Lesser Power of the Infernal Battlefield of Acheron
Symbol: A red and yellow striped whip
Home Plane: Acheron/Avalas/Clangor
Alignment: Lawful evil
Portfolio: Goblins, Slavery, Oppression, Morale
Core Worshipers: Goblins
Worshipers: Commanders, soldiers
Cleric Alignments: NE, LE, LN
Domains: Domination* (CD), Evil, Inquisition* (CD), Law, Protection, Tyranny* (CW).
Favored Weapon: (+1 keen whip)
Khurgorbaeyag was once part of the goblin pantheon that ruled over the goblins, until the day Maglubiyet slaughtered all the other deities. Maglubiyet left only a single member of the goblin pantheon, Khurgorbaeyag, alive. Maglubiyet made him the cruel overseer of his goblin worshipers, whilst he took the chief position of all the goblinoid deities.
Khurgorbaeyag appeared as a muscular, 9 ft. tall goblin with flame-red skin flecked with orange and yellow scales, always wielding his signature whip and wearing scale mail armor. He was also known to appear to jungle goblins as a powerful ankylosaurus. He wears scale mail and carries a whip. He acts as a trusted lieutenant of Maglubiyet though he secretly harbors a desire to rule the goblin pantheon himself. His symbol is a whip with red and yellow stripes.
Khurgorbaeyag was a cruel taskmaste whose malevolence and aggression was tempered by a rigid sense of order. He practically exemplified the goblin race’s desire to take slaves, and was delighted when they were used to complete menial, undesirable tasks so that his goblins could be more focused on war and driven to commit their atrocities. He was firmly convinced that goblins would eventually rise to be the rulers of the multiverse and stressed the importance of unity among them in order to defeat all other races. The strict disciplinarian was somewhat prideful but also unerringly cautious and so carefully crafted plans to achieve his true goals.
Given that Maglubiyet was more concerned with warfare and destruction than the welfare of the goblinoid races, it fell to Khurgorbaeyag to ensure the survival and expansion of the goblin race specifically. The Overseer made sure that the goblins and their slaves followed instructions and completed their duties, the most obvious method of coercion being fear. Regardless of his task, he had his own agenda that he secretly worked towards.
Relationships: Khurgorbaeyag was the lowest-ranking goblinoid deity, under the chief deity Maglubiyet, the general Nomog-Geaya, and the peacekeeper Bargrivyek and lacking the relative freedom of the somewhat independent but still subservient bugbear deities. Among them, his best relationship was doubtlessly with his immediate superior Bargrivyek, the two of them sharing ideals concerning goblinoid unity and ascendancy. Meanwhile, his rival among the pantheon was Nomog-Geaya, who despite being his superior he wouldn’t bow towards, the hobgoblin god himself regarding Khurgorbeayag with barely restrained disgust. Khurgorbaeyag competed with Nomog-Geaya for Maglubiyet’s favor with intent to prove his people more worthy of the Battle Lord’s good graces.
Though the paranoid Maglubiyet showed a comparatively high level of trust towards Khurgorbaeyag, this was because the Overseer acted as loyal as possible to his liege, but not out of any sense of true fealty. Khurgorbaeyag obeyed Maglubiyet because he had seen what the Battle Lord did to anyone he perceived as a threat, and being the kind of god he was, Maglubiyet saw threats everywhere. Fear only worked so well as a motivator and Khurgorbaeyag planned to usurp his tyrannical master as soon as he could concoct a flawless plan to do so.
The bugbear god Hruggek had something akin to an alliance him since he once aided the Master of Ambush in a battle between the orc gods Bahgtru and Ilneval, and the two still occasionally worked together to fight lesser orcish gods. Khurgorbaeyag was the one goblinoid deity that Hruggek wasn’t afraid of watching his actions and he was known to secretly compliment the goblin gods plans from time to time. Despite tolerating him however, the cunning Hruggek talked about how sound his plans, and reversely how uninspired Maglubiyet’s were, to encourage division between members of the pantheon to secure more resources for his own bugbears.
Goblins modeled much of their lives and society off of Khurgorbaeyag’s teachings, which pushed them towards more lawful behavior and formed the basis of the autocratic government of their tribes. The lessons of the Overseer granted his followers a dog-eat-dog mentality, that only by wielding the whip could its lash be escaped and that only by enslaving others could they avoid being enslaved. The ability to create a leather whip was often a carefully guarded secret by one family in a goblin tribe, who could therefore control the supply of them, and could instantly launch even a lowly goblin to the highest caste of their society. Whips were holy symbols to be used on captive slaves, goblin enemies, and lower class goblins, but not in actual combat; when subduing prisoners or fighting battles, blunt instruments like maces and clubs were to be used to beat the enemy into submission.
