The hill giants have abandoned and blocked off the temple, but the Fire Giant King has an active temple:WEIRD ABANDONED TEMPLE: This room is of faintly glowing purplish green stone, carved with disturbing shapes and signs which seem to stare out from the walls and columns, to shift position when the watcher's back is turned. Touching the walls makes one chilled, and contact with a pillar causes the one touching it to become nauseous. At the far west end of the temple is an altar of pale, yellowgray translucent stone. It feels greasy to the touch, but it has no effects upon those who touch it. Behind this altar is a flight of low, uneven steps which lead to an alcove with a concave back wall of purplish black, glassy appearing substance. If any creature stands before this wall and gazes upon it for one round, a writhing amorphous form of sickly mauves and violets will be seen stretching its formless members towards the viewer. This sight causes the creature seeing it to have a 50% chance of becoming insane. If the creature does not go insane, a touch upon the curving will cause a scarab of insanity to appear upon the altar for the first one so doing, and a 5,000 g.p. gem for the next.
The greatest temple is of course the Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun, where the whole dungeon is a temple, which dungeon is devised to gradually convert adventurers into followers of the Elder God (see http://www.greyhawkgrognard.com/2018/04 ... temple-of/).TEMPLE OF THE EYE: … This place is illuminated by a strange swirling light which seems to be part of the very air of the place. Eddies of luminosity drift and swirl here and there, causing the whole scene to be strange and uncertain. Distances and dimensions are tricky to determine in the shifting light of rusty purple motes and lavender rays. Globs of mauve and violet seem to seep and slide around….
9. Giants' Worship Area: Each pillar radiates a sense of unease and insecurity .... The wall to the west is a mural showing giants bowing to a cairn of black, offering sacrifices, giving gifts, etc. … The scenes on the west wall grow more horrific, showing human and giant sacrifice near the altar (north) end.
10. Servants' & Thralls' Worship Area: ... Each of these pillars radiates mild fear in a 2' radius, and if one is touched, the creature contacting it must actually save versus fear or run away in absolute panic... The wall to the east shows a scene of various creatures crawling, then creeping, up to huge, vaguely squid-like creatures with 10 hairy tentacles. In the forefront of this mass self-sacrifice are elves and men, but there are also dwarves, gnolls, orcs, trolls, halflings, ogres, goblins, etc. amongst the crowd. Those near the monsters are being torn apart and the bloody gobbets eaten as dainty morsels…
11. Priests' Area: … If the altar stone is touched by living flesh or hit, it will begin to fade in color, ... Any further touch when the altar is thus transformed will paralyze a creature touching … If the drum is beaten, the chimes rung, and the triangle struck while the altar is changed, a glowing golden eye will swim into view from the stone's writhing center. All creatures seeing the eye must roll on the table below (d 12) to learn their fate:
3. rage (attack own party)"
4. fright and weakness (50% strength loss)"
5. age 1 to 20 years
6.-12. no effect (looked away in time)
In my campaign there are also links from all of this to the Temple of Elemental Evil (inspired by this series of articles http://www.greyhawkgrognard.com/2014/04 ... ental-evi/), where Zuggtmoy is imprisoned; but it also appears that Tharizdun may also be imprisoned there, unbeknownst to anybody, and Loth is involved, trying to keep Tharizdun imprisoned. There are also links to the Vault of the Drow, where one of the factions worships Tharizdun.
So the big question is, what manner of Big Bad is Tharizdun? The temples are clearly Lovecraftian, but Lolth’s efforts to keep him imprisoned sort of speaks to Lords of Dust plotting against each other, and the implied power levels say “overlord” more than “daelkyr”.
Anyone have any thoughts?