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Title(s) Lord of Insanity
Home plane Limbo
Alignment Chaotic Neutral
Design details

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Ssendam is the Slaad Lord of Insanity.

Publication history[edit]

Ssendam was created by Charles Stross, and first appeared in the first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

Ssendam appeared in second edition in Dragon #221 (September 1995).[2]

In third edition, Ssendam appeared in Necromancer Games's Tome of Horrors (2002) and Tome of Horrors Revised (2005).


Ssendam appears as a gigantic golden amoeba with a humanoid brain as a nucleus. Ssendam has been described alternatively as male and female in different sources, and in truth it is impossible to tell what gender Ssendam is. Ssendam is widely believed[who?] to be the oldest slaad lord, predating even Ygorl.


Ssendam cares little for other slaad, and his involvement with the race is limited at best.


The 1st edition Manual of the Planes describes Ssendam's domain as a golden castle that rises from raw chaos.

Ssendam is often found floating in the vicinity of the Spawning Stone that serves as the mating grounds of the slaad race. There, she often takes the form of a golden slaad. Legends suggest that Ssendam serves as the stone's self-appointed guardian, although Ygorl is most often credited with the stone's actual creation.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Bonny, Edward. "The Dragon's Bestiary: Lords of Chaos." Dragon #221 (TSR, 1995)

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