The Sea Mother, The Whip of Whips
Intermediate Power of the Elemental Plane of Water
Symbol: A lobster head and black pearl
Home Plane: Elemental Plane of Water (The Murky Depths)
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Portfolio: Kuo-toa, Darkness, Insanity, Revenge
Core Worshipers: Kuo-Toa
Cleric Alignments: Chaotic evil
Domains: Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Madness* (CD), Mysticism* (CD), Oracle* (CD), Water.
Favored Weapon: +1 shock pincer staff
Blibdoolpoolp is the patron goddess of the kuo-toa, a paranoid, reality-denying deity of the sea of questionable sanity. The supposedly ancient Sea Mother views the kuo-toa as her children, though she herself might be the nonsensical spawn of her fanatical followers’ madness-fueled imaginings. Blibdoolpoolp takes the form of a 15‑foot-tall (4.6‑meter) nude human female, with a lobster’s head and claws. Other depictions portray a crayfish’s head and claws and an articulated shell covering her shoulders. Those forced to look deeply into her eyes at close range could be driven to insanity.
Blibdoolpoolp is filled with hatred for the pain her kuo-toa children suffered at the hands of many races. A special enmity is held for surface-dwelling races, as well as illithids and drow. Humans and particularly elves are spited for the initial driving of her children to the Underdark, while mind flayers and drow are seen as competitors for the little territory her followers have left. On the other hand, her hatred for sea dwellers is relatively minor, except for sea elves.
The Sea Mother is irrational, prone to unpredictable mood swings and fickle changes in behavior. She is also highly secretive, shunning contact with most other deities. She believes herself to hold deeply fundamental magical secrets related to the nature of the universe, but hoards those secrets to herself, making them impossible to check.
The Sea Mother places a high value on pearls, which are considerably more effective than normal gems and precious metals in gaining her favor.
The Sea Mother spends most of the time brooding about her chosen race, while plotting her revenge against those who drove them from the surface. She is known for sending avatars to attend large-scale sacrificial rituals conducted by her priests, in which many humanoids are drowned. She also spends some time holding court for visitors, who make offerings in exchange for small favors from the goddess. Simply visiting the Sea Mother requires an offering of exuberant amounts of gold and gems in the tens of thousands of gold pieces, although the price is lessened if paid in pearls. Those who do not bring an offering to her domain are then commanded via a geas spell to later return and either bring the offering amount or a number of drow as sacrifices. Affected individuals are also forbidden from directly or indirectly harming the kuo-toa until they did so. She does not send omens to the kuo-toa as warnings or assistance, but simply to communicate her pleasure or displeasure, which could be somewhat random due to her unstable state of mind.
Realm: According to the Great Wheel cosmology, Blibdoolpoolp’s realm is known as the Murky Depths, located in the Elemental Plane of Water. Its waters churn and swirl based on her emotional state. The realm is kept surrounded by giant primitive crustaceans in an attempt by the Sea Mother to convince herself that her powers have not diminished. Visitors to her realm who can not breathe underwater are granted that ability by the deity herself, a boon which also put them immediately in her debt.
Relationships: Blibdoolpoolp avoids contact with most other deities. Blibdoolpoolp hates the drow, but will not directly oppose them. Instead, she compells those of other races to bring drow to her as sacrifices when an opportunity arises
Worshipers: Blibdoolpoolp’s only worshipers are the kuo-toa, whose priests run most of their civilization. Her kuo-toa priests keep large black pearls and giant crustaceans in their temples, looking for changes in the pearls’ coloration or in the animals’ activity that indicated favorable omens. Priests from different settlements collaborate with each other to ensure their mutual defense, and are mandated to immediately drive away any illithid settlers found close to their homes.
Lobsters are one of Blibdoolpoolp’s preferred offerings and are regularly sacrificed to her. As a scavenger goddess, she also appreciates offerings of personal objects that are discarded and later recovered. Regurgitation at her feet is seen as a sincere show of faith, practiced regularly by her more devout followers.
The most commonly held ceremonies to Blibdoolpoolp involve the drowning of humanoids. Worshipers request favors from the goddess by offering copious amounts of gems and pearls. Larger amounts have a better chance of winning the Sea Mother’s favor, so an offering of about 100,000 gold pieces worth of gems (or 50,000 gold pieces worth of pearls) would be considered adequate.
History: After the kuo-toa were driven from the surface, they were captured by the mind flayers and forced into slavery. Unable to resist the illithids’ psionic oppression, the peaceful kuo-toa were driven to insanity and to an extreme religious fanaticism, inventing deities upon which they relied for protection against their enemies, most notably the drow. If a large enough number of kuo-toa believed in an invented deity, it manifested a physical, albeit nonsensical form.
Some sages maintained that Blibdoolpoolp was simply the most prominent among the deities invented by the kuo-toa, most likely the result of a human statue having been modified by a kuo-toa by adding a crustacean head and appendages and then worshiped as a deity. So intense was the insane fervor of kuo-toa priests that they managed to manifest as clerical powers.
At one point, the young demigoddess Diancastra snuck into Blibdoolpoolp’s lair disguised as a kuo-toa and stole her magical necklace.