Araushnee once again tried to kill her former lover but the intervention of three elven goddesses prevented this. Goddess of Darkness, Drow, Evil, and Spiders (and assassins and chaos in the Forgotten Realms), Lolth has, through deceit and domination, garnered the ears of the dark elves and eventually established herself as their foremost deity, keeping them under her thumb by crea… Enemies and riches are sacrificed to her monthly. Lolth requires regular homage from her clerics: submission in prayer, plus offerings. Back in this age before time, Lolth, her sister and Corellon ruled from their dominion, Arvandor; seperate from the other gods. Great temples and cities were built in Lolth's name, foremost among them Menzoberranzan. The two deities were great foes ever since, though Gruumsh's alliance with another assisting deity, Malar, was not so badly corrupted. Gruumsh meant to paralyze Corellonwith his magical spear; this attack failed and initiated an epic battle. Corellon ended the fight by putting out Gruumsh's left eye, which is how Gruumsh earned his moniker One-Eye. This army of deities was also joined by Malar, god of evil werebeasts, Auril, the savage Frostmaiden and Ghaunadaur, or That Which Lurks, a primordial evil and a future member of the Dark Seldarine. I immediately thought of the Luke Skywalker/Kylo Ren that they toyed so much with in Star Wars' new trilogy (which I hate). Ceremonies sacrificing surface elves are performed monthly during nights of the full moon as deliberate affronts to Sehanine, Lolth’s hated rival. Lolth finds it convenient to ally herself on occasion with Loviatar and Malar, and, since the Time of Troubles, to masquerade as Moander, an ancient deity of rot, corruption, and decay. [citation needed] Lolth was created by Gary Gygax for the World of Greyhawk campaign setting, later appeared in the Forgotten Realms setting, and is now a member of the default pantheon of D&D gods. Most cities also have a grand temple to the Spider Queen, used for training clerics. Millennia ago, Lolth (then known as Araushnee) was one of the Seldarine herself, lover of Corellon Larethian and goddess of artisans, destiny, and dark elves. Cruel and capricious, Lolth (loath) embodies the absolute evil of the drow. She has one Cyric Key with her and of the players already solved the Gruumsh quest line, they would intimidate her with the elven and orcish army. Lolth was, along with Iuz and the demoness Zuggtmoy, one of the deities involved in the plots centered around the Temple of Elemental Evil. Titles Lolth, the (Demon) Queen of Spiders, is the goddess of the Drow, of spiders and of chaos. She is malicious in her dealings with others and coldly vicious in a fight, coveting the power of deities worshiped by the surface races. Gruumsh once had an alliance with the conniving drow goddess Araushnee to bring down the gods of the elves once and for all. Unknown Revere arachnids of all kinds; those who kill or mistreat a spider must die. Lolth is a Demon Princess that dwells in the Demonweb in the Abyss where she dwells in darkness surrounded by schemes and stretching webs. Lolth was banished to the Abyss by Corellon Larethian, who has forevermore been her enemy. Lolth But, as seen by the end of the War of the Spider Queen series, it is shown that the Demonweb Pits had, while Lolth was "evolving," separated and became its own plane. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Jewelry consists of spider medallions and similar pieces, all made of platinum. Dark Seldarine Lloth, Araushnee, Megwandir, Moander, Zinzerena She is served by Selvetarm, who is too weak to oppose her, and nominally by Kiaransalee, though she and Lolth hate each other and recently this rift has deepened when Kiaransalee stole many of Lolth's worshipers, especially in the case of the city of Maerimydra. She is known for weaving a complicated web of schemes and treachery through her worshipers, deceiving allies and enemies alike to gain power. The Spider Queen slew Abrogard, Guldor's god of evil, and is currently assuming his aspect on that world. Seeing an opportunity, Araushnee was roused to action and she, Gruumsh and her son Vhaeraun, another co-conspirator in Araushnee's plots, gathered together a great alliance of Greater and Lesser deities of the orcs, goblinoids, kobolds, giants, ogres and many other gods of the evil races. Some orcish clericsdeny this tale, dismissing it a… This has changed with Lolth's recent ascension to greater godhood, that of Intermediate Power from Lesser Power. Once a member of the Elven pantheon, the Seldarine, and named Araunshee, Lolth betrayed the Seldarine out of growing malice, discontent, and lust for power. Forgotten Realms In drow form, the Spider Queen appears as an "exquisitely beautiful" female dark elf, sometimes covered in clinging spiders. If the deity is angered, or impostors are present, the flames may also arc to consume other valuables, such as magic items, jewelry, and clothing. Lolth is a demon lord and a goddess worshipped by the drow (some myths propose that she was originally a goddess who was transformed into a demon). The primal elven deities pled their case before Corellon, which gave Lolth the