Petty Goddess: Jexvenna the Despoiler

Created by Dennis Laffey. Art by Rom Brown.

Name: Jexvenna the Despoiler
Symbol: a black weevil
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 150' (50')
Armor Class:
Hit Points (Hit Dice): 75 (10HD)
Attacks: 2 claws, 1 bite
Save: Cleric 10
Morale: 9
Hoard Class:
XP: 4,600

Jexvenna the Despoiler is the demon-goddess of hard-tack weevils, hard cheese mold, and the desalination and rehydration of jerky. She presides over the spoilage of tack and other preserved foods, ensuring that despite their long shelf-lives, Entropy always wins in the end. She appears as a large greenish-purple, partially humanoid fungus with insectile wings and several claw-tipped tentacles dangling from the bottom of the fungal stalk. All iron rations, and other preserved foods such as jams or pickled vegetables, spoil within 60' of Jexvenna's presence. Non-preserved foods and water are unaffected. Those eating foods ruined by the Despoiler must Save vs. Poison or suffer from food poisoning, suffering a -2 penalty to attacks, saves and checks for 24 hours, and running the risk of violent retching during periods of excitement. Anyone suffering Jexvenna's food poisoning must make a Save vs. Poison at the beginning of each combat encounter or be unable to act for 1d4 rounds due to vomiting. Jexvenna may cast Clerical spells of levels 1 to 5 at will.

Jexvenna is worshipped by small isolated, suspicious halfling communities of vegan, raw-foodist homebodies, who sacrifice travelers apprehended carrying iron rations into their closed communities. They offer up the travelers and their rations in great bonfires during the new moon, then feast on fresh-picked vegetables and the raw meat of any pack animals used by the travelers. Certain debased elven families have also been found worshiping the demon-goddess.

Jexvenna never answers when her followers call upon her, but she is 1% likely to appear any time an adventurer in the wilderness or a dungeon makes a comment stating how much they actually enjoy eating iron rations (or similar comments). Unless all iron rations and other preserved foods are immediately offered up to her, she attacks until her opponents are dead or her morale fails.