Yeenoghu Campaign ideas

Tyler Dunn

Explorer
I like the idea of a campaign centered around gnolls and their master Yeenoghu. Can anyone give me some ideas for a campaign centered around Yeenoghu and his gnolls, preferably one that ends with the players squaring off against the demon lord himself?
 

dave2008

Legend
I like the idea, just not sure how to help - yet. I will think on it. If you are familiar with Firefly, I typically run gnolls like the reavers from that show. The ultimate boogeymen, even the bag guys fear them because they are just wanton slaughter and carnage, and you never know when they could strike.
 
Hmmm... Since Yeenoghu's blood turns hyenas into gnolls, maybe someone is figuring out how to weaponize and mass deliver it (Yeenoghu blood rains or somesuch), potentially creating a massive gnoll army?
 

FXR

Explorer
I'm toying with a similar idea.

What if Yeenoghu had started to litteraly eat the world to quench his hunger? Bit by bit, the world would disappear. Perhaps, at first, some stars do not appear in the sky, then it's an acre of land in some desert, then a lake, then a village, followed by a city.
 
Hmmm... Since Yeenoghu's blood turns hyenas into gnolls, maybe someone is figuring out how to weaponize and mass deliver it (Yeenoghu blood rains or somesuch), potentially creating a massive gnoll army?
I like this idea. Perhaps the PCs get involved when they investigate a seemingly innocent conservation project to breed hyenas? Or maybe market them as the new must have pet?
 

aco175

Adventurer
Part of the series can involve stopping some sort of ritual or portal that can convert other species to a gnoll-like monster. Something like a ogre-gnoll that can challenge to mid-levels. This stopping the conversion plague (or a cooler name) can be a good sub plot that opens the main threat of stopping the demon lord from finally gathering enough followers to summon himself to the material plane.
 

Quartz

Adventurer
With hyenas, it is the female that is dominant - bigger and stronger. So maybe Lolth is trying to topple Y?
 
I won't spoil the details for the sake of those who haven't seen/played it yet, but you should check out Decent into Avernus. You will not be disappointed, and it could easily be adapted to make what you want more central to the story.
 

dave2008

Legend
@Tyler Dunn , several suggestions listed so far. Any thoughts about the suggestions so far? Any more deails on what you are looking for? That would help us help you further.
 

Tyler Dunn

Explorer
I like the idea of a massive gnoll horde somehow being built and conquering a kingdom, then they could work to create a portal to the Abyss so Yeenoghu could step through with a horde of demons and lead them to conquer the world.
 

Unwise

Adventurer
I would go with harvests failing and a bunch of civil war and seiges. All sorts of things that make people starve and turn violent. Cannabalism becomes a real issue and people that partake all turn mad and start having dreams that lead them to Yeenoghu worship.

Later in the campaign, a disease like in 28 days later emerges. People go feral and hunt their fellow humans down in packs.

The ghoul king (Doresain) decides that famine and cannabalism are his domain, so he tries to start up a bunch of cults too. Sometimes trying to steal influence from Y.

The wilds and farmlands are overrun by gnolls, ghouls and madmen. The survivors huddle in cities that are starved then overrun one by one until only the port cities remain, being less dependant upon the farmlands. Then the Saughain appear, promised rich spoils by Y. Maybe they can be dealt with, intimidate or interrogated to tell the PCs about the emmisary of Y that came to them, a human they once trusted. The PCs capture the emmisary and boasts about the BBEG-plan, leading to the final confrontation in this realm.

From there the PCs are sucked through the portal meant to release Y. They are trapped on the wrong side and now (being high level) they must fight through his domain (maybe with the help of Baphomet and the Ghoul King who are rivals) and confront him before his plans wipe out the last of humanity.
 

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