An Epic

The Lord of Envy

Garlgax, Lord of Orland

Drow Elf; CR 17; ECL 19; Size M; HD 17d8+17; hp 90; Init +5; Spd 20 ft (base 30 ft); AC 19, touch 11, FF 18; BAB +12/+7/+2; Grapple +14; Atk: +14/+9/+4 ranged (1d8 + 1/crit 19-20, Crossbow, light +1), +16/+11/+6 melee (1d8 + 4, Drow War Gauntlet +2); SA Poison, spell-like abilities; SQ Drow traits, spell resistance 11, Light Blindness (negated by Amulet of Evernight); AL NE; SV Fort +11, Ref +6, Will +0; Str 15, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 15, Wis 20, Cha 15.

Skills and Feats: Knowledge (Dungeoneering) +3, Bluff +6, Concentration +18, Diplomacy +10, Knowledge (Arcana) +5, Knowledge (History) +5, Knowledge (Nobility) +3, Knowledge (Planes) +5, Knowledge (Religion) +14, Knowledge (Other) +2.5, Listen +8, Spellcraft +19, Spot +8; Armor Proficiency (Heavy), Armor Proficiency (Light), Armor Proficiency (Medium), Combat Casting, Empower Spell, Improved Initiative, Leadership, Shield Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency.

Clr Spells Prepared (6/8/7/7/7/5/4/3/2/1): 0--Cure minor wounds (2), Detect magic, Detect poison, Read magic, Resistance, 1--Bane, Bless, Command, Cure light wounds (2), Detect good, Protection from good (Domain Evil), Sanctuary, 2--Bear's endurance, Cure moderate wounds (3), Death knell (Domain Evil), Hold person, Resist energy, Silence, 3--Animate dead (Domain Evil), Blindness/deafness, Cure serious wounds (2), Deeper darkness, Dispel magic, Protection from energy, 4--Cure critical wounds (2), Death ward, Dimensional anchor, Divine power, Freedom of movement, Spell immunity, Unholy Blight 5--Dispel good (Domain Evil), Flame strike, Greater command, Righteous might, Slay living, 6--Blade barrier, Create undead (Domain Evil), Harm, Heal, Mass cure moderate wounds, 7--Blasphemy (Domain Evil), Mass cure serious wounds, Repulsion, 8--Fire storm, Unholy aura (Domain Evil), 9--Energy drain, Summon monster ix (Domain Evil). Racial Spells Prepared: 0--Unholy blight (Domain Evil).

Cleric Domains: Death, Evil.

Signature Possessions: Potion of shield of faith +5, Potion of bull's strength, Potion of cure serious wounds, Potion of barkskin +5, Ring of spell turning, Silver holy symbol of Vornoth, Buckler mw, Chainmail +2, Light +1 crossbow, Drow war gauntlet +2, Amulet of Evernight.

The Lord of Envy was born Gar'zax, a minor prince of the House Doomthron in the large Drow City of Darkonglaxsti. Although he was born a male in a matriarchic society, Gar'zax had certain advantages. His sister Dalth'zala had a particular fondness, even love, for him. The prince returned his sister's love, and throughout childhood they were inseparable. Both children were chosen for the priesthood at a young age and were admitted to the Noviate Order. Males generally did not progress beyond this lowest order of the priesthood, yet both Gar'zax and his sister were certainly blessed in the eyes of the Demon Goddess of his people, and they both excelled as minor priests. Soon they were inducted into the middle rank of priests, the Numerary Order. This was quite an accomplishment for Gar'zax, although it was expected for his sister, but both were ecstatic, and together they set their sites on the highest rank of the priesthood, the Theocratic Order. The problem, however, was that males almost never attained this rank, but Gar'zax and his sister reinforced each other's belief that together they would achieve it, and indeed, Gar'zax's power and acumen as a priest made this seem possible. Moreover, the young prince's mother Lex'gora was the highest ranking Priestess in the Order; thus Gar'zax came to believe that he would be a Theocrat. With this end in mind, the young prince spent his days in his dark underground home studying and praying and his nights cavorting with his beloved sister.

After several long years of training, the time came when the new Theocrats were to be announced. At a dark ceremony, Gar'zax heard with pleasure his beloved sister's name called, and he waited for his own to follow. The ceremony came to an end, however, without his name being called. Gar'zax was crushed. Later that evening, his sister came to visit the distraught drow. She tried to console him, but in a fit of jealous rage he struck her down from behind and strangled her, the only being he had ever loved. Knowing his fate was sealed, and blaming both his mother and the Dark Serpent Goddess she worshipped, Gar'zax vowed revenge, swearing that he would bring down House Doomthron and crush the Theocrats. In desperation, he fled to the nearby community of Ruthless, a place where squid-headed abominations lurked, where he allied against his own mother and his own people with Doolth, a dark priest and a power among these fell beings. Gar'zax forsook his drow heritage, renaming himself Garlgax and renouncing his religion. At Doolth's recommendation, he took up the religion of Vornoth, the Walker-in-Darkness. He found that his worship of this new god allowed him powers previously unattainable. With his newfound might and his squid-headed allies, he led an assault on House Doomthron, killing his own mother and many of his kin. When the rest of the Theocrats intervened, however, Garlgax was sorely wounded and barely managed to escape back to Ruthless. Seeing his weakness, the abominations turned on him, seeking to destroy him. Doolth, however, claiming a vision from Vornoth himself, gifted Garlgax with the infamous Amulet of Evernight and spirited him through miles of hidden tunnels to a secret meeting place, where the squid-headed abomination found that his vision was indeed divinely inspired. There they found several dark-cloaked beings, who turned out to be agents of the Dweller in the Wintervale, and the abomination-priest gave Garlgax over into their keeping.

He was taken to the Nameless City, and his time there was a dark blur. All he knew was that his past was lost to him, and he was further remade. Finally he took up the mantle of the Lord of Envy and led the successful assault on the Kingdom of Orland during the Dark Conquest, setting himself up to rule this land and to inflict misery on those who could walk free in the sun.

Garlgax has ebony skin and silver hair. He is 6'1" and weighs 180 pounds. His voice is high and spiteful, and he is very conniving. He twirls his hair as a nervous habit.

Special power/item: Garlgax was gifted with the Amulet of Evernight.