Swords and Deviltry in Lankhmar
The Gods of Lankhmar
Lankhmar is one of the enduring elements of the world of Nehwon. Empires rise and fall, conquerors conquer and are they themselves overthrown, but Lankhmar and its Overlords remain untouched. Some call Lankhmar the Eternal City, and indeed it has existed, grown, and thrived for threescore thousand years. Many lay Lankhmar’s success to the potency of its Gods—thirteen dark figures who lie entombed in the center of the city and protect it from harm.
The Gods of Lankhmar, as they are known, reside within a squat black stone temple whose door is never opened by mortal hand. Some say they are the shades of the city’s original founders, some say they are demons from hell who feed on the soul of the city. None can say with certainty. They have no worshipers save the Black Nuns whose faces are never seen. They have no holidays save the Day of Fear, when they roam the streets and slay any they come across. All who are wise barricade themselves within their homes that day. They accept no sacrifice, and answer no call save one: eight bells, five of bronze and three of rust-choked iron, top the sole minaret of their temple. In times of great need one may ring these bells and wake the Gods from their slumber, but woe to he who rings them in vain. He will never be seen again, but his screams will be heard for days.