Dolozul (5e Deity)
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Dolozul, Dragon Goddess of Trickery
Alignment. Neutral Evil
Divine Rank. Lesser Deity
Dolozul's appearance is rigid and sharp. His blue scales are like spikes that sprout from his body. Upon his elbows and knees, his scales shoot out more ferociously, forming larger spikes that brim with electricity. His shoulders display the most prominent and sharpest spikes on his body, where sparks of electricity course back and forth between his shoulders.
Dolozul's face is very sharp and pointed, and two horns stick out from his head. Around his lower jaw and the sides of his head, sharp scales stick out as if they were a beard. Even here, on his face, electricity courses through these spikes, making it easy to electrify anything and anyone he bites.
Dolozul is known as the Trickster because of his strong tendancy towards the art. People always say to watch what you are told around Dolozul, as he speaks in riddles, rhymes, and rarely gives the truth even in those. He has lead soldiers to war on false pretenses and laughed at the sight of the soldiers murdering one another. Dolozul, for all intents and purposes, is evil and loves being so. However, despite this, he does have some morals and follows them strictly.
Beyond the standard powers and godly senses of a diety of her rank, those who have seen Dolozul fight have said that he is a force to be reckoned with. He fights strongly on land or in air, and his electrified claws and teeth are nothing to be messed with. It's said that he can electrify any part of his body, making fighting him with anything metallic completely useless. It is said that Dolozul has fried entire armies with a single breath of his lightning breath.
Dolozul was the very first blue chromatic dragon to be born. When the other dragons began calling for an uprising against Tiamat, Dolozul was the first to join in this alliance. However, the other blue dragons refused to join with him. Still, despite this, Dolozul understood the need to bring down their mother, and he was the first one into battle when the time came to attack.
After Elasha gave the blue dragons their domain over trickery, Dolozul became a lot more cynical. He began speaking constantly in riddles and rhymes to confuse people, and when he found he enjoyed seeing them confused, he began playing little tricks on them. Harmless at first, but his tricks evolved quickly until he was sending entire armies out to fight each other because of his tricks.
It is believed by some that Dolozul is either the father of Loki, or the son of Loki. Some historians claim that Loki and the other gods of Asgard came to Versumi before the Age of Magic, but others claim it was after. Regardless, as Loki was always a surrogate son to Odin, some believed Loki's true form was that of a blue dragon. Whether true or not, Loki has become intertwined in Dolozul's history, and the two have performed grand schemes together.
Thor, Loki's step-brother, was once forced to wage a war against Loki when it was believed that Loki had attempted to begin Ragnarok. However, it had all been a trick by Dolozul who had simply wanted to see the brothers war against each other for fun and pleasure. This great war between the two did cause Loki to let loose a band of elemental snakes known as the Jormungand, with which the God of Thunder had to defeat them to save the land. The Jormungand were only defeated, though, and not destroyed, and simply found new lands to ravage.
Dolozul, in all of his trickery, did not expect the ultimate trick to be played upon him. When he and the remaining chromatics swore allegiance to the Death Queen to revive Tiamat, Dolozul did not expect his body to become part of the ritual to revive her. His soul was ripped from his body, and his body was fused with the bodies of the other dragon gods, creating a new body for Tiamat.
For all of his crimes, Dolozul was sentenced to the Underworld, where he was powerless and trapped in eternal damnation.
The metallic and chromatic dragons had always had a strained relationship. The metallics believed they were the true dragons, whereas the chromatics were a terrible, cursed offspring. Because of this, tension was always high between Dolozul and the metallic dragon gods.
His relationship with Saryvero, Thelarojo, Naradysa, and Akarushi, however, was very high. The chromatics had always stuck together through thick and thin, especially as they were always scorned by the metallics. Out of these, however, Thelarojo was the worst of her relationships between the chromatics.
While Dolozul loved to trick armies to go to war with one another, Thelarojo hated this aspect of his brother. Because Thelarojo was the god of war, he always took war seriously. His brother's approach of making it funny and fun always rubbed him the wrong way. Thelarojo prefered to instigate wars between entire nations of serious matters. Dolozul's wars were always just to be funny.
Still, they did not hate each other, and Dolozul had a good relationship with his other siblings. Dolozul also had a wonderful relationship with Loki and a Neonan, the Minotaur Goddess of Lies, loved to talk with Dolozul and create wonderfully intricate lies.
Thieves, scoundrels, gamblers, rebels, and liberators are the forefront of the people who worship Dolozul. People who love the life of subterfuge, pranks, deception, and theft loved to follow under Dolozul's command. Even Dolozul's clerics were a disruptive force in the world, puncturing pride, mocking tyrants, stealing from the rich, freeing captives, and flouting hollow traditions.
Dolozul would accept anyone who wished for nothing more than to simply have fun by being tricky and deceptive.
Church of Akarushi
To call it a church would not be the right term. Instead, Dolozul's places of worship were casinos, taverns, and other places of wonderful trickery. Many casinos would even use Dolozul's symbol to signify how great they were, and people would flock from all over to come to these places.
Because of this, Dolozul had no hierarchy to his followers. There were priests and preachers and teachers, but no single forces to govern over them all.
Several bands of thieves have gone under Dolozul's name. Ranging from Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men who plundered from the rich and gave back to the poor and gave thanks to Dolozul after every mission, to the great Black Crow who, with his merry band of misfits, infiltrated an entire kingdom, slayed the tyrant king, and placed a baby on the throne.
As far as orders that have followed Dolozul are concerned, if you can find a successful, powerful band of thieves, swindlers, or scoundrels, they likely served Dolozul.
Dolozul's temples were more of the casino variety. Though, many casinos would place statues of Dolozul throughout them. It was said that if you prayed to Dolozul before gambling, you would have better luck, but such was only superstition. Truth of the matter was, if Dolozul would answer such prayers, he would have made the person's luck only more bitter.
To deceive, to manipulate, to prank, and to steal. These are the words of Dolozul, and they were followed to the letter by his followers. Dolozul scorned those who wished to "earn their way properly" in the world. Cheating, lying, manipulating, these were the ways of Dolozul.
Followers of Dolozul did not have particular rites or ceremonies to be exact. There was one holiday that was created by the followers of Dolozul, however. The holiday was a day for everyone to step out of their normal rituals and be tricky, deceptive, and scary. It was not uncommon for people to dress up in costumes during this holiday. Indeed, it reached the point where people were generally scorned if they weren't dressed for the holiday.
Beyond this holiday, the rites of a follower of Dolozul were just daily practice at being deceptive, manipulative, and thievish.