Kyuss

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Kyuss
Kyuss Holy Symbol.png
Aliases The Bone Master, the Wormgod, The Worm That Walks
Alignment Neutral Evil
Divine Rank Demigod
Pantheon Oerth
Portfolio Worms, Creation and Mastery over the Undead
Domains Corruption, Death, Destruction, Evil (Dragon Mag writeup), Death, Evil, Pestilence (Living Greyhawk writeup)
Home Plane Prime Material Plane (Oerth)
Worshippers Necromancers, Undead, Worms that Walk, Avolakias, Ulgurstastas, and other worm-like monsters.
Favoured Weapon Mace of Kyuss (Mace)

Kyuss is a demigod of the undead in the Dungeons & Dragons Greyhawk setting. He's also known as the Bone Master and The Worm That Walks. Not just a Worm That Walks, but The Worm That Walks, as he takes the form of a gigantic humanoid mass of worms and all other Worms That Walk are just smaller imitations of him. Did we mention 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). Kyuss is also worshiped by a race of Aberrations called Avolakias. He also is the creator of a bunch of giant undead tentacled maggots with the ability to with people they swallow into skeletons called Ulgurstastas. He's the cover model for the 3e book Elder Evils, and appears as one of the nine Evils inside. In that adventure, a Worm That Walks cultist is trying to free Kyuss from his obelisk by destroying it with a black hole created by putting a Sphere of Annihilation, pilfered from the Tomb of Horrors, into a Well of Many Worlds (even though this would also destroy the universe without divine intervention), in the hope that Kyuss will either turn him back into a human as a reward, or grant him the sweet release of death.

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 - Quetzalcoatl - Saint Cuthbert
Stern Alia - Stratis - Tsolorandril
Vathris - Wee Jas - Zilchus
Beory - Bleredd - Boccob - Bralm - Breeka
Celestian - Daoud - Fharlanghn - Geshtai - Istus
Joramy - Kelanen - Mouqol - Nazarn - Obad-Hai
Tlazoteotl - Velnius - Xan Yae - Xanag - Xerbo - Zuoken
Berna - Hurakon - Kurell - Kuroth
Llerg - Norebo - Olidammara
Procan - Ralishaz - Rudd
Telchur - Vatun - Zagyg
Evil Asmodeus - Chitza-Atlan
Earth Dragon - Hextor - Mictlantecuhtli
Scahrossar - Tlaloc - Zarus
Damaran - Incabulos - Kyuss
Meyanok - Nerull - Pyremius - Syrul
Tharizdun - Vara - Vecna
Beltar - Camazotz - Erythnul
Huhueteotl - Iuz
Karaan - Tezcatlipoca