Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Devil's Dirk & Offering of Orcus

The cultist drove the dagger down into heart of the boy. His eyes widened in the brief moment before the knife was drawn out of his small chest and his young life drained away. The flickering torchlight caused the blood to sparkle on the blade.

“Lord Orcus, as I send this innocent soul to you, please bless this blade so that it might bring more souls to your hell.”

The cultist set the knife aside, and wiped the blood from the boy’s chest with a black cloth. Turning his back to the body, the cultist faced the idol and began to chant. The dark tongue echoed in the smokey stone chamber.

- - - -

“What do you hear?” Allianora asked Nimble.

“Chanting, I don’t know the language.”

“There may still be time” Feris whispered.

Rathgar nodded “Then let’s do it.” Nimble stood aside just as Rathgar’s boot slammed the door open.

The cultist spun to face the door, then tossed the blood soaked rag into the fire at the base of the idol. “Kill them.” The boy sat up on the stone alter, took the dagger in his hand, and slid onto the floor. Dead eyes turned toward the door.

“St. Gaxgy forgive me.” Rathgar raised his sword to strike the little undead thing.

Devil’s Dirk

This tool of Orcus when used to kill a helpless innocent causes the body to reanimate an an unliving horror. The creature will then use the dirk to kill as many people it knew in life as possible. It will not hesitate to kill anyone else who gets in the way.

Offering of Orcus
Armor Class: 7
Hit Dice: 3+1**
Move: 120’ (40’)
Attacks: Dirk of Orcus
Damage: 1d4+3
No. Appearing: 1 (1)
Save As: C5
Morale: 12
Treasure Type: Nil
Intelligence: 7
Alignment: Chaotic
XP Value: 100

An Offering of Orcus is the undead form of an innocent killed in a dark ritual. It kills with the blade that was used to kill it. Offerings of Orcus can cause surprise on a 4-6, and anyone viewing it must make a save vs paralysis or always lose initiative while fighting it due to the horror of the attacker. The Offering of Orcus also regains hp up to its maximum on a 1:1 basis for each point of damage it causes.


  1. *Shiver* I don't like the cultist. I feign that the best sacrifice for Lord Orcus would be the cultist own life!


    A to Z co-host

    1. In general one isn't supposed to like evil cultists!

      Thank you for co-hosting the challenge!