Clergy: Khurgorbaeyag’s clerics and shamans served the tribe as advisors rather than troop leaders or soldiers, but if forced to fight they would attempt to capture rather than kill, having assistants carry ropes and chains for binding captives on military missions. They encouraged taking back living, if injured, captives in order to use them as slaves or to “instruct them” on their new place in the world, effectively a euphemism for a public torture ritual. As well as maintaining the social castes of their society, Khurgorbaeyag’s priests were responsible for capturing, disciplining and “taking care of” a tribe’s slaves. Humans were favorites for the purpose of enslavement while dwarves and gnomes were often marked for death after capture. Their traditional religious garb was red scale mail and war helms along with vestments of gray wolf fur.
Though nearly all goblins could technically be counted among Khurgorbaeyag’s faithful, the Overseer disliked having to grant his followers divine magic, and occasionally saw fit to gift others with supernatural abilities. The candidate for receiving such power had to show some level of physical strength and force of personality. His priests received powers related to making others do as they said, such as, as they were called in goblin tribes, Boohyag Whips, who dominated small groups of other goblins so that they slavishly followed orders. Other abilities included a resistance to magical charming, domination and fear, and the ability to inflict fear themselves.
Khurgorbaeyag’s priests were his greatest servitors which he used to direct the race’s path, and as such he took personal interest in their affairs, sometimes sending avatars simply to oversee their slave-taking efforts. He was also known to communicate his opinions, or just his presence, with more esoteric omens such as whip cracks without sources or binding instruments that moved on their own. These signs could even act as boons to the goblin tribe in question, such as if glowing bars of light like those of a forcecage appeared and trapped goblin enemies or others that displeased him. The sudden onset of depression was known to be a sign of his displeasure among worshipers, and once roused from this state they were known to take back up the whip and use it on more creatures with a renewed sense of zealotry.
Khurgorbaeyag’s shamans and priests are strictly regimented. They strive to capture foes in combat rather than kill them in order to acquire more slaves for their tribe. Khurgorbaeyag’s shamans work in fair harmony with bugbear priests.
Priests of Khurgorbaeyag wear red scale mail and war helmets. They carry whips, which is their god’s holy symbol. The wolf is considered by Khurgorbaeyag’s priests to be a holy animal and they often keep them as pets. Khurgorbaeyag communicates with his priests through omens which may manifest as the cracking of a whip, glowing bars of light, or the abrupt onset of depression.
Rituals: Ritual public torture is known as “instruction” among the followers of Khurgorbaeyag, as it is intended to instruct slaves as to their proper place in the world. Joint ceremonies involving both goblins and bugbears are not uncommon.
Temples: Temples to Khurgorbaeyag often have bugbear guards.
Holy days: As with Maglubiyet, Khurgorbaeyag’s holy days are the nights of the new moons.
Dogma: Khurgorbaeyag believes his troops in the afterlife, the goblin spirits, must fight all the harder against their orcish rivals in order to compensate for the laziness and clumsiness of the hobgoblins. Khurgorbaeyag devotes his attention to the goblin race in particular (as oppose to goblinoids in general) and teaches that the oppression of humans, dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings is the best route to ensure the safety of goblinkind.
Tribes: Khurgorbaeyag was the most widely worshiped god of the Batiri. Although many goblin tribes worshiped Khurgorbaeyag, the Kuro tribe of Chult were solely dedicated to him, and knew him as Kuro. They believed that he owned the jungle and could take the form of a huge and powerful dinosaur.
Other Gods: As a result of their mutual understanding, Hruggek and Khurgorbaeyag’s shamans were allowed to work together in relative harmony, in other words, cautious cooperation. The two held joint ceremonies at times and bugbear guards could be frequently be found guarding Khurgorbaeyag’s temples. Conversely, goblin and hobgoblin shamans of Khurgorbaeyag and Nomog-Geaya respectively, mutually detested each other, goblin shamans referencing Nomog-Geaya’s subtle treacheries and hobgoblin shamans making thinly veiled references to their god’s barely contained disgust for Khurgorbaeyag. While the Overseer’s shamans claimed that goblin petitioners had to fight all the harder in the goblin afterlife against the orcs do to the clumsy, lazy hobgoblin petitioners, the General’s shamans claimed that hobgoblin petitioners had to do the same as a result of the weak, dishonorable goblin petitioners.