Tales of Tolgard
The god of strife, Bane is lawful evil aligned. His titles include The Black Lord, Lord Bane, the Lord of Darkness, the Black Hand, and the Dark One. His realm is called the Black Bastion on the Avalas layer of Infernal Battlefield of Acheron. His holy symbol is green rays squeezed forth from a black fist or (older) an upright black hand, palm out and fingers together, usually on a red field. His personal weapon is called The Black Hand of Bane, a gauntlet.
Bane (also known as the Black Hand and the Black Lord), is the god of hatred, fear, and tyranny.
In the past, Bane was a member of the Dead Three, a triad of mortals sworn to achieve godhood. Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul forged an unholy pact, agreeing that they would work together to seek ultimate power, or die in the attempt. Over the length and breadth of the Material Plane they strode, seeking powerful magic and spells and defying death at every turn. No matter what monster they confronted or what spells they braved, the three mortals emerged unscathed at every turn. Eventually the trio destroyed one of the Seven Lost Gods, Borem, of the Lake of Boiling Mud, and they each seized a portion of Borem’s divine essence for themselves. The trio then journeyed into the Gray Waste and sought out the Castle of Bone to confront Jergal. The three approached the god Jergal and threatened him for the godly powers. Jergal, all powerful to the point that he had long ago wished to step down the throne, asked: “Who among you shall rule?”, and the trio immediately fell to fighting among themselves. Jergal proposed that they solve this problem by bowling skulls of his liches. It turned out that Bane bowled the farthest, and was thus able to choose his domain. He said: As winner, I choose to rule for all eternity as the ultimate tyrant. I can induce hatred and strife at my whim, and all will bow down before me while in my kingdom., thus he claimed the portfolios of Tyranny, Hatred, and Strife, ascended as a greater deity.
During the Time of Troubles, however, when he was trapped in his vulnerable avatar form, Bane was slain by the demi-god Torm. For a time, it looked as if the world was rid of the Black Hand, as his portfolio was divided among the newly-ascendant god Cyric and Iyachtu Xvim, Bane’s half-demonic son. Bane’s priests either converted to one of the two new deities or were killed, and it seemed that all traces of the Dead Three were gone.
Bane’s essence survived by possessing one of his high priests, thereby transforming the priest into a banelich. With the help of his remaining high priestess Walinda, Bane cheated Finder of half of Finder’s Stone, where Finder had stored a large portion of his godly power. With the stone in hand, Bane forced Finder and his priest Joel into cooperation, demanding they escort him to Sigil and fetch the Hand of Bane, an artifact necessary for Bane’s resurrection. Since no gods can enter Sigil, Bane arranged it so that Walinda accompanied and helped Finder’s party in the finding of the Hand.
Finder and the banelich confronted atop Bane’s huge dead body in the Astral Plane, where all dead gods lie. Bane’s plan failed however, since the banelich banned Walinda from casting the final resurrection ritual, striking her to the ground, thinking a “mere” female was not worthy of such an honor. Finder informed him that the ritual would work only by a mortal, not a banelich. Thus, Bane again gave Walinda the Hand of Bane and commanded her to cast the ritual. Walinda smashed the hand to the ground, shattering it, utterly destroying the banelich.
A little later, all former priests of Bane received a vision of Iyachtu Xvim being consumed by a hellish fire, and of the Black Lord rising from the charred husk of his son. Upon his return, Bane claimed the portfolio of fear and hatred, immediately becoming a greater power. Over the past few months, Bane has been reorganizing his forces and rebuilding his strength.
Bane prefers to keep to the shadows, allowing his servants to carry out his intricate plans. He has no tolerance for failure and seldom thinks twice about submitting even a loyal servant to rigorous tortures to ensure complete obedience to his demanding, regimented doctrine.
Bane is a ruthless, calculating, power-hungry deity ever obsessed with expanding his power. Since the deaths of Bhaal and Myrkul, his only true allies among the gods, he has forged alliances with the less powerful Malar, Loviatar, Mask, and Talona. Bane holds a special enmity toward Torm, Mystra, and Cyric. This last Bane sees as a loathsome usurper, and his entire following is mobilizing for a holy war against Cyric, the Black Sun.
God of Strife
Domains: Destruction, Evil, Hatred, Law, and Tyrany
Portfolio: Strife, Hatred, and Tyrranny
Homeplane: Infernal Battlefield of Acheron
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Allies: Bhaal (deceased), Iyachtu Xvim, Loviatar, Talona, Myrkul (deceased), Malar, and Mask
Enemies: Chauntea, Eldath, Lathander, Mystra, Tyr, Helm, Deneir, Torm, Ilmater, Tymora, Lliira, and Oghma.
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Famous Followers of Bane