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Sebek

(pronounced SEH-beck)
Lord of Crocodiles, the Smiling Death
Pantheon
Mulhorandi
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Sebek
Sebek, also called Sobek, is a jealous, vain, and evil member of the Mulhorandi and Pharaonic pantheon. His evil is second only to Set in the pantheon. He is known as Sebethant in Thay and as Sebakar in Unther and Chessenta.

Sebek is strong, but also cruel and capricious. He enjoys eating people, but can be swayed by piteous begging (if it is accompanied by the promise of bigger meals). He enjoys cruel humor and mean-spirited pranks. He loathes genuine displays of heartfelt emotion and is said to have a heart of ice. The Lord of Crocodiles has a strong streak of insecurity toward his status in the Mulhorandi pantheon, a fact that has been exploited by daring mortals in the past.

Worshipers, Clergy & Temples

Worship of Sebek was rare, and even considered anathema in some places, such as Chessenta, though he was often well respected in communities near large populations of crocodiles.

The church of Sebek is loosely organized, its hierarchy little more than a constantly changing pecking order. Clerics are often Werecrocodile and they spend their days bullying their fellows, hunting, luring humans to their doom, and designing fantastic schemes to seize power in Mulhorand, Unther, and Chessenta.

Priests of Sebek wore linen skirts and collars, and shaved their heads. They favored no ornamentation in crocodile form. When preparing for combat, the clergy of Sebek favored light armor and simple weapons.

Clerics and druids of Sebek pray for their spells at dusk, when the hot sun fades and the time for hunting draws nigh. Villagers seeking to ward off the attack of crocodiles hope to appease Sebek by the monthly sacrifice of animals (and occasionally sentient creatures) outside shrines located deep in the swamp. The remains of the sacrifice are left within the shrine for the crocodiles. Many a worshiper has failed to leave quickly enough after making a sacrifice and fallen prey to the jaws of crocodiles attracted to the site. Many clerics and druids multiclass as fighters, and most attempt to become lycanthropes (usually werecrocodiles).

Dogma

Hunt or be hunted. Kill intruders in the swamps, weed out the weak, terrify human commoners and weaklings into propitiating Sebek, dominate your fellows, and eventually turn the world into one vast swamp. Seek recognition for your acts in the name of the deity, for he is a powerful deity to be feared. You will be amply rewarded with choice prey, wealth, and territory when Sebek finally assumes the role within the pantheon that he deserves.

Appearance, Manifestations

He is associated with the Nile crocodile or the West African crocodile and is represented either in its form or as a human with a crocodile head.

Relationships & History

Sebek was the son of an ancient manifestation of the Mulhorandi/Pharaonic god Set and a bestial archfey of the Feywild known as Mornach.

Sebek is the poor relation of the Mulhorandi pantheon, effectively an outcast. Although he is not formally banished, he is simply ignored. Most of the Mulhorandi deities view Sebek with condescending scorn, and the Lord of Crocodiles return their antipathy. Sebek has worked with Set in the past, but the Brother of Serpents treats Sebek with contempt and uses him only as a temporary ally of convenience. Even Malar harasses Sebek, angry at this foreign deity holding even a tiny part of the portfolio of lycanthropes.
The Symbol of Sebek - Crocodile head wearing a horned and plumed headdress
Symbol: Crocodile head wearing a horned and plumed headdress
God Alignment: NE
Worshipers Alignment
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Domain:
Animal, Evil, Scalykind, Water
Portfolio:
River hazards, crocodiles, werecrocodiles, wetlands
Worshipers:
Druids, inhabitants of crocodile-infested areas, rangers, werecrocodiles
Plane: Heliopolis
Weapon: Spear