|Incabulos, the Black Rider, as depicted in Dragon #71 (1983).|
|Title(s)||The Black Rider, the Evilsent|
|Home Plane||Gray Waste of Hades|
|Class(es)||Cleric 18, illusionist 18, thief 13|
|Portfolio||Plagues, Sickness, Famine, Nightmares, Drought, Disasters|
|Domains||Death, Destruction, Evil, Dream, Hunger, Madness, Pestilence|
Incabulos (in-CAB-yoo-lohs) is the god of Plagues, Sickness, Famine, Nightmares, Drought, and Disasters. His unholy symbol is the magic icon called the Eye of Possession, a green eye in a red diamond.
Incabulos's appearance is said to be absolutely terrifying: a deformed body, skeletal hands, and a face from the worst nightmare. His skin is tinged a diseased blue. His filthy black robe is lined with sickly orange and trimmed in moss green. He rides a nightmare and is accompanied by night hags or hordlings (but not both). Any who meet his eyes are stricken by nightmares, and he carries a staff that causes seeping wounds and withers flesh.
Incabulos hates all other gods except for Nerull, the death-god who finishes the work Incabulos starts. Incabulos regards Nerull with total indifference.
Since he is the bringer of plagues, famine, and drought, and because of the immense joy he gets from the suffering these things bring, he is feared by even the demon princes of the Abyss and the archdevils of Baator.
Incabulos's realm, known as Charnelhouse, is located on the first layer of the Gray Waste, Oinos. The whole realm stinks of corpses, and those who enter it find their deepest fears coming to life.
Incabulos delights in and feeds on suffering, gaining power from illness, famine, nightmares, and other evils and woes. While some attempt to placate the Evilsent with prayers, this only delays the inevitable.
Incabulos has only a small following, but common folk throughout the Flanaess give him offerings, usually foul-smelling, guttering black candles, in a vain attempt to appease him or avoid his wrath. More vile individuals will venerate the Black Rider for his power and evil.
Incabulos is popular among the Tiger Nomads.
Clerics of Incabulos are secretive and paranoid, fearing persecution by those who value their health and well-being. If they reveal themselves, it is only to strike greater fear in those already suffering. They enjoy torturing others and spreading disease and blight. They travel to lands to discover new diseases or to spread them. They wear garb of black and orange.
Services to Incabulos feature weird humming and droning chants in near darkness lit only by fat, black, smoky candles. Followers celebrate various iniquities with their clerics and pray for more evils to enter the world.
Temples of the Evilsent are hidden underground or in isolated, desolate regions. There is a temple to Incabulos in Erelhei-Cinlu.
Myths and legends
- Clough, C. Wesley, et al. "Creature Catalog VI." Dragon #355. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007.
- Gygax, Gary. "The Deities and Demigods of the World of Greyhawk." Dragon #71. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1983.
- -----. World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1983.
- Holian, Gary, Erik Mona, Sean K. Reynolds, and Frederick Weining. Living Greyhawk Gazetteer. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
- McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1996.
- Noonan, David. Complete Divine. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2004.