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Gazetteer – 04a021101 – Dugrane

Dugrane

Dugrane was a chieftain during the Age of Titans that invented both paper and the alphabet. This work gave him great power over the law rune. When Mith asked the thought creatures to devise a means of defeating the titans, Dugrane traveled the world and wrote down the rituals by which divinity could be achieved in a series of documents called the Divine Scriptures of Dugrane. Tribal heroes in search of deliverance from the threat of titans journeyed to the northern village of God’s Law where Dugrane taught them to read and write and return to their people with the key to divine salvation. Naturally, those that received help from Dugrane were grateful and thanked him. These “thank you’s” became a form of prayer and Dugrane became a god himself.

His worship spread quickly and during the Age of Runes he was one of the most powerful gods in Oklos. Even Jukal prayed to him seeking guidance as to which laws would best support goals of the empire. Those Grables born with a law rune foltute were named lawgivers and Dugrane departed Oklos for the plane of law so he could be their patron. Judges, magistrates, and many provincial governors were lawgivers.

His widespread influence and power was partly the cause of his undoing. He was concerned with the whole community of man as Chaos crept into his city and corrupted his religion. As detailed in the entry for the Laughing Man in this chapter, Chaos tricked Dugrane into a contradiction which drained him of his divine power and empowered Chaos as a divine being. Once mortal, the Laughing Man’s servants butchered Dugrane on the floor of a temple originally built to honor him. Dugrane’s soul traveled to the plane of death as any other common man’s soul would.

When Jukal and Atlas devised their plan to flood the land to destroy all the chaos, Hadron, Lord of the Underworld, feared what such a massive influx of the chaos rune would do to the plane of death. He recruited the spirit of Dugrane to help him plan for the influx. Dugrane knew that the law rune was now immune to the corrupting forces of the chaos rune so he proposed a nine-tiered domain on the plane of death to house those chaotic souls. The nine tiers were made such that the more powerful souls would have more layers to break free from if they were to escape this domain. Hadron liked this proposal and set about its construction. Those working on it jokingly called it Hadron’s Jail or Hail for short. Through time, the name Hell became a more common pronunciation and spelling.

When Hell was finished, he needed a jailor and as a reward for the plans he made its architect, Dugrane, also its warden. Dugrane then recruited the spirits of lawgivers to guard the many cells of Hell throughout its nine layers.

The last thing Hadron did in preparation was to create several large portals on the River of the Underworld which opened directly into Oklos so that each dead soul of chaos could be transported into Hell. Among the lawgiver spirits that also had a water rune foltute, Hadron conscripted those souls to become new boatmen to sail the chaos down the river to Hell. Many of these boatmen were still loyal to Dugrane and wished to see him return to his former glory.

This loyalty prompted Dugrane to remember there was a store of divine power out there intended for him which consisted of the offerings to him made by the Cult of Chaos led by the Laughing Man. Through torture of the souls arriving in Hell, he learned that this power came to the Throne of Orcus.

Dugrane organized an army of his lawgivers (devils) and marched on Castle Vile. There he did not engage the demonic army of Attilien, but instead drove like a spearhead for the gates of the castle. He met little resistance as Orcus had fled upon Dugrane’s arrival. Inside Orcus’s throne room, he found the throne now filled with power from prayers of vampires, but he also found a red ruby radiating the power of the law rune. Some of the power sent to the Abyss through the altar of Dugrane in God’s Law held law rune in it which was unusable by a demon. Orcus had purchased a gemstone mined on the plane of law that was powerful enough to store all this divine power to keep it separate from the power he  could use.

Dugrane picked up the ruby and felt divine energy surge through him, again.  With it, he answered the prayers of those that still worshiped him.  A divine conduit renewed between Dugrane  and his devoted.  He was a god, again.  This energy was tainted by the atrocities that generated it, so, when Dugrane restored his power he became a darker, more evil form of himself.  Many call him Asmodeus, now, and he rules in Hell with an iron hand.

Hadron met him and asked him, “What now?”

Asmodeus replied, “Though I rival even your powers again Hadron, I will not shirk my duty as the punisher of chaos in all its forms.”

“Then we have an agreement and I will not seek to slay you here and noelw. Let’s bind it in blood.”

The two gods sliced their hands and bound them together.

“I, Asmodeus, promise to guard the realm of Hell to protect the plane of death from the evils of the chaos rune.”

“And I, Hadron, Lord of Death release my claim on your soul as long as you fulfill your duties in Hell.”

And thus the deal was struck and Asmodeus became the Lord of Hell for all eternity. Hadron had expected Asmodeus to remain in Hell and fulfill the duties he promised, but Asmodeus is ever the slippery one. He signed a contract as Asmodeus, but as Dugrane he did not. When he took the mortal form of Dugrane, he could leave Hell and venture to Oklos, which he often did. During the Age of Chaos, Dugrane made many visits to Oklos establishing footholds of a new church of law throughout the lands.

He bargained with Hexate for guidance using sorcery and Hexate agreed as long as he would protect her priestesses from the taint of chaos. A cabal of powerful sorcerers formed called the Order of the Moon each born with the moon mark of Hexate and protected from damnation by the Lord of Hell.

In the Age of Magic, Dugrane worship is on the rise. The Dictatorship of True Law is dedicated to Dugrane under the rule of Autumn Deathwail, a goddess with the power of the city of God’s Law within her.

Autumn got this power when the corrupted old city god of God’s Law named Spectacle summoned Asmodeus ignorant to the fact that Asmodeus was actually Dugrane. Dugrane slew Spectacle on the spot and transferred the power of the city god into a dead virgin lying on a altar. This virgin was Autumn Deathwail.  She arose a goddess.