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Merihem: The Red Death, The Scarlet Inflictor, The Bringer of Plagues, Lord of the Masquerade
|Symbol:||A robed white human face mask crying bloody tears|
|Home Plane:||The Abyss, 636th Layer: The Masquerade|
|Portfolio:||Bloodlust, Disease, Insanity, Necromancy, Vampires|
|Clergy Alignments:||Neutral Evil, Chaotic Evil|
|Domains:||Hunger, Madness, Pestilence, Undeath|
|Favored Weapon:||Quarterstaff (The Crimson Suffering)|
Merihem is the name for the monstrous and insane deity known to many as "The Red Death." Merihem is believed to been once a powerful necromancer who angered Nerull, the Reaper. Instead of the Lifecutter ending his existence, Merihem instead became a powerful deity, it is unknown if Nerull made him a deity just for his own amusement. The process of becoming a deity drove the necromancer insane and in his madness, he became imprisoned deep inside the Abyss. It is also believed that Merihem is also The Red Death that holds sway on the demiplane of Ravenloft.
Merihem has a hunger for life the likes of which rivals that of Nerull. He teaches those who are insane enough to worship him that the suffering of life through disease or murder is the greatest joy in existence. He demands regular sacrifices of sentient life, preferably those of humanoid races. He commands his clerics to hunt down and destroy all temples and worshippers of Nerull, for whom he blames for current predicament.
Clergy and Temples
His temples are usually located deep underground in the cemeteries nearby large cities. His clerics are almost all vampires who believe in the absolute power of Merihem. If a mysterious plague strikes a city, it is surely the work of Merihem's unholy clerics.
On his layer in the Abyss, one day a month, the inhibitants engaged in a grand celebration of worship called The Danse in which everyone dress up in costumes and play games or dance. Though the celebration is for The Red Death, he himself does not get involved. When The Danse nears its end, one random reveler is inflicted with a disease (usually Demon Fever) and is sent to the Material Plane to spread it.
636th Layer: The Masquerade, The Realm of Meriham
Despite being deep inside the horror that is the Abyss, the realm of The Red Death is for the most part benign. Those that first get the layer note the gothic feel that the realm carries. It is always nighttime on the realm, an eerie fog hovers over the land. The buildings are like those found on the Material Plane, made of stone and wood, the whole realm is like one large city, the streets lit by candles inside glass boxes on poles. The buildings are inhibited by clerics of Merihem as well as those that remain on the layer. The six greatest clerics of Merihem are called the Lords and they own large castles on the layer. Unlike the other layers where deities and demon lords have towers dedicated to them, Meriham has no such location on his realm. He is always traveling on his layer, hidden in the fog. Those that are unfortunate to run into The Red Death can go mad, become diseased, or die and rise up as the undead. Those that become undead look like they did when they were alive, most still believe themselves to be among the living.