Yog, the Lord of Empty Abodes
Yog worship dates back to the Khari invasion. Ryborian scholars speculate that Yog may be a demon lord or Great Old One of the Elder Night, like those worshiped by the peoples of ancient Atlantis. Yog’s doctrine was simple. Worshipers may only eat meat, never plants of any kind. They must consume human flesh at least once per month, and those who fail are considered ritually unclean until they have done so.
In Darfar, a nation south of Stygia, bodies for the cannibalistic rituals come from raiding other tribes. Outside of Darfar, however, the Yoggites banded together and took what they could get. Where there were many Darfar slaves, wandering bands hunted and killed anyone who left shelter at night. Although most city residents feared the Yoggite ceremonies, they permitted the Yoggites to practice their religion, as without this concession their Darfuri slaves were rebellious and violent.
For proper sacrificial power, the victims are clubbed unconscious and thrown into fire-pits. Dead sacrifices were considered inferior, as were those who have been cut, so the Yoggites did not use knives or swords. One adult could feed as many as thirty or forty Yoggites, as only a token consumption was required to meet Yog’s requirements. For obeying these strictures, Yog promised strength in battle and victory over the worshiper’s foes. Such promises might hold more weight were Darfari slaves uncommon in the southern lands. Even so, Yoggites were devout enough to practice their foul religion wherever they went.
At each full moon, the worshipers of Yog dig a pit, into which their priests pour certain oils and set alight with a flung torch. The Darfari identify the bright flame with that of the moon overhead. They believe that, once each month, they must “eat the moon.” Bathed in the fire-pit’s glow, any captive, in their eyes, becomes the earthly essence of the moon. Eating outsiders’ flesh is said to make the Yoggites immune to weapons. Yog was worshiped by two different groups: the man-eaters of jungled Darfar, and the desert-dwelling Zuagirs.