Iuz the Evil

Campaign Background

Most gods administer their people from the heavens. This allows the gods to maintain the perfect balance of wielding earthly power through their churches while maintaining their divine substance in a healthy balance. It took the occasional miracle to sustain their flock & in return, the prayers & adoration they received added to their own divine substance. This in turn translated to increased power. It was a happy relationship between the gods & their people.

Iuz on the hand had chosen to expend his divine substance by taking on a material form on Oerth & ruling over Flaness – a once-minor (now major) nation on Oerth.

Based on celestial wisdom, a god who took the semblance of material form on Oerth would have an increased amount of power on Oerth. But as this material form & Oerthly power was fueled by the god’s own divine substance, continued existence on Oerth resulted in an overall loss of divinity.

The gods therefore smiled indulgently at Iuz’s antics of consuming nation after nation on Oerth assuming that it would only be a matter of time before Iuz’s divine substance would be so diminished that Iuz either had to return or face the prospect of becoming mortal. When or if Iuz returned…then – there would be a reckoning. Perhaps a god would challenge Iuz & subsume what was left of his substance & his portfolio. It was this divine substance that fueled everything. Secure in their collective wisdom, the gods waited.

But their collective wisdom was in error…

As Iuz rampaged on Oerth, the gods watched with increasing alarm as nation after nation fell to iuz. And the expected dissolution of Iuz’s substance failed to materialise. As Iuz prospered, the adoration of their people’s began to diminish. And soon it became apparent that the gods would lose that steady flow from the people that fed them.

3 demigods were sent to assess the situation. The 3 sons of the wind god, Aorun, took material form & went to investigate. Iuz was on the watch for such am incursion. He quickly rose to challenge the sons of Aorun & quickly despatched them. Their divine substance was greedily absorbed – to the consternation of the gods. They had thought that the time Iuz had spent on Oerth would depleted him severely then.

Aorun himself rushed to take flesh & found to his horror that the option of a god taking material form on Oerth was denied him. Only their demigod children were able to take material form on Oerth.

Enraged by being denied entry, the gods sent a contingent of demigods to capture Iuz. They were convinced that Iuz would be swiftly captured and were also convinced that Iuz was the reason why they themselves were unable to materialize on Oerth.

Once again they were proven wrong. The demigod army was slain by Iuz, he absorbed their substance and the gods themselves felt the abrupt waning of the stream of adoration from their people. Iuz’s triumph over their children diminished the respect the people had for the gods.

The goddess Mystra convened a council of the gods and it was decided that an army of minor gods would challenge Iuz by taking the battle to him directly. Surely, Iuz’s effect on gods taking material form would be broken by the divinity of so many minor gods.

And yet again – the army of minor gods were unable to take material form.

Helm, second after the OverGod Ao attempted to materialise but he too was denied access. This sent an absolute shockwave through the godly cohort. Iuz was never able to approach the power of Helm, even at his greatest point…

The gods threw caution to the winds & rushed en masse to materialize & overwhelm Iuz. But to no avail… Except to a greater loss of faith…

The gods’ efforts were played out before the people of Oerth & Iuz crowed with delight. He displayed the shameful failure of the gods to their people. And there, Iuz made his first mistake…

He forgot about love.

The people had begun to lose faith in the effectiveness of their gods. But they did love their gods. Iuz’s victory & arrogance stiffened the people’s spines. They banded together – nations overlooked boundaries & borders and worked together to fight the armies of iuz.

And the gods felt a shift… The trickle of power from the people swelled once again. But the gods knew that if left untended, if they failed to support their people from the celestial realm, their people would abandon them.

Iuz was a cancer that was growing. They could not directly carve the cancer out of oerth. But they could diminish Iuz by pushing him back to Flaness. By fighting him thru their peoples by re-taking back the nations lost to Iuz.

It would take more than warriors to fight. It would take clerics to lay to rest Iuz’s undead minions. It would take Druids to bring back to life the land that was poisoned by Iuz. It would take many different hands in a million different quests to fight Iuz & counter his effect.

The fight to regain Oerth is on-going…and this is where your party comes in.

Every nation has transformed itself into centres of resistance. They recruit people to carry the fight against the armies of Iuz. It is a war of attrition. The fight is very even.

You are able to enlist in the resistance. The enlistment centres assess, equip & send enlistees to the frontiers to battle Iuz.

Given your {insert your background story here} history, you approach the people at the Enlistment centre



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