Saga of the Dragon Cult (Mavrickindigo)
Ancient Evil Sorcerer
Tsathzar Rho, unholy abomination: CR 4; Medium-
Size Abomination; HD 6d8+30; hp 57; Init 2 Dex, 6 melee (1d6+2,
claw) and 2, bite); Face 5 ft. by 5 ft.;
Reach 5 ft.; SA Aspect of madness, scything claw; SQ
Spell resistance 12, DR 5/+1, cold immunity, darkvision
60 ft.; AL Lawful evil; SV Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +6; Str 15,
Dex 14, Con 20, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 19.
Skills: Climb +9, Hide +9, Jump +9, Knowledge
(arcana) +10, Spellcraft +10, Spot +9. Feats: Expertise,
Improved Disarm, Multiattack.
Aspect of Madness (Su): Tsathzar Rho is a being
composed of unholy energies crafted into a mind shattering
form. When a creature with fewer than 6 HD
views him, it must make a Will save (DC 15) or be
affected as if by the spell confusion for 1d8 rounds.
Tsathzar Rho’s opponents need only attempt this save
once per encounter.
Scything Claw (Ex): In his current form, Tsathzar Rho
can lash out with his limbs to slice into a distant foe with
his claws. He has 10-foot reach with his claw attacks.
When using his claws in this manner, he may immediately
attack an opponent adjacent to his target if his
claw attack hits. His claws rip through one foe and slice
In the ancient days of the world, Tsathzar Rho was an ambitious sorcerer of considerable power. He forged gates between worlds, bent demons to his will, and cultivated magical abilities the likes of which the world has not since seen. Yet, as the saying goes, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Tsathzar Rho mastered magics of the ninth circle, enslaved the demon-generals of the murkiest abyss, and shattered the Silver Gate of the Eighth World, yet still he desired more. While his successes grew his power, so too did they cultivate his arrogance. In time, he sought out power and magic beyond the reckoning of men, gods, and even the demons that whimpered at the mere mention of his name. He sent prayers and supplications to the Outer Gods, the Old Ones, the Lords of Infinite Emptiness, and other mighty beings that existed outside of planes. In his hubris, Tsathzar Rho believed he had the skill and cunning to bind such unspeakable horrors. Delving into texts judged ancient even in his distant epoch, he called forth the Keeper of the Gate and demanded that the Outer Ones appear before him. In doing so, he sealed his fate for all eternity. The Outer Gods did indeed answer Tsathzar Rho’s call, but they came neither to hear his appeals nor to witness his magic. Their very nature warped and twisted the fabric of reality, causing a tremendous explosion that disintegrated Tsathzar Rho’s tower and turned the region around it into an ashen waste. The local men and elves breathed a sigh of relief and continued with their lives, thankful that the tower’s ominous presence had been expunged from the horizon.
However, such an intrusion into the mortal realms could not pass without leaving a permanent stain on the fabric of reality. Tsathzar Rho and his vaults were not destroyed. Rather, they were drawn into the Outer Gods’ realm and forever altered to those dread beings’ needs. Before Tsathzar Rho had drawn their notice, they had never before cast their baleful glance upon the world. Now, the time has come for the Outer Gods to announce their presence and demand faithful prayers from the creatures of the world. The fabric of the planes has realigned, allowing Tsathzar Rho’s demesne to appear once again. Tsathzar Rho now sleeps within, preparing to enter the world as the Outer Gods’ prophet and high priest. As his spirit gains power, the world shall fall under the Outer Gods’ domain.
However, his return to the Material Plane was interrupted by the party, who disposed of his wretched, incomplete form, and broke the bonds the Outer Gods had on the tower. Even though Their prophet had been destroyed, any remaining connections to the Material Plane may yet exist.