Orgesh (also known as the Faceless God) is an Great Old One. It was created by Wolfgang Baur for the Pathfinder RPG supplement "Descent into Midnight" in 2009.
Description[edit | edit source]
Orgesh has a vaguely humanoid shape consisting of a large distended belly, canine legs, and a featureless face beyond gaping jaws full of shark teeth. According to the Charda (a half-amphibian race), their hunger is infinite and requires a constant supply of sacrifices to appease it.
History[edit | edit source]
Its origins lie in the Land of Black Blood, being the first of the charda to be generated from black blood. According to Charda mythology, black blood belongs to Orgesh's mother, spilled when the god made his way through the womb by devouring it. Orgesh no longer lives in the Land of the Black Blood. Having abandoned the Charda, those who do not worship him believe that he went to the deepest and darkest pit of the Sea to care for his other children.
The truth is that it has not been seen for millennia. But, for whatever reason, his statues are particularly resistant to damage.
Cult[edit | edit source]
Orgesh's followers are extremely suspicious of each other. There are those who believe that, if they feed on you, they can also feed on your faith. And when there is only one left, Orgesh will return and use the last follower to feed on everything. The Chardas believe that their deaths also feed the god, and they regard dying in battle as a great honor.
On the other hand, the chardas accept the strange abilities caused by years in the black blood as a blessing granted by the god himself.
The Land of the Black Blood is home to various relics of Orgesh, such as the pearl known as the "Eye of Orgesh", the "Faceless Idol of the Hungering God" (under which the chardas perform sacrifices and worship under penalty of be cursed with the "bite of Orgesh") and numerous icons preserved in the ancient city of Orgeshta. Its sacred colors are blue and black and its emblem is open jaws with a rune in the middle.