Jhebbal Sag, the Lord of Beasts
All animals, including humans, once worshiped Jhebbal Sag, the Lord of Beasts, and spoke the same language. Now, most have forgotten, and only the largest, smartest and strongest animals remember the earliest days.
Those who remember are bound together, however, and can be controlled by one who serves Jhebbal Sag and knows the language of the animals.
In most cases the only men to remember the ancient language of Jhebbal Sag are those who are descended from his loins. According to legend, there are groves throughout Pictland and the Black Kingdoms where the old Beast Lord sometimes still visits and takes his pleasure among the females of the animal kingdom. Sometimes he mates with a pantheress, doe, or a woman. And from these matings come a steady supply of exceptional creatures who are brothers in spirit as well as blood. By demonstrating the power of the Call of Jhebbal Sag, the priests of Jhebbal Sag prove to be of the old god’s blood.
A god of all beasts who lurk in the wild places, and men who act as beasts, the fang and claw are the only laws of Jhebbal Sag. The satisfaction of his primordial needs are his goals. For millions of years he has loped through his wild lands in the form of one great beast or another; for such is his pleasure. When humans came he added them to his stable. From him they learned to rip and tear one another like beasts.
Jhebbal Sag is the leader of the animal gods (including Jullah the black gorilla-god and Jhil, the nighted god of ravens) and all of the other animal spirit totems serve him. Jhebbal Sag was worshipped almost universally in the Black Kingdoms, as well as among the tribes of the Pictish Wilderness.
Jhebbal Sag can manifest as one or several natural animals. He might also send one of the lesser animal gods (Jullah, Jhil, etc.) or their servitor creatures. It is said that Jhebbal Sag likes to come out at night; there are tales from men and women who have seen his eyes burning like yellow coals in the darkness.
Priests of Jhebbal Sag are usually shamans or witch doctors of a tribe. They hear the whisper of the Beast-Lord on the wind, bring meat to his altars in sacrifice, and bring women to his sacred groves. In addition to being able to summon and speak with the animals who served the Lord of Beasts, the priests of Jhebbal Sag also learned the secret of the magical Symbol of Jhebbal Sag, an ancient, mystic sign which even the wildest animal was cowed before, and would not approach.