Kyuss

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Kyuss
Kyuss Holy Symbol.png
Alignment Neutral Evil
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Oerth
Portfolio Worms, Creation and Mastery over the Undead
Domains Corruption, Death, Destruction, Evil
Home Plane Prime Material Plane (Oerth)
Worshippers Necromancers, Undead
Favoured Weapon Mace of Kyuss (Mace)

Kyuss is a demigod of the undead in the Dungeons & Dragons Greyhawk setting, and also an 80's stoner rock band that went on to become the Queens of the Stone Age. He's also known as the Worm-master and The Worm That Walks. He likes worms.

Kyuss's faithful believe that life is obscene, death offers only nothingness, and that undeath is the only worthwhile goal. Followers of Kyuss are committed to creating undead wherever they can; whilst they are permitted to control them if necessary, they are encouraged to set their creations free when they have no further use for them. Undead are sacred to Kyuss, and his followers are forbidden from destroying them except in self-defense.

Before his elevation to demigod, Kyuss was a priest of Nerull who sacrificed every last one of his unsuspecting friends, family, and followers in a spectacular and wormy ritual to please his patron god. Unfortunately for Cleric Kyuss, his reward for having himself and everyone he knew consumed alive by flesh-boring maggots was to be bound into a stone obelisk and abandoned at the bottom of a deep, dark, worm-filled fissure (just as planned), because it turns out evil gods don't like having their authority challenged by their clergy. Whilst inconvenient, this hasn't stopped Kyuss getting Dracolich and vampire silver dragon followers, fashioning whole new types of wormy undead to fill out monster manuals, and creating the Ebon Triad as a front for his cult--pissing off almost every evil god of significance in the Greyhawk pantheon.

Kyuss is mostly famous for the Sons of Kyuss, a monster from the first edition Fiend Folio. They are walking, worm-filled undead that attempt to burrow into living things (and they also have a metal band named after them). He's the cover model for the 3e book Elder Evils, and appears as one of the nine Evils inside. In that adventure, a cultist is trying to free Kyuss from his obelisk by touching it with a Sphere of Annihilation, pilfered from the Tomb of Horrors.

He is also the True Big Bad and final boss of the Age of Worms Adventure Path from Dungeon Magazine.

The human deities of Greyhawk
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Al'Akbar - Allitur - Delleb - Fortubo
Heironeous - Jascar - Kundo
Mayaheine - Merikka - Murlynd
Pholtus - Rao - Ulaa
Atroa - Azor'alq - Berei - Ehlonna - Heward
Johydee - Keoghtom - Lydia - Myhriss
Nola - Pelor - Urbanus - Uvot - Valarian - Zodal
Dalt - Kord - Lirr - Phaulkon
Phyton - Sotillion - Trithereon
Vogan - Wenta
Neutral Cyndor - Daern - Katay - Lendor
Osprem - Saint Cuthbert - Stern Alia
Tsolorandril - Vathris - Wee Jas - Zilchus
Beory - Boccob - Bleredd - Bralm - Breeka
Celestian - Daoud - Geshtai - Fharlaghn - Istus
Joramy - Kelanen - Mouqol - Nazarn - Obad-Hai
Velnius - Xan Yae - Xanag - Xerbo - Zuoken
Berna - Kurell - Kuroth - Llerg
Norebo - Olidammara - Procan
Ralishaz - Rudd - Telchur
Vatun - Zagyg
Evil Asmodeus - Earth Dragon
Hextor - Scahrossar - Zarus
Damaran - Incabulos - Kyuss - Meyanok - Nerull
Pyremius - Syrul - Tharizdun - Vara - Vecna
Beltar - Erythnul - Iuz - Karaan