opportunity to try and kill Corellon. Gruumsh, also known as Gruumsh One-Eye, is the patron deity of orcs, who regard him as the god of Conquest, Survival, Strength, and Territory. Her foes include the Seldarine (the elven pantheon), Ghaunadaur, Eilistraee, her son Vhaeraun, Kiaransalee, nondrow Underdark deities, and Gruumsh. Some orcish clerics deny this tale, dismissing it a… The drow, as they came to be known, grew strong in the Underdark, infiltrating and dominating their subterranean environment with zealous fervor. Weed out the weak and the rebellious. Her worship is entwined with the drow society. The Spider Queen, Queen of Spiders, Demon Queen of Spiders, Demon Queen of the Abyss, Queen of the Demonweb Pits, Weaver of Chaos, the Hunted, the Mother of Lusts, Dark Mother of All Drow, Lady of Spiders Lolth's residence in this realm is a mobile iron spider-shaped stronghold. Finally, due to the machinations of Araushnee (later Lolth), Gruumsh was able to ambush the Coronal of Arvandor and came close to defeating him. Sehanine is her sister and Corellon was once her lover. Rank The Spider Queen … Founded by Menzoberra the Kinless, a refugee high priestess of Lolth who had fled the destruction of Golothaer (which fell due to infighting among the city's rival clergies), Menzoberranzan is the favoured city of the Spider Queen: so much so that it was her refuge during the events of the recent series of events known as The Time of Troubles. In their natural form, yochlol resemble molten blobs of wax with large, glaring red eyes. Lolth’s foes include the Seldarine (the elven pantheon), Ghaunadaur, Eilistraee, nondrow Underdark deities, and Gruumsh. The Fury left to the Abyss to find a way to free Lolth and Takhisis while The Silver Flame … When participating in rituals, clerics of Lolth work unclad or wear black robes trimmed with dark red and purple (lesser or novitiate clerics instead wear dark purple or red trimmed with black). Lolth ( Lloth in the drow dialect), the Demon Queen of Spiders, is the chief goddess of drow elves. Velma Green from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy seems to be based on Lolth; she appears as a female drider and is able to control spiders by singing. Spiders, evil, darkness, chaos, assassins, drow Some believe her to be insane, because the Queen of Spiders pits her own worshipers against one another in an endless struggle for “station.” She can be kind and aids those she fancies, but she thrives on death, destruction, and torture--including those of her own worshipers who have displeased her. Lolth usually appears in two forms: drow and arachnid. Gruumsh once had an alliance with the conniving drow goddess Araushnee, to bring down the gods of the elves once and for all. Lolth. Rituals customarily take place among women only, in a sacred room or area, but those requiring extraordinary power or a public display may be celebrated in the open and in mixed company. Lolth initially appears as a beautiful elven woman who offers to lead the series' heroes through an underground passage to escape a horde of monsters. There was … All but Eilistraee wish to usurp the Spider Queen and replace her as the head of their dark pantheon, but the Dark Maiden seeks to end her vicious mother's evil tyranny over the drow and help them return to the Realms Above in peace and redemption. Shrines Lolth sneakily tries to end Corellon when he faces her for leading the Primal Elves astray. In her original life as an Elven Goddess she manipulated Corellon Larethian, Fenmarel Mestarine, and Gruumsh, inspiring the others to conspire against one another.When she was discovered trying to poison Corellon after his tenuous recovery … Lolth is the Goddess of the Drow and a Demon Lord, in control of the 66th Layer of the Abyss known as the Demonweb Pits.She is in control of the Dark Seldarine.. Gruumsh was a former ally, later her enemy. The dark elves were sundered forever from their creator and all Tel'Quessir, and again Lolth had taken another step in her quest for vengeance against Corellon and his Seldarine. She betrayed her husband, the chief elven God Corellon Larethian to his enemy, the Orc God Gruumsh and tried to help the destruction of the … with Zuggtmoy, the Demoness Lady of Fungi. Patron of Orcs; Lolth – Chaotic Evil Goddess of Shadow and Lies. Lolth was once Araushnee, the consort of Corellon Larethian, patron of artisans, the deity of elven destiny, and--later, by Corellon’s decree--the keeper of those elves who shared her darkly beautiful features. Lolth is an ancient god who came into being long before the time of the mortal worlds creation. She has her own rivalries with the various demon lords of the Abyss, noticeably with Zuggtmoy, the Demoness Lady of Fungi. She holds a searing grudge against the Stormlord after he impaled her against a cliffside during the Calamity. Only the drow clerics of Eilistraee are even willing to speak of Lolth, and their fury at her enslavement of their kin excess even that of other elven subraces. Lolth. Where Bane commands conquest, Gruumsh exhorts his followers to slaughter and pillage. Lolth's worship became paramount to the power hungry, status-obsessed drow and the Spider Queen's dark