Ogrémoch

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Ogrémoch
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Game background
Home plane Elemental Plane of Earth
Power level Archomental
Alignment Neutral evil
Design details

Ogrémoch is an archomental in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. His symbol is an equilateral triangle with short hash marks through each side. It's possible that Uzrith, an elemental prince of evil earth mentioned in Dungeon #37,[1] is an alias of Ogrémoch.

Publication history[edit]

Ogrémoch first appeared with the elemental princes of evil in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981), created by Lewis Pulsipher.[2] Ogrémoch was one of the main antagonists in Frank Mentzer's 1982 RPGA module The Egg of the Phoenix,[3] which was later included as part of the expanded 1987 adventure compilation, Egg of the Phoenix.[4]

Ogrémoch appeared with the evil archomentals in the second edition book Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix III (1998).[5]

Ogrémoch appeared with the evil archomentals in the third edition in Dragon #347 (September 2006).[6]

Ogrémoch appears in the fourth edition book Monster Manual 3 (2010), where he is one of the Primordials, ancient evil beings that once opposed the gods in a war that shaped the universe.[7]

Description[edit]

Ogrémoch appears as a massive rocky creature with a pair of stony, clublike fists, and his eyes gleam like chipped obsidian. He stands ten feet tall and weighs 4,500 pounds. He also manifests as a stone golem or a half-formed giant made of clay.

Relationships[edit]

Ogrémoch was involved with the Queen of Chaos in her war against the Wind Dukes of Aaqa, during which he first encountered his enemy Sunnis, the good archomental of earth at the Battle of Pesh. Yan-C-Bin was also his hated enemy at the time, and he allied himself with Chaos initially because Yan-C-Bin had allied himself with the Wind Dukes and Law.

Ogrémoch believes himself to be the son of the Elder Elemental Eye, because the Eye has told him so. He is unaware that the Elder Eye is a guise of Tharizdun.

Ogrémoch is allied with the pit fiend Gazra, who is the consort of the archdevil Fierna. Ogrémoch and Gazra are involved in a conspiracy involving a mysterious portal of some sort. Ogrémoch is reluctantly allied with the dao in order to gain access to their Great Dismal Delve.

Realm[edit]

Ogrémoch's home is an immense fortress called Stonemire, which rests atop a great mesa, high above a rocky plain inside a vast cavern on the Elemental Plane of Earth. The cavern is described as intensely hot,[6] or intensely cold.[4]

Worshipers[edit]

Ogrémoch is worshiped by evil folk in New Empyrea. His cult elsewhere consists primarily of galeb duhrs, gnomes, duergar, evil dwarves, ettins, stone giants, gargoyles, grimlocks, ogres, troglodytes, trolls, and many subterranean creatures. He is served by earth grues as well. Some of his greatest minions are the rukarazylls, deceivers and tricksters among the earth elementals who seek to slowly pervert their followers to Ogrémoch's cult. His cult leaders prey on innocent farmers, convincing them that he is a benevolent god of the earth. Some of his cults offer living sacrifices to the elemental prince, while more thoughtful groups see Ogrémoch as a patron of mysteries, secrets, the earth, and those creatures who dwell within it. Some worship him as an alternative to the gods. Ogrémoch represents strength, endurance, and the treasures hidden within the earth.

Ogrémoch was involved with the Temple of Elemental Evil, where he was intended to manifest within the Earth Elemental Node and play his part in freeing dread Tharizdun. Apart from that episode, the various cults of elemental evil rarely cooperate, instead competing for the Elder Elemental Eye's favor.

Ogrémoch sends black rock triskelions as avatars of his living will.

Fists of the Stone Tyrant[edit]

The Fists of the Stone Tyrant are a sect of dwarves who believe that their kind was rejected by the gods when they were enslaved long ago. They have adopted the faith of Ogrémoch in order to gain revenge against the divine.

Clerics[edit]

Ogrémoch's cultists are eventually told they serve the Elder Elemental Eye, and that their ultimate goal is to free that entity. These clerics wear amulets set with precious metals and gemstones and wear robes trimmed in yellow.

Temples[edit]

Ogrémoch's temples are always buried beneath the earth. His smallest sects may claim old cellars and dungeons, while his greatest cathedrals are found in the depths of the Underdark. Ogres, giants, and ettins may act as shock troops or guardians at his temples. Bullettes, basilisks, Gargoyles, gorgons, greathorn minotaurs, and ropers may act as guardians as well, and even aberrations and undead. Ogrémoch's cult sometimes uses demonically-infused earth elementals as minions, but rarely bothers with true demons, finding them unreliable.

History[edit]

Alive since the Age before Ages, Ogrémoch is the eldest of the Elemental Princes of Evil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shel, Mike. "The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb." Dungeon #37. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992
  2. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  3. ^ Mentzer, Frank. The Egg of the Phoenix (TSR, 1982)
  4. ^ a b Mentzer, Frank, and Paul Jaquays. Egg of the Phoenix (TSR, 1987)
  5. ^ Cook, Monte. Monstrous Compendium Planescape Compendium III (TSR, 1998)
  6. ^ a b Jansing, Eric, and Kevin Baase. "Princes of Elemental Evil: The Archomentals." Dragon #347 (Paizo Publishing, 2006)
  7. ^ Mearls, Mike, Greg Bilsand, and Robert J. Schwalb. Monster Manual 3. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010

Additional reading[edit]

  • Cook, Monte, and William W. Connors. The Inner Planes. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1998.
  • Grubb, Jeff. Manual of the Planes. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1987.
  • Jacobs, James. "Spawn of Elemental Evil." Dragon #285. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
  • Jansing, Eric, and Kevin Baase. "Princes of Elemental Good: The Archomentals, Part II." Dragon #353. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007.
  • Kestral, Gwendolyn, et al. Monster Manual IV. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2006.