I am participating in the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, and my theme is Dungeons and Dragons.
Vaprak is the deity worshiped by ogres, trolls, and other savage races. Vaprak is also known as “The Destroyer” or Jammudaru. His symbol is a dismembered, taloned hand. It is sometimes confused with the Hand of Vecna. He makes his home in Shatterstone, the 524th layer of the Abyss. There, he dwells in a pitiful cave at the base of a great cliff.
Vaprak has a humanoid form colored an exceedingly horrid mottled brown and green. He has an elemental, savage quality that endears him to ogres and trolls. Vaprak holds the other giantish gods in awe and respect, however, and fears that his race may abandon him to worship them. He is not a planner or a thinker; he merely destroys, ferociously, as quickly as he can, urging his followers to do the same.
Vaprak’s priests wear blood red plate mail and war helms. They must be ferocious and constantly on the look out for opportunities to fight. They must devour all they can, but remain physically fit. They often exercise by ritually bashing one another with clubs, which helps decide rank in their violent society. Vaprak’s favored weapon is the greatclub.
One curious rite practiced among the ogres of one tribe is the “Six Day Night,” where ambitious tribesmen demonstrate their loyalty to Vaprak and their tribal leader by being placed in a dark cavern for six days with no food and only a small amount of water. If the initiate survives this ordeal, his status is greatly increased.
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