The Demonweb Pits
Like a monstrous spiderweb spun across the very fabric of the planes, the plane known as the Demonweb Pits is formed of interwoven strands of planar matter. Between these strands is nothingness - pits of infinite depth and formless void. Unwary travelers who get stuck on the strands often become the prey of fiendish spiders, myrlochars, demons, or creatures that are even worse.
Demonweb Pits Traits
The plane known as the Demonweb Pits has the following traits.
- Alterable morphic. Each divine realm is divinely morphic.
- Mildly chaos-aligned and strongly evil-aligned.
- Strong faith. Followers of the Seldarine take greater penalties here.
Demonweb Pits Links
Several portals to various layers of the Abyss open from the Demonweb Pits, sometimes at random.
Demonweb Pits Inhabitants
Frequent visitors from the Abyss make the name of this plane at least partially accurate, though Lolth's predivine status as a demon prince is the true origin of the appellation. Lolth is served by demons of many sorts, primarily yochlol, but also glabrezus, succubi, mariliths, bebiliths, and retrievers.
other inhabitants: Myrlochar, yochlol (demon), Abyssal ghoul, blood fiend (demon).
Demonweb Pits Petitioners: The petitioners of the Demonweb Pits spend their afterlives just as they did their mortal ones - slavishly obeying Lolth's whims while engaging in endless treachery and deception. As petitioners, they take on a decidedly fiendish yet wretched appearance, though they are still clearly drow - even those few who were not drow as mortals.
These creatures have the following special qualities.
Additional Immunities: Electricity, poison.
Resistances: Acid 10, fire 10.
Other Special Qualities: A petitioner Demonweb Pits lies so often and so well that it receives a +10 competence bonus on Bluff checks.
Features Of The Demonweb Pits
The divine realms of Ghaunadar, Vhaeraun, Kiaransalee, and Selvetarm are strung like tiny baubles on the fabric of the Demonweb. The Demonweb itself belongs to Lolth - only a fool would try to deny it - though her realm is actually separate from the web.
Ghaunadar: The Cauldron of Slime, a foul nest of ooze and muck at what can only be described as the bottom of the Demonweb, is Ghaunadar's domain. Oozes, puddings, and fungi dominate this vile realm, and a sickly, phosphorescent glow suffuses the place with garish colors.
Kiaransalee: The Lady of the Dead claims a small and desolate patch of the Demonweb as her realm. The sole edifice here is a tower made of bones. Kiaransalee calls the structure Thanatos, after the layer of the Abyss she stole from Orcus and then lost when the demon prince returned to life.
Lolth: The realm of the Queen of Spiders has always been described as a great iron fortress shaped like a spider, which constantly clambers over the strands of the Demonweb. At present, however, no spider fortress wanders the Demonweb, at Lolth's command or otherwise. Somewhere amid the tangled strands of the web, Lolth has woven an impenetrable barrier of planar fabric. No servant enters, and no word from the spider goddess goes forth. The scheming of the other drow deities has intensified since Lolth's mysterious retreat, but so far little has come of it - at least on the Demonweb. In Faerûn, much has come of it, particularly (though not exclusively) as a result of Kiaransalee's plotting. (See the City of the Spider Queen adventure and Chapter 7 of this book for more information.)
Selvetarm: Though he normally shares Lolth's realm, Selvetarm now stands guard outside the spider goddess's retreat.
Vhaeraun: The Masked Lord's small realm, called Ellaniath, amounts to little more than a hiding place where the god can hole up when Lolth's patience with him runs out. He keeps his hatred of Lolth hidden behind his mask, but he constantly and subtly schemes against her. Lolth is no fool - she encourages this kind of behavior in her servants, and she expects no less from her own child.