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Arik

by Marco Dalmonte

(Arik of the One Hundred Eyes)
Lord of Madness and Nightmares, Patron of Massacres, Patron of Beholders
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 18 (Celestial), CE, Entropy
Symbol: an open eye with a red pupil
Portfolio: madness, chaos, nightmares, massacres, beholders
Worshipped in: Known World (Cynidicea), Davania and in many beholder communities
Appearance: unknown.
History: Arik is an mysterious immortal whose past is lost in the mists of time and looking for information on him is difficult, some would say dangerous even for Immortals. What little is known of him is that he was imprisoned in an faraway pocket dimension long ago by other Immortals, who expelled him from the Multiverse. The reason of this extreme measure is unknown, but there are rumours. Some say Arik got imprisoned because he had gone too far in cooperating with the alien entities known as Outer Beings (creatures whose powers and goals remain unknown and who are caged inside the Vortex Dimension) and this brought him to ultimate madness. Others say that Arik offended some of the Hierarchs of the Spheres with a blasphemous act of challenge and got punished this way before he could risk the Multiverse stability. The truth is yet to be revealed.
Arik could be the creator of Zargon, the demi-immortal creature that caused Cynidicea's collapse and that now sleeps under that city waiting for the time to be free again.
The cult of Arik has almost disappeared from the Multiverse, and now only some beholders (who are presumed to be his spawn) and some evil mad cultists (among which those living in the lost city of Cynidicea) still honour him.
However Arik has always tried to come back to the Multiverse to get his vengeance and drive his enemies insane. Currently his efforts are focused on retrieving the Eye of Arik, a powerful artifact he left on Mystara that could be used in a special ritual to break the chains holding him in prison. His immediate goal is to get new followers and thus new fresh power to escape his prison dimension and maybe take with him the Outer Beings, bringing the Multiverse into a new order made of chaos and folly.
Patron: unknown [likely: Thanatos]
Allies: none
Enemies: all Immortals
Classic D&D Stats:
Followers' alignment: Chaotic
Favoured weapons: none (allowed all piercing weapons)
Clerics' skills & powers: clerics can cast freely "Fear" spell thrice per day, +1 bonus to ST vs Spells affecting Mind, +2 bonus to skills related to beholder civilisation and outer planes
Avengers' skills & powers: clerics can cast freely "Cause Light Wounds" spell thrice per day, bonus "Fighting Frenzy" skill
Spells: feign death (2), pain (3), confusion (4), desperation (4), mass madness (6), mindshatter (6), demonic metamorphosis (7), eyes of the beholder (7).
D&D 3E Stats:
Domains: Entropy, Chaos, Evil, Madness, Dreams
Preferred weapons: longspear
Sources: B3, B1-9