Campaign of the Month: November 2012
THE EMERALD CITY
Chernobog, the Black God, has taken an interest in the Emerald City. His high priest, the insane murderous loser, BARRY GOLDMAN, was behind the corruption of THE PACK, the kidnapping and near sacrifice of CAROLINE YOUNGBLOOD, and for preparing Chernobog’s chosen vessel, RYAN DELMONT, for accession as an avatar of Chernobog.
Unfortunately, Barry’s disciple, TROY WILKERSON, was incompetent and was not able to complete the ritual properly and as a result Wilkerson became possessed by the Outsider known as the Un-man which turned on Barry and devoured Ryan Delmonte’s essence leaving him a skeletal shade of his former self. A pair of determined police detectives were able to defeat the Un-man (but not before the Un-man devoured JACK YOUNGBLOOD’s magic) forcing Barry to flee the scene. It is unknown what Chernobog’s next move will be but all fear that he is far from done in the Emerald City.
CHERNOBOG (Chernabog, Czernobog, or Tchernobog) is the black god of death and darkness in Slavic Mythology, a pre-Christian, pagan, dualist belief system, consisting of two main deities, Bylebog (Bielebog) a benevolent god of light and Chernobog, the malevolent god of night. The Slavic people are the ethnic group who reside in the modern day areas of Eastern Europe such as Russia, Czech Republic and Romania (former Transylvania). Like most early, pagan, European mythologies, ancient Slavics believed these two divine beings had control over their lives. In Slavonic myth these early rites and rituals were based on the principle that the natural world is inhabited and controlled by both beneficial and harmful spirits of nature. Later, these forces were anthropomorphized into divine beings who possessed special powers and functions. The supreme god of the East and South Slavs was Perun, god of lightning and thunder, who controlled the elements of nature. Svarog, known to most Slavs, was regarded as the father of the deities: Byelobog (the White God, good) and Chernobog (the Black God, evil and death).
These gods represented the forces of good or evil and reflected the Slavic belief in the dualistic nature of the universe. The Baltic Slavs had a particularly rich tradition and many cults, including the powerful Radogost-Svarazic. With the coming of Christianity, the great divinities of the Slavs vanished in name, but many elements of pagan belief survived in popular tradition and in many Christian Slavic religious ceremonies. Some scholars suggest that Belobog and Chernobog are actually the same deity representing the changing of seasons as a year progresses from summer to winter but there is little if any evidence to support such a claim.