Cult of Orcus
The Cult of Orcus operates in secret and forms hidden cults in the hearts of communities and in the wilderness. Orcus’s cultists gather in hidden spots associated with death: graveyards, mausoleums, tombs, and ancient necropoli.Away from sight, they hone their mastery over death,
performing terrible rituals to unlock the secrets of shadow. Orcus enjoys the suffering of the living, and disease is an excellent way to spread suffering. His followers foul wells with
corpses, block sewers, and commit all manner of criminal acts to ensure that disease is an ever-present threat.Orcus’s cults are perhaps the most feared of all the undead-centric cults, and no matter how often the cult is put down, it rises again in a new guise prosecuting a new evil plot.
Orcus’s worshipers do not see undead as holy, but rather as a means to accomplish their goals and Orcus’s ambition to extinguish life. They therefore create as many terrible undead as they can. Powerful cultists might treat a vampire or a mummy as an equal and a participant in the cult, whereas a zombie or a skeleton is nothing more than an expendable servant. Ultimately, every worshiper hopes to throw off the shackles of mortality and become a powerful, intelligent undead creature such as a lich, a death knight, a mummy, or a vampire, and thereby gain control over lesser undead. In practice, very few accomplish this goal, but Orcus’s worshipers consider undeath a great service to Orcus and a means of escaping punishment in the afterlife, so they welcome even transformation into a zombie or a skeleton.