Legacy of Fire
Ghartok, The Carrion King
Carrion King - Deceased
Even before he claimed the House of the Beast as his lair, Ghartok was a legend among the gnoll tribes of Pale Mountain. His disdain for the traditional gnoll goddess Lamashtu was well known—he had long told his packmates that there were better gods deep in the earth.
Gods who were not soft and fragile like pregnant bitches— gods that deserved only the strongest and most potent of what the gnoll race had to offer. The gnolls also held the ruins on the north face of Pale Mountain in supernatural fear, but when Ghartok led a group of hand-picked gnolls into the ruins and emerged alone, victorious, armed with a powerful magic axe and nearly twice the size physically as he had been when he’d entered the ruins, his power only grew. As did his fame.
As word spread about the new warlord—a gnoll who worshiped not Lamashtu but Rovagug, who had claimed the haunted House of the Beast as his home, who fought with a howling greataxe, who towered nearly twice the height of most of his kin—more and more tribes forsook tradition to come to Pale Mountain. They learned this new warlord called himself the Carrion King, and those who attempted to challenge him swiftly learned how powerful he was. As time passed and the Pale Mountain tribes grew in number, the Carrion King retired to the depths of the House of the Beast, attended only by his closest allies and slaves. Today, the legend of the Carrion King is known to every gnoll in the Pale Mountain region, and though many of the regional chieftains and leaders claim to be directly descended from their ferocious king, very few have actually seen the Carrion King in person. Ghartok had himself all but become a god in the eyes of his tribes, and the House of the Beast had become his throne.