The Lord of Hell, the Prince of Evil, the Father of Darkness, Heir of Chaos; all these and more are the titles of Mowta. His grasp for power and the bringing of his evil reign over the world is his sole purpose and desire, and his rule of fear over his followers is absolute. His worship is proscribed almost everywhere (though there are shadowy legends of places where he holds sway. Dark, terrifying legends) and as a result his followers work subtly to achieve their ends. He is married to Neraka the Night Goddess, and from her he fathered one child named Ba’Ath before the Gods Peace prevented any more full gods being created. All demons are his to command, all true undead honour and obey him and he is opposed by the massed array of good deities, for his power is great. He is the source of all Evil, and is effectively the Devil to the people of the Inner Sea, feared and avoided by almost all of them.

He is rarely depicted in art, whether statue or other artistic forms, for common belief holds that to give him an image or form is to invite his presence. The most any will put (other than his worshippers) is a black cloud of darkness with a pair of malevolent eyes and a evil smile under them and even then that is regarded as almost needlessly daring.

He was created from the Fear and nascent hatred the Primal Goddess Tiada felt when she saw her “children” start to follow Time and seek form and structure in the chaotic whirl at the start of existence. She named him Mowta to allow him more power than merely Fear, and made him her general and right hand in enforcing her control over the other gods. His conduct and actions in the wars between Tiada and her children were appalling, outstripping even her capacity for cruelty and evil action. When Tiada eventually was defeated and slain, Mowta was captured by Nerukata and imprisoned, now powerless to affect the world about him for as long as he was closely guarded. With his captivity, Neraka was able to install herself as the Queen of Hell.

During his captivity, some of his blood was drained from him to aid Sensu and Nerukata in creating mortals like humans and other races; ever the clever one, he saw some of the way his Heavenly warders created life from nothing, and he stored the information away for his own use later. Eventually he managed to escape during the wars between the Heavenly gods and Yesan Who Hungers, fleeing to Hell and after a long bitter angry struggle, overcame Neraka; unable (or unwilling) to destroy her, and perhaps wishing to have an imitation of the existence of Nerukata and Sensu, he proposed marriage and thus they became the Lord and Lady of Hell. He showed her some (though not all) of what he learnt about creating life, and from his early works he created Ogres, forging his own dark mirrors to the humans Sensu and Nerukata were pleased with creating. He also created many unpleasant things; some demons, some monsters (such as Scorpion Men) and other unique and horrific things.

In his early days of creation, he also begat a daughter upon Neraka, for he saw the usefulness of having servants (as he saw it) who were bound to him by ties of blood and “family”. Named Ba’Ath, she is the reason why Neraka and he have never had another, for she was (and still is) a wilful child who would not obey or submit to his will, and is ultimately his greatest disappointment. After one outrage too many, he abused her mightily, beat and punished her terribly and stripped her of as much of her powers as he possibly could before the young goddess was cast from Hell into the Mundane Plane. It is perhaps true that the only reason she was not destroyed was her mother Neraka being the one who actually cast her from Hell; some theologians have surmised that the last vestiges of a mothers regard for her only child may have been the cause, though none can say for sure, and few would be keen to suggest Neraka had such a streak to her makeup.

His worship was always secretive, rarely able to show itself publicly for humanity were always afraid of him (with good cause) and his path and his faith always meant that for one to rise, many more must suffer; not something conducive to community building. Most Ogres revere him (and fear him of course) and are spiritually drawn to the father of their race.

The powers he grants his followers and priests are horrific and immediate, but also capable of great subtlety when required (which is often). Powers over the dark forces and things in the shadows, Undead all owe their existence to him, many demons are his servants and as his taint is in all living things, he is the de facto god of Death and cruel endings (though not THE dead; they go to their final resting places with little control from him).

His greatest foe is Nerukata, as the 2 of them are in complete contrast to the other. His views towards the other Heavenly gods is almost as hate filled, though as the father of vileness, it is likely his intent towards Sensu and Bumi-Bijiran (even towards his own daughter Ba’Ath) goes beyond mere destruction into repugnant wishes to subjugate and possess. His attitude towards Neraka is unwilling partner, though the dominant one. His only real concern is the loose cannon Yesan Who Hungers, for Yesan fears nothing, and wishes nothing but an end to all life and existence other than his own. This is useful to the Prince of Evil, but not for one moment can he afford to relax his guard against the Lord of Desolation, for one who can consume a god is one who can consume all if allowed.

In modern times his worship is a capital offence to all decent societies and any place where it has found to exist is ruthlessly stamped out by any who can do so. Sadly, evil never sleeps, for as long as there is at least one person in the world who wishes to exalt themselves to the doom of their fellows, Mowta will be there, speaking to them in slow, dark and subtle whispers…


Tales from the Inner Sea AndyGlen