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    Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Orcus, Demon Prince of Undead
    Posted on Sat, September 28, 2013 by LordCeb
    grodog writes "Behold the dread majesty of Orcus, the Secondborn Demon Lord of Undead, and his infamous Wand, as detailed using the AD&D 1e rules.

    Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv:  Orcus, Demon Prince of Undead

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    Copyright 2013 by Allan T. Grohe, Jr.

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    Orcus, Demon Prince of Undead

    (Visual reference: Todd Lockwood's 1980 portrait from Dragon #42, at
    Frequency: Unique (Very Rare)
    No. Appearing: 1
    Armor Class: -5
    Movement: 12”/12” (MC: D)
    Hit Dice: 27 (122 hit points)
    % in Lair: 75%
    Treasure Type: ?
    No. of Attacks: 3 (claw/claw/sting) or 1 (by weapon at +3)
    Damage/Attack: 7-14/7-14/1-6 or by weapon at +8 (wielding Wand of Orcus: 7-16 [3d4+4] +8)
    Special Attacks: Poison sting (save vs. poison at -3 or die instantly), Wand of Orcus, see below
    Special Defenses: +2 or better weapon to hit; half-damage from thrusting, piercing, or blunt weapons (due to fat); undead-like immunities; see below
    Magic Resistance: 70%
    Alignment: Chaotic Evil
    Intelligence: Exceptional
    Size: L (15’ tall, 38’ wingspan)
    Psionic Ability: Nil
    Level/XP Value: XI/?

    Orcus is a grossly fat, tall demon lord with the body of a bloated goat, grey bat-like wings (with droopy folds of flesh that sag between the phalanges), a tail with a sharp bone stinger, and dirty and matted black fur shot-through with grey and some white. His legs appear far too thin to support his gross body, and end in cloven hooves shod in aryn. Eyes are a baleful, glowing citrine, and horns are glossy black. Orcus is barely strong enough to move easily (Strength 20), and when he does move he is generally ponderous---more from habit and sloth than need though, as he demonstrates when challenged in earnest. Orcus' vocal mannerisms include stutter-like "baah's" interspersed among his usual words.

    Orcus is far more powerful than his demonic parentage suggests that he should be: his father is Baphomet, one of the weakest of the First Born, and his mother Soneillon, a third generation scion of Abraxus. His personal prowess includes Second Born standard demonic abilities, fear (eye rays of magma-orange hue, range line of sight, save a -3), telekinese 12,000 gp weight, speak with dead, paralyze (violet ray, 7” range, save a -1, duration 4-40 hours), energy drain (2/day), vampiric ray (2/day), death spell (2/day), summon undead (100% success, 2/day limited to 50 HD total/day), symbol (any, 1/day), wither (as staff, 3/day), blackflame burst of Orcus (kills unless save vs. death; save = 13d4+13 damage; if slain, victim animates as intelligent undead under Orcus' control; 1/day, 12” range, bursts in a 4” radius), gate (80% successful 1/day: 40% 4-7 minor demons, 25% 2-4 lesser demons, 30% 1-2 major demons [usually enfrahl, catoboligne, bodaks, nabassu, etc.], 10% 1 unique lordling/demon lord/demon prince who owes Orcus a favor), feeblemind (1/week), summon or send Wand of Orcus (1/month, 100%, cross-planar; Wand appears on Orcus' person within 1-12 rounds of summoning, or goes to wherever he wills it), timestop (1/month), destruction (1/month, no need for rest: circular ringing cone of vile green and yellow 5" long x 3" wide at terminus).

    Orcus is immune to cold, poison, death magic, paralyzation, blackflame, aging, enfeeblement, possession, body sympathy, and energy draining. Undead will not attack him willingly, and he turns/commands undead on the 21st+ level column.

