Your title here…In the beginning, when Rovagug perfected the
way of destruction, the lands were littered with
the dead. Crows, maggots, beetles, worms,
and the other crawling things of the earth
complained to Rovagug.
“You destroy and maim too quickly!” they
cried. “We cannot devour all the meat you
give us! Please, destroy the people of the earth more slowly.”
“What?” shouted Rovagug, in a voice that toppled pillars. “My
glorious destruction shall never cease nor slow!”
Yet in the dark, delighting in the destruction god’s slaughter,
watched Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters, and she heard the
base things cry. In those black days when all the land was covered
with death and all the air stank, she watched as a few tribes of men,
her followers and devout worshipers, ate the flesh of corpses as the
crows did, plucking out eyes, savoring the bloodiest cuts. To these
cannibals she led packs of hyenas, and their ways became as one.
Of those louse-ridden beastmen rose the first gnolls, half-hyenas
who love the stench of carrion and praise each corpse as an offering
to their dark mother. And the demon queen delighted in her own
perversion and reveled in these monsters’ terrible howling songs.
Born of devastation, and insanity, and the corrupt of soul, the
man-beasts spread upon the world, and where they prowled they
indulged in their hunger for murdered flesh. Surely, they are to
be despised by any sane god, and so we make ceaseless war on
those who seek to feed on the bodies of heroes and innocents.
And somewhere in the madness between the stars, the Mother
of Perversion and the Mistress of Insanity still laughs her wicked
laugh, as her ravening spawn, the bone gnawers and carrion
eaters, grow fat off our flesh.
Gnolls are among the first abominations, and their death is a
blessing. Remember this when their laughter haunts your steps.