Dungeon Crawl Classics
Lasheeva, Lady Dissolution
Lasheeva (lah-shee-vuh), Lady Dissolution, the Cold Seductress, the Black Desecration, the Daughter of Nightmares, is the goddess of undeath and the termination of natu- ral life. When mortals first felt the cold grip of death upon them, it was Lasheeva who offered an attractive, if macabre, alternative. Granting choice creatures her chilling touch, the goddess personally introduced the curse of undeath to Áereth. Lasheeva is the unequivocal warden of the Negative Energy Plane and thereby gives new, “blessed” life to the dead. With this defiance of the gods’ despotic mandate of mortality, she seduces countless souls into her dark fold.
Priests of opposing faiths theorize that Lasheeva was Áereth’s first and most powerful lich who ascended to divinity with the support of a cabal of evil gods, but clerics of Lasheeva know that it was Lady Dissolution herself—an ancient princess of the Sancturn Pantheon—who bestowed the mantle of lichdom upon willing mortals and personally crafted the first phylacteries that sustain her greatest protégés. Even the most impious of intelligent undead acknowledge Lasheeva as the god- dess of their own unliving existence, but many revere her outright. The largest temples of the Lady Dissolution, subterranean crypts des- ecrated in her name, are guarded by mummies and liches of the foulest sort. High priests and priestesses are, in fact, required to choose the path of either undead form at an hour appointed by Lasheeva herself. Her shrines are infamously rife with ghouls, zombies, and skeletons.
Lasheeva is the daughter of Gil’Mâridth and the immortal enemy of Soleth. Her followers are Áereth’s quintessential purveyors of undeath, hoping to spread negative energy across the world like a plague. Lay followers of Lasheeva are almost always dabblers of necromancy and often find themselves targeted by paladins. Even the all-hating follow- ers of Zhühn oppose her faithful, for undeath cheats the Great Enemy of the obliteration he craves for all life. The domains associated with the Black Desecration are Death, Destruction, and Evil. Her favored weapon is the falchion and her sym- bol is a black, jawless skull set with open, living eyes.