Zuggtmoy (pronounced: /ˈzʌgtmɔɪZUG-tmoy[4] Loudspeaker listen), also known as the Demon Queen of Fungi, and the Lady of Rot and Decay, was a demon lord.[3]


Her only desire was to infect living creatures with her spores, making them her mindless slaves and, eventually, into rotting and decomposing hosts for mushrooms, moulds and spores that she spawned.[3]

Zuggtmoy's lair was Shedaklah, a massive palace of two dozen mushrooms, all interconnected with bridges and lined with countless chambers and tunnels. It was located on the same layer as Juiblex's Slime Pit. The Demon Queen of Fungi and the Faceless Lord were driven by their insatiable hunger to destroy and devour others.[3]


This foul demoness resembles a human only from the torso up. This portion of her body is composed of thick rancid sheets and coils of fungus that just happens to have grown into the shape of what would, otherwise, be an attractive woman. Four fibrous antlers grow from her brow, and her hands bear cruel talons. Her lower torso is a coiling pillar of lashing ropey tentacles and other fungus growths. Her skin is a nauseating swirl of greys, blues, purples and blacks.[3]

She appeared almost alien and inhuman as a skeletal-thin humanoid shape draped and veiled in mycelium and lichen. She and her servants are almost a soulless mockery of living creatures.[5]

Servants Edit

Zuggtmoy has long struggled with maintaining viable cults on the Material Plane; as the opportunity to worship fungi does not seem to appealing to its mass, humanoid, population. To counteract this, the Lady of Fungi is often worshipped through fictitious cults manipulated in ways that support her own initiatives.[3]

Though small, there are some rare sects of devout fungi worshippers, comprised mostly of misguided druids, clerics and, to a lesser degree, maddened academics such as wizards. These insular collections often fantasise over the domination of fungi over their local surroundings. In counterbalance to this, many more of her cultists follow her unwillingly and unknowingly, having somehow become infected with her spores, either mind-controlled or transformed, serving as extensions of her will until they were utterly consumed.[3]

Zuggtmoy's influence extends most prominently with fungi themselves, with her ability to exert her will to demand their servitude and assistance. Alongside this, the demon lady, as with the power of her status, can field powerful demons of varying strengths.[3]


With a vested interest in the Prime Material Plane, Zuggtmoy often finds herself in conflict with other demon lords. The most notable of these clashes includes Lolth, who she competes with for control of the Underdark; though since Lolth's ascension as a deity this quarrel has tapered off to little more than the occasional skirmish between their respective cultists.[3]

A more immediate rivalry, and one which has existed far longer than any other, would be Zuggtmoy's infamous war with Juiblex, with whom she shares her realm unwillingly.[3]


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