The most feared deity on the
Counsil. Dedestroyt is the gate guard between the mortal world and the
other. He is the judge that decides where a mortal will go after death;
either to their own deity, or to his unforgiving realm. He is entrusted
with stopping as many cultists from reaching their deities after death as
possible. Dedestroyt is seen as an armored skeleton, taller than an ogre,
who wields a mighty serrated greatsword. Once, before the Counsil had
been formed, Dedestroyt tried to kill to the world. He fought the
creators, and defeated all but Habastly, whom shattered Dedestroyt’s
slaying sword with his life force. Seeing the power of this new deity,
and not being able to destroy him, Habastly offered to share the cycle of
existence with Dedestroyt, who gladly accepted the role. It is also said
that since Dedestroyt failed in his mission to kill the world, it will
turn pass to one of his progeny to do so.
The followers of Dedestroyt
fall into two categories. Those that respect death and help others to
respect it and not fear it, and those that want to bring death and
destruction to Habololy. Fortunately, the former, who have a shrine or
temple in nearly every city, outnumber the latter, who generally hold no
temples or shrines. The two sects do not interfere with each other and in
fact there are two different clerics held as the high cleric by the two
Malcolm leads the majority of
the religion, traveling from temple to temple, ensuring that the faithful
are in line with the teachings of Dedestroyt. He wages a constant
evangelic war against Vistrani Fell, the current Dead Stalker and leader
of the other sect. (See sidebar).
Dedestroyt has always supported
the Counsil; his symbiotic relationship with Habastly has existed for
millennia. However, this support does include a great deal of scorn,
especially towards Quan Yin and Falan. Dedestroyt loathes the cults, with
the exception of Loomashyn. His clerics, of either sect, will openly
attack any clerics of Hemator.
Unlike most of the other
deities, who give the quasi-deities the opportunity to prove themselves,
Dedestroyt has never voted for the elevation of a quasi deity to the
Counsil. His religion calls for the persecution of the followers of any
The appearance of Dedestroyt
always bodes poorly for those that see him. The hulking 12 foot skeleton
in plate armor never sneaks in or quietly appears. His entrance is
booming and his presence is felt at the end of his massive serrated
A human skull with serrated sword through the eye sockets.
Plane of Existence:
Death, Destruction, Repose, Terror, War
Prayer Time: After the sun sets for the day
Back from the Dead:
Malcolm the Dread
Number of Faithful:
Huntsmen, the Dead Stalkers
Dogma: Death is the
only inescapable truth. Respect it and make sure those who do not learn
to do so.
Feast Day: 17th
Divisions in the Religion
religion of Dedestroyt is split into several parts. Some tolerate
each other, while others do not. None are openly hostile towards
each other. Within the religion, the divisions are: The Killers,
the Destroyers, the Overseers, and the Stalkers.
is a debate, which caused the most significant split in the religion, as
to which division most closely resembles and follows the life of
Dedestroyt. It should be noted that the faith believes that
Dedestroyt was once alive in the normal sense, but that he was not born
in the normal way, nor was he bound by the normal rules of mortal life.
The two divisions that believe each follows that truth path are the
Killers and the Stalkers. The Killers are much more numerous, and
are allied with the Destroyers and the Overseers. The Stalkers are
fewer in number, but are more individually powerful. The Destroyer
and Overseer sects are both recognized as true devotees of the religion
by the Killers, thought all three agree that those two sects do not
embody the actual life of Dedestroyt. The Slayers hold those two
sects in contempt, and typically do not consider them worthy of their
time. For their part, the Overseers and the Destroyers stay out of
the way of the other two sects, showing preferential treatment to the
Killers, but never opposing the Slayers.
true animosity among the divisions is between the Slayers and the
Killers. The divide between these two was born differently than
the divides that created the Overseers and the Destroyers. In both
of those cases, the division was born out of necessity. First, a
need for clerics that managed the bodies of the dead and looked after
funeral rites everywhere. Second, the need for the destruction of
things that could not be killed in the normal fashion. The harsh
divide, between Killer and Slayer, came about around the time the
Dedestroytian Empire was gaining power. Clerics of Dedestroyt had
always played a role in the nation on the Dedestroytian Peninsula that
became an empire. The majority of the warriors of the nation were
faithful servants of the deity. Their embracing of death made
their army feared. The backing of a powerful deity, before the
creation of the Counsil, meant respect and power. The nation grew
quickly, only slowed by the death of leaders that by religious edict
could not be kept alive using extraordinary means; which at the time
included powerful healing. Later, when the nation an empire, some
of the clerics began to rethink their role. They thought that the
constant drone of battle and war would lead to a massive backlash.
The world could not be ruled by Dedestroyt alone. These clerics
were also the ones that at the time favored creation of the Counsil of
the Deities. A struggle began in the Dedestroytian Empire
internally between the those clerics, and the ones who saw an unneeded
break with tradition occurring.
records of the nation, the struggle is known as The Reckoning of the
Clerics. The religion of Dedestroyt uses the term Two Sides of
Death to describe the tumultuous period in its history. It began
with debate between the leading clerics of both sides. For two
years the clerics debated. It is believed that during the debate
and the time that immediately followed, the sects of the Overseers and
Destroyers gained significant power. At the end of those two
years, the leading proponent of the more traditional side, the side that
disliked the idea of a Counsil, had enough of talk. His name was
Tyvedak Skullsmith and ah slew his counterpart and half of the other
clerics of the high temple in what was then Mevil City. Word
spread quickly through the city among the ranks of the clerics, and
sides were taken; lines were drawn. For almost five years, the
clerics fought and killed one another, thinning the ranks of the clergy.
In the end, it was the side that favored the Counsil that won.
They were seen as the more reasonable sect, and earned the backing of
the army and the leaders of the nation. The others, the few that
remained, were driven from the empire, and remained barred on penalty of
death from returning. That law existed until the time of the
Destroytian Republican hundreds of years later. The names of the
two sects were coined by the clerics of Habastly. Clerics of
Dedestroyt, on either side, called themselves clerics and their
opponents heathens. The name given by the clerics of Habastly
stuck and was adopted by the rest of the world.
the Killers remained the dominant force in the Empire, it took them many
years to claim that same dominance over the religion elsewhere.
After fifty years, they had taken control of nearly every temple and
holy place in the world. Slayers were arrested and killed as a
matter of edict for the next five hundred years. In that time, the
world in general knew little of the division in the religion. It
was not until the rise of the Umanin Kingdom and the reign of their high
cleric Kendall that the division became evident. Kendall rose to
become one of the best known clerics of Dedestroyt, but it was not until
after his greatest accomplishment, the Elven Slaughter, that he let it
be known that he was a Slayer. From then on, he would be known as
Kendall of the Slaughter. For longer than any human normally
lives, he was able to fend off the Killers and train other clerics in
the ways of the Slayer. It is ironic that the restorer of the sect
would eventually be worshipped in his own right by a cult which is much
more ruthless than either the Killers or Slayers.
return to notoriety, the Slayers were able to establish their own open
temples. With the specter of Kendall over the religion, the
Killers dared not challenge them. It had been so long since they
had to battle their own, they had lost the will to do it. Finally,
one hundred years after Kendall's apparent death, the Killers rose up
and demanded the Slayers bend to the will of the religion. They
refused and the Cleansing began. Another war within the religion,
this one occurred in many areas of the world. This time, after
several years, peace was brokered by the other religions. Seeing
the horror that could occur if it were allowed to continue, Habastly,
Han~Sui, and Tyrogatore brokered an accord. The two sects would
each be allowed to keep temples currently in their possession.
Each side would be forbidden for one thousand years from attacking the
other's temples. While this gave an advantage to the Killers, who
had many more temples, the Slayers had to agree. Since then, a
relative peace has existed. Only when a new temple or shrine needs
to be set up is their tension and bloodshed.
rules of Dedestroyt's religion are ones that are unquestionable.
Those in the religion that break a command are harshly punished.
The commands are very specific, and they do not deal with behavior at
all, only certain actions.
Leave the dead dead
Respect the corpse of
Allow nothing to subvert the natural path
Edicts of Dedestroyt
The edicts of Dedestroyt were created long after the commands.
They all deal with how a faithful member of the religion is called upon
to treat certain groups.
The cults seek to twist the natural progression of life and death on
Habololy. They cannot be tolerated. Do not associate
with the cults or cultists. Bring about their death when it is
Temples of Dedestroyt
The temples of Dedestroyt can e split into two categories: large
mortuaries and locations where a huge number of deaths occurred.
The high temple is located in Freeburg. It is considered the high
temple mainly due to the fact that it is the oldest temple in the faith
to never have been destroyed; although in the days of the Dedestroytian
Empire, it was the high temple for other obvious reasons. It
should be noted that the Stalkers division of the religion does not have
Freeburg, The Final Home. The temple has become a complex to
rival some castles in the world. The original temple sits near
the center of the complex, and dates back over two thousand years.
Since then, the complex has grown larger through the years.
After every major war, after every time the temple withstands an
assault, the emperor increases the size of the complex. This
is a temple of the Killers sect, with heavy Overseer representation.
Jaswap, The Old Capital. A huge temple located in the ruined
southern portion of the city. The many wars of Jaswap have
left a massive area of ruin and death in the southern fifth of the
city. Here, undead began to rise, and spirits were abundant.
The clerics of Dedestroyt, a major religion in the city, took it
upon themselves to move their temple into the ruined city after the
last war. Since then, it has attracted many new faithful and
is home to three dozen clerics. The temple is devoted to
Overseers and Destroyers, the former of which is much newer, but
Habastly, the antithesis to Dedestroyt is not an ally in the
traditional sense. The two deities recognize the need for one
another. They understand that without life there is no death
and without death, life is meaningless. The religions are less
allied then the deities themselves, but there is an understanding
among most of the clerics of each religion that no harm should be
done to the other religion in most circumstances. This is true
of all divisions of Dedestroyt's religion. The clerics of
Habastly hold to this, although they are noticeably less trusting of
Falan, the rise of Falan's religion was welcomed by the religion of
Dedestroyt, as the weight of responsibility for hunting undead was
considerably lifted. The two deities share a common
disposition. Dedestroyt and his religion sees Falan and his
religion as useful in the efforts to make the cycle of life and
Quan Yin, there is possibly nothing more disgusting to Dedestroyt
than the idea of pacifism. The glorification of love and
childbirth are foreign to Dedestroyt as well. The religion of
Dedestroyt has no time for Quan Yin and her religion. Clerics
are ordered to at best ignore her clerics, to never aid them, and to
speak out against her religion. The Stalkers have been known
to hunt down her clerics.
Hemator. the patron of healing and a cultist, Hemator angers
Dedestroyt and his faithful more than virtually any other deity.
The Killers, Slayers, and Destroyers are give open license to end
the cult of Hemator. The Overseers are given the same license,
but it typically falls outside of their perview.