    In addition to his brutal personal powers, Orcus often personally employs his Wand, an artifact of great power. When wielded by Orcus, the Wand is usually a 7’ long, skull-topped, gem-encrusted scepter. The sage Xandallos recorded the appearance of the Wand in _The Great Magicks of the Abyss_: "The Wand is of an obsidian-like stone, variously dull and carved or highly-polished along its length. The top third is inset with bloodstones, sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, and capped by a skull. The skull that of a large humanoid with small, pointed horns, and its eyes are hollow. The skull is covered in a smooth and strange, sheenless-grey metal of unknown origin, as if it was dipped in lead (though it is far stronger than lead). As a gem-inlaid scepter the Wand of Orcus is worth 500,000 gp.

    The Wand of Orcus has the following known powers and properties:

     - The wand annihilates any non-immortal who touches it for the very first time, unless the victim has Orcus' grace. A natural saving throw (no bonuses due to magic, race, etc.) against breath weapon negates this annihilation, and a potential wielder will only need to save once against this effect.

     - The wand is immensely dense and heavy, and any wielder who is not at least 10' tall with a 20 strength, or 6' tall with a 23 strength, cannot pick the wand up.

     - The wand resizes itself to fit the size of its wielder, from 3' to 11' maximum length. Orcus wields it as a 7' long device, usually, unless he is shapechanging (Orcus can resize the wand to any size he requires, with no limitations).

     - If wielded as a weapon, the wand inflicts 7-16 points of damage per hit, and victims must save vs. breath weapon or be annihilated (this is a standard saving throw, not a natural save).

     - At will, when held: know alignment, speak with dead, comprehend dead languages, detect life and souls/spirits

     - animate dead at 30th level, by touch (10/week)

     - Once/day: mind blank, cone of cold (24-60 hp damage, save for 1/2; 12d4+12), invisibility to undead, true seeing, possession (allows wielder to force victim's life force into a gem on the wand and to control his body, a la' "Donjon" from the Deck of Many Things), curse (natural saving throw at -3)

     - Once/month: ray of annihilation (12" range, searing red-orange color that leaves afterimages for days), trap the soul (70% effective, no save)

     - The Seven Deaths of Orcus (1/day each, save at -6 negates):

     o Death by Pain: flays flesh from bones slowly over 1 turn and inflicts 60-130% of victim's maximum hit points in damage; if not slain outright by damage at the end of 10 rounds, victim must save vs. death magic at -6 or die ("cowaaaard's waaaay out, baaah, too quick")

     o Death by Mush: transmutes victim's bones to jelly; system shock roll at -60% to survive; survival permanently drop Str, Dex, and Con to 3, and the victim cannot initiate physical movements of any sort ("claaaassy")

     o Death by Sleep: save at -6 or the victim is feebleminded, then goes into a coma for 4-80 days, and dies; if raised, the victim loses 4 points each from Int, Wis, Perception (if applicable), and all psionics and spell-casting abilities ("too easy")

     o Death by Decay: save at -6 or victim is energy drained 30-90% (2d4+1) of his levels, and visibly rots as his life energy is transferred to the wielder (see Evard's Draining Demise; "yuuuuumy")

     o Death by Melding: save at -6 or victim's bones are all fused together, causing permanent paralysis ("Heh---sounded OK baaah, didn't it, baaah?")

     o Death by Consciousness: save at -6 or victim is slain and his soul/spirit is trapped within his corpse while it slowly rots over centuries ("baaah, one of my faaaavorites")

     o Death from Within: save at -6 or multiple internal organs rupture, causing 80-150% hit points damage ("baaaah: everything looks OK, whaaat seems to be wroooong?")


    For more on Orcus' parentage, see Excerpts from The Demonomicon Of Iggwilv: Abyssal Genealogy @

    Evard's Draining Demise is detailed @

    Vampiric Ray is a necromancer spell IMC detailed @

    Ray of Annihilation is a shadow master spell that will eventually appear in Knockspell #7 and/or Dangerous Dungeons (for OSRIC).

    Secondborn (and other generational) standard demonic abilities are detailed IMC @"
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