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Pramas wrote:Nice to see there are some Legions of Hell fans at WotC. Dagon appeared in that book in 2001. The 3.5 version is in Book of Fiends.
Morrow wrote:I've got to say I'm really digging this 'replace Yarash with Dagon' idea. Very cool. My group just finished Black Sails last weekend; it was fun but I suspect that Dagon would have made it better.
B Evil Kirby wrote:So...did the party all make it out alive?
Morrow wrote:They did, somewhat to my surprise. Black Sails was quite successful, I think everyone enjoyed it.
If you're interested I have something of an overview of the events over here. Be warned though, I made something of a frankenstein's monster of your baby. For example, who knew that the Cultists of Yarash stole the Eyes of the Sea Dragon (which first appeared in "Dead Man's Quest") during their raid on the temple of Harrimast so that they could summon Yarash's Son, the Sea Dragon itself? Or that I would decide at the last minute that I really didn't feel like running the battle in Freeport and would send my PCs on a wild goose chase instead, returning them just in time for the final battle with the Yarash cultists and the Sea Dragon?
Well, I suppose it is a DM's right - nay, duty, to meddle.
Agree wholeheartedly.Epiphanis wrote:It ocurred to me immediately that I prefer Dagon to Yarash, the god of muerderous piracy introduced in Black Sails over Freeport, and that Dagon could be more easily substituted than most alternatives.
Dagon, for instance, is far more "Lovecraftian," fitting in with that aspect of Freeport dealing with Serpent People, Starry Wisdom, and the Yellow Sign, all of which hearken back to the Cthulhu Mythos. Dagon, in addition to being a god worshipped in the real world's Middle East in biblical times, was a feature of the ficitonal Cthulhu Mythos and featured prominently in Lovecraft's short stories "The Shadow Over innsmouth" and "Dagon."
It also seemed to me that Yarash and Harrimast as presented were far too similar to each other, only really distinguished by one being slightly more bloodthirsty than the other. Rather than casting the conflict between two pretenders to the title of "God of Pirates," I'm more comfortable with it being between the God of Pirates and his arch-enemy, the Demon Prince of the Deeps. Frankly, I wouldn't consider the number of pirates out there to be so great to support two competing deities (which may be why they have it in for each other, but it still never sat quite right.)
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