Kazgaroth, also spelled Kazgoroth, was an aspect of Malar, who was a powerful, intelligent, evil beast opposed to the balance and the influence of the Earthmother on the Moonshae Isles. It would periodically ravage the land until it was defeated, only to return several years later.
Kazgaroth took several guises. The first few were a cow, which attracted a bit too much attention, and a woman named Meridith, who drew too much attention because Kazgaroth used its powers to make the body of the latter guise more attractive. His first victim was a man named Erian who was a guard for the prince Tristan Kendrick of the Moonshaes. Afterwards, he changed into a dryad in order to lure Trahern of Oakvale. His next victim was Thelgaar Ironhand, king of Oman's Isle, of whom he took the identity so he could command the army of northerners in the attack of the southern Moonshae Isles, mainly the city of Caer Corwell.
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Niles' own sourcebook, Moonshae (1987), describes Kazgaroth as an "aspect of Malar", which agrees with many of Kazgaroth's properties, including the ability to spread lycanthropy and its strong opposition to druidic balance, but almost all later works identify Kazgaroth as an avatar or minion of Bhaal. Given that Malar was subservient to Bhaal it is not impossible that both claims are true.[note 1]
"Backdrop: Moonshae Isles" refers to Kazgaroth as an "aspect of Malar" as well as a "divine servant of Malar" but was written during the time period between the Time of Troubles and the Second Sundering, when Bhaal was dead.
- ↑ Hall of Heroes (1989) refers to Bhaal knowing the goals of "his avatar, Kazgaroth." However, the use of the word "avatar" would seems to mean "agent" here, as the rest of the text suggests that Kazgaroth is an independent being with its own goals (which Bhaal happens to know of). Heroes' Lorebook, refers to Kazgaroth as a "manifestation of Bhaal's influence" but also refers to them as separate entities.Villains' Lorebook (1998), refers to Kazgaroth as a "minion of Bhaal".
- ↑ Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. ?. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Douglas Niles (1987). Moonshae. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-88038-494-8.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dale Donovan (July 1998). Villains' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 72. ISBN 0-7869-1236-7.
- ↑ Douglas Niles (1987). Moonshae. (TSR, Inc), p. ?. ISBN 0-88038-494-8.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, et al (1989). Hall of Heroes. (TSR, Inc), p. 67. ISBN 0-88038-711-4.
- ↑ Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 127. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
- ↑ Shawn Merwin (November 2011). “Backdrop: Moonshae Isles”. In Steve Winter ed. Dungeon #196 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 11–28.