“Don’t think of it as an end to life, but rather as a beginning to eternity. Do try to stop screaming, it’s becoming bothersome.” -Attributed to the lich Karereca
Misigoth is the god of undeath, necromancy, betrayal, jealousy, and secrets.
Misigoth is one of the lesser powers aligned under Belendor. The reason that tombs and mausoleums are blessed and protected from intruders is due to the followers of Misigoth. The true purpose of life is undeath. A corpse that is not raised into undeath is waste and despised by Misigoth. Desires are meant to be indulged in, and undead have an eternity for their desires.
The pure and utter destruction espoused by followers of Belendor will occasionally put the followers of the two gods in conflict. This conflict usually comes about by the followers of Misigoth not wanting to tarry over a person’s death. A few of the stricter followers of Belendor view the creation of undead as creating something new.
Misigoth always manifests in a form that has some aspect of undeath. Stories about Misigoth describe him as usually wearing tattered black or brown robes, and almost every story about him describes him as having a skull for a face with blood dripping from the sockets. He is cold and dispassionate in most of dealings.
Followers of Misigoth share the following basic tenets of the faith:
- No corpse is sacrosanct unless Misigoth decrees it so.
- The true purpose of life is undeath.
- Seek not to eliminate all life, for it provides materials.
- The rituals to create undead shall remain among the faithful.
- Paladins are the greatest foe, for they deny life’s true meaning.
- Seek out the necropolises of old, for it is there that the greatest undead can be created.
- Desires are meant to be sated not denied.
- Betrayal is a facet of existence.
The most well known followers of Misigoth are necromancers, though lesser known are the common folk who desire an end to their suffering but not their existence. Some followers exist in seclusion and only seek to perfect their arts, while others infiltrate larger cities and towns and seek to convert people to worship of Misigoth. They do this with promises of never again knowing hunger, oxen that do not need to rest, or other similar things.
The most powerful undead servants of Misigoth are the intelligent undead, from vampires and liches, to the dreaded death knights raised from the bodies of powerful paladins. Every type of undead from skeletons to ghouls and everything in between are servants of Misigoth.
It is rare but occasionally followers of Misigoth will get married. Notably their vows always exclude “til death do us part”. Divorce is not allowed by followers of Misigoth, instead murder is encouraged as long as it is followed by the reanimation of the recently deceased spouse.
Approbation and Displeasure
Actions/ideas that please Misigoth:
- Creating any form of undead, no matter the purpose
- Indulging in one’s desires until fully sated
- Converting a follower of another God to Misigoth’s faith
- Managing to hide your worship under scrutiny
- Killing and raising a follower of a good god into an undead
- Betraying an ally at a crucial moment in their life
Actions/ideas that displease Misigoth (and may result in loss of magical abilities):
- Destroying an undead unless to preserve your own existence or maintain your cover
- Abstaining from your desires
- Showing mercy to a sworn foe
- Sharing the secrets of necromancy with the undeserving
- Helping someone without any gain for yourself
- Betraying an ally to the detriment of your work.
Holy Places and Holy Days
Temples and shrines to Misigoth are almost always hidden away from prying eyes. In cities shrines are often hidden away in basements or backrooms. In the wilds, temples to Misigoth can be grand structures that resemble ancient mausoleums and are constructed of dark stone or bone colored marble. The interiors of temples are heavily scented with incense with a central altar behind which stands a representation of Misigoth.
The holiest days of Misigoth are the last days of a week, as they represent the dying and rebirth of the new week. The holiest day of a cycle is known as Ashenmourn, in the last weeks of May. Ceremonies to celebrate this day are held just before midnight, culminating in a ritual sacrifice and reanimation. The undead created during this ritual are more powerful than others of their kind. Many necromancers choose this day to embrace lichdom because of its significance. It is also the one day of the year where those who do not normally follower Misigoth will make quiet prayers and offerings to him in order to let those who have died in the past cycle have a peaceful afterlife and not be raised as undead.
Followers of Misigoth say that as long as life and death have existed so too has Misigoth as the patron of undeath. Due to the secrecy of the faith temples of Misigoth are only known to those who have been initiated into the faith.
There have been tales and rumors among the common people that some ambitious followers of Misigoth have founded a hidden city where the undead are of equal or greater status than the living. The very idea that this city might exist, has people nervous about the rising power and spread of necromancy.
Correct Worship and Rites/Rituals/Requirements
Followers of Misigoth typically engage in:
- Every evening near midnight, they hold a ritual to celebrate the eternity of undeath. It involves a whispered prayer and bleeding of the follower or of another living being.
- A cemetery or mausoleum is a place for materials, leaving one undisturbed is unheard of
- Ritual sacrifices are done by binding the victim to the altar (or incapacitating them in a ritual circle), making small cuts at the corners of the eyes, cutting out the heart, and burning it to the glory of Misigoth.
- Seeking to create new forms of undead.