Urdlen

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Greyhawk Deity
Urdlen
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Urdlen, the Crawler Below, as depicted in Dragon #61 (1982).
Title(s) The Crawler Below, the Evil One
Home Plane Infinite Layers of the Abyss
Power Level Intermediate
Gender Neuter
Class(es)
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Portfolio Blind destruction, Blood, Bloodlust, Evil, Greed, Hatred, Spriggans, and Uncontrolled Impulses
Domains Chaos, Destruction, Earth, Evil, Greed, Madness, Pestilence
Alias(es)
Superior

Urdlen is the gnome deity of Greed and Blood.

Description

Urdlen manifests as an enormous blind mole.

Relationships

Urdlen is the enemy of the gnomish and halfling pantheons. The hero-deity Roykyn was formerly a priestess of the Crawler Below.

Realm

Urdlen's realm is the Worm Realm, located on the 399th layer of the Abyss. There, Urdlen tunnels through the ground, completely unconcerned with his petitioners, who dig in the tunnels he leaves behind. The petitioners, mostly evil gnomes, have no society whatsoever; they simply pursue their own greed in the ore-rich earth.

Dogma

Worshippers

Clergy

Urdlen's priests wear white cloaks. Its sacred animal is the white mole.

Temples, rituals, and holy days

Urdlen is worshipped in underground caverns. Sacrifices of blood and jewels are made to it annually. Its holy day is the winter solstice.

Other versions

Races of Stone includes a similar deity, a god of disaster and greed known as the Glutton and visualized as a massive badger or wolverine. His domains are Chaos, Evil, Destruction, and Strength, and his favored weapon is the heavy mace. His clerics stuff themselves with food while they pray.

Bibliography

  • Boyd, Eric L. Demihuman Deities. Renton, WA: TSR, 1998.
  • Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2002.
  • Gygax, Gary. Unearthed Arcana. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1985.