Dread ghouls are “only” cannibals and leaders of the same,
instead of the rulers and villains who alter whole societies. Still, they’re more powerful than regular
ghouls, and a dread ghoul can compel lesser ghouls as easily as any ghast. The character of a ghoul lord will leave a
stamp on their minions, providing you with an easy explanation for why a group
of ghouls acts the way it does. A dread
ghoul might even be a figure of terror to other ghouls, able to effortlessly
dominate them when nearby, and rumors of one could drive normal ghouls to
flight, pushing them into areas they don’t normally venture into.
Instead of being
called up into the sky as he had imagined, a taiga giant shaman who led his
warband into the service of the dark spirits who came to him in terrible
whispers found himself dead of ghoul fever when he devoured a ghoul in one
ferocious bite. Now a ghoul lord, the
shaman commands the remaining ghouls and the living and dead of his warband as
he wages a fierce war to displace and consume the wendigo known as the Wind’s
Calling Teeth, hoping to gain power over both sky and nightmare in the process.
and prone to eating other humanoids besides, dire corbies aren’t prone to
ghoul fever. The influence of a drow
ghoul lord changed that, adopting the crow men as her servants after slaying a
half-dozen and leaving them to rot and fester.
Her dominance has suited them well, stabilizing the small flock and
forcing them into a pecking order. One
has even learned to read.
After feeding on one
of his fellow slaves to survive, the azer wizard Wasirigoth escaped from an
efreeti chain gang. Fleeing into the
magma-soaked borderlands of the Elemental Planes of Earth and Fire, the azer’s
transformation into a dread ghoul came when he slew one fellow azer, then
another. The malik, increasingly agitated
at the escapee’s violent predations on his lands, is willing to pay mortals to
deal with the problem. He might even be
willing to grant a wish without excessive
- Advanced Bestiary