||This Dungeons & Dragons-related article describes a work or element of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. (October 2009)|
|Title(s)||Lady of Fungi, Demon Queen of Fungi, Demoness Lady of Fungi|
|Power level||Demon lord|
|Domains||Chaos, Evil, Ooze, Plant|
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Zuggtmoy (or Tsuggtmoy) is the Demon Queen of Fungi. Her symbol is a jawless human skull with fungi blooming from within, though some of her false cults use other symbols. For example, her cult in the Temple of Elemental Evil used the symbol of the Elder Elemental Eye.
Zuggtmoy is the "dread and fell ruler of the 222nd ghastly plane of the Abyss."
The demoness Zuggtmoy has always been mentioned in first edition Dungeons and Dragons World of Greyhawk supplements as an ally and perhaps consort/lover to the vile demigod Iuz. She was mentioned in passing in the 1st edition Monster Manual 2. It wasn't until the release of the supermodule T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil that players got a good look at Zuggtmoy.
Zuggtmoy was detailed in the fourth edition book, Demonomicon (2010).
As Lady of Fungi, Zuggtmoy as originally presented resembled a huge puffball fungus on top of four elephantine legs. A toadstool shaped head with squashed and vague humanoid-like features resided atop her body. She could extrude pseudopods from her bloated body and squash opponents. Canonically, Zuggtmoy can also appear as a feeble old crone or a ravishingly beautiful human female. When the Temple of Elemental Evil video game was released in 2003, Zuggtmoy was given an updated image makeover. Instead of the almost comical puffball-mushroom look of T1-4, she was given a more fearsome appearance: resembling a blue-skinned demonic female with long sharp claws and whose lower body consists of strands of fungoid matter. Third edition game publications, such as Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss and Dragon, have Zuggtmoy retaining this more impressive appearance, whereas her original fungoid form has become an aspect.
Zuggtmoy is an ally of Iggwilv and Iuz, and has also been romantically linked to the latter. She is forced to share Shedaklah, a layer of the Abyss, with the demon lord Juiblex, whom she constantly wars with over control over the entire layer. Her two chief allies are the demon lord Haagenti, the Lord of Alchemy, whose minions are often seen in the forests of Shedaklah collecting ingredients for chemical reagents, and the demon lord Demogorgon, with whom she often collaborates with.
Vassals and minions
Zuggtmoy is served by her lieutenant, the demon lord Yibiyru, the Rancid Lady of Bitter Bile (who has been described conflictingly as either her mother and or daughter). Her most notorious high priest was the druid Xhagevoxhab, who once ruled a vast territory in the Underdark over 600 years ago.
Zuggtmoy rules the 222nd layer of the Abyss, officially called Shedaklah, although according to her creator Gary Gygax, it is called Mycorji. She shares this layer with Juiblex, the Faceless Lord. Also called the Slime Pits, Shedaklah is a duo-layer: its surface is overran by fungi and plant creatures while its underground corollary is infested with oozes and slimes. Zuggtmoy claims the surface realm whereas Juiblex is confined to below ground. As a result of her setbacks in the "T" modules, Juiblex has managed to lay claim to parts of the surface realm. It was with the efforts of Zuggtmoy's lieutenant, Yibiyru, the Rancid Lady of Bitter Bile, that Juiblex didn't conquer all of Shedaklah.
Zuggtmoy rules from the center of the layer in a palace that consists of two dozen or so gigantic mushrooms, each connected to each other by shelf-fungi, and each four miles tall. Numerous chambers and corridors has been carved within the mushrooms; it is said not even Zuggtmoy herself knows the full extent of the palace.
In the T modules, Zuggtmoy is revealed to be a competitor and enemy of Lolth. She built the Temple of Elemental Evil along with her ally, Iuz. The forces of good launched a campaign against her, trapping her within the temple's confines. In the current World of Greyhawk Timeline, Zuggtmoy is presumed released from the Temple by Robilar.
Zuggtmoy in other media
In Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue novels, Zuggtmoy is one of the so-called "Monarchs of Demonium." She also has a vile artifact called the Cauldron of Corruption, a small kettle-like object covered with bumps, knobs and other weird protrusions. Upon command, it can grow into a huge cauldron and shoots out jets and sprays of flesh-eating and poisonous slimes and spores.
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
- Gygax, Gary, and Frank Mentzer. The Temple of Elemental Evil (TSR, 1985)
- Jacobs, James. "The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Zuggtmoy." Dragon #337 (Paizo Publishing, 2005)
- Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
- Mearls, Mike, Brian R. James, and Steve Townshend. Demonomicon. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010
- Gygax, Gary. Artifact of Evil. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1986.
- Jacobs, James. "Dragon's Bestiary: Minions of Iuz." Dragon #270. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
- Jacobs, James. "Lord of the Scarlet Tide." Dungeon #85. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
- Jacobs, James. "Spawn of Elemental Evil." Dragon #285 (Paizo Publishing, 2001).