The Bringer of Pestilence
August, 1346- The Mongol warriors watched as a burning object fell, seemingly from Heaven itself, near the encampment besieging Caffa. It was a good omen, a symbol of victory against the trading town that resisted them. The gods had shown their light upon the invaders...
Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg pulled himself painfully from the burning pit of molten glass, his many clawed limbs scrambling for purchase, his massive front claws pulling his heavy body from the pit. He had floated through space for so long, too long... Shaggai was gone, his home was gone. The accursed harbinger, Ghroth, had shone it's killing red light upon the surface of that world, slaying the Shan and awakening The Worm That Gnaws in The Night. Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg had fought valiantly to preserve his world, but failed, and had been flung into space as the world imploded beneath the power of The Worm. He stood upon his many, spider-like legs, relishing the feeling of solid ground beneath his claws, and straightened his three pairs of barbed, ragged wings. Thousand of eyes peered out from between feelers in a walnut-shaped head, his venom dripping from his mandibles, sizzling the warm ground beneath. A new world, a new home.
The few who saw the terrible dragon fly over head knew that this was no divine harbinger of victory. The even fewer who lived long enough to tell of it before being felled by the plague that followed rambled about a giant, winged scorpion. Within days everyone in the camp had contracted the plague, and soon, so had everyone in the besieged town.
Swarms of small insects, attracted by some scent, some pheromone, followed in Baoht Z'uqq-Mogg's wake. He barely noticed them, he was intoxicated by his new world, so warm, so pleasant. There were abundant swamps here, he could feel it. Places to rest, to heal his battle-wounds...
The Italian merchants of Caffa fled in their ships, bringing with them the fleas and rats that carried the Black Death, guiding it to new ports. The plague spread like wildfire, carried by vermin and fear. Kings and Churches tried to still the tide of death, and failed. People blamed Jews, Romany, paupers, lepers and foreigners, claiming they had poisoned their waters or placed curses upon them, and many were claimed by mob-violence and the disease of hate before they could be claimed by The Black Death. By 1350, over a million people had died, half of Europe was dead, society was in tatters and fear ruled over all.
Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg was mildly curious about these strange beings, he probed them with his mind, learning about them... These primitive creatures, these humans, seemed to be dying out. Some plague was ravaging them. But that was not his concern. Other beings, similar to the humans, yet different, came forth to feed on the dead and offer up praise to him. These beings, these... Ghouls, called him The Provider. They believed that he caused the deaths that fed them so well. He welcomed their praise, but he was tired, and sought a place to rest...
Finally, a land of steaming jungles lay before him, thick swampland beckoned with it's warmth and comfort. The Great Old One settled into deep, warm mud, and slept, dreaming. A plague raged across Africa, but he knew it not...
1351- The Black Death abated, and those who still lived gave thanks to God for their deliverance.
17th century- A small band of survivors from Shaggai landed in the Severn Valley, England. Trapped on earth, they set about trying to find a way to escape, and contacted Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg, who, sadly, could not help them.
1768- One of these Shan inspired playwright Benevento Chieti Bordighera to create his masterpiece Massa di Requiem per Shuggay, detailing the history of Shaggai and the existence of Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg.
1769- Massa di Requiem per Shuggay was banned by the Catholic Church, and all copies ordered destroyed. Despite their best efforts, a few copies escaped the flames...
1770- Benevento Chieti Bordighera was ordered executed by Pope Clement XIV and burned alive for heresy.
1801- The Black Death ravaged the Ottoman Empire
1829-1836- The Black Death re-emerged in North Africa
1855-1950- The Black Death again ravaged the world.
1899-1923- Cholera ravaged Africa, Asia and Europe
1900-1904- The Black Death struck San Francisco, United States.
1910-1912- The Black Death Struck China.
1918- Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg stirred in his sleep, and the Spanish Influenza arose to claim 21.6 million lives. As the pandemic ravaged the world, Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg slept on, unaware...
1976- Zaire, Africa. A schoolteacher fell ill with a disease that would become known as Ebola...
1980- Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg's swarm infected chimpanzees with a virus that would later become known as AIDS. Those who suffer from the illness are still despised and mistreated by a fearful world infected with the disease of fear and hate...
2009- Meningitis and Cholera ravaged Africa as Influenza swept across the world.
2012- Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg awoke. His wounds had finally healed, and his strength returned. The Bringer of Pestilence rose from the stagnant water of his swamp, shaking the mud from his wings, and prepared to take flight...
Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg did not create these plagues, they were already there, his presence just amplified them. His venom, flesh and blood soak up disease like a sponge and the swarms drawn to him carry it. He is not evil, and has no feelings toward humanity one way or the other, he is simply a carrier of plagues whose very presence brings death. He just wants a home and a place to rest. Ghouls, who are immune to most diseases, worship him as The Great Provider for the copious amounts of dead he leaves in his wake, upon which they feed. He accepts their gratitude, but has no control over his power.
The diseases of hate and fear have taken far more human lives than any other epidemic in the history of the earth.
The Bringer of Pestilence
The Father of Pestilence
The Great Provider
Alignment- True Neutral
Class- Lesser Great Old One, God of Ghouls, Insects, Plague and Pestilence
Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg was originally one of the gods of The Insects From Shaggai, until Shaggai was destroyed. Searching for a new home, and a place to rest and recover from his wounds, he finally fell to Earth, bringing with him death. He appears as a giant scorpion with six spiny wings, and a bulbous head with thousands of eyes interspersed with sensory tendrils and several pairs of mandibles that constantly drip poison...
While Pope Clement XIV was real, Benevento Chieti Bordighera was not. I don't know if that particular Pope had anyone executed or not, but he was innocent of Bordighera's blood, as he never existed in first place. I feel it necessary to point this out as I don't want to condemn a real man for a fictional act.
The Black Death referred to here is specifically The Bubonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague existed long before 1346...
Baoht Z'uqqa-Mogg, Benevento Chieti Bordighera and Massa di Requiem per Shuggay belong to Chaosium, I don't know who, exactly, created them.
The Insects from Shaggai, Ghroth the Harbinger and The Worm That Gnaws in The Night were created by Ramsey Campbell.