majesty has flourished as the dark elves have grown in power. These are customarily placed in a bowl-shaped depression in a black altar or a burning brazier, from which black-and-red flames leap to consume the offerings. Pantheon Lolth is unanimously hated by the other members of the Dark Seldarine. The entire orc pantheon hates Corellon intensely. These chambers are always shrouded in darkness, except for the radiance involved in spell casting and rituals. Realm Lolth is also served by a race of shapeshifting demons called the yochlol. Honestly, everything about Yeenoghu, particularly the first old school presentation, resonates more with a demon of famine than … Although she often rewards treachery and cruelty, Lolth does not look kindly on those who let personal grudges and vengeance bring defeat or shame to their House, clan, city, or band. Alignment As the original patron of the dark elves, the Queen of Spiders established herself as the unchallenged ruler of the drow pantheon. The animated version of Lolth appears far weaker then her depictions in the Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk settings, as she is quickly and easily defeated when her web is cut, causing her to fall helplessly down a bottomless pit. In their natural form, … Unknown Several of the gods are drawn from other pantheons, sometimes with new names for the gods. Sehanine Moonbow, Hanali Celanil and Aerdrie Faenya had all come to battle Araushnee the Weaver and, coalescing their collective powers into a new form they created the goddess Angharradh, a new consort to Corellon and an equal to him in power. Corellon also opposes the deities of the goblinoids. Amid the course of the battle, Sehanine Moonbow managed to escape her imprisonment and revealed the treachery and betrayal of Araushnee to Corellon. She is the goddess of Darkness, Drow, Evil, and Spiders. Goddess of Darkness, Drow, Evil, and Spiders (and assassins and chaos in the Forgotten Realms), Lolth has, through deceit and domination, garnered the ears of the dark elves and eventually established herself as their foremost deity, keeping them under her thumb by creating a society in which only the strong survive and her priestesses are strongest. In the current iteration of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, the Demonweb Pits is a plane to itself. Lolth Lolth’s aid requires sacrifices, traditionally the blood of drow faithful or captured foes, spilled with a spider-shaped knife whose eight descending legs are blades. There is much speculation of Lolth's role in divine events, as it is uncertain how much influence she currently wields in the pantheon, and her influence as the weaver of fate (now shrouded by her portfolio of darkness and assassins) is nothing if not subtle. Lolth dwells in her divine realm of the Demonweb Pits, a demonic realm formed entirely of a single great fractal web, where she is served by legions of powerful mystical slaves. The two deities (and the orcs and the drow) have been great foes ever since. Some believe her to be insane, because the Queen of Spiders pits her own worshipers against one another in an endless struggle for “station.” She can be kind and aids those she fancies, but she thrives on death, destruction, and torture--including those of her own worshipers who have displeased her. She has … Chemosh, The Fury, Eithleann, Gruumsh and Talos sought to free Lolth and Takhisis. Lolth was the secret power behind many of the dark elven houses of Ilythiir during the terrible Crown Wars that waged between the great elven empires of an age long ago. Lolth has sworn vengeance against Corellon Larethianand his people. In some ways, Gruumsh holds his failure against Lolth, and their relationship is at best inconsistent and dysfunctional. Click to expand... Me and gnolls. Long before the elves first travelled to Abeir-Toril from the original elven homeland of Tintageer on the magical world of Faerie, Lolth was known as Araushnee, the "Weaver of Destiny", a Lesser deity of the Seldarine, the elven pantheon of gods. Questioning Lolth’s motives or wisdom is a sin, as is aiding nondrow against the drow, or ignoring Lolth’s commands for the sake of a lover. The battle for Arvandor was eventually won, the evil army of beast gods eventually driven off by the combined might of the assembled Seldarine and the other fey deities of Arborea. Corellon was able to counter, however, and struck a mighty blow across Gruumsh’s face, destroying the orcish god’s left eye. Humans worship Moradin and Corellon as gods of their respective portfolios, rather than as racial deities. She has many connections to the god Pelor and is believed to have been his consort in Highvale but was exiled following the Dawn War when her plans to overthrow the Sun God were revealed. Forgotten Realms Cormyr Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. Her many attempts to kill the First of the Seldarine failed and eventually these plots were discovered by Sehanine Moonbow, the most powerful goddess of the Seldarine, who had also been suspicious of Araushnee's true motivations. For this, Corellon can count all evil drow gods as enemies. 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