thac0hNo's Rise of the Runelords Campaign
Fisher folk and woodsmen have long told tales of a fell creature lurking in the depths of the Storvol Deep. Mostly thought to be myth and legend – you now know that these tales hold true.
Bearing a head like a plesiosaur atop a thrashing mass of tentacles an eyes, Black Magga is an immense creature indeed. Rumored to be immortal, evidence to her existence dates at least as far back as the age of Thassilon. Based on these scattered bits of evidence, she appears to be growing weaker the longer she stays in this world, but even so she is a fearsome foe.
You are able to uncover the following bits of information, but are unable to verify the accuracy of much of it:
- Some who have seen Black Magga and lived can never speak in detail of their experience. Supposedly, when they attempt to tell the tale, black blood wells from their throats and into their mouths, choking their words. Thus, far fewer people claiming to have seen the beast actually have.
- There appears to be some relationship between the creature and the Goddess of Monsters, Lamashtu. Some say they are one and the same. Others say Black Magga is her avatar born in flesh.
- Many rumors exist that the creature is older than the gods themselves, and Divine magics have little effect on the beast. One such rumor claims that anyone who cuts the heart from the beast and consumes it will gain such invulnerability themselves.
- Sightings of Black Magga often herald the arrival of fierce storms.
- It is rumored that only cold iron weapons can harm her tough skin.
- It is rumored that the creature virtually ignores cold and acid.
- It is rumored that the breath of the creature can cause those who breathe it to go insane.
- Some reports of sightings by fisherman talk of the creatures tentacles passing right through boat hulls but leaving the wood undamaged.
- A lone document by a wizard discusses strange anomalies surrounding the creature preventing him from teleporting to safety. He also notes that for some reason his ability to dissapear failed to function.
- Some evidence suggests that Black Magga tentacles that are severed from the body will grow into other fully-formed duplicates of Black Magga herself. Some speculate that this is the true reason behind her age.
- Survivors report being completely unable to avoid her glare, and though most claim their escapes were due to the creature’s attention being held elsewhere.