever." This book also suggests that it is probable that Orcus "is one of the most powerful and strongest of all demons. The walls and ceiling are formed by a shimmering green dome - transparent, but somehow appearing solid." A Deadgate is a minor artifact, a magical device which appeared in the adventure "Headless" in Dungeon #89. Power is no longer seen as subjected over you, but flowing thru you. [9]:30, In The Throne of Bloodstone, the player characters have the opportunity to search the Abyss for allies to help them against Orcus. [3]:38, The first edition Monster Manual adds to the description for Orcus, giving him the title "Prince of the Undead". Orcus is the fictional demon prince, and lord of the undead in many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game. [29]:3 A marut concordant servant of the Raven Queen appears to the player characters, requesting them to come to Zvomarana, high temple of the Raven Queen. [9]:46 Also, Orcus made an alliance with Yeenoghu to capture and hold Baphomet, allowing Yeenoghu to invade and plunder the plane of Baphomet; Orcus then forced Baphomet into imprisonment, to guard an open platform from intruders until he fulfils all of the conditions that Orcus has decreed. [47]:62 Orcus/Tenebrous is listed as one of the foes of Laduguer, where he is described as "a target of Laduguer's wrath" because he "once subverted the worship of the duergar of the Galenas beneath the Mines of Bloodstone". [15] If the player characters defeat Tenebrous, Tcian Sumere disappears, along with the portal to it on the world of Ranais. Beyond, he will find the means for his goal, but the price of vengeance is death again - unless he can find that which was his, now lost." If successful, this will impress Orcus enough for him to promise that his legions will attack Demogorgon, claiming that "I will be there to win your battle for you! Nearly all residents of Naratyr are dead, and many of them are the reanimated corpses of drow and driders loyal to Kiaransalee. Eyes, dark and piercing, stared out at us, but the creature said nothing. Power is understood to be the blended aspects of these two planets. This war lasted for a thousand years and ended with the Valg Kings destroying the world, reducing it to a land of ash and darkness where their many children could rule with them. Orcus is a very old demon. It states that "long ago", when Orcus had grown fat and inattentive, losing the dark edge that helped him rise to the position of a power, Kiaransalee conspired against him and took advantage of his carelessness. His black, skull-tipped rod serves as his symbol. The Orcusword can be discovered by the player characters in the adventure Dead Gods, where it is held in Tcian Sumere, Orcus's fortress on the Negative Energy Plane. A symbol for Orcus's moon Vanth can be seen at my page of moon symbols. He hates all things, and seethes with utter revulsion and loathing at all times. [28], Orcus was the ultimate villain in the first series of adventure modules published for fourth edition. "[28], The fourth edition Manual of the Planes (2008) by Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, and James Wyatt also describes Thanatos on pages 82–83. Orcus' perihelion lies just north of a prominent asterism (to skywatchers) composed of Sadachbia, Pi (Seat), Epsilon, and Zeta, which create a 4-star "Y"—a symbol used in electronics to denote an antenna—that which transmits and receives, is expressive/receptive. "[4]:17, As Tenebrous, he is described in the adventure Dead Gods: "It was as if someone had taken a man and squeezed him until all the light was wrung out like water, leaving only the purest of darkness. It is the vibration of the alchemist. A square is a problem to overcome. HORCUS (Horkos), the personification of an oath, is described by Hesiod as the son of Eris, and the avenger of perjury. Statistics for Orcus and related characters (aspect of Orcus, Doresain, exarch of Orcus, deathpriest hierophant, deathpriest of Orcus and crimson acolyte) are provided on pages 206-210. 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