The Deodanths are a race of chaotic evil undead, demonic, Elven/catmen race created as a biological weapon from the far future by an unknown power. They have been sent back or escaped back in time to the Arduin campaign setting/multiverse.
Deodanth concept art by Greg Espinosa for the Arduin Monster Cards,1977
We never got to complete Judge's Guild's Portals of Tosh & instead our party of adventurers got slaughtered, tortured for days, the Elves in our party were killed to a man, & some of the human's organs were taken for trophies. Now why had this happened?! Well its probably because certain clitches within the players were taking Elven PC's for almost every game cycle.
My uncle at that point had had it with the PC Elves & wanted some variety in his games. Or perhaps he just wanted to wipe out the cocky kids once in awhile using Arduin. Now if I was going to run Arduin then I'd want to run it smooth, simple, & OSR quick. That brings me to J. Miskimen's Ruins of Arduin. This is a Swords & Wizardry homage to the original Arduin & its free! Completly compatible with Swords & Wizardry, fast, its free, & its very easy to use!
Now lately I've been getting a lot of flack because supposedly I haven't been supporting Castles & Crusades. This is utter drek & not true at all. For the Castles & Crusades crowd that wants to use a Deodanth hit squad I recommend the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition states over at the Underworld Cleaning Service blog from 2012.
In my experience Deodanths are truly nasty customers & should never be underestimated in any way,shape, or form. But are they going into my current campaign? Well of course! I've also got an encounter written up for the upcoming game!
Deodanth with trophy head available from Emperor's Choice Games here.
Bloody, bloody, Arduin forever!