In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, Kurell is the Oeridian god of Jealousy, Revenge, and Thievery. His holy symbol is a grasping hand holding a broken coin.
Kurell manifests as a tall, handsome, virile Oeridian man with bright green eyes and olive skin
. He also sometimes takes the form of a large, black wolf with eyes of an equally vivid green. In his true form, which he does not deliberately reveal to anyone, he is a small, unattractive, slightly overweight man.
Kurell was once pursued by Atroa
, but he rejected her in order to pursue her sister, Sotillion
, which earned him the displeasure of both goddesses, as well as Sotillion's husband, Zilchus
, who is also Kurell's brother.
Kurell is allied with Joramy, Ralishaz, Syrul, Erythnul, Xan Yae, and Trithereon. Kurell is terribly jealous of Olidammara and Norebo, who are more popular among rogues than he is. Kurell is an enemy of Pholtus.
Kurell's realm in Limbo
is called the House of Locks
Kurell teaches his worshippers to take what is rightfully theirs and to seize all their desires. Many believe that retribution for wrongs is more likely to be done correctly if they do it themselves.
Kurell's worship is prominent in the Bandit Kingdoms
, among the Wolf Nomads
, and among the Rovers of the Barrens
. The power of Kurell's church has grown in the Hold of the Sea Princes
since that land's capture by the Scarlet Brotherhood
. A group of Kurell-worshippers called the Spurned Circle controlled the Wreckers, the thieves' guild in Scant
, before they were overthrown by Rakehell Chert
(a worshiper of Olidammara
Prayers to Kurell are offered nightly, and usually involve thoughts of vengeance.
Clerics of Kurell tend to be self-centered, teaching by example rather than by doctrine. They seldom proselytize unless they see some immediate benefit to themselves. Many make a living as thieves or travel in search of wealth. Some clerics of Kurell are also assassins; these individuals are highly paid and frequently used by the church itself. Clerics of Kurell are, perhaps oddly, generally trustworthy if no ill is done to them, as they do not wish to earn any vengeance upon themselves.
The Black Wolf's Lair, a foreboding cave complex in the Burneal Forest
(hex I5-68, Darlene map
), is considered a holy place by the followers of Kurell.
In the North Kingdom city of Atirr, a small chapel to Kurell is within the College of Endings and Beginnings, the city's assassin's guild, where the assassins of the order pray for success on their missions.
A temple of Kurell is in Rookroost, where the Bitter Hand receives worship from guildmaster Elara Mornstar and the majority of the thieves guild there. All clerics wishing to be initiated into the Rookroost Thieves Guild must be ordained in the church of Kurell.
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