Bluto Sans Pite

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Greyhawk Character
Sir Bluto Sans Pite
Homeland Free City of Greyhawk
Gender Male
Race Human
Age
Class Fighter 4/rogue 2
Alignment Neutral evil

Sir Bluto Sans Pite was a knight bachelor of the City of Greyhawk, who committed the River of Blood Murders in a cavern beneath his manor in Greyhawk's High Quarter.

Description

Sir Bluto is described as a stout man of regal bearing with red hair and a powerful gaze.

History

Once a respected member of Greyhawk's aristocracy, Bluto fell from grace in 565 CY when it was discovered that he had murdered eight children from Greyhawk's wealthiest families in a bizarre sacrificial rite. Bluto voluntarily confessed to the crime in the Garden Quarter watch station and was imprisoned, though other accounts say he was captured by the adventurers Robilar and Yrag. Bluto soon escaped, rumors say sailing across the Nyr Dyv with the help of outlaw Rhennee bargemen. A 10,000 GP reward was offered for his capture.

Later reports around 576 CY place Bluto in White Plume Mountain in the service of the wizard Keraptis.

Bluto's reason for committing the crime has never been revealed, though documents discovered in his vacant home in 591 CY hint that Bluto was somehow involved with the Horned Society, and that he was seeking an artifact known as an Octych.

At some point before 597, Bluto died. His remains were collected up by the cult of Iuz and placed in a hidden altar in a safehouse in the Free City of Greyhawk, where he was reanimated as a mohrg and employed as a temple guardian (Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk, 105).

Creative origins

In Arthurian legend there is a villainous knight named Sir Breuse sans Pitie, "Bruce without Pity." Some have speculated that this figure may have been the inspiration behind the name of the character created by Lawrence Schick for the module White Plume Mountain.

The story angle of the child-murdering noble may have also been inspired by the story of the French nobleman and serial killer Gilles de Rais, who was convicted and executed in 1440.

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