In The Steps of Bahamut
Vecna is the evil god of undead, necromancy, and
secrets. Vecna was once a mortal king who pursued
undeath as part of his rise to godhood and became
a lich. He usually appears as a lich who is missing his left hand
and left eye. He lost his hand and eye in a fight with
his traitorous lieutenant, Kas. He rules that which is not
meant to be known and that which people wish to keep
secret. To him, undeath is one of many tools that can
be employed in the unending search for knowledge
and secrets. Mindless undead interest him only
insofar as they can be used as guardians or servants.
Vecna finds favor among the intelligent undead,
especially those that have an interest in the necromantic
Evil spellcasters and conspirators pay him homage.
He commands them to:
✦ Never reveal all you know.
✦ Find the seed of darkness in your heart and nourish
it; find it in others and exploit it to your advantage.
✦ Oppose the followers of all other deities so that
Vecna alone can rule the world.
A character knows the following information with a
successful Religion check.
DC 15: Vecna is the lord of undead, god of secrets,
and patron of necromancers. He has tried many
times to take over the world.
DC 20: Vecna believes that
creatures should serve him in both life and death.
DC 25: Vecna once had a powerful lieutenant
known as Kas. He was originally Vecna’s trusted lieutenant,
but he betrayed Vecna in an effort to become
a god in Vecna’s stead. Kas severed Vecna’s hand and
an eye, and though both survived the battle, each
now seeks the other’s destruction.
DC 30: Vecna’s hand and eye are powerful necromantic
artifacts. To be used, the hand must be
grafted to a humanoid’s wrist where the hand has
been severed. The eye must be placed in an empty
humanoid eye socket.
Unlike many deities, Vecna has no fixed domain or
location. He prowls the planes, searching for secrets.
Most often, though, Vecna travels the Astral Sea, visiting
the dominions of dead gods.
DC 35: Vecna’s cult constantly searches for the
hand and the eye. They are also on the lookout for the
sword of Kas, fearing that the artifact might be used
to slay their lord. Recently, the cult has experienced
a resurgence under the banner of an enigmatic and