A Dangerous Foe: Nezatl Xomec

Somewhere in the world lies the lost valley of Tlactoztlan. The strange natives of this hidden place practice human sacrifice, pray to bizarre gods, adorn themselves with brightly-colored feathers, and – it is rumored – live in cities made of gold. Only the bravest and luckiest adventurers find their way to Tlactoztlan!

In his hidden lair deep beneath the city of Xotepeclan, the sorcerer Nezatl Xomec patiently waits, like a malignant spider, weaving his plans of deceit and corruption with steely purpose and twisted, maniacal glee. The sorcerer has been a bane to the people of Tlactoztlan for more than 100 summers. Despite his great magical prowess, Nezatl Xomec is physically frail as a result of his great age and his obsession with the darkest magics.

In his pursuit of power Nezatl Xomec has entered into a pact with Mictlantecuhtli, a demon that rules over the lowest levels of hell. In exchange for his incredibly long life and the skills that he has developed as a sorcerer, Nezatl Xomec must supply Mictlantecuhtli with a steady stream of sacrifices. Further, Nezatl Xomec must consume the flesh and organs of these sacrifices on a regular basis or else he will falter and finally fall into complete decrepitude.

As if this weren’t enough, Mictlantecuhtli has cursed the sorcerer with a strange recurring malady – at the eleventh hour of every day, the flesh of Nezatl Xomec’s head melts away, leaving him with just a hideous bare skull until the twelfth hour arrives. It is frequently during this hour that Nezatl Xomec performs his sacrifices, as Mictlantecuhtli delights in souls that pass into his realm already filled with terror.

Nezatl Xomec is a master of many spells, but perhaps more terrifying is his willingness and ability to summon forth terrible demons to terrorize his foes and do the things that he himself is no longer physically capable of.

Like all Izatacli (the sorcerers of Tlactoztlan), Nezatl Xomec wears a headdress comprised of white parrot feathers, with his own right-of-passage emerald Quetzalcoatl feather at the center.

Essences
Lifeblood 7
Arcane Power 17
Villain Points 5

Attributes
Strength -1
Agility 1
Mind 4
Appeal 0

Combat
Brawl 0
Melee 0
Ranged 2
Defense 2

Careers
Sorcerer 5
Scholar 4
Artificer 3
Noble 1

Boons
Power of the Void

Flaws
Delicate
Cravings: Human Flesh
Mictlantecuhtli’s Curse

Languages
Tlacuatl, Outlander, Sorceric, Demonic

Equipment
Obsidian Spider Knife, 1d3 plus paralyzing poison (hard Strength task to resist)
Amulet of Tepeyollotl (d6-2 of “armor”)

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0 thoughts on “A Dangerous Foe: Nezatl Xomec

  1. G-Man

    This must be that capital ‘S’ Sorceror you were talking about. And a nasty piece of work he is.

    Villians like this are always up to something big. I’m thinking third magnitude spells (which Nezatl has the juice to cast) . Something like “Sever The Sun’s Tether,” which causes the sun to slip away and the black underworld sky of Xibalba to slide overhead. For a fortnight, bizarre monsters and demons run rampant through the jungles and towns while crops fail, food rots, and things go generally bad for decent people . . . unless heroic PC’s can stop the completion of the spell!

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      G-Man, I like the way you think. That’s a great 3rd magnitude spell and definitely the kind of thing this bad old dude would be out to do. Great thinking.

      Oh, and yes, this is the Capital “S” Sorcerer. I’d hate to see anyone more big-time than him!

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Yeah, he’s a bit over the top. But every setting needs a serious antagonist, after all. And yeah, calling up the volcanoes is certainly one of his possible aims.

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Well, not “over the top” so much as “right up to the extreme effing edge!” 🙂

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