Ur-Flan Druids of Nerull

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Ur-Flan Druids of Nerull

Post by NetoD20 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:45 am

Nature is not always pretty and bucolic, nature is also often savage and brutally competitive. I'm trying to channel the dark aspects of nature to form a bloodthirsty cabal of Ur-Flan druids. My idea is that, being a god of the naturalistic Flan people, it would be a great opportunity to present Nerull as a patron of such druids. Nerull is the god of death, and death is a very important aspect of the natural cycle, there can be no life without death, no renewal without decay. The weed feeds the lamb, and the lamb feeds the predator, the predator feeds the worm, the weed, and the flowers. I'm thinking of druids that worship the Decay aspect of nature, much like the Rot in the Swamp Thing comics. Nerull is a great candidate not only because he's a god of death, but also an embodiment of winter. Winter means the death of all life. Spring its renewal. Nerull cuts off the head of Obad-Hai, the Shalm, and hangs it in a tree at the beginning of every winter. In the beginning of spring seeds fall from the head into the ground, and Obad-Hai is reborn anew. So yes, Nerull is a great candidate for the patron of evil druids, even if I'm struggling a little bit with the whole undead aspect of Nerull, and how his druids would deal with that. Is undeath as unnatural to them as it is to most other archetypical generic druids or do they somehow embrance undeath as part of nature? Maybe they only raise spirit-less undead, the soul being departed as the natural cycle demands, but the corpse is still useful to the druid, just like it is to the worm, and the vegetables that grow off of it. Do these druids like to employ Yellow Musk Creepers? I'm fishing for ideas here, people, and for any interesting material/literature on evil druids and/or worshippers of Nerull. I DM Pathfinder, so any mechanical material from 3.X/PF would be great, but I'm more interested in lore about Nerull, and Ur-Flan druids. Of course, I can adapt material from any edition, as long as it is on-theme and/or Greyhawk related.

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Re: Ur-Flan Druids of Nerull

Post by Khedrac » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:18 am

I would think there are a couple of ways to approach this.

First, just because these ur-flan druids revere Nerull (primarily in his old role as patron of winter?) does not mean that they embrace undead and undeath. They coudl be Nerull-worshipping fanatics who happen to hate undead as much (or more) than most good people (it denies the earth the nutrients in the dead body and soul - blasphemy!) You could then introduce these druids as undead-haters and let the party find out they are not good guys later.

To get to the second way I was thinking about the Slaine comics from 2000AD and specifically the evil druids there - who were very much druids of vermin - and their more powerful leaders probably were undead. From a D&D point of view they seemed to lean more towards Kyuss and Worms that Walk.
And this gives the second answer - they see undead as the natural way to preserve their life and power - perhaps powered by the spirits of rot and decay.

(Remember, there is no need for the druids' beliefs about undead to be accurate.)
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Re: Ur-Flan Druids of Nerull

Post by willpell » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:29 pm

Nerull isn't just a god of Death, he's a god of Anti-Life. His personality is very well established; he hates pretty much everything, wants everything to die, and often creates undead. I don't think he works well as a druidic patron. I would (and, IMC, did) make up a new deity for such purposes.

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Re: Ur-Flan Druids of Nerull

Post by ripvanwormer » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:38 pm

Here's a 2e-era article I wrote on Nerull's faithful: http://www.canonfire.com/cfnew/modules. ... le&sid